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MTN Reiterates Commitment to Support Businesses of Young People

MTN Ghana has reiterated its commitment to support young people's businesses to thrive by providing them with cutting edge services the industry can offer.

Mrs. Adwoa Baah Afrakoma Obeng, the Acting General Manager, Northern Business District, who gave the assurance, said MTN as a business believed in youth empowerment and entrepreneurship and would continue to offer them the needed support.

She was speaking to the Ghana News Agency (GNA) on the sidelines of the Kumasi edition of the 2020 Springboard Road Show held at the Calvary Charismatic Centre in Kumasi.

This year’s event which focused on career, finance and property was attended by young professionals as well as tertiary and second cycle students in the Metropolis.

MTN Ghana has been partnering the Springboard Road Show for the past 12 years to mentor and provide career guidance to young people as part of its vision to support youth development across the country.

Mrs Obeng said through the Springboard, MTN was able to connect with young people to inspire them to greater heights and was convinced that the company had impacted many lives over the years through that partnership.

“We recognize the fact that the Springboard reiterate our mission of making our customers lives a whole lot brighter and if you critically examine, what springboard does is to bring meaning to lives of people,” she emphasized.

She observed that the Springboard was also in line with the company’s vision to lead the delivery of a bold new digital world, considering the technology and entrepreneurship bit they add to their presentations.

She acknowledged the level of thinking and depth of knowledge that young people possessed in terms of business ideas and assured them of tailor-made digital, data and mobile money services to meet their business needs.

MTN, she noted, would continue to partner the Springboard Foundation to impact the lives of the Ghanaian youth to adequately prepare them to take over the leadership of the country in the near future.

“If we have a strong successful youth we can be sure that most of the current social vices we are battling would be a thing of the past,” she stated.

Mrs. Comfort Ocran, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Springboard Road Show Foundation, urged the participants to envision where they wanted to be in the next ten years and progressively pursue the goal with passion.

She said they should be precise with what they wanted to achieve and be focused, adding that, they would face a lot of obstacles but they should remain resolute.

They must also find themselves accountability partners who would check their progress to ensure they were on track.

Source: GNA

AirtelTigo Launches New “Unlimited Call Bundles”


One of the country's leading telecom operator AirtelTigo has launched new “Unlimited Call Bundles” to make life even more simple for its customers and enable them to call their family and friends without worrying about depleting airtime.

The new unlimited call bundles have been designed after extensive research and feedback from customers, who highlighted the need for bundles that last longer and gives greater value.

With the new comprehensive bouquet of unlimited bundles, AirtelTigo's existing and new customers can enjoy unlimited AirtelTigo calls with bundles that last as long as six months – a first of its kind in the industry.

Very attractively priced, at just GHS20 for 6 months, GHS12 for 3 months and GHS10 for two months, GHS6 for 1 month and GHS4 for 15 days, customers should dial *111# to subscribe any of the bundles.

Explaining the rationale behind the new unlimited call bundles, the Chief Marketing Officer at AirtelTigo, Atul Narain Singh, said: “In our constant quest of making consumer's life simple, we provide innovative products that give more value to our customers and improve their experience.”

He added: “With AirtelTigo, consumers can always expect more value for their money.

Source: Ghanaweb

MTN Ghana Foundation Cut Sod for Construction of a Blood Bank at CCTH

The MTN Ghana Foundation has cut the sod for construction work to commence on a Blood bank facility for the Cape Coast Teaching Hospital (CCTH).

The 300,000 cedis project expected to be completed within four months, would have a reception area, office for registration and interview, bleeding room, laboratory, and fridge room for blood storage, a storeroom and a washroom.

Speaking at the sod-cutting, Mr Samuel Koranteng expressed the hope that the availability of a blood bank facility would help provide enough blood for emergency cases and also reduce maternal mortality due to obstetric haemorrhage.

He indicated that investing in sustainable projects consolidated the vision of the company to brighten the lives of its customers in the communities in which it operated.

He mentioned that the MTN Ghana Foundation through its numerous projects had made a significant contribution to the delivery of health care across the country.

