The goal of the Jospong Group of Companies (JGC) is to improve the lot of people, the Executive Chairman of JGC, Dr. Joseph Siaw Agyepong, has underscored.
According to him, though money is important in the running of businesses, “JGC is not here for money but to improve the lives of people.”
He attributed the success story of his group to God, adding that God has been his guide and pillar throughout the JGC’s journey so far.
The JGC, he contended, is founded on the principles of God and people, stressing that the group’s “primary goal is to improve the lives of people.”
Dr. Siaw Agyepong was speaking at the opening of the 2023 Jospong Leadership Conference (JLC) on Wednesday, January 18, 2023, at the Pentecost Convention Centre (PCC) at Gomoa Fetteh in the Central Region.
The five-day conference, which is being participated by over 1,000 directors, managers, senior officers among other staff members of JGC, is on the theme: People, Process & Performance –The Pathway to Success in a Turbulent Market.”
This year’s conference marks the 10th anniversary of the JLC series.
The event was interspersed with songs of praise to God for how far He has brought JGC, which the participants dancing in appreciation to God.
There were also some colourful cultural displays by some of the subsidiaries of JGC, which attracted loud applause from the participants.
Dr. Siaw Agyepong indicated that throughout his business life, he has consistently seen that the God factor triumphs over all challenges adding “I am always grateful to God.”
“When I face any challenges, I go down on my knees with my wife and pray and God has been so good to us.
We feel so blessed by God Almighty,” he gratefully expressed.
The mission of the JGC, he said, is to be the leading environmental sanitation management company in Africa, with its vision aimed at “improving the lives of people and their environment.”
In this regard, he encouraged his staff members to be prayerful in all endeavours, and to work hard to improve the lot of people.
Recounting how far the JLC has come since its inception in 2013, the Executive Chairman of JGC said the leadership conference started as retreats.
“It is amazing how time flies. Ten years ago, specifically in 2013, we started this journey in the form of retreats at the Presbyterian Women’s Centre, Abokobi, Accra.
The first retreat was held in January with the theme: “Seeking God’s guidance on the perfect will of God”, and the second in July under the theme; “Let’s Build Together.”
…The objective was to discuss our plans and activities for the year. It was attended by many employees and stakeholders from all over the country. And the keynote speaker was the then Managing Director for Stanbic Bank, Chief Alhassan Andani,” he recalled.
The outcome of the retreats, Dr. Siaw Agyepong noted, led to the creation of the Group Office and many other remarkable achievements.
“The 2013 January and July retreats thus became a defining moment for the Group,” he stressed.
He thus seized the opportunity to commend, especially President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, for his leadership guidance and support for his group.
He was equally full of praise for the Minister of Sanitation and Water Resources, Mrs. Cecilia Abena Dapaah, and others within his group’s operational activities, and all the staff members of JGC for their hard work and sacrifices.
“We have come this far because of the critical role played by every staff of JGC,” he asserted.
The Guest Speaker, Reverend Sam Adeyemi, a Nigerian clergy and motivational speaker, in a presentation christened: “Celebrating the Champions in People”, said transformational leaders empower employees with praise and appreciation.
He said there was nothing like a “perfect employee” in this world, insisting that leaders must rather leverage on the skills and talents of people.
“Leadership is not about titles and egos but one that must make champions in the people,” he said
According to the man of God, a leader must help people to overcome fear, low-self esteem, complacency, self-doubt, bad attitude and procrastination.
“When you are a leader avoid speaking negative things about your people,” he advised.