Vivo Energy Ghana, the Shell licensee, in partnership with its retailers has launched a novel sustainable initiative dubbed the ‘Retailer Sustainability Programme’ to implement human-centred projects in communities where it operates, with a focus on COVID-19 prevention.
The Retailer Sustainability Programme forms part of Vivo Energy Ghana’s present comprehensive programme on COVID-19 prevention being rolled-out to complement government’s efforts in combatting the virus in Ghana and ensuring decentralisation of support to local communities.
The Managing Director of Vivo Energy Ghana, Mr. Ben Hassan Ouattara, commenting on the programme said as a corporate organisation it has been following development of the pandemic in the country and its socio-economic impact on families, communities, businesses and the nation in general.
“It is for this reason that we partnered with our Shell retailers to reach out to communities and help fight the virus. The programme has led to the implementation of several COVID-19 prevention initiatives in various regions across the country, and I want to express my profound gratitude to our distinguished retailers for responding positively to our call,” he said.
Since the programme’s launch, various government institutions have benefitted from it. They include the National Commission for Civic Education and Effiankwanta Regional Hospital in the Western Region; Tamale Teaching Hospital in the Northern Region; Kenyasi Health Centre and Ahinsan Camp Prison in the Ashanti Region.
Some interventions include the donation of PPEs such as gloves, nose masks, goggles, coveralls, hand washing facilities, hand sanitisers, detergents, thermometers; and the construction of water-tanks for underserved communities to encourage regular handwashing.
The Coordinator of Northern Sector Shell retailers, Mr. Frederick Fredua Anto, expressed his appreciation to Vivo Energy Ghana for the partnership with its retailers to ensure COVID-19 prevention interventions are not only centralised in the cities but trickle down to various communities in the regions.
“Beyond selling quality Shell fuels and lubricants, we have the nation and our customers at heart. We are in difficult times, and as business partners it gives us a great sense of fulfilment to have been able to offer a helping hand to government in the prevention of this life-threatening virus.”
Since the coronavirus outbreak in Ghana, Vivo Energy Ghana has embarked on several projects for COVID-19 prevention. These include donation of PPE to the National COVID Case Management Team, funding an e-learning application for students at home, and donation of hand sanitisers and liquid soaps to some major bus terminals and retail stations for distribution to drivers and customers respectively.
In line with the company’s Health, Safety, Security and Environment (HSSE) intervention processes, it has alsoequipped its Shell service stations with hand sanitisers and other cleaning solutions as a precautionary measure. The company has also introduced other electronic payment options, like mobile money, at some of its service stations to reduce the handling of cash.