Tigo Ghana in CSR spree
MOBILENana Appiah, Accra, Ghana | March 19, 2012, 12:23 p.m.
By Nana Appiah Acquaye, Accra, Ghana
Tigo Ghana has stepped up its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) with a donation spree in some parts of the country especially in the Central and the Western regions.
At the Ankaful leprosarium in the Central Region officials of Tigo donated assorted items and souvenirs worth over GH6000 to the inmates. The items presented include Tigo branded souvenirs, food stuffs, toiletries, medical items, clothes and bedding.
James Nyarko, the brands image coordinator for the western territory who made the donation on behalf of the company, told BiztechAfrica: “Tigo seeks to touch the valuable lives of our customers, communities and the nation as a whole. The company has also constructed hospital units, with the Atwima Mponua District Hospital being a test case.”
Tigo staff ended their visit to the Central region with a choral festival dubbed ‘Intellecto’, which brought together choral groups from universities across the country. The leprosy patients socialised and interacted with the students and went on to say that they felt blessed to be accepted and recognized by Tigo and the students.
A public health nurse at the Ankaful hospital, Rosemond Odoom, received the items on behalf of the leprosarium, and applauded Tigo for the good work they are undertaking in the country. She also said they will forever be grateful to Tigo for coming to their aid when they needed it the most. She made use of the opportunity to encourage other corporate bodies to imitate this habit of giving to the leprosarium, since it receives the least attention, she said.
In the Western region, Tigo Ghana, in partnership with Skyy multimedia, conducted the largest ever blood donation exercise in the area.
Health authorities in the region say that in recent years, several pregnant women, children and accident patients lost their lives as a result of inadequate blood supply in health centres.
Tigo Ghana therefore launched a project dubbed '2012 Blood Donation Campaign' to amass pints of blood to save lives. The campaign brought together over 700 blood donors who donated blood to the Western regional blood bank.
Doctors and nurses from the regional blood bank, Afia-Nkwanta Hospital, provided expertise and medical equipments for the exercise. Donors also went through series of medical screenings to declare them fit to donate blood.
Tigo provided beverages, cash and souvenirs to show gratitude to donors and volunteers and also to encourage the community to patronize programmes such as these.
400 pints of blood were ultimately collected and will be used to stock 12 hospitals in the Western region.
Speaking in Takoradi, the marketing coordinator for the Western Territory, James Nyarkoh, said: “Tigo is happy to partner the 2012 Blood Donation Campaign. This campaign is actually a call to duty by Tigo to help save lives. We (Tigo) say that, you can always express yourself when you save a life. We will continue to save lives, improve lives and support communities.’’
The Western Regional health director, Dr Linda Van Otoo, commended Tigo and Skyy Multimedia for their supporting such a worthy course and appealed to Ghanaians to donate blood to health facilities regularly.
MORE MOBILE NEWS
African wireless to benefit from Fortinet’s Meru acquisitionEnterprises looking to boost their wireless network security, capacity and control are set to benefit from Fortinet’s pending acquisition of Meru Networks, says the Fortinet Africa team. Read More
BlackBerry makes $137m from software, technology licensing in 3 monthsBlackBerry Limited this week reported its financial results for the three months ended May 3 this year, showing earnings of $137 million from software and technology licensing revenue. Read More
Broadband a GDP enabler: MainOneBroadband has a key role to play as an enabler to increase employment and grow GDP, MainOne CEO Funke Opeke told the recent Commonwealth Broadband Forum held in Abuja. Read More
BICS reports explosion in LTE roamingBICS, a global wholesale carrier for voice, mobile data and capacity services, says it has witness a rapid increase in LTE roaming traffic over its market-leading IPX network. Read More
BlackBerry Leap launched in NigeriaBlackBerry Limited has launched its latest device, the BlackBerry Leap, in Nigeria. Read More
Late night mobile car searches skyrocket in Ghana80% of new car customers and almost 100% of used car customers begin their car shopping experience online, often late in the evening via mobile, says online vehicle marketplace Carmudi. Read More
Smile Communications selects Ericsson for 4G/LTE managed serviceEricsson is to manage operations and maintenance for Smile Communications in Nigeria, Tanzania, Uganda and Democratic Republic of Congo. Read More
Airtel names Yaya Toure as new brand ambassadorBharti Airtel Africa has announced Yaya Touré as the new African face for its upcoming continental campaign. Read More
Q1 mobile subscriptions in Africa hit 910mIn Q1 of this year, total number of new mobile subscriptions in Africa moved up to about 910 million including 21 million new subscriptions, the latest Ericsson Mobility Report has shown. Read More
Infinix Mobility showcases Zero 2 smartphone in NigeriaA leader in the manufacturing of trendy smartphones, Infinix Mobility Limited, has unveiled the Infinix Zero 2 smartphone into the Nigerian market. Read More
FEATURED STORYIHS plans to inject fresh $500m to grow capacity
Mohammed Darwish, managing director of IHS Towers, says the firm will soon inject another $500million into the business after raising some $2.5billion to finance expansion drives. Darwish spoke with biztecafrica.com in Lagos.
BEST READ NEWS
IN DEPTHAs curtain falls on MDGs, what next?
Dr. Bjorn Lomborg, president of the Copenhagen Consensus Centre, speaks to Biztechafrica about setting smart targets.