Sunday, 5 January 2020

GNPC’s CSR activities… are they worth it? (Part 2)


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Adnan Adams Mohammed

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

From the information provided, the Foundation has completed 45 of 6-unit classroom blocks for some senior high schools in the country. It has 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 is presented in the pictorial view:



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

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

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 SH S                                                           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 Classroom Block 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

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 a 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 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 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.
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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, Alex 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 began 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 improved training methods and a sports psychology programme.
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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

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