By Samuel Duodu, Sunyani.
VODAFONE has announced moves to extend its coverage to all parts of the Brong Ahafo Region.
Mr David Venn, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Vodafone Ghana, said the company had always maintained special relationship with the people of the Brong Ahafo Region beginning from the period when no network was prepared to serve the people.
The CEO disclosed this when he paid a courtesy call on the Omanhene of the Sunyani Traditional Area, Nana Bosoma Asor Nkrawire 11, at his palace in Sunyani on Saturday.
Mr. Venn on behalf of Vodafone Ghana presented a cheque for GH¢3,000 to the Sunyanihene to support his efforts towards education in his traditional area.
He announced that the company had voted a seed capital of £200,000 for the establishment of a foundation to be christened the “Vodafone Ghana Foundation”.
The foundation which would be launched this year, is aimed, among other things, to help protect the natural environment and support local communities in which customers, employees, investors and suppliers of the company live and share the benefits of developments in mobile communications technology as widely as possible.
The CEO said the foundation was a way of giving back to the society and the communities in which the company operates.
Mr Venn further disclosed that in the past few weeks, the company had undertaken a number of investments both in infrastructure and people, in order to infuse greater efficiency into its operations and offer its customers the global excellence that Vodafone was famous for.
“Vodafone from our humble beginnings in 1982 has grown to become the world’s largest telecommunications company with operations in 26 countries and partner networks in 40 other countries.
“We have over 70,000 employees and 290 million customers worldwide”, he said.
Mr Venn noted that since the arrival of Vodafone in the country in August 2008, it had deployed new technology and introduced innovative world-class products and services to the Ghanaian market and the company’s mobile network was currently recognised by industry observers and astute customers as the best quality network in Ghana.
This, he said, was achieved through the execution of a planned and deliberate re-development and investment strategy.
Nana Nkrawire in his response reiterated the appeal of the traditional council to Vodafone to construct a modern edifice to be christened ‘Vodafone House’ in place of an old office built through communal labour by the people of Sunyani in 1927, which had been pulled down by the company.
He expressed his appreciation to the CEO and his entourage for the visit and urged the company to replicate its unique and quality services it offered in other countries where it was already operating in Ghana.