The MTN Ghana Foundation has commissioned a 3-unit classroom block and an administrative office for the people of Sefwi Abono, a community in the Western region.
The facilities valued at GHC 64, 280.90 are in response to an appeal made by the people of Sefwi Abono and its surrounding communities to the MTN Ghana Foundation to assist them in undertaking the projects.
Initially, MTN Ghana Foundation presented a cheque of GHC 9, 311.00 to the community towards the construction of the facilities. An additional GHC 54, 969.90 was added by the Foundation to upgrade the facility into a modern one.
The project is expected to impact the lives of over 570 school children in the communities and would also serve as a West African Examination Council hall for the district, since it passes all requirements of Ghana Education Service.
Presenting the facilities to the community on behalf of the Foundation, Nana Adjei Perbi, the Education Projects Advisor of MTN noted that “the facilities will assist to prepare the students for their examinations and development as well as motivate the teaching staff and management to continue to give their best to the communities”. According to Nana Perbi, “MTN recognizes the important role education plays in the socio-economic development of our societies and therefore when the Foundation was approached with a request for this support, we did not hesitate to respond to the call of the school children and the people of Sefwi Abono”.
Hon. Solomon Fouachia, the District Chief Executive of Juaboso commended MTN Ghana Foundation for their kind gesture. “I wish to thank MTN Ghana for helping to solve a big problem in this district. You have proved to us that you are not only interested in what you get from Ghanaians but also ready to offer assistance to Ghanaians where necessary and so MTN is not only Wherever You Go but also wherever there is a need”, he said. According to him, there is no single government that can provide all the development needs of this country and for that matter the support of corporate bodies is very much needed.
The Foundation has contributed an amount of GHC 3.5 million to the support of Health and Education over the past four years of its existence. Some of its recent projects include: sponsorship of the National Best Teacher Awards, the donation of 1000 school bags to school children in the Upper West region, the 3-year sponsorship arrangement to the Akropong School for the Blind beginning 2011 which includes a 33-seater bus, a computer laboratory and boys dormitory.
MTN Ghana’s contribution to the development of the country has been acknowledged widely. MTN was adjudged the Best Corporate Social Responsibility Company last year by the Ghana Investment Promotion Center (GIPC). It was again decorated with the same award this year at the just ended Ghana Telecoms Awards. All these show the commitment of the Foundation to the development of our country.