Tullow Oil Plc, the parent company of Tullow Oil Ghana with headquarters in London, has contributed US $50,000 to the ECOWAS Secretariat, as its support for the organization of the ECOWAS Games, currently taking place at the El-Walk Stadium in Accra,Ghana.
The games under the theme "'Promoting Peace and Unity Among ECOWAS Youth Through Sports" is being held from June 16-22 , and is attracting participation in five disciplines including Boxing, Handball, Volleyball, Athletics and Traditional Wrestling. Member countries taking part are Ghana, Nigeria, Burkina Faso, Mali, Niger, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Togo and Benin.
Tullow Oil Plc is providing financial support for the games as part of its corporate social responsibility initiatives, which among other things, seek to encourage co-operation between both the public and private sectors of the various ECOWAS member states.
The company also, as a matter of corporate policy, encourages mental and physical discipline among the youth in regions where it operates.
Gayheart Mensah, Head Investor Relations and Communications, Tullow Ghana Limited, explained "The Company made the contribution with a view to supporting social co-operation and integration within the West African sub region."
The sub-region is bordered to its south by the Gulf of Guinea, which has proven to contain major oil and gas deposits and thus holds the potential for generating the resources for the accelerated economic development of the coastal nations
According to Gayheart Mensah, " The on-going ECOWAS games is fostering closer relations among all the ECOWAS nations and thus opens the doors for better political, economic, social and cultural co-operation and integration." Tullow's contribution to organizing the games demonstrates the company's commitment not just to Ghana, as the hosting country, but also to the rest of the sub-region.
The company is very active in Ghana where it is leading oil and gas exploration and production as well as several other African countries, most notably Uganda.
The idea of the ECOWAS GAMES was discussed at a meeting of ECOWAS Ministers of Youth and Sports in Cotonou, Benin, in 2008, and recommendations made that it should be held biennially. The first game was held in Nigeria on September 2010.
Ghana is hosting the games because of the impending general elections, as it seeks to use the games as a tool to promote peace.