Selorm Adadevoh, Chief Executive Officer of MTN, Ghana

Leading mobile network operator, MTN Ghana says it spent approximately GHS 29 million out of the GHS100 million committed to complement the government’s efforts in the fight against the deadly Covid-19 pandemic in protecting its teeming staff across the country.

Speaking at the just ended MTN Media and Stakeholders Forum 2020, held virtually on the theme MTN Ghana: Delivering a Bold Bright Digital Experience, the Chief Executive Officer of MTN Ghana, Selorm Adadevoh said coming out of the box as far as COVID-19 is concerned, staff safety was a primary objective on the minds of MTN executives.

Giving a break down on what the amount was used for in ensuring staff safety, Adadevoh mentioned the supply of Personal Protective Equipment’s (EPP’s) for all frontline staff who were working in MTN service centers, providing about 45 shuttle buses to convey staff to and from their service centers and office and offering daily health monitor survey to capture data to support staff at risk.

Adadevoh noted that at the peak of the COVID-19 in the country, about 90% of MTN staff worked from home, adding that the number has currently reduced now to 70 or 75% mark. Efforts have been put in place to evaluate the best way to bring back staff to work with safety been the primary objective, he said.

Adadevoh further revealed that MTN Ghana hopes to become a fully digital operator in the country by the year 2023, saying this has become necessary because everyone deserves the benefit of a modern connected life.

“A lot of our activities today are geared towards ensuring we do give everyone the ability of a modern connected life. This underpins our initiative around rural connectivity, everywhere you go, essentially trying to ensure that they minimize the gap between connectivity and non-connectivity,” he said.

Adadevoh said that to achieve its objective going into the future, MTN Ghana, aside from its traditional business which revolves around voice, data, enterprise business and wholesale business, the company will be seeking to expand the fintech (MoMo) ecosystem. This move wwould allow the payment platform to coexist with an evolving telecoms business.

MTN Ghana would, secondly, build a new digital player that allows the operator to put on top of its connectivity and in complement with its fintech player, include digital media, messaging and mobile advertising as a layer, he said

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