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MTN-Ghana Foundation has commissioned a palm oil processing factory for over 200 women at Juaso and surrounding communities in the Asante Akyem South Municipality.
Mr. Selorm Adadevor, Chief Executive Officer of MTN Ghana, said at the commissioning that a lot of assessment went in prior to MTN’s commitment, and added that “considering the health risks to the women producing the oil, which was also close to children schooling in that area, the current location of the facility would make a lot of meaning to MTN.
He expressed the hope that the project will transform the lives of the women, because empowering women is putting food on the tables of many at home towards the alleviation of poverty in the community.
He disclosed that about GH¢740,000 was invested in the project before its completion, and assured that, MTN Ghana Foundation will continue to keep an eye on the project and help whenever it is required.
Mrs. Nabila William, Board Member of the MTN Ghana Foundation, who cut the sod to commission the factory, revealed that the women have been trained in entrepreneurship and business management, as well as new technologies to improve palm oil processing.
She asked the women to enforce strict personal and environmental hygiene as a means of attracting customers to buy from them.
The Board Member said the project is fitted with ultra-modern machines to make palm oil processing easier and less riskier, including a room where children of the female workers will be kept and cared for, as well as wash rooms, changing rooms, an eating place, offices and a power plant among other facilities.
The chiefs and people of Juaso expressed their profound gratitude to the board, management and staff of MTN for the kind gesture, and promised to remain loyal customers to the communications network.
According to them, the women were processing their palm oil near a cluster of schools at Juaso, an activity that posed serious health risks to the women and the school kids, moreover, after close to two years of construction, MTN Ghana Foundation has completed the whole project for them, and for that matter, needs commendation.
Nana Asafoakai Adjei Tabi, Chief of Juaso, who was the brain behind the establishment of the factory, also commended MTN and assured the communications network that the edifice would be well maintained to benefit future generations, hoping that it will improve the livelihoods of the people of the area.
At the commissioning ceremony were Lawyer Kwaku Boateng Member of Parliament for the area, Mrs. Gifty Ohene, Chief Executive Officer of ‘One District, One Factory’ secretariat, Mr. Simon Osei-Mensah, Ashanti Regional Minister, and Nana Darkwah Apenteng III, Paramount Chief of Bogu.