The Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II has recognised the contribution of Vivo Energy Ghana (VEGH) to socio-economic development of the country as the Managing Director, Mr. Ben Hassan Ouattara, paid a courtesy call at the Manhyia Palace with some management members.
According to Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, “Business is not all about making money but also giving back to the communities where you work, while thoughtfully thinking about their health delivery, education and the rest”.
He reckoned that the work of VEGH, particularly their corporate social responsibilities, are far-reaching, and commendable.
The Asantehene noted that the services and products that Vivo Energy, marketers and distributors of Shell branded products in the country offer to the public significantly enhance transportation, especially the quality of fuel sold to vehicle users.
Speaking at the visit of management members of VEGH to the Manhyia Palace, Otumfuo charged them to deepen their branch expansion drive, which will help create more employment for indigenes while also promoting the country’s development.
The MD of VEGH, Mr. Ben Hassan Ouattara, said the company is focused on making customer’s lives easier and their experience more convenient, delightful and rewarding by providing high-quality products and services.
These are done to meet the needs of customers while maintaining “high standards of safety, innovation, and service in operation”, he added.
“For over 90 years in Ghana, the Shell brand has always led the industry with innovative products to satisfy the evolving needs of customers, confirming its fuel technology expertise.”
Additionally, he said, the company this year “reaffirmed its industry leadership position by launching its biggest and most advanced fuels, made with the ‘Dynaflex Technology’ to help clean and protect engines”.
Mr. Hassan Ouattara, accompanied by some management members, donated ten brand-new laptops to the ‘Otumfuo Teachers Awards’ initiative. This is to enhance teaching and learning, especially in rural communities, as COVID-19 continues to drive digitalisation in every sphere of life.
To this end, he emphasised that VEGH takes pride in being a major contributor to the development of communities “where we operate, with a vision of becoming Africa’s most respected energy business. We pledge to impact lives in Ghana, particularly in our operational areas, through our major focus areas of road safety, education and the environment”.
VEGH said it has been a long-dedicated contributor to the Otumfuo Education Fund and Teachers Awards, and it will continue to do so in future by supporting key developmental initiatives of the Asanteman Council.
It is against this background that a number of projects undertaken in the region and across the country were highlighted to the traditional authorities.
These include the renovation of a 5-unit classroom block to the Brengo Presbyterian School in the Ashanti Mampong Municipality, which is a second intervention by VEGH under the ‘Energy for Water and Education Programme’.
Others are: construction of a 10-seat modern WC facility for the Ahinsan Prison Camp; donation of COVID-19 relief items to various health facilities across the country among others.
The visit to the Manhyia Palace forms part of a working visit by the Managing Director of VEGH to the Ashanti Region.