The Asantehene Otumfuo Osei Tutu II has asked Vodafone Ghana to deepen its efforts to penetrate deeper into the local market, by introducing more innovative products that will enhance the lives and businesses of Ghanaians.
Doing this, he observed, will further complement avenues of collaboration to embark on for programmes that further contribute to transforming society and bringing development to people in the country.
For instance, he said, the Otumfuo Charity Foundation has a programme in ICT that could be a starting point for a possible partnership to roll-out an ICT programme which can help more rural children – some of who are without any knowledge of ICT – to be able to bridge that gap.
“It is something which I think we can take it up.” The Foundation has a mobile library van that tours villages and other places without electricity connection to teach children about ICT.
The Asantehene was speaking during a courtesy call on him by some management members of Vodafone Ghana – including Chief Executive Yolanda Cuba – at the Manhyia Palace, and particularly acknowledged the impact of the educational programmes introduced by Vodafone Ghana.
The visit, which was on invitation from the Asantehene on his 68th birthday, was also used to notify Otumfuo of the impending golf tournament organised by Vodafone Ghana yearly in the region.
The Chief Executive of Vodafone Ghana, Yolanda Cuba, reaffirmed Vodafone’s desire to build a closer collaboration with the region, which among others she mentioned is being realised through a number of programmes – including the golf tournament.
In addition to this, she noted that the month of May has been adopted in the company’s calendar as ‘Ashanti month’ – wherein a number of activities are organised to empower people in the region, especially businesses.
These outreach programmes mostly include business clinics, health screening exercises, digital training for kids and others.
Yolanda Cuba said this is part of “our way of ensuring we give back to the people”, and expressed appreciation for the invitation extended to the company to be part of celebrating the Asantehene’s birthday.