By D.I. Laary, GNA
Lawra (U/W), GNA – Telecom giants, MTN, aspart of its brightening lives agenda in Ghana, has invested GH¢37million in 142major projects nationwide in the areas of health, education and economicempowerment.
The investment is estimated to have benefittedabout four million people directly and indirectly.
Mr Nii Adotey Mingle, the Northern SectorGeneral Manager of MTN Ghana, disclosed this on Wednesday during the KobineFestival celebration, which was on the theme: “Uniting for the Development ofour Municipality through Culture and Quality Education”.
“Just recently MTN Ghana Foundation providedscholarships 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 areenjoying a similar scholarship package while thousands of people havebenefitted from the package in the past.
“Next year we will give another set of 100people an opportunity” Mr Mingle added.
He expressed thanks to the people of UpperWest for the support given to MTN when the company launched its IPO early thisyear, which ended successfully and now listed on the Ghana Stock Exchange.
Naa Puowele Karbo III, the Paramount Chief ofLawra Traditional Area described quality education as the hallmark for humanresource development in every community and a vehicle for achieving skills,knowledge and entrepreneurial capacity building for the youth.
He was however unhappy the standards ofeducation had fallen in the Lawra municipality over the years.
“The declining standard of education in ourmunicipality over the years had been a major challenge to our development whichneeds to be tackled hands on,” he said.
He said the apparent abdication by mostparents of their responsibilities toward the education of their children aswell as the lukewarm attitudes of some chiefs and community leaders towardsschool management under their jurisdictions, was not the best.
He called on education stakeholders to playtheir pivotal roles more forcefully to help government pursue its pro-pooreducational and social policies so that no child is denied the benefit ofeducation.
“Let me state without any hesitation that wethe Chiefs and people of the Lawra Traditional Area are encouraged andimpressed by the bold and visionary policies and initiatives government hastaken so far towards the development of the country,” he said.
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