Vivo Energy Ghana Limited, the exclusive licensee of Shell, Ghana’s most respected and trusted brand, has donated one thousand (1,000) library books to the Accra Metro Office of the Ghana Education Service (GES) for the benefit of school children in the Greater Accra Region. The books comprised an array of storybooks written, illustrated and published by Ghanaians, including titles such as The Cockcrow, Stories Auntie Serwah Told, Ayisha, A Tale of Two Boys, Norty Norty, Queen of Sorrow, Abiba’s Journey among others. Education is a key community investment area to Vivo Energy Ghana, while the others are road safety and the environment.

Presenting the books to the GES at the gathering, the Managing Director of Vivo Energy Ghana, Mr. Ebenezer Faulkner, said: “we understand the important role that children’s books play in the development of a community. In our part of the world, these are not always readily available which can sometimes rob children of an enriching education during childhood. Vivo Energy Ghana has understood this, and has therefore decided to furnish the library with 1,000 story books today."

“On behalf of the company, I would like to inform you that we are glad to be able to support the Ghana Education Service in such a manner. We will entreat beneficiary schools to take good care of the books for future generations to benefit. We also trust that the children will enjoy these books, and know that with the turn of each page, their growth – and futures – will truly be enhanced,” said Mr. Faulkner.

Mr. Kwaku Mensah, the Deputy Director of Human Resources for the Accra Metro Office of the GES, who received the books, highlighted the relevance of these library books at a time when English Literature is being introduced to the Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE).

“These books are so timely. Next year, we will be introducing English Literature to the BECE. Books such as The Cockrow, along with its commentary, are perfect to guide and assess the children in preparation for this. Thank you, Vivo Energy Ghana. We will surely put these books to good use,” said Mr. Mensah.

For her part, the Early Childhood and Library Co-ordinator of the Accra Metro Education Office, Mrs. Patience Adom, was full of gratitude to Vivo Energy Ghana. “We are so grateful to Vivo Energy Ghana for your donation of library books. This will help the children more than you know, and will truly help us in our efforts to improve our libraries,” she said.

Vivo Energy Ghana has, since its inception, been deeply involved in the educational development of its operational communities. Past initiatives include the rollout of the Vivo Energy Bonanza School Challenge – an inter-schools mathematics card game competition where winners were awarded bursaries; the donation of two thousand (2000) solar lamps under its “Energy for Education” project to school children in the rural areas and Greater Accra; the donation of 200 dual desks and 30 sewing machines to schools in the Greater Accra and Central regions; and support for the construction of an ICT and library block in Anum in the Eastern region.

Notes to editors:

With a vision to become Africa’s most respected energy business Vivo Energy Ghana, the company that distributes and markets Shell-branded fuels and lubricants, was established in 2013. The Shell brand has been in Ghana since 1928.

Vivo Energy Ghana has a fuels storage capacity of 11,000m³ and 207 service stations, with many offering Shell Cards and convenience retail stores.

Vivo Energy Ghana employs 148 people. The company is recognised as a leader in the oil industry, championing and setting standards for safety.

Vivo Energy provides high quality solutions for motorists and businesses in Botswana, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Ghana, Guinea, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Mali, Mauritius, Madagascar, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Senegal, Tunisia and Uganda. Its retail offering include fuels, lubricants, card services, shops and other non-fuel services (e.g. oil change and car wash). For businesses it provides fuels, lubricants and Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) to business customers across a range of sectors including marine, mining, and manufacturing. Jet fuel is sold to customers at 23 airports through a partnership with Vitol Aviation.

The company employs around 2,300 people, operates over 1,700 retail service stations under the Shell brand and has access to approximately 900,000 cubic metres of fuel storage capacity. Shell and Vivo Lubricants has blending capacity of around 125,000 metric tonnes at plants in six countries (Ghana, Guinea, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Morocco, and Tunisia) producing Shell branded lubricants.

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Vivo Energy Ghana

Corporate Communications Manager: Shirley Tony Kum

Tel: + 233 540 116 600

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