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Over 6000 women to benefit from MTN Ghana health project



Over six thousand women in Ghana are expected to benefit from MTN (Ghana) health project.

Presenting an overview of MTN activities in Ghana at the Northern region turn of MTN editors forum in Tamale on Friday,  senior manager, corporate communications, Mrs Georgina Asare Fiagbenu, told journalists that the company paid 675. 7 million Ghana cedis to the Ghana Revenue Authority as part of its contribution to the country’s development.

MTN, a leading telecommunication service provider in the country, is committing 4 million Ghana cedis to the health project which includes the construction of a 40-bed maternity ward at the Tema General hospital in Accra.

The four million cedis investment forms part of the MTN’s commitment to reducing maternal mortality in Ghana.

Mrs Fiagbenu said from 2006 to 2015, the communications giant has invested a total of 2.5 billion United States dollars in the area of education, health and the economic empowerment of Ghanaian citizens. According to her, over 5000 jobs have been created for the teeming unemployed youth.

She also added that as part of its corporate social responsibility obligation which began nine years ago with the establishment of MTN Ghana Foundation, the company has invested huge sums of money in 135 project, in addition to raising 3,715 pints of blood to assist blood banks in most of the major hospitals in Ghana to save lives.

Mrs Fiagbenu said MTN still leads the telecommunications field in subscription with 17 million subscribers. MTN’s total mobile money subscription currently stands at 48000, the largest among other telecom companies in Ghana, Mrs Fiagbenu stated.

The company currently has 158 2G sites, 658 3G sites and 17 4G sites, Mrs Fiagbenu said, explaining that these require huge investment to ensure quality service. To this end, the company is investing 96 million dollars to improve network infrastructure, she announced.

Fraud Alert

Mr Tony Boateng of the MTN Mobil Money unit advised subscribers to be security conscious about the fraudulent activities of criminals during their transactions.

According to him, several unsuspecting MTN subscribers have been duped either through mobile money or fake text massages to customers that they have won prizes in promotions that MTN has no clue about.

Subscribers Mr Tony said, need to draw the company’s attention anytime they suspect something fishy about their PIN codes, noting that if any customer feels that the pin is being compromised, they have the right to change them.

The fraudsters, he added, need unsuspecting subscribers’ consent before they carry out such criminal acts and urged all subscribers to report to any MTN office for redress.

He also warned merchants in the mobile money business whose activities contravene laid down rules that, they risk being surcharged for charging illegal fees during transactions.

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