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MTN to launch plastic waste management project

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Georgina Asare Fiagbenu (Mrs), Senior Manager, Corporate Communications, MTN Ghana

MTN-Ghana, telecommunication giant is set to roll out a plastic waste management and recycling project to help reduce the menace of poor management of plastic waste and its effect on the environment.

The project will be designed to help intensify public education on how to manage plastic waste in the various communities.

The Senior Manager, Corporate Communications, MTN Ghana, Georgina Asare Fiagbenu who announced this said it has become crucial to increase public education of the subject matter as the current situation in the country is nothing to write home about.

She made the disclosure in Sunyani during stakeholders and media engagement. The event was designed to among others update the participants on the implementation of MTN activities aimed at delivering a brighter future for Ghana and beyond.

Network expansion & obstruction

Mrs. Fiagbenu noted that MTN is on track to injecting $1 billion into network infrastructure by 2025 to improve services and consolidate its gains, indicating that in 2022, the company allocated $220 million for capital expenditure.

She said, “We have rolled out 400 new sites for 2G/3G/4G and 746 sites for 4G upgrades. The current population coverage for 2G/3G/4G is 99.3 per cent, 97.8 per cent, 90.7 per cent respectively. The transformational agenda might not change our services drastically, but it will ensure continuous improvement of our services.”

A section of stakeholders

For his part, the Head of Networks in Northern MTN, Joseph Addai, expressed concern about the rampant stealing of items such as batteries at cell sites, explaining that the practice contributes to intermittent network disruptions. He appealed to the general public to help foil criminal activities of unscrupulous persons in society whose actions affect the entirety of the population.

He also mentioned fibre cuts as another challenge contributing to network obstruction. According to him, private developers, road and drainage constructions, aerial cable damage as well as activities of utility companies-Ghana Water Company Limited (GWCL) and Electricity Company of Ghana as the major causes of fibre cuts.

Social investment

The Corporate Communications Manager said MTM had invested GH¢64 million in sustainable community projects, such as 87 educational projects, 53 health projects, 13 economic empowerment projects and four community support initiatives.

She added that the company has also budgeted GH¢20 million in 2022 for more social developments including MTN’s 25th Anniversary projects such as the Keto Municipal Hospital-two Storey maternity block,  Mamfe Girls SHS Robotics Center and Bright Scholarships reloaded implementation.

She said some of the ongoing projects such as Denkyira Oberso Community Library, Adugyoma SHS Six Unit classroom block and Bowjiase Polyclinic Accident and Emergency Unit were expected to be completed.

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