Dr Papa Kwesi Nduom
Dr Papa Kwesi Nduom

Businessman and founder of the Progressive People’s Party, Dr. Papa Kwesi Nduom has described April as one of the most difficult months of his life as an entrepreneur.

Dr. Nduom wrote this in a Facebook post Monday after fire engulfed his hotel, The Coconut Groove Regency Hotel on Saturday. The fire, which reportedly started from an air condition unit in the building that houses his TV station, ATV, destroyed several properties including the GN Bank at the hotel premises.

No one was hurt or killed in the fire that started around 5 pm on Saturday.

Dr. Nduom in his post also urged state institutions to reform their attitudes and work with a sense of urgency whenever problems arise.

Below is Dr. Nduom’s full post

Tons of Gratitude, with a Heavy Heart.

As far as my faith will take me, I give thanks to God. This has been one of the most difficult months for me as an entrepreneur ever and for my family.

Still we stand ready to keep moving on, positively. We owe our ability to do this to many, many well-wishers from near and far who encourage us and support our enterprises. I am thankful for our loyal customers and business partners who have gone beyond their personal interests to stand by us no matter what.

We have an amazing team of management and staff. The teamwork they have demonstrated to ensure that the Regency Hotel fire challenge is overcome quickly has been wonderful to observe. They are living the Spiritual Guidance we teach all our employees:

2 Timothy 1:7

“For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.”
Jeremiah 29:11

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

I am grateful to government officials, friends, politicians from all political parties, religious leaders, business men and women and others for their encouragement and concerns.

I have a heavy heart because though accidents do happen, this fire should not have caused so much damage and destruction. We have a lot to do to reform our state institutions and attitude to working with urgency when we are confronted with problems.

First Digital TV is back on air and ATV and BTA are broadcasting. The affected GN Bank and Gold Coast Fund Management branches will be open today for business next door. Our customers’ funds and data are safe. Our disaster recovery procedures have worked well. We are awake to the need to continuously take preventive measures to protect life and property.

Our Groupe Nduom spirit is well and alive.

I am grateful for the prayers, good wishes and encouragement.
God bless all of us.