MTN invests over GH¢100m in COVID-19 support activities

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Selorm Adadevoh--CEO MTN Ghana

The CEO of MTN Ghana, Selorm Adadevoh, says impacts from the COVID-19 pandemic have proven to be more far-reaching than was anticipated at beginning of the year.

Mr. Adadevoh says the company has invested a lot of resources – estimated to cost around GH¢100million – to guarantee the safety and protection of staff and customers, and to support government in coping with the global pandemic.

Speaking at the 2020 edition of the Annual Media and Stakeholder Forum, the CEO of MTN Ghana announced that MTN Ghana, along with the MTN Ghana Foundation, has done a lot to make life more comfortable for its various stakeholders.

MTN invested about GH¢29million to provide the required measures to keep staff and the working environment safe. An additional GH¢72million has been spent on interventions which have impacted Customers, while GH¢6million has been spent on initiatives to support government.

Specific interventions carried out by MTN Ghana include:

  • Supply of PPE for all MTN frontline staff
  • Provision of relevant tools that enable about 90% of staff to work from home
  • Provision of 45 buses to transport MTN frontline staff to their work locations
  • Boosting Network resilience (50% increase in international bandwidth, 100 new sites); to support work from home, online school, entertainment and other digital activities.
  • Provision of Free access to over 200 educational websites for several educational institutions
  • Offer of Free MoMo P2P transfers up to GH¢100 daily from March till date
  • Provision of Free access (zero rate) to the Smart Workplace portal for government workers
  • Donation of GH¢5m worth of PPEs for frontline health workers and 4 PCR machines
  • Donation of digital equipment to Noguchi Memorial worth GH¢42,000; and
  • Distribution of 85,000 face masks to various hospitals and clinics nationwide
  • Two-month behavioural change campaign urging people to wear face masks (the Be Wise and Wear it for Me campaign).

Mr. Adadevoh also used the opportunity to confirm that MTN Ghana is on track to become a digital operator by the end of 2023.

The MTN Editors and Stakeholders Forum is held across the country annually to engage senior media practitioners and stakeholders in the business to share insights into business operations for the year and for the future.

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