Redefining the game – Tullow’s bet on Ghana’s tomorrow

Axim is noted for many things in Ghana. Aside it being the area that records the highest rainfall in Ghana, it is also renowned for its people and their love for education. In fact, Ghana’s first leader, Kwame Nkrumah, taught as a pupil teacher here, while dreaming of making it big in politics. Located in the Western Region, Axim is also part of the seven coastal areas identified by Tullow Ghana for community empowerment and support in line with its operational agenda as an oil and gas company in the country. In an age of transformation and dynamism, multinational companies like Tullow have elevated their commitment to the localities and environments where they operate, believing that what matters to these communities matters to them as well. It is often said that the true test of a company is its commitment to the areas where its operations can be found. This is why Tullow Ghana, in 2019, committed to invest US$10million over five years in educational infrastructure for 15 senior high schools in Ghana. This commitment has so far produced great results, with the building of 12 dormitory blocks and classroom blocks for 12 senior high schools in the Western and Ashanti Regions.

These buildings have the capacity to accommodate an average of 500 students each at any given time annually, solving a key accommodation gap in our nation’s second cycle education. The dormitory facilities are fitted with improved water supply system, electricity, toilet and bathrooms, laundry area and dry lines to give the occupants a perfect ambiance to rest and get ready for academic work. At Axim Girls’ Senior High School recently, a section of Tullow’s leadership, together with the traditional authorities, representatives from Ghana Education Service and government officials, met to commission one of such dormitories for the students in the school. This was a 14-unit block that would eliminate long commutes and provide a conducive environment for learning. Cynthia Lumor, Deputy Managing Director of Tullow, and Hannah Agbozo, Head of Legal, were all smiles when they got to the event grounds. Students and teachers had gathered for the spectacle, and there was a general buzz of activity and excitement in the school. As they strode along the manicured lawns to take their seats, a group of first year students clad in snazzy pink uniforms, smiled and waved at them. It was very clear that the hopes and dreams of these students were being given another elevated step toward realisation.