Mr Koranteng implored the hospital to provide the needed assistance to the contractor to ensure that the project was completed as scheduled.

Mr Eric Ngyedu, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the CCTH said the hospital required appropriately 8,000 units of blood annually to be able to satisfy its internal and periphery needs.

The CCTH, he noted had the responsibility as a major teaching hospital to spearhead the agenda of getting the required blood needed to save lives.

The hospital would embark on an intensive blood donation exercise to stock the facility when completed. He expressed gratitude to the MTN Foundation for the support a worthy cause.

The CEO stressed that the re-development of the hospital for quality of care also included re-development of the blood bank.

In a related development, the MTN Foundation in collaboration with the CCTH organized a blood donation exercise as part of activities to mark this year’s Valentine Day celebration in Cape Coast.

The exercise, an annual initiative under MTN’s Save a Life Campaign is aimed at stocking the national blood bank.

Three hundred and sixty (366) units of blood were realised at the end of the blood donation exercise at the CCTH and Adisadel College.

Source: Ghanaweb

Vodafone Marks Valentine’s Day with Tree Planting Exercise


To show love to humanity on Valentine’s Day, Vodafone Ghana embarked on a tree planting exercise across the country to protect wildlife and preserve oxygen.

The trees would filter water bodies, provide habitat to terrestrial biodiversity, absorb harmful carbon from the atmosphere, and serve for medicinal purposes.

Over 3,000 trees were planted on a 15-acre land at the Achimota Forest and other parts of the country by staff of Vodafone Ghana, the Forestry Commission and the Ghana International School (GIS).

Vodafone Ghana also gave each staff seedlings to plant around their homes to enhance the effects they want on the environment.

Mrs Patricia Obo-Nai, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Vodafone Ghana, said Vodafone felt the need to embark on a planet-saving initiative that guaranteed the survival of lives.

The exercise was in line with Vodafone’s commitment as a business, to stand for things other than profit, as part of its Purpose-Led agenda, she said.

“Our remit as a company goes beyond just making profits. It is our belief that this tree-planting project will inspire Ghanaians and other organisations to start thinking about the planet and how they can also contribute,” she added.

Mrs Obo-Nai said forest lost was one of the major causes of Climate Change, and the biggest environmental challenge facing everyone as a result of its adverse impact on food production, water availability, wildlife and human health.

She believed if every Ghanaian decided to plant and grow one tree, the country would have 20 million trees to reverse the forest depletion.

“This is why we are giving employees seedlings to grow at home and in their backyard, as part of this project.”

The Chief Executive said Vodafone had other planet saving initiatives for the year such as the “Handset Recycling Initiative”, where it would encourage customers to submit old and obsolete phones at any Vodafone retail shop for the company to properly dispose or recycle them.

“We are also gradually fading out single-use plastics from Vodafone’s offices and retail shops. The campaign, which started barely a week ago, has already changed the culture across Vodafone’s operations. Today, you will realise that instead of giving bottled water, which will be disposed after usage, we decided to come with water dispensers,” she noted.

Mrs Obo-Nai said trees were a crucial factor to human existence not only because they produced food; but also because they played an important role in the carbon cycle.

Mr Kwadwo Owusu Afriyie, the Executive Director of the Forestry Commission, popularly known as “Sir John”, commended Vodafone Ghana and GIS for the initiative.

He gave the assurance that the Commission would support Vodafone to ensure that the trees planted were well maintained to grow well.

He appealed to other organisations, religious bodies, communities and social groups to visit the Commission for trees to plant to promote a green and healthy nation.

“Four acres means 60 plots of land and Vodafone didn’t just come to take a small portion to grow trees for records and leave. They took the biggest land portion here to grow trees and we really do appreciate their zeal to contribute to national development,” he said.

Mr Afriyie believed the step would bring back the cover of the Achimota forest and reinstall it into its old state.

Mrs Angela van der Puije, a Special Education Needs Coordinator of GIS, said her school was passionate about helping to protect the environment through best practices and eradication of land degrading activities.

It was for this reason, that they partnered Vodafone to contribute their quota to Ghana’s wildlife development.

Source: GNA