From Samuel MensahTorbizo, Kumasi
The MTN Ghana Foundation, has since its inception about seven years ago, spent a whopping sum of GH¢17 million on over ninety major projects across the country.
The beneficiary sectors include, health, education, information communication, economic empowerment, as well as capacity building.
The leading communication company in the country, despite the power crisis facing the nation, paid the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) GH¢605 million, direct VAT of Gh¢228.9 million and other taxes in 2014, adjudging it the best organization that honoured its tax obligation promptly.
The Corporate Services Executive of MTN, Mrs. Cynthia Lumor ,at the interaction with editors and senior journalists in Kumasi to share the company’s strategies with the media, disclosed that the management of MTN was working strenuously not only to remain a giant communication set up in the country, but doing everything possible for the public in particular, its subscribers to benefit from the digital age.
She said, to achieve this, sustainable measures would be adopted to create distinctive customer experience to enhance growth.
According to her, identification of best operational practices and viability of policies, will be key to attaining the set target so far as digital age is concerned.
She said, to enhance the quality of services, the company was investing 460 million dollars in network improvement in 2015.
Mrs. Lumor, told the media that MTN has remained the only telecommunication entity that has not be fined by the National Media Commission (NMC) with the reason
that it worked to meet NMC’s directive for all the communication network operators to work in accordance to the 3G license.
She explained that in 2006, when MTN took over from Areeba, there were only nine 2G sites, but as at the end of 2014, the 2G sites have been increased to2400, while the 3G sites coverage jumped to 107 and it would exponentially keep increasing.
She indicated that 6 more 3G and 15 2G sites, would be completed in Ashanti region in 2015.
She was, however, worried about the power outages the country is experiencing.
Mrs. Luomr, lamented that in 2014, the company budgeted GH¢25million for fuel for all its operations, but due to increment in the fuel prices it ended up spending GH¢35 million, while GH¢35 million was budgeted for electricity, but GH¢51 million was spent as a result of the “dumsor”crisis.