Vivo Energy Ghana, the exclusive marketer, and distributor of Shell branded fuels and lubricants has renovated a three-unit classroom block for the St Peter’s Primary School, at Poasi-New Takoradi, in the Sekondi-Takoradi Metropolis, of the Western Region.
In addition to the renovation, the energy company furnished the school block with dual classroom desks, teachers’ desks, bookshelves, white boards, and ceiling fans. Other existing classroom blocks were also repainted to give the school a face-lift. The company believes the new classroom block will provide a safe shelter and a conducive environment for academic excellence to thrive.
In line with the company’s environmental sustainability programme dubbed ‘Cyclean,’ Vivo Energy Ghana donated waste bins to encourage waste segregation in the school and inculcate the habit of recycling amongst the school children.
Speaking at the handing over ceremony, the Commercial Manager of Vivo Energy Ghana, Mr. Bernard Bosompem who spoke on behalf of the Managing Director, said “the company’s commitment to invest in communities where it operates goes beyond its corporate strategy to playing its role as a responsible corporate entity in complementing the government’s efforts towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) Four of ensuring equitable education for all.”
Commenting on the rationale for the renovation, Mr. Bosompem explained that, Vivo Energy Ghana operates a Bitumen plant within New Takoradi, and the gesture is a demonstration of the company’s commitment to the development of its communities and more importantly, the joy and smile it brings to the faces of the pupils, parents and the community as a whole. He also stated that the company takes pride in the impact of the initiative knowing that the facility will be used to educate younger ones who will grow to become responsible citizens of Ghana and beyond.
The Honourable Western Regional Minister, Mr. Kwabena Okyere Darko-Mensah in his remarks commended the long-standing relationship between the company and Poasi- New Takoradi community. He recalled how Shell has been in the community for the past 70 years and continues to extend its support to them. “The effort of Vivo Energy Ghana towards the growth of the educational sector is exemplary and appealed to other companies operating in Poasi-New Takoradi community to emulate the initiative by the company.
The Metropolitan Director of Education, Mrs. Selly Nelly Coleman, reiterated the government’s commitment towards the provision of educational infrastructure to facilitate access to quality education. She also called on the management of the school to make good use of the facility.
Madam Felicia Odoom, the Assembly Member for Upper New Takoradi expressed her appreciation to Vivo Energy Ghana for the quick response to support the community.
The Chief of Poasi-New Takoradi, Nana Assifuah Kuma IV, commended Vivo Energy Ghana for contributing to the development of education in the community and assured the company of good maintenance of the school for the benefit of future generations.