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Mtn determined to overcome Nigeria IPO challenges.

ralph mupita

A $10.1 billion fine by Nigerian authorities will make an upcoming MTN Nigeria IPO difficult, but the operator will press on, its group CFO said.

Ralph Mupita told CNBC the process will become “pretty challenging and awkward, but we have got to explore other options of continuing to meet the listing requirements” adding “we are not sitting here saying the listing is off. The listing is to remain on track”.
The Central Bank of Nigeria last month ordered the South Africa-based company to refund $8.1 billion which it said was repatriated illegally from the country, followed by the government slapping MTN with a $2 billion tax bill related to the import of non-domestic equipment and payments to suppliers over the past decade.
Mupita stated the operator is committed to staying in the country and finding a solution to these issues, which makes sense given Nigeria is MTN’s biggest market.

MTN has been preparing to list a stake in its Nigeria business since it struck an agreement with regulators to do so in 2016. However, since then, speculation has been rife on the dates, value and process, and formal details have failed to materialise.

source: Mobile World Live


Mtn Ghana acknowledges role of women in a development.

Cross-section of participants

MTN Ghana has underscored the need for appreciating the tremendous role being played by women towards the development of the country.

MTN recognizes the important role women play in nurturing, enhancing and developing people, communities and nations around the world.

As organizations observe this day around the world, MTN Ghana would like to use this opportunity to thank all women in MTN for the pivotal role they continue to play in business and in national development.

The Chief Executive Officer of MTN, Mr. Selorm Adadevoh commended the efforts of women in MTN.

He said, “we are committed to the development and welfare of women. MTN’s market leadership will not have been a reality without the contribution of women in the organization.”

Commenting on the celebration, the Human Resource Executive of MTN, Mrs Amma Benneh-Amponsah said, “we continue to celebrate women for their diversity.

MTN has about 40% of its workforce being women spread across varying levels both operational and strategic.”

As part of activities to commemorate this year’s International Women’s Day, the CEO of African Women’s Development fund, Theo Sowa had a talk with MTN staff on the theme #BalanceforBetter. In her presentation, she said, “the narratives of the African woman has to change for good and there is the need to have a society that rewards everyone especially women all year round.

“Diversity opens many opportunities and therefore women should look beyond how we are investing in our country now and go beyond the easy things. We need to recognize that we have been privileged to be in the workplace that encourages continuous transformation and innovation” she added.

MTN has made a lot of interventions to make the workplace conducive and more enjoyable for women. The company has a crèche facility in-house for nursing mothers to take care of their babies while at work.

To create awareness of women’s health and wellness, MTN periodically organizes breast and cervical screening for its female staff among others. MTN’s flexi hours also gives staff including women an opportunity to choose convenient work schedules.

MTN through its Foundation has undertaken various projects aimed at improving the wellbeing of women. Through its health and economic empowerment portfolios, MTN has undertaken projects such as the provision of a Maternity Block for the Tema General Hospital, the refurbishment of the 2nd floor labor unit of Korle-Bu Maternity Ward, Construction of Neonatal unit for Tamale Teaching Hospital, Construction of Girls Dormitory Block for Apam SHS, and the Construction of a 15 Bed Children Ward for Twifo Praso. Every Christmas, MTN staff volunteers distribute hampers to mothers of babies born on Christmas Day.

There are many more projects across the country aimed at empowering women economically. MTN undertook the Girl Code Project aimed at training women in Apps development and provided support aimed at increasing access to ICT education for girls.

The International Women’s Day which is celebrated on 8th March every year is a global celebration of the economic, political and social achievements of women past, present and future. The theme for this year’s celebration is #BalanceforBetter.


Mobile industry organises disaster preparedness and response workshop

A Group Photograph of participants at the Workshop

The Ghana Chamber of Telecommunications (GCT) in partnership with the GSMA, National Communications Authority and the Bureau of National Communications is organizing a two-day training workshop on Disaster Response and Humanitarian Crises Management starting on Thursday 28th March 2019 at the La Palm Royal Beach Hotel in Accra.

