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24.02.2009 Business & Finance

Ghana: Vodafone Extends Services to Rural Areas

By The Ghanaian Chronicle

Adawso-Akropong — The Head of Corporate Communication and Customer Care of Vodafone-Ghana, Major Albert B. Don-Cheb (Rtd), has given assurance that his outfit was ready to provide, as well as find solutions to problems that have affected quality communication service delivery in the country.

He gave the assurance at the commissioning of two Vodafone-Link phones, a product with similar features as a mobile phone, at Adawso in the Akuapem North District of the Eastern Region last Friday.

He noted that the commissioning of the facility indicated the company's readiness and commitment to make communication available to all Ghanaians, regardless of their location or social status. According to him, in order to satisfy the communication needs of the communities in which the company was operating, there was the need to make communication easily accessible efficient and affordable, hence the project.

He said Vodafone-Ghana believed that the availability of affordable communication for all Ghanaians was a necessary tool to accelerate the socio economic development of the country.

He stated that the facility was part of V-Link phones to be sited in all ten regions, by the end of the second week of March this year.

"The community V-phones is related, to shows another Vodafone-Ghana innovation, which has targeted second cycle institutions, to ensure that parents and wards can communicate easily when schools are in session," he disclosed.

He added that since students were not allowed to keep mobile phones at school, Vodafone-Ghana conceived of the project to enable parents and students communicate easily without infringing on the regulations of the Ministry of Education.

The Eastern Regional Manager of the company, Mr. N. A. Fleischer-Brock, stated that the donation formed part of the company's corporate social responsibility to foster unity between the company and its operational areas.

He lauded the efforts and commitment of the chiefs and people of the area, for their roles played to ensure that they became the first community in the region to benefit from the facility.

According to him, the community had benefited from two important projects, such as the provision of the Onetouch Cell Sit (signal) and two V- Link phone booths, since the takeover of the company by Vodafone-Ghana.

On his part, the Chief of the area, Nana Amoa Fugyaw III, on behalf of the community, thanked the management of the company for extending their services to the area, and promised to take good care of the facility.