Muscat: The Ministry of Social Development on Monday honoured 32 private sector institutions for supporting the Ministry’s social responsibility programmes under the patronage of His Highness Sayyid Taimur bin Asa’ad bin Tariq Al Said.
The ceremony was held at the Sundus Rotana Hotel and witnessed the signing by the Ministry of Social Development of a number of agreements with a number of private sector institutions.
The first agreement was the construction of the National Autism Centre in Muscat, funded by the Oman LNG Development Corporation at a total cost of OMR2,300,000. The agreement was signed by Dr. Yahya bin Badr Al Ma’awali, Undersecretary of the Ministry of Social Development and Ibrahim bin Ahmed Al Busaidi, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Oman National Construction Company.
The second agreement was signed for the juvenile detention centre in Muscat, funded by W.J Towell Group, at a cost of OMR700,000. The agreement was signed by Anwar bin Ali Sultan, a member of the Board of Directors of W.J. Towel, and Badr Al Balushi, the contractor.
The third agreement for the construction of the “Al Wafa Centre for the Rehabilitation of Disabled Children in Dama Wa Taeen”, funded by the Oman- Indian Fertilizer Company “OMIFCO” at a cost of OMR77,000. The agreement was signed by Sheikh Abdullah bin Salim Al Ghailani, Wali of Dama Wa Taeen, Dr. Khalfan bin Mohammed Al Fahdi, Assistant Director General of the Social Development Directorate in the Governorates of North and South A’Sharqiyah, and Saleh bin Musallam Al Batashi, representative of the project executing company.
The fourth agreement for the provision of prosthetic devices for Al Noor Association for the Blind and the Oman Association for Disabled was funded by Oman-Indian Fertiliser Company OMIFCO for OMR20,000 per association. It was signed by Qasim bin Mohammed Al Balushi, Director of Community Services at Oman-Indian Fertiliser Company, Ibrahim bin Hamdoon Al Harthy, Chairman of Al Noor Association for the Blind, and Yahya bin Abdullah Al A’meri, Chairman of the Oman Association for Disabled. The ceremony included a presentation of four projects within the Loyal to Community Programme, which the Ministry is looking forward to implement in partnership with the private sector institutions.
These projects are for the establishment of three government centres for the rehabilitation of children with disabilities in a public park in the Governorate of Muscat, a project to purchase rehabilitation services for children with disabilities from the rehabilitation centres, a project to establish three government centres for the rehabilitation of children with disabilities in Al Wusta , and providing these centres with necessary equipment. The ceremony was attended by a number of ministers, undersecretaries, CEOs and representatives of private sector institutions.