Giant mobile telecoms firm MTN, through its charitable arm the MTN Ghana Foundation, has commenced work on a project that will expand and upgrade the current Western Regional Public Library in Sekondi.
MTN said the project will in addition provide an ICT centre, books, library equipment, and a digital library for the region.
Once completed, the regional library will be adequately equipped to serve Sekondi-Takoradi metropolis in addition to Axim, Tarkwa, Sefwi Wiawso and Bibiani.
According to Samuel Appiah, MTN’s senior manager in charge of Ghana’s Western and Central regions, MTN’s decision to upgrade the regional library is part of activities put together in the region to mark this year’s “Oil City Fest “celebration.
“Oil City Fest was part of MTN’s strategy to engage subscribers and all other stakeholders of the business at the regional level and to strengthen the telecommunication company’s relationship with its customers,” he said.
MTN, he said, decided to improve the quality of the library so that it will be instrumental in tackling the challenges posed by the plummeting standard of education in the region because of non-availability of modern libraries and other educational facilities.
“So as part of our corporate social responsibility, we have taken it upon ourselves to help improve educational standards in communities within which we are situated by constructing modern educational facilities for them,” Appiah added.
In addition to rejuvenating the library as part of this year’s Oil City Fest, MTN is also organising merchandising blitzes in Takoradi and its environs at which vendors of the company’s various products will get new promotional items such as stickers, umbrellas and tables.
The company is also organising a corporate fair, retailers’ forum, health screening and health walk. Other programmes include movie and drama nights in partnership with Roverman Productions. In addition, members of staff and customers of the company will be treated to a night of laughs and music, golf tournament and a community football gala.