Tigo-Airtel Staff End Breast Cancer Month with Fundraising

Employees of the newly merged Airtel and Tigo in the last Friday of October marked the climax of this years’ Breast Cancer awareness month with a sea of Pink dress-codes in solidarity with Breast Cancer survivors.

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The headquarters of both entities were vibrant and alive as employees created awareness on Breast Cancer Awareness month which was climaxed with a buffet lunch and fund-raising activities.

The merged entity had a lot to celebrate given that they have over the years supported Breast Cancer campaigns by raising funds among themselves and supporting various institutions in creating awareness on early detection and caring for survivors.

This years’ internal awareness campaign which builds on the successes of activities over the years, featured a month-long digital news portal updates to employees on the signs to look out for, how to self-examine and treatment options when such signs are reported for early medical attention.

Employees were also sensitized against stigmatization and encouraged to be strong support systems for loved ones who find the selves with the devastating disease. They also partnered with NGO, Breast Care International for this year’s ‘Walk for Cure’ awareness campaign in Koforidua in the Eastern region.

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The Breast Cancer awareness month has become an institutionalized feature for employee engagements for Tigo and Airtel staff to compliment the national agenda which was this year themed “Early Detection and Effective Treatment Save Lives”.

Source: NewsGhana https://www.newsghana.com.gh/tigo-airtel-staff-organize-fundraising-activities-to-end-breast-cancer-month/

MTN Ghana Foundation invest $13 million in CSR

MTN Ghana Foundation, the Corporate Social Responsibility arm of MTN, has invested over 13 million dollars in building school blocks, libraries and Information Communication Technology Centres around the country in the last 10 years.

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The investment is to enhance teaching capabilities, constructing and equipping hospital wards, paying tuition and supporting entrepreneurship. Professor Franklin Manu, the Board Chairman MTN Ghana Foundation, said that at the launch of its 10th anniversary to celebrate a decade of transforming and improving the wellbeing of communities across Ghana.

The celebration is on the theme: “Celebrating Ten years of Brightening lives, inspiring a brighter future.”

He said these achievements were outstanding and in recognition of this, the MTN Ghana Foundation has been rewarded by several institutions.

He said indeed it has a been a decade of great transformations and improved wellbeing for the communities they have touched spanning the North, South, East and West of Ghana.

He said as the company leads in the transformation of Ghana’s telecommunications sector, the Foundation was expected to continue to provide leadership in the communities and would ensure that the impact was felt in all spheres of life.

Pro Manu said through the interventions of the MTN Ghana Foundation, more people in rural as well as urban communities now have access to improved healthcare and in the same vein, thousands of expectant mothers now deliver in comfortable hospitals that we have refurbished or constructed.

“The newly constructed maternity unit of the Tema General Hospital which would be opening soon is a classic example,” he said.

He said these interventions have saved many lives in remote and urban communities in Ghana and all of this made possible from funds generated from a network “we consistently strive to enhance and expand.”

"My colleagues and I will continue to search, innovate and implement strategies and projects that will brighten lives ‘everywhere we go’,” he added.

The Board Chairman said “We have not just invested financial resources; we have also invested quality time and made a lot of sacrifices to make lives better.”

He said their “Save a life campaign” which organizes the annual blood donation exercise was introduced to help address the perennial blood shortage at the National Blood Bank and other regional hospitals.

The campaign has since then, collected over 6,000 pints of blood.

Mrs Georgina Asare Fiagbenu, Executive Secretary of the Foundation, said as part of activities to celebrate the anniversary, which was to end in March 2018, the Foundation has put together both internal and external events.

The activities include economic empowerment day, education day, staff volunteering day, community-driven corporate social responsibility in MTN’s three business districts and a visit to the Borstal Home.

She said the Foundation would also be embarking on some projects to mark the anniversary like partnering with ‘Operation Smile’ to help people, who have congenital disabilities and would need some surgery, put up an oil palm production centre in the Ashanti Region and give 300 scholarship to students.

Source: GNA

Telecoms Chamber appoints new CEO

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The Ghana Chamber of Telecommunications has announced the appointment of Kenneth Ashigbey as Chief Executive Officer. He assumes duty on November 1st 2017.

Kenneth joins the Chamber from the Graphic Communications Group Limited, where he was the Managing Director. He was previously the CEO at Optimum Media Prime (OMP) and also worked as the Chief Technology Officer at the Multimedia Group Ltd.

Ms. Yolanda Cuba, Chair of the Chamber, said “we welcome Kenneth to the Chamber. With a customer base of more than 19 million unique subscribers in Ghana, the mobile industry continues to change how we communicate. We look forward to working with Ken to deliver a lot more excitement to customers.”

On his part Kenneth said, “I am honored to be joining the industry at such a time of significant opportunities, despite the progress made. The Chamber will continue to positively impact the lives of Ghanaians by advocating for the right policy, legal and regulatory environment.”

He is appreciative of the tremendous work done by his predecessor, Kwaku Sakyi Addo and remains confident that “together, we can build on that”.

Kenneth holds an MBA from the Leicester University and a Bachelor Degree in Electrical Engineering from the KNUST.

Media Contacts:
For the Chamber
Derek B. Laryea
Head, Communications & Research

NCA gives approval for Airtel-Tigo merger

The National Communications Authority (NCA) has given approval for the merger between Bharti Ghana Limited (Airtel) and Millicom Ghana Limited (Tigo) to proceed subject to some conditions.

This merger will result in an entity which will be the second largest mobile network operations in the country.

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The merger, which was first announced in March this year, required the regulator to conduct a comprehensive analysis of the application and the regulatory ecosystem.

To ensure efficient and equitable distribution and access to the spectrum, the merged entities will have to submit a network integration plan to the Authority which will indicate how they intend to relinquish portions of their total spectrum allocation.

This, however, will be done in phases on geographical area basis and over a period not exceeding 18 months to avoid disruptions on the network.

On the issue of numbers, the merged entity shall retain all the numbering resources held by the merging entities. The NCA has also requested the merged entity to submit a plan to educate customers about changes and related measures within 30 days from the date of merger.

The merger approval is also conditioned with an option for Government participation.

Based on agreements which have been accepted by the merging entities and the payment of relevant fees, a supplementary agreement to the licences of the merging entities will be signed between the NCA and the merging entities; the day of the signing of the agreement will be the effective date of the merger.

The merged entity will have a 3G Licence valid until January 25, 2024, while their 2G Licence will be valid until October 30, 2021.

The NCA wishes to assure all stakeholders, especially consumers, that their various interests will be protected and that the Authority will endeavor to maintain stability within the industry.