GNPC’s CSR Activities… Is It Worth It? (Part 2)
…..Looking At GNPC’s CSR Activities From 2015 To Mid-2019…

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Information gathered GNPC Foundation’s media unit and corporate website, the Foundation has since 2015 till mid-2019 about 100 boreholes to provide portable drinking water for some section of Ghanaians in the hinterlands among others basic social amenities in the areas of education, healthcare, sanitation and sports as presented in the pictorial view below:

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From the information provided, the Foundation has completed 45 of 6-unit classroom blocks for some senior high schools in the country. Provided Close to 2500 scholarships for various tertiary programmes (undergraduate and postgraduate) from 2016 to 2019. 1,025 scholarships awarded from 2016 to 2018 and 1,050 scholarships in 2018/2019 academic year alone. Also, about 200 medical students were sponsored to Cuba.
Other information are presented in the pictorial view:

The education and training under GNPC CSR continues.

PIAC 2018 REPORT:
Consequently, the PIAC report also gave some information in its 2018 report. The report captured specific projects and their expenditure amount.
EDUCATION (GH₵)
GNPC STEM Quiz 377,470.00
Professorial Chairs 1,205,000.00
Total 1,582,470.00

EDUCATION
Scholarship (GH₵)
Foreign Scholarship 7,158,649.20
Local Scholarship 8,753,600.00
Scholarship Application Website 46,090.00
Total 15,958,339.20

EDUCATION
Infrastructure (GH₵)
Supply of 1000 Mono-Desk-Tolon 57,570.00
Supply of 1000 Mono-Desk- Zoggu 57,570.00


