Parliament urged to clearly redefine CSR areas to GNPC

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Former member of the Public Interest and Accountability Committee (PIAC), Ishmael Agyekumhene, has asked Parliament to redefine clearly the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) roles Ghana National Petroleum Corporation (GNPC) can partake.

This comment by the former PIAC member comes after GNPC was involved over what has been described as ”indiscriminate” sponsoring of public functions and activities.

A memo which has gone viral on social media shows huge amounts of monies used by GNPC to support institutions which is clearly outside its core mandate.

First Lady, Rebecca Akufu Addo’s Rebecca Foundation, The Ghana Journalists Association, and the celebration of the Okyenhene’s 20th Anniversary etc. have benefited from the GNPC’s CSR projects.

A memo dated 29th October 2019 showed that some donations and sponsorship deals had been approved by the GNPC board upon recommendation by the Brand, Communication and CSR Committee of the company.

The memo had the following institutions and activities with corresponding amounts to be disbursed ; 2019 Damba Festival Preparation – Dagbon State – GH¢ 400,000.00, 20th Anniversary of Okyenhene – GH¢ 500,000.00 over three years totaling (GH 1,500,000.00) for the environment and greening as well as GH¢ 300,000.00 for organization of 20th Anniversary celebrations, Ghana Journalists Association(GJA) – GH¢ 50,000.00, Ghana Boxing Association – US$ 30,000.00, Rebecca Foundation – GH¢ 120,000.00 and EOCO – GH¢ 550,000.00.

But speaking to Ekourba Gyasi on Atinka AM Drive, Former member of the Public Interest and Accountability Committee (PIAC), Ishmael Agyekumhene, explained that the disbursement of monies outside the core mandate of the GNPC is not new.

According to Ishmael Agyekumhene, during his tenure PIAC raised a lot of questions about the disbursement of monies to some of these institutions but the claims, according to him, was ignored.

He insisted that it is about time Parliament redefines the CSR areas to GNPC and set non-core mandate policies to GNPC to prevent over spending.

“GNPC sponsoring activities and projects outside their core-mandate is not new, it is very common and they have been doing this for years. PIAC always talk about it but sometimes it is believed that the projects are in the collective interest of the nation so it is brushed aside. When the GNPC gave the black Stars GHS3 Million, who questioned them”, He added.

Ghana | | Vivian Adu Boatemaa