Communications Minister Tours MTN

Monday, February 27, 2017

The Minister for Communications, Hon Ursula- Owusu-Ekuful has entreated the leadership of MTN, a telecommunications company to share their experiences with others in the communications industry. She said, taking a commanding lead in the market share of the industry meant that there are a lot of experiences that can be shared with others in order to improve the sector tremendously. She noted that “as you grow others also grow by impacting significant knowledge and experience to them”. She said this as she toured the MTN Corporate office in Accra on Friday 24th February, 2017. She was welcomed by the Chief Executive Officer of MTN, Mr. Ebenezer Twum Asante and Heads of Department of the company.

The five storey building has world class facilities such as a Crèche for staff of the company, a wellness and fitness centre, a network operation and monitoring centre, among others. On his part, the CEO of MTN gave a broad overview of the company and its operations. He highlighted some of the major achievements of the company since it began operations in the country. Notable amongst them is the creation of numerous employment opportunities for Ghanaians. He said, MTN has provided job opportunities for several Ghanaians and will continue in that direction to complement Government’s effort at job creation. He further said, there is a project for the empowerment of head porters which will see the training and education of some head porters and subsequent job allocation to empower them economically.

However there are numerous challenges the company faces as a giant in the industry. Major amongst them include constant fiber cuts. He said more than 80% of fiber cuts occur due to construction activities across the regions. He therefore appealed to the Minister to as a matter of urgency help reduce the destruction of their fiber by collaborating with the various District Assemblies to consider the citing of buildings when issuing building permits.

Hon Ursula Owusu-Ekuful, noted all their challenges and gave a firm assurance that she will look into all their grievances and settle them in due time. She was very elated for the visit and hopes to have a closer working relationship with the company for more collaboration for the improvement of the telecommunications industry.