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Executive Chairman of First Sky Group named...

Executive Chairman of First Sky Group named...

For the many, not the few, this is the story of First Sky Group, an indigenous business conglomerate that has operations in construction, hospitality, insurance, banking, commodities and manufacturing. As has become a tradition of the company, its 17th anniversary was celebrated in beautiful fashion.

At the Accra International Conference Centre (AICC), First Sky Group’s strong staff across all subsidiaries, with families, friends and well-wishers gathered to worship, praise and appreciate the works of the Lord in their personal and corporate lives and ask for more protection and guidance as they prepare for another year.

With an apt theme: ‘Great Is Thy Faithfulness’, the ceremony was graced with the presence of some of the nation’s most exalted men of God including: Archbishop Nicholas Duncan-Williams, Presiding Archbishop and General Overseer of the Action Chapel International ministry, Rev. Dr. Paul Frimpong Manso, Chairman of the Ghana Pentecostal and Charismatic Council, and Apostle Prof. Kwadwo Opoku Onyinah, former Chairman of the Church of Pentecost. 

Also in attendance was Dr. Archibald Letsa, the Volta Regional Minister, current and past Members of Parliament (MPs), judges of the Ghana Supreme, Appeal and High courts, business leaders, members of the diplomatic corps and other notable personalities.

For First Sky Group, an indigenous conglomerate that has made great strides across the various sectors of the economy while sustaining 17 years of growth and expansion, the least they can do is to appreciate God with all of its human might and company’s resources.

Humble beginnings to the top

With a strong Christian foundation and faith in God, First Sky Group, which takes great pride in humble beginnings with First Sky Construction, has over the past 17 years expanded and now boasts of First Sky Commodities, Volta Serene Hotel, Serene Insurance, First Sky Bitumen Processing, Frerol Rural Bank, with others to follow in the coming years.

God has never forsaken the visioner, Eric Kutortse and his team, from their humble beginnings in the early 2000s. With Eric’s initial ‘office’ in his hand bag full of ideas, and strategizing to achieve his dream for his family, team, community and the nation, God has been gracious and today, Eric has seen his dream materialize and soar to become a leading business empire in Ghana and extending to neighboring African countries.

His rise to greatness is reflected in the theme of this year's thanksgiving convocation "Great is Thy Faithfulness", the popular Christian hymn written by Thomas Chrisholm and music supported by William Runyan, underscoring God's faithfulness in his life. It remains a fact that whatever one does in true faith will lead to greatness.

Today, First Sky Group is a big name in international trade delivering high quality services including roads construction to boost Ghana's infrastructure development.

The group currently employs over 2,000 highly motivated workforces with varied skills and expertise, delivering value for money services to the Ghanaian economy with Mr. Eric Seddy Kukortse as the Executive Chairman/Founder.

Mr. Eric Seddy Kutortse is a devoted Christian who is not only a deacon at the Trinity Assemblies of God Church in Tema but also a lay preacher. He is also the Board Chairman of the Evangelism Explosion-Ghana, a worldwide organization that aims at spreading the gospel of Jesus Christ across nations.

The Group’s Executive Chairman, Eric Seddy Kutortse, in his opening remarks at the August gathering recounted how merciful and kind the Lord had been to the group in 2019. He said the group enjoyed the Lord’s protection and grace in 2019, for which reason He deserved to be praised.

“Our God is good, all the time and all the time, our God is good,”

he expressed with great joy.

To him and First Sky Group, it comes with great joy to declare the faithfulness of God, who has kept His promises of provision, protection, peace, security and His presence with them over the period since inception.

“We are rejoicing today because we have a father in heaven who is faithful and cares about the affairs of his children,” he revealed.

Humble beginnings to the top

With a strong Christian foundation and faith in God, First Sky Group, which takes great pride in humble beginnings with First Sky Construction, has over the past 17 years expanded and now boasts of First Sky Commodities, Volta Serene Hotel, Serene Insurance, First Sky Bitumen Processing, Frerol Rural Bank, with others to follow in the coming years.

God has never forsaken the visioner, Eric Kutortse and his team, from their humble beginnings in the early 2000s. With Eric’s initial ‘office’ in his hand bag full of ideas, and strategizing to achieve his dream for his family, team, community and the nation, God has been gracious and today, Eric has seen his dream materialize and soar to become a leading business empire in Ghana and extending to neighboring African countries.