This initiative is part of a wider effort to improve coordination between mobile operators, regulatory authorities, government agencies and the humanitarian community to not just prepare to respond to disasters but leverage mobile technology as well as other critical technological tools to plan, predict, respond effectively or mitigate completely the effect of potential disasters.

Chief Executive of the Chamber, Ing. Kenneth Ashigbey called for simulations among all stakeholders within the disaster management ecosystem to leverage ICT and telecommunications services to mitigate disasters and humanitarian crises facing our country.

“There’s a need to collaborate with our little pockets of excellence and experience to mitigate and respond effectively to disasters and humanitarian crises that may arise”. He said

Over the last few months, there has been several earth tremor counts, with scientists predicting an imminent earthquake with its associated challenges.

Mr. Prince Ofosu Sefah, a Deputy Director General Operations at the National Communications Authority, also underscored the important role ICT and telecommunications plays in the reduction, mitigation and recovery phase of disasters.

He also revealed government’s plan to position ICT and telecommunications at the heart of Ghana’s Emergency Response Operations to alleviate disasters.

The workshop also seeks to propose around the world techniques being deployed by countries similar to Ghana and allow our nation to adopt flexible approaches to policy during emergencies to positively impact response efforts.

The training workshop is a course certified by the United Kingdom Telecommunications Academy, which is an Internationally recognized center of excellence in the provision of ICT education globally.

Key Institutions participating in this workshop are from the Prisons Service, Immigration Service, Police Service, Armed Forces, Fire Service, Meteorological Service, National Security, Bureau of National Investigation, Information Services Department, Ambulance Service, Food & Drugs Authority, Ghana Investment Fund for Electronic Communications, Mobile Network Operators, Tower Infrastructure Companies and others.

Source: Chamber News Desk

MTN customers satisfied with momo service

Mr. Eli Hini, General manager for mobile money financial services at MTN Ghana

Some customers of Mobile Telecommunication Network (MTN) in the Tamale Metropolis have expressed satisfaction with its Mobile Money (MoMo) service describing it as a game-changer in terms of boosting business activities.

They lauded the telecom service provider for offering the MoMo service saying it was the fastest, easily accessible and the most reliable money transfer service helping to enhance their revenue generation as well as sustaining business growth.

They expressed their satisfaction in an interview with Ghana News Agency in Tamale on Tuesday at the sidelines of a customer outreach exercise organised by MTN at the Central Business District of Tamale to interact with their customers, listen to their concerns and institute measures to address them.

Mr Inusah Soulisu, a businessman in Tamale said transacting business activities with partners in faraway places used to be difficult adding the introduction of the MTN MoMo made it much easier to send and receive money from business associates from afar.

He said “It was always difficult for me to pay for my goods from Accra because of the long queue in the bank, but with the help of the MoMo service by MTN, I just sit in my shop in Tamale and buy and make payment for my goods without any difficulty.”

Miss Fadila Zakariya, a nursing student said the MTN MoMo service enhanced her ability to save while increasing the security of her money saying “I no longer have fear because my money is always safe and easily accessible to me at any time.”

She explained that being a student and taking student allowances from government, there was need for the operations of the MoMo service to be linked with the E-Zwich service to make it easier to receive her nursing allowances.

She urged Management of MTN to put in security measures that would check criminal activities in the MoMo service to safeguard the money of customers.

Mr Aremeyaw Osman, a businessman at Old Airport, a suburb of Tamale, complained about poor network connectivity around the Old Airport area thereby making voice calls unstable urging MTN to help fix it.

Mr Kwasi Osei Hyeaman, MTN Northern Sector Area Sales Manager described the customer outreach exercise as important saying “The exercise achieved the purpose for which it was organised, and we hope to improve on the various aspects of concerns raised by customers to enhance our services.”

Mr Hyeaman urged customers to help in the fight against fraudsters in the operations of the service by being self-conscious of the security of their MoMo service’s password, saying “In the future we hope customers can transact every kind of business activity through the MoMo service.”

Source: GNA