Vivo Energy, the company that distributes and markets Shell branded fuels and lubricants in Africa, has today donated desks and solar lamps to Railway Primary School. In addition Vivo Energy also painted a zebra crossing located at the entrance to the school and displayed road safety messages to boost safety of the children when accessing school.

While handing over the desks at Railway Primary School, Vivo Energy Uganda’s Managing Director, Gilbert Assi said, “At Vivo Energy we want to make a real and lasting difference to the communities in which we operate. We believe every child should have access to quality education and it is our responsibility as adults to see that children are safe on the road while seeking an education. We identified some of the neediest schools in our community and have continually put aside resources to boost the experience of education in those schools. This year we are delighted to give this support to Railway Primary School with 100 three-seater desks and solar lamps for every student in this school. We are also joining our partners KCCA in painting this zebra crossing outside the school to ensure children are given priority on the road. We have also displayed messages across the school compound to continually educate our children about road safety.”

Cerinah Tugume, Corporate Communications Manager for Vivo Energy Uganda added: “Through our road safety educational programme, we have invested heavily in training different categories of people including boda riders, taxi drivers, bus drivers, truck drivers and school children to develop a critical mass of road safety champions who will promote a good road safety culture. This year we have also run - together with NTV Uganda - the Tweddeko road safety campaign to educate and inspire road users toward behavioural change.”

The event was officiated by the Kampala Capital City Authority Executive Director, Jennifer Musisi. She hailed Vivo Energy Uganda for its continued partnership in investing and improving educational standards for schools in the city. Citing Vivo Energy’s recent contribution for the KCCA Charity concert to raise funds for KCCA schools, she encouraged corporate companies and the private sector to emulate Vivo Energy Uganda in supplementing the government’s efforts to enable access to quality education for all under its Universal Primary and Secondary Education programme for Ugandans.

Mr. Dectious Charles Mukisa, the headteacher, thanked Vivo Energy Uganda for its kind gesture, promising to ensure that the desks and solar lamps would be put to good use. He encouraged the children in attendance to make good use of the desks and solar lamps donated by Vivo Energy Uganda in order to improve their academic performance. “With these solar lamps you can make use of the evenings while at home to revise and get ahead in your performance.” he said.

The children and staff of Railway Primary School expressed extreme gratitude to Vivo Energy for this kind gesture.

Notes to editors:

With a vision to become Africa’s most respected energy business Vivo Energy Uganda, the company that distributes and markets Shell-branded fuels and lubricants, was established in February 2013. The Shell brand has been in Uganda since 1953.

Vivo Energy Uganda has a fuels storage capacity of 17,500 m³ and 137 service stations, with many offering Shell Cards and convenience retail stores.

Vivo Energy Uganda employs around 130 employees. 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 though a partnership with Vitol Aviation.

The company employs around 2,370 people, operates over 1,740 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.

Media Contact:

Cerinah Z Tugume

Corporate Communications Manager

Vivo Energy Uganda

+256 772 754001

[email protected]

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