Business News of Tuesday, 8 August 2017
Source: Sammy Heywood Okine
MTN, Ghana’s leading telecommunications service provider has refurbished the lodging area of Hajj pilgrims at the Hajj Village in Accra at the cost of over GH¢200,000.
The renovated lodging area which is about 1,300 square meters, accommodates over 500 pilgrims. In addition to the renovation, MTN also supported the Hajj Board with a donation of mobile handsets, airtime worth GH¢31,500 and MTN souvenirs to facilitate the work of the Hajj Board.
As part of initiatives to support and provide seamless services for Hajj pilgrims, MTN will set up Mobile Money stands at the Hajj villages in Accra, Tamale and Saudi Arabia to enable pilgrims have fast access to secured and convenient money transfer services. MTN prepaid and postpaid customers roaming in Saudi Arabia will roam on Mobily (Etisalat) network without dialing any USSD code to make or receive calls.
Speaking at the ceremony to handover the project to Hajj Board, the General Manager for Sales and Distribution Mr. Abubakar Mohammed reiterated MTN’s commitment to supporting the activities of Muslim pilgrims and the Hajj Board. “To create a conducive and comfortable lodging for the pilgrims at the Hajj village, MTN responded positively to a proposal from the Hajj Board to renovate the lodging area for the pilgrims. Within 3 weeks, this has become a reality” he added.
Mr. Abubakar expressed MTN’s gratitude to the Muslim community, especially the National Hajj Board for partnering with MTN over the past years to design offers that give pilgrims the opportunity to stay connected with family and friends whilst in Mecca.
Sheikh I.C Quaye, Chairman of the National Hajj Board, expressed his appreciation to Management of MTN for their commitment to support the Hajj Board and Muslim community in diverse ways.
MTN has been supportive of the Muslim community over the years. In 2016 MTN made a donation of 14 mobile handsets, airtime worth GH ¢7,500 and MTN souvenirs to facilitate the work of the Hajj Board. Also for the past 10 years, the company has consistently donated cash, food items, drinks and airtime to the National Chief Imam during the celebration of the Eidul Fitr festival. As part of MTN’s 20th Anniversary celebrations in 2016, MTN made donations to the Regional Chief Imams in Ashanti, Western and Northern to support the celebration of Eidul Fitr.
From Sammy Heywood Okine