Construction of 80 Bed Capacity Hostel Duayaw Nkwanta 178,267.51


Construction of Science Lab at Bibiani SHS 442,660.19


Construction of Science Lab at Muslim Mission SHS 443,308.72


Construction of 6-unit Classroom Block at Abakrampa SHS 235,869.55


Construction of 6-unit Classroom Block at Adugyama SHS 235,425.47


Construction of 6-unit Classroom Block at Amaniampong SHS 235,979.29


Construction of 6-unit Classroom Block at Assin North SHS 235,484.79


Construction of 6-unit Classroom Block at Bawku SHS 119,350.22


Construction of 6-unit Classroom Block at Bodamase SHS 236.486.83

Construction of 6-unit ClassroomBlock at Bonzo Kaku SHS 134,005.68


Construction of 6-unit Classroom Block at College of Music 134,005.88


Construction of 6-unit Classroom Block at Daboase SHS 241,446.13


Construction of 6-unit Classroom Block at Diaso SHS 242,221.71


Construction of 6-unit Classroom Block at Dunkwa Offin SHS 134,221.71


Construction of 6-unit Classroom Block at Dunkwa SHS 101, 001.54


Construction of 6-unit Classroom Block at Dwamena SHS 135, 264.98


Construction of 6-unit Classroom Block at Efutu SHS 101,750.48


Construction of 6-unit Classroom Block at Frafraha SHS 134, 721.10


Construction of 6-unit Classroom Block at Islamic SHS 119,126.34


Construction of 6-unit Classroom Block at Kanto SHS 119,126.35


Construction of 6-unit Classroom Block at Komenda SHS 235,830.25


Construction of 6-unit Classroom Block at Kpandai SHS 275,399.93


Construction of 6-unit Classroom Block at Kwabenya SHS 134,600.16


Construction of 6-unit Classroom Block at Lawra SHS 119,126.34


Construction of 6-unit Classroom Block at Mabang SHS 236,084.43


Construction of 6-unit Classroom Block at Mankessim SHS 235,979.36


Construction of 6-unit Classroom Block at Mankranso SHS 235,808.88


Construction of 6-unit Classroom Block at Methodist SHS 122,250.70


Construction of 6-unit Classroom Block at Mpasatia SHS 134,945.70


Construction of 6-unit Classroom Block at Mpohor SHS 134,127.18


Construction of 6-unit Classroom Block at Ofoase Kokoben SHS 236,317.25


Construction of 6-unit Classroom Block at Ofoase SHS 246,089.88


Construction of 6-unit Classroom Block at Osei Adutum SHS 134,305.78


Construction of 6-unit Classroom Block at Parkoso SHS 134,398.88


Construction of 6-unit Classroom Block at Queens Girls SHS 249,845.05


Construction of 6-unit Classroom Block at Sakafia SHS 134,489.50


Construction of 6-unit Classroom Block at Sefwi Bekwai SHS 142,637.20


Construction of 6-unit Classroom Block at Sefwi Wiawso SHS 213, 468.15


Construction of 6-unit Classroom Block at Sekondi College 134,742.36


Construction of 6-unit Classroom Block at St George Cath SHS 235,589.37


Construction of 6-unit Classroom Block at Swedru SHS 134,960.87


Construction of 6-unit Classroom Block at Tolon SHS 275,639.22


Construction of 6-unit Classroom Block at Yendi SHS 275,639.04


Construction of 6-unit Classroom Block at Zebilla SHS 119,350.22


Construction of 6-unit Classroom Block at Zuarungu SHS 119,350.23


Construction of 6-unit Classroom Block at Methodist SHS 91,688.06


Total 8,819,033.17

HEALTH:
SUPPORT FOR HEALTH FACILITIES/CAMPAIGNS (GH₵)
Construction of Bibiani College Health 1,674,903.02


Financial Sponsorship to Andasi Health Service 150,000.00


Financial Support to Korle-Bu ICU Unit 1,421,757.35


GNPC & Claron Health Int. – Eye Screening Campaign 336,385.00


Project Support to Diabene SHS 60,000.00


Support to FOCOS 2,880,000.00


Support to Half Assini Government Hospital 174,610.00


Sponsorship to PTB Foundation 5,000.00


Sponsorship support surgery – SKYY Power/Cleft Ghana Found


Total 6,767,655.37

SANITATION
SANITATION (GH₵)
Construction Of 24 -Unit Sanitary Facility at Market Nseim 159,358.68
Construction Of 24 -Unit Sanitary Facility at Market Bompeh 160,047.20
Const Of 24 -Unit Sanitary Facility at Market Cape 3 Point 69, 477.99
Construction Of 24 -Unit Sanitary Facility at Dompoase SHS 202,941.38
Construction Of 24 -Unit Sanitary Facility at Babiani 69,200.51
Construction Of 24-Unit Sanitary Facility at Akim Ofoase 69,103.48
Construction Of 24 -Unit Sanitary Facility at Nkroful 69,077.38
Construction Of 8 -Unit Sanitary Facility at Esikado-Katan 58,263.80
Construction Of 12 -Unit Sanitary Facility at Asaakae 207,292.95
Sponsorship for Sanitary Facility at St. Louis SHS, being undertaken by the
school’s Past Students Association – 19 93 Year Group. 30,000.00
Total (GH₵) 1,133,996.16

SPORTS
SPORTS (GH₵)
Artificial Soccer Turf With Flood Lighting Wire Fencing At Bekwai SHS 297,633.00
Artificial Soccer Turf With Flood Lighting Wire Fencing at Dompin Pepesa 698,048.40
Artificial Soccer Turf With Flood Lighting Wire Fencing at Duayaw Nkwanta 698,576.20
Artificial Soccer Turf with Flood Lighting Wire Fencing at Effia Kuma 297,883.51
Artificial Soccer Turf with Flood Lighting Wire Fencing at Suhum 698,135.90
Sponsorship support to National Sport Authority, Western Region 41,798.00
Total (GH₵) 2,732,075.01

WATER:
BOREHOLES (GH₵)
20 Borehole Construction- Other Regions 384,000.00
20 Boreholes Construction- Western Region 424,800.00
60 Borehole Construction-Northern, UE and UW Regions 1,152,000.00
Total (GH₵) 1,960.800.00

AGRICULTURE
SUPPORT (GH₵)
Western Deedew Group= Rice Farmers 504,147.00

GRAND TOTAL (GH₵) 39,458,515.91
Source: GNPC, 2018

Other CSR activities:

