By: Fred Yaw Sarpong
Vivo Energy Ghana Limited (VEGL), the company that distributes and markets Shell-branded fuels and lubricants, led a delegation of staff to officially introduce new Managing Director, Mr. Fred Nyakagwa Osoro to the Chief of Atukpai, Nii Tetteh Tsuru and his elders at his private residence in Accra.
In line with the customs and traditions of the country, Mr. Fred Osoro who is a Kenyan after assumption of duty as the Country Managing Director of Vivo Energy Ghana Limited, was officially introduced to the Chief of Atukpai on whose land Vivo Energy Ghana office is located for their support and cooperation.
The delegation was made up of the Corporate Communications Manager of VEGL, Mrs. Shirley Tony Kum, the Human Resources Manager, Mrs. Philomina Cobbinah, the HR Business Support Manager, Mr. Frank Konadu Acheampong, and other members of staff.
Mr. Osoro thanked the Chief and his elders for their support over the years and hoped to enjoy the same cooperation during his tenure of office. He reaffirmed the vision of the company to be the most respected energy business in Africa and promised to collaborate effectively with all stakeholders to realize this vision.
“Ghanaians are nice people and my family and I are already enjoying the fine hospitality of the Ghanaian society,” said Osoro.
The Corporate Communications Manager of Vivo Energy Ghana, Shirley Tony Kum also stated that Vivo Energy focus area in terms of community investment includes: environment, education and road safety.
She explained that a community investment plan has been developed with focus on those three areas and Vivo Energy Ghana will work with all relevant stakeholders to ensure the socio-economic development of local communities and the nation as a whole.
The Chief of Atukpai, Nii Tetteh Tsuru, in his speech assured Mr. Osoro and his team of the stools cooperation and prayed his tenure of office deepens the existing relationship between the Atukpai Stool and Vivo Energy Ghana. He further urged Mr. Osoro to find time to participate in festivals to make merry with his people.
The company changed its name from Shell Ghana to Vivo Energy Ghana in August 2013.
The Shell brand has been in Ghana for 85 years and Shell has been one of the leading marketers of fuels and lubricants. Vivo Energy Ghana has a storage capacity of nearly 11,000m³ and 128 retail stations with the majority offering Shell Cards and convenience retail stores.
Over the years, the company expanded its portfolio by acquiring Texaco in 1988. Vivo Energy Ghana employs 143 people but the business provides indirect employment to over 1,000 people. The company is recognized as a leader in the oil industry especially championing and setting standards for safety in sales and distribution.