A 16-unit dormitory block for Nsein Senior High School in the Nzema East Municipality of the Western Region has been inaugurated. The project, named Awulae Agyefi Kwame 11 Block, is under Tullow Ghana’s Free Senior High School (SHS) infrastructure projects.
In 2018, Tullow Ghana made a US$10million investment commitment to construct infrastructure for 15 purpose-built schools across the country over a five-year period.
Each project is expected to accommodate about 500 students in each beneficiary school to support government in providing free SHS education for the Ghanaian child.
Cynthia Lumor, Director-Corporate Affairs at Tullow Ghana, explained that this year Tullow realised part of the commitment with completion of the Nsein Senior High project.
“Tullow Ghana will continue working with the Ghana Education Service and Ministry of Education to assist some senior high schools which have the most urgent need to accommodate qualified SHS students.”
She noted that the development of education in Ghana has been central to Tullow Ghana’s effort since its operations commenced in Ghana during 2007.
“Education will still remain a focus as we implement our 10-year Value Maximisation Plan, under which we will invest over US$4million in infrastructure development and other corporate social responsibilities,” she stressed.
She added that, currently, Tullow’s education initiatives are implemented in-country from basic through secondary to tertiary levels, with a focus on developing Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).
Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh, Minister of Energy, commended Tullow for the initiative and encouraged the company to continue investig in social projects for the people to appreciate the benefits of hosting such big companies.
He appealed for Tullow Ghana to adopt Nsein Senior High School as its flagship secondary school and make it a point to develop the school’s other infrastructure. “Who knows, maybe one day we will have a Managing Director of Tullow Ghana coming from Nsein Senior High School,” he added.
Kwabena Okyere Darko-Mensah, Western Regional Minister, revealed that the region is the biggest beneficiary of the Free SHS policy. According to him, the total number of students in the various SHSs used to be about 13,000 – and with introduction of the policy, over 27,000 students have currently been admitted across the region.
Awulae Agyefi Kwame 11, Omanhene of Nsein, commended Tullow and urged other companies to emulate its example.