The MTN Ghana Foundation has increased its investments in the provision of ICT facilities across the country, says Michael Ikpoki, Chief Executive Officer of MTN Ghana.
He did not disclose the amount of increment but says the decision is based on the ‘necessity’ of using information communication technology in today’s world.
“ICT has become intricately woven into our very existence and wellbeing and students must certainly be armed with this resource. Indeed ICT is a major learning and development tool and the lack of it is considered a serious development gap”, observed Mr. Ikpoki.
He was speaking at the commissioning of a 20-seater ICT centre and refurbishment of a three-unit classroom block for the Akyawkrom Junior High School in the Ejisu-Juaben Municipality of Ashanti.
The project, which cost GH¢103,100 will serve as a hub for computer literacy to enhance access to education for over 3,000 students from Akyawkrom and Ejisu communities.
The Chiefs and people of Akyawkrom were excited the facility would boost academic work in the area.
Mr. Ikopoki noted that MTN is committed to preparing students for the workplace where they are equipped to use ICT effectively and efficiently.
“MTN Ghana Foundation recognizes the important role education plays in the development of individuals, society and the nation at large. Education shapes attitudes, helps people unearth their talents and potentials and put them in a better position to make meaningful contributions to the development of their communities and the nation”, he stated.
The Foundation has, in the past five years, invested over GH¢11 million on various community development projects in the areas of health and education across the country, including 22 ICT centres.