The country’s agency responsible for the exploration, licensing, and distribution of petroleum-related activities has began processes to build a football pitch for the people of Bekwai
The Ghana National Petroleum Corporation (GNPC) Foundation has started works to build an astro-turf at Bekwai S.D.A Senior High School in the Ashanti region.
A delegation led by GNPC boss Dr. K.K Sarpong and executive director of GNPC Foundation, Dr Kwame Baah-Nuakoh graced the sword cutting on Friday (July 6, 2018) at the school premises with other chiefs and high profile citizens in attendance.
The project is expected to cost the company $250,000 and an estimated six months is what the constructor will use to complete and unveil it.
According to Dr. Nuakoh, GNPC will at least construct 24 pitches in the next four years since they don’t want to sponsor any national team until further notice.
“At GNPC, we don’t have any plans to sponsor any national team at the moment. We want to rather leave a legacy which after ten years, every Ghanaian can be proud of since it will benefit almost everyone,” he told AshesGyamera.com.
“If we use the revenues from the oil to sponsor the Black Stars to participate in the World Cup, what legacy are we even leaving behind because I can say that majority of Ghanaians wouldn’t even remember that GNPC were sponsors of the national team but with physical projects, everyone can be proud of.
“We’re providing infrastructure to schools in Western Region and other parts of the country. Luckily, Ashanti region is also part so in a short period, we hope to make a huge impact in terms of sharing the revenues from the oil production.
“If you see the project after its completion, you would admit that it’s value for money because this isn’t like how many government’s projects are made,” he added.
AshesGyamera understands that five other astro-turf projects will be constructed in five different schools across the country before the end of the year.