His rise to greatness is reflected in the theme of this year's thanksgiving convocation "Great is Thy Faithfulness", the popular Christian hymn written by Thomas Chrisholm and music supported by William Runyan, underscoring God's faithfulness in his life. It remains a fact that whatever one does in true faith will lead to greatness.

Today, First Sky Group is a big name in international trade delivering high quality services including roads construction to boost Ghana's infrastructure development.

The group currently employs over 2,000 highly motivated workforces with varied skills and expertise, delivering value for money services to the Ghanaian economy with Mr. Eric Seddy Kukortse as the Executive Chairman/Founder.

Mr. Eric Seddy Kutortse is a devoted Christian who is not only a deacon at the Trinity Assemblies of God Church in Tema but also a lay preacher. He is also the Board Chairman of the Evangelism Explosion-Ghana, a worldwide organization that aims at spreading the gospel of Jesus Christ across nations.

Recounting God’s mercies and blessings over the years

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The ever-smiling Eric added that God had exhibited to them that no matter the circumstances they found themselves in at any point in time, He would never leave them nor forsake them. “We have experienced this as a group, year in, year out and we are very grateful to our Lord.”

First Sky, he said, continues to thank the Almighty for His faithfulness because God has prospered the company and its workers in many ways. He assured all gathered that

“First Sky will continue to work hard and keep its integrity as a model Christian company committed to excellence and timely delivery of contracts and promises.”

He further declared “As the Lord leads us, we will continue by His grace to do our charitable works of supporting the needy and poor in our society. We will continue to render our CSR services to the nation and humanity as a whole.

Our humble contribution towards the kingdom’s business will continue as we hear from the Lord.” He is serving Ghana and the church and I am grateful to god for raising such an apostle”

Indeed, the hard-working Ghanaian entrepreneur is not only desirous of creating employment opportunities for Ghanaians, but committed to touching the lives of hundreds of people with life-threatening medical conditions, especially kidney problems, with a lifeline. To him, he has soared in life not only by dint of hard work but with the help of the unseen hands of the Supreme Being, God Almighty.

Those who knew him over the past three decades will attest to the fact that hard work, humility, prayers and honesty are not only his traits but the core values of his company. He expressed his deepest gratitude to all who gathered with him and his team to thank the Lord and ask for prayers for First Sky Group and other Christian businesses so that God would continue to shower favor onto these businesses.

Eric Seddy Kutortse Earns an “Apostle of Business”

WhatsApp Image 2020 07 16 at 6.14.08 PMExecutive Chairman, Eric Seddy Kutortse giving a speech 

Through the years, First Sky Group’s Executive Chairman, Eric Seddy Kutortse, who was named an Apostle of Business by the former Chairman of the Church of Pentecost, Apostle Prof. Kwadwo Opoku Onyinah, has consistently supported the work of God and it is no surprise that when he calls upon men of God to grace his annual thanksgiving ceremonies, they do not hesitate but show up and bestow blessings on him and his workers.

Apostle Prof. Kwadwo Opoku Onyina noted that for the work that Mr. Kutortse has done and continues to do for the Christian community, including building churches, which has helped to address the issue of church services being held under trees, as well as providing means of transportation for evangelism, has earned him the enviable title of “Apostle of Business”.

“He is serving Ghana and the church and I am grateful to God for raising such an Apostle,” he continued.

Speaking on the theme, ‘Great is Thy Faithfulness’, he delved deeper and cut out a sub theme that is more actionable; ‘Sing a Song of God’s Faithfulness’. To him, “all of the things we do in this world, they will be left behind but one thing that you will take with you is singing” quoting “from the book of Exodus, through Lamentations to Revelations, whether in success or challenges, followers of God always sing to his faithfulness.”

“In Exodus 15, the people with Moses based their worship on three things: first, the activities of God. They were worshiping God because of what God has done. So thanksgiving is an act of worship. Secondly, they worshiped God for who He is, His attributes, characteristics and nature. Thirdly, they worshiped Him for what He was going to do, which is faith. Because God has led you to one thing, you believe that he will lead you to another,” he further exhorted.

“Dreams do come to pass”

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Archbishop Nicholas Duncan-Williams, in his remarks, urged other business leaders to emulate the works of Mr. Kutortse, whose consistent support to the Assemblies of God Church and the body of Christ in general has earned him praises and uncountable blessings.

