Executive Director of GNPC Foundation has inspected some of the Foundation`s projects in the Sekondi-Takoradi and the Effia –Kwesimitsim metropolis to have first-hand information on the progress being made in this regard.
Dr Dominic Eduah said the organization’s drive in ensuring inclusive and sustainable development of Ghanaian communities through its social impact investments has alleviated critical social challenges in order to improve the livelihood of the people.
Dr Eduah stressed that their intervention is premised on three core needs; education and training, economic empowerment, and environmental and social amenities.
“So far everything is on schedule. I will pat the head of the unit at the back. I think everything is on schedule. And I’m personally going to ensure that move faster in completing the necessary processes in getting the work done”, he said.
The projects inspected include; a 160 bed capacity hostel with ancillary facilities for the Sekondi Takoradi School for the deaf, a 6 unit classroom block for Sekondi College, a 6 unit classroom block for Methodist Senior High School, 24 unit sanitary facility at Bompeh Senior High School, 8 unit toilet facility at Nana Katabra “A” Basic School, 12 unit toilet facility at Assakae Market, and a guest facility, administrative office, library and computer laboratory complex for the Western Regional House of Chiefs.
Dr Eduah assured of an evenly spread of such interventions across the country.
“We’ve nationalized the projects that we are doing. The projects cut across, it’s in every district as we speak. We are ensuring that we attend to the various requests that come to our table. We are not restricting it to the Western Region”, he said.
The Head of Environment and Social Amenities of the GNPC Foundation, Patience Lartey observed that the progress of work though has been met with some challenges, they are within schedule.
She explained that the challenges were mainly technical and logistical in nature with contractors, and some others regarding land, with title holders.
Mrs Lartey said that such matters have been resolved and is convinced of having these projects completed soon.
She added that “we will repeat the same projects…we will do water- boreholes for deprived communities, the school blocks, the sanitary facilities because they are the main focus of the Environment and Social Amenities Unit. That is our focus because the deprivation is high, not just in the Western Region…it cuts across.”
Some of the beneficiaries of the yet to be completed projects expressed great joy saying the projects will bring a lot of relief to them.
For instance, in two schools where the foundation provided sanitary facilities for them, the management of the schools lamented about how students will leave campus in such of a sanitary place but will never return to school or will end up losing important academic time which hitherto affected their academic performances.