The chief executive officer of Ghana National Petroleum Corporation's Foundation Dr. Kwame Baah Nuakoh says there are no plans to sponsor any national team until further notice.
The state-owned oil company last year terminated a five-year sponsorship deal with the Black Stars worth $15 million following alleged corrupt practices and have decided to channel resources into infrastructure development for communities.
On Friday, the company started one of the six modern astro-turfs expected to be built across the country by the end of the year, with a sod cutting at Bekwai S.D.A Senior High School in the Ashanti region.
Each of the pitches will boast of floodlights and standby generators and will cost government $250,000.
“At GNPC, we don’t have any plans to sponsor the Black Stars or any national team at the moment. We want to rather leave a legacy which after ten years, every Ghanaian will be proud of since it will benefit almost everyone,” Nuakoh told Goal.
“If we use the revenues from the oil sector to sponsor only the Black Stars, what legacy are we even leaving behind for the unborn generation?
"This is because majority of Ghanaians wouldn’t even remember that GNPC were sponsors of the national team in ten years to come since it didn't affect their lives directly in the long run. However, with these kind of physical projects, everyone can be proud of," he said.
“We’re providing infrastructure to schools in Western region and other parts of the country so within a short period, we hope to make a huge impact in terms of sharing the revenues from the oil production.
“The modernised Astros-turf can be compared to what Barcelona have at their academy and will cost $250,000 each. If you see the astro-turf after its completion, you would admit that it’s value for money,” he added.
Goal understands that one of the pitches will be constructed in Kumasi and Duayaw Nkwanta, with the rest expected in Western, Northern and Central regions.