Chief of Kwapra, near Kumasi, Nana Baffour Adu Gyamfi Kumaniin I, has described the idea behind the creation of the GNPC Foundation as divine in its mandate of providing a wide range of social and economic support to Ghanaians and communities across the country.
Speaking at a short ceremony to hand over the first phase of the new GNPC funded 20-bed community hospital at Kwapra, the chief expressed delight at the scope of work and impact of the Foundation since its establishment as the Corporate Social Investment arm of the Ghana National Petroleum Corporation (GNPC) some three years ago and lauded the foresight of Chief Executive, Dr. KK Sarpong for his change leadership.
According to Nana Kumaniin I, the importance of the decision to create a dedicated Unit to spearhead GNPC’s community support programmes and other social initiatives cannot be emphasized enough.
He stated that after over a decade of exploring Ghana’s oil and gas resources commercially, it was no longer lost on anyone that the gains from this business must begin to directly manifest in Ghanaian lives. “This is notwithstanding the fact that Ghana’s oil money can be traced to major national programmes – the effect of which, though significant on a national scale, is often not perceptible to the ordinary Ghanaian and that is where the GNPC Foundation offers remarkable reminders with the impact of their work.”
“I believe Dr. KK Sarpong and the Board at GNPC were inspired by God himself,” he said.
He added that through the provision of various projects that include social infrastructures such as classroom blocks, sanitary facilities, potable water, as well as educational scholarships and other livelihood support programmes, the GNPC Foundation remains true to its corporate slogan, “Impacting Lives,” with a concerted effort to making the ordinary Ghanaian the center of GNPC’s community development focus.
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