Nkroful (W/R)- An ultra-modern 1200 seating capacity students auditorium has been commission for the Nkroful Agricultural Senior High School (NASS) to improve upon quality education delivery.
The 1.5 million dollar edifice christened, The YINSON Hall constructed and donated to the school by YINSON Production and its partners, came after a call on them by the then Minister for Petroleum Mr Emmanuel Armah-Kofi Buah to support the school established in 1962 and situated in the birthplace of Ghana’s first President, Osagyefo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah.
The Country Director of Yinson Production, Mr Ari Lehtonen said the host communities would benefit immensely from the company’s activities and expressed the hope to deepen the ties between the company and the communities.
He said the company had provided a number of infrastructures in the Western Region, which would be sustained as part of their corporate social responsibility.
We have provided this assembly hall as a gift to the Ellembelle community with the objective that it would be used as one of the biggest education and recreational centres for all the communities in the oil and gas enclave in this part of the Western Region.
Mr Lehtonen said Nkroful, the hometown of Dr Kwame Nkrumah was chosen to directly give back to the areas where the company got its resources from adding, Our FPSO is moored about 60km offshore Sanzule, which is in the Ellembelle District with its capital as Nkroful with its historical significance which makes it important for Yinson to site such a magnificent project.
It is the home town of our first President Dr Kwame Nkrumah.
According to him, Yinson’s Current social responsibility plan was focused on Education.
The more than 1000-seater Assembly Hall, has audio visual equipment, ceiling fans, furniture, public address system, projector, standby generator, borehole and storage tank to provide water.
The company had also set up the Yinson welding training centre at the Takoradi Technical Institute (TTI), meant to equip the youth with very high skills in welding to help them establish their own businesses and help narrow the skills gap in the oil and gas industry.
The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Petroleum Commission, Mr Egbert Faibille Jnr, stressed the need to acknowledge Dr Kwame Nkrumah’s contribution to Ghana’s Independence through rapid development of his birthplace Nkroful.
He observed that the absence of social infrastructure in oil and mining communities was having a telling effect on the standards of living of the people and assured that the Petroleum Commission would make the desired impact in such areas.
Mr Faibille Jnr said the Commission had developed social impact mitigation guidelines as a blueprint to ensure that the local content policy among other human rights issues was duly adhered to by the mining and oil companies.
He said the government would continue to expand the infrastructural base at various educational institutions, which were training the required manpower to be employed to feed the oil and gas industry.
Mr Faibille Jnr announced that the government would roll out a capacity building training before the end of 2018 to train 1,200 youth to be employed in the oil and gas sector.
He said priority would be given to indigenes within the oil and gas enclave in terms of employment opportunities.
The Member of Parliament (MP) for Ellembelle, Mr. Emmanuel Armah-Kofi Buah, an old boy of the School, who cut the tape to commission the edifice, paid glowing tribute to YINSON Production, the ENI oil company and the GNPC for the swift response to his call to construct a magnificent edifice for the School.
He said the facility was an honour to first the President of Ghana, Dr Kwame Nkrumah as it would attract more conferences with Nkroful as a historical site.
Mr. Buah noted that NASS was now a centre of excellence and called on all stakeholders in the oil and gas industry to respond to the growing demands of the school.
He was presented with a plaque with a citation which described him, as a royal son of the School due to his passion attached to the developmental needs of the School”.
The District Chief Executive (DCE) for Ellembelle, Mr Kwasi Bonzo also an old boy, said he and the MP have vowed to work together which was yielding dividends and lauded Mr Buah for being instrumental in the execution of the project.
He said the District would have its fair share of the petro-chemical industry so that it would not be a curse but a blessing on the people.
Mr. Bonzo appealed to the students to make use of the facilities to maintain higher academic standards and allow the culture of maintenance to be part of them in maintaining the edifice.
The Headmistress of NASS, Madam Esther Armah-Viddah said with the free Senior High School (SHS) policy implementation, the increasing population had outstretched facilities in the school.
She thanked the MP and YINSON Production for the gesture and appealed for more support for the school
Madam Armah-Viddah appealed to the Company and the District Assembly to construct access roads on campus and donate furniture to the school.
The school needed a 12-unit classroom block, Home Economics block and a place of convenience for students, she added.
She also called on the Old Students Association to come to the aid of the School.
Source: Ghana News Agency