Health
GNPC donated US$4.5million for Construction of Sickle Cell Centre
The GNPC, in 2015, as part of its CSR presented a cheque of US$4.5 million to the Sickle Cell Foundation towards the construction of a Centre of Excellence for Sickle Cell Treatment and Research at the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital in Kumasi, Ghana.
The investment also covered the cost of acquiring materials, construction, provision of logistics and equipment.
Prior to the donation, GNPC supported the Sickle Cell Foundation to provide specialized training for health workers about sickle cell conditions.
This investment was necessary due to how endemic the sickle cell disease is affecting quality of citizens. In Ghana, it is estimated that 15,000 babies are born each year with SCD, and almost 50% of them die before they reach the age of five, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO). SCD impact in adults is believed to be widespread, though difficult to measure because of the late introduction of newborn screening programmes.
Presenting the cheque at a short ceremony at the Manhyia Palace in Kumasi, Alexander Mould, then Chief Executive of GNPC said, “Most Ghanaians will know someone directly or indirectly who has been impacted by Sickle Cell Disease, including the loss of loved ones. Sickle Cell predominantly affects those of African origin. As the national oil company, we believe we should provide meaningful assistance where we can, in areas that have an impact on our people and contribute to national development.”
“It would be tragic to deny Ghanaians the benefit of this much-needed facility that will provide comfort and save many lives. We believe it is our responsibility to contribute to research and treatment for Ghanaians, in the hope of finding a lasting cure that can be shared globally”, he added.
Also, in November, 2015; the Board of Directors of the GNPC gave approval for the organization to invest in the Burns Centre at the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital, to complete the first Intensive Care Unit (ICU) for burns in Ghana, and West Africa.
The board approval followed an appeal by managers of the Korle-Bu Burns Centre, requesting GNPC to help deliver for the country, an ultra-modern ICU at the Centre. An escrow account has since been established for the disbursement of the funds towards the work.
The Centre is to ensure that, the rate of survival of patients is increase from below 40% to a high of about 90%, as is the situation in developed countries with such ICUs.
Update on this as at December, 2019 shows that, a three-storey building was completed and handed-over to the National Reconstructive Plastic Surgery and Burns Centre at the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital at the cost of US$1.2 million.
Government via the Capital Investment Management Unit (CIMU) of the Ministry of Health started the project in 2006 but the project stalled due to lack of funds.
Again in the health sector, the FOCOS Orthopedic Hospital in Accra received support from GNPC in installing a Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) machine to enhance the hospital’s imaging capability to diagnose and treat various musculoskeletal conditions.

Environment
GNPC’s believe in environmental sustainability was brought to reality when GNPC Foundation supported a tree planting project under the leadership of Okyehene in later of 2019 with an amount of GH¢1.5 million.
The tree-planting is a project to plant 25 million trees in three years.
This sponsorship from the GNPC received a heavy criticism from the public with some citizens characterizing it as the government’s deliberate attempt to divert GNPC’s resource to build his kingsmanship as the President Nana Akuffo Addo is linked to the same royal family.
However, Dr Kwame Baah-Nuakoh, GNPC Sustainability General-Manager explained that the GH¢1.5 million for the tree planting project will be disbursed to the Okyehene over a three-year period.
“GNPC believes in environmental sustainability…and we thought that this is a very important project that we support. And the Board in its wisdom felt that if the country, through the Okyehene, can plant 25 million trees in three years then it is a step in the right direction,” Dr Baah-Nuakoh stated.

Sports
GNPC became the Headline Sponsor of the Black Stars in 2013 through to 2017 when the contract was abrogated. GNPC voted US$3.0 million as the annual sponsorship to the Black Stars.
This unusual sponsorship, according GNPC was to help market the GNPC brand to the world since the Black Stars was a global icon representing the African continent.
Somewhere in August 2016, Alexander Kofi Mould, then Acting CEO of GNPC announced his outfit’s intention to expand its sponsorship frontiers beyond football.
“Although most people associate us with football, GNPC is already expanding its scope across sports, and working with key stakeholders to identify where we can make the most impact through infrastructure, partnerships and initiatives,” Mr. Mould had said at a get together ceremony held for the Ghana Olympic Team.
“We are already sponsoring Ghana’s Fastest Human competition, to help produce formidable athletes that can feed into a sustained Olympic programme for Ghana,” he added.
GNPC also sponsored four (4) Ghanaian athletes for a one (1) year period. The sponsorship begun with the GNPC’s Ghana’s Fastest Human Final of the Finals which took place in September 10th, 2016 in Kumasi.
The organizers of the competition had planned to establish a local ‘Speedsters Athletic Club’. The plan of the “Speedsters Club” was to become the elite Club that every potential sprinter in Ghana will aim to be part of. The GNPC Speedsters Club was to help transform an athlete from being a local athlete to a world – class one and to have access to a nutritional programme and also new and improved training methods and a sports psychology programme.
Best Sprints coaches in Ghana and three Specialized Professionals were selected to help the athletes reach their potential by improving their mind and body. The specialists included: Dr. Matilda Laar, a Certified Dietician; Dr. Rachel Pugh, Clinical Psychologist; and Andrew Marri K Kuadey, a Muscle Therapist/Trigger Point Muscle Therapist, who deals in acute and chronic pain.

…………..To be continued in (part 3) with experts analysis (critique) as well as project monitoring

By: Adnan Adams Mohammed

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