By Nana Appiah Acquaye, Accra, Ghana
As MTN Ghana Foundations celebrates its 10th anniversary in a grand style nationwide with many activities line up, it has revealed that in the space of ten (10) years of operating in the Ghana, the Foundation has invested over USD$ 13 million in building school blocks, libraries and ICT centre, enhancing teaching capabilities, constructing and equipping hospital wards, paying tuition and supporting entrepreneurship.
The Board Chairman for MTN Foundation, Prof Franklin Manu who made this revelation during the official launch of the 10th Anniversary Celebrations of MTN Foundation at the Iconic MTN House in Accra, noted that through the interventions of the MTN Ghana Foundation more people in rural Ghana as well as urban communities now have access to improved healthcare.
“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 we will be opening soon is a classic example. These interventions have saved many lives in remote and urban communities in Ghana and all this made possible from funds generated from a network we consistently strive to enhance and expand,” he said.
According to Prof Manu the MTN brand is not only about expertise in delivering a connected society but also a good corporate citizenship and for that reason MTN Ghana contributes 1% of its profit after tax to social responsibility initiatives, where these funds are managed by the MTN Foundation which has its own independent Board of Directors and Secretariat.
Reflecting on the numerous achievements of the Foundation, the Board Chairman of MTN Ghana Foundation remarked that it has been a decade of great transformation and improved wellbeing for the communities they have touched spanning from North, South, East and West of Ghana.
“We are proud of our achievements and what we have accomplished through this period, keeping people educated with the schools we have put up, improving digital prospects by providing ICT centers and making business expansion possible with our economic empowerment initiatives,” he acknowledged.