By D.I. Laary, GNA
Lawra (U/W), GNA – Telecom giants, MTN, as
part of its brightening lives agenda in Ghana, has invested GH¢37million in 142
major projects nationwide in the areas of health, education and economic
The investment is estimated to have benefitted
about four million people directly and indirectly.
Mr Nii Adotey Mingle, the Northern Sector
General Manager of MTN Ghana, disclosed this on Wednesday during the Kobine
Festival celebration, which was on the theme: “Uniting for the Development of
our Municipality through Culture and Quality Education”.
“Just recently MTN Ghana Foundation provided
scholarships to 100 students nationwide to pursue their first degree,” he said:
“I am glad to mention that eight of them are in the pper West region”.
He also said two teachers from the Region are
enjoying a similar scholarship package while thousands of people have
benefitted from the package in the past.
“Next year we will give another set of 100
people an opportunity” Mr Mingle added.
He expressed thanks to the people of Upper
West for the support given to MTN when the company launched its IPO early this
year, which ended successfully and now listed on the Ghana Stock Exchange.
Naa Puowele Karbo III, the Paramount Chief of
Lawra Traditional Area described quality education as the hallmark for human
resource development in every community and a vehicle for achieving skills,
knowledge and entrepreneurial capacity building for the youth.
He was however unhappy the standards of
education had fallen in the Lawra municipality over the years.
“The declining standard of education in our
municipality over the years had been a major challenge to our development which
needs to be tackled hands on,” he said.
He said the apparent abdication by most
parents of their responsibilities toward the education of their children as
well as the lukewarm attitudes of some chiefs and community leaders towards
school management under their jurisdictions, was not the best.
He called on education stakeholders to play
their pivotal roles more forcefully to help government pursue its pro-poor
educational and social policies so that no child is denied the benefit of
“Let me state without any hesitation that we
the Chiefs and people of the Lawra Traditional Area are encouraged and
impressed by the bold and visionary policies and initiatives government has
taken so far towards the development of the country,” he said.