“Dreams do come to pass and we can tell through your (Eric’s) example that if you dream and dare to believe God, your dream would come to pass. Eric is an inspiration to the business community and all of us,” the Archbishop stated.

He added that through a new initiative he introduced recently, Temple Builders, many Christian business leaders are building churches for God.

“If you are a businessman or woman, I encourage you to build churches before you die. Eric has inspired the business community’s commitment to Christianity and we pray for more of Eric’s kind,” he opined.

He blessed Eric and his team to have more than they can handle because First Sky Group, under Eric’s leadership has contributed to the growth of churches and Christianity in Ghana and beyond.

“May the Lord multiply you, make you fruitful and increase you. If you give something and stand for the gospel and for the cause of Christ, you will never lose anything,” he said.

In his closing remarks, the Archbishop requested that participants at the Thanksgiving ceremony should pray for the peace of Ghana as the country approaches election season, as well as its neighbouring countries and the sub region as many of them would be conducting elections in this year 2020.

First Sky Group countless CSR Projects– Unparalleled

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First Sky Group has been involved in numerous corporate social responsibility projects in the country dating back to the 2000s when the company began its operations. The company understands and appreciates the need to support the communities in which it operates, the people and the country as a whole.

Notably, in 2011, the company donated a brand new Land Cruiser Prado and a pick-up truck to the Assemblies of God Church, Ghana, to facilitate its rural activities and a 15-sets of musical instruments were as well delivered to various churches across the country.

The company, moreover, in the same year built a 50-seater well-equipped Information and Communications Technology (ICT) centre for the Awate Schools in the North Dayi District of the Volta Region.

Besides, in March 2016, the group handed over 60 church buildings with a seating capacity of 450 to 650 to the Assemblies of God Church with 30 chapels each in the Eastern and Volta regions. The motive behind this CSR move was to alleviate the inconveniences of churches that held meetings under trees and in classrooms. A brand new Toyota pick-up was also presented to the Assemblies of God church to facilitate evangelism.

The Group has over the years embarked on a number of corporate social responsibility initiatives. Among the initiatives are the payment of all hospital debts of patients at the Renal Dialysis Unit of the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital in 2016 which amounted GH¢620,000 and a donation of GH¢2million as an endowment fund for the treatment of all patients on dialysis at the Unit.

WhatsApp Image 2020 07 17 at 2.17.21 PMCross-section of some guests at the event

At the 15th Anniversary Thanksgiving service which was held on 14th January 2018, the group donated an amount of GH¢1million towards the National Cathedral project as well as 4000 bags of cement, 500 cubic of chippings, and 50 tonnes of iron rods.

The Group also in 2019 donated an amount of GH¢1million to the National Road Safety Commission in the fight against road accidents.

In this year 2020, the Group has pledged its continuous commitment to its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) as part of its 17th anniversary ceremony. The group has outlined a number of projects it seeks to embark upon including plans to partner the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital in establishing Ghana’s first ever kidney transplant centre.

The announcement comes on the back of a successful collaboration between the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital and the First Sky Group which led to four persons undergoing kidney transplants at the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital in 2019.

Speaking to the media, after the thanksgiving service, CEO of First Sky Construction, Ernest Nii Okai Hammond, said “we will continue to do as we have been led to do and we believe the provision will be made for it; we’ve spent close to GH¢12 million at the Renal Unit and that is basically giving treatment to 350 patients at the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital who are on free dialysis twice a week.”

Announcing the Group’s corporate social responsibility projects for the year 2020, he said the Kidney Transplant Centre, which he believes should be ready by May 2020, shall have the capacity to serve Ghana and the whole of West Africa. He said the Group shall partner the Hospital again this year for additional two transplants which will lead to the establishment of the Transplant Centre.

According to Mr. Hammond, the Group shall also continue to support the National Road Safety Commission, with a donation of an ambulance in support of saving lives in the event of road accident.

He said the Group shall continue its donations towards kingdom business by constructing five new churches this year to eliminate churches under trees.

Through the generosity of First Sky, many students have been offered full scholarships at various levels of education. For instance, a full scholarship scheme is being run by the group for some underprivileged students annually at the Kpando Senior High School, the Group Executive Chairman’s almamater.