The Coordinator of the Northern Sector Shell retailers, Mr Frederick Fredua Anto, has called for the trickling down into various communities prevention interventions meant to fight the novel coronavirus pandemic. Mr Anto says it is important to ensure such interventions are not only centralised in the cities.
He was speaking at the launch of a novel sustainable initiative, dubbed the ‘Vivo Energy Retailer Sustainability Programme’, to implement human-centred projects in communities where the oil marketing company operates. With focus on COVID-19 prevention, the event was organised by Vivo Energy Ghana, the Shell licensee, in partnership with its retailers.
“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 the government in the prevention of this life-threatening virus,” he stated.
The Retailer Sustainability Programme forms part of Vivo Energy Ghana’s comprehensive programme on COVID-19 prevention being rolled-out to complement the government’s efforts in combating the virus.
Ben Hassan Ouattara, Managing Director of Vivo Energy Ghana, said as a corporate organisation, the company has been following the development of the pandemic in the country and the socio-economic impact of the life-threatening coronavirus 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 to 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 its launch, various government institutions have benefitted from the programme. They include the National Commission for Civic Education and Effiankwanta Regional Hospital, in the Western Regional, Tamale Teaching Hospital, in the Northern Region, Kenyasi Health Centre and Ahinsan Camp Prison, both in the Ashanti Region.
Some interventions include the donation of PPEs such as gloves, nose masks, goggles, coveralls, hand washing facilities, hand sanitizers, detergents, thermometers, and the construction of water tanks for underserved communities to encourage regular hand washing.
In line with the company’s Health, Safety, Security and Environment (HSSE) intervention processes, it has also equipped its Shell service stations with hand sanitizers 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.