As part of its community investment focus on the environment Vivo Energy Ghana, the Shell licensee, in partnership with Environment 360, a Non-Governmental Organisation has launched a comprehensive recycling programme targeted at basic schools in the James Town, Chorkor and Lartebiokorshie enclave of the Greater Accra Region.
The initiative, dubbed CyClean, forms part of Vivo Energy Ghana’s people-centred community activity programme, focused on communities where it operates. This programme aims at instilling good environmental behaviours and a recycling mind-set in school children.
The programme, which began with an orientation in the schools, subsequently encouraged the school children to set up their own recycling stands which were painted and labelled to represent a particular waste (plastic, paper and metal). The children were then tasked to segregate their waste with the help of volunteers.
Additionally, the students were also equipped with skills through series of creative activities such as making pencil and pen holders as well as flower vases out of plastic materials. Monies earnt from the sale of these recycled products went into buying stationery for the school children. Their intellectual prowess was also evident during an inter-schools debate and song composition on recycling.
In an interview, the Managing Director of Vivo Energy Ghana, Mr. Ebenezer Faulkner said the company is committed to increasing efficiency in its operations and minimising its environmental footprint.
He added that the company owes a responsibility to educate local communities and help them adopt behaviours that will safeguard the environment.
“At Vivo Energy Ghana, we believe that instilling the habit of recycling in children, particularly those in school, will have a generational effect. In another demonstration of our commitment towards the environment, staff of Vivo Energy Ghana recently collaborated with the Atukpai community, the National Commission for Civic Education and the Accra Metropolitan Assembly to embark on a massive clean-up exercise to commemorate World Environment Day.” he stated.
Commenting on Vivo Energy Ghana’s involvement, the Executive Director of Environment 360, Cordie Aziz, said the initiative is under Environment 360’s broader project dubbed Evolve for corporate organisations who are passionate about the environment. This programme is specifically designed to give a ‘second life’ to our waste and ensuring a clean environment.
“This is a community development project, which is targeted at reducing waste and encouraging waste segregation. Vivo Energy Ghana has shown commitment and the schools involved are really poised to make a change in their respective communities,” she said.
So far, over 3,000 school children from Nii Kojo Ababio Basic School, A.M.E Zion Cluster of schools, St. Georges Anglican School and Korle Gonno R/C Boys School have participated in this programme.
About Vivo Energy:
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 210 service stations, with many offering Shell Cards and convenience retail stores.
Vivo Energy Ghana employs 146 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 includes 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 2,360 people, operates over 1,780 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 124,000 metric tonnes at plants in six countries (Ghana, Guinea, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Morocco, and Tunisia) producing Shell branded lubricants.
Shirley Tony Kum
Vivo Energy Ghana
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