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Vodafone Foundation crowned CSR leader in Ghana

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Vodafone Foundation crowned CSR leader in Ghana

Vodafone Foundation crowned CSR leader in Ghana

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Vodafone Ghana has been awarded the prestigious CSR Company of the year award at the Ghana Information Technology and Telecommunications (GITTA) Awards.

The company’s Foundation was recognised for its passion in executing innovative initiatives to meet the specific needs of the communities in which its workers live and work.

Every company must stand and reflect an ideal that is intrinsic to its way of doing business. Vodafone recognises that the true test of a company is its relevance to the country in which it operates; beyond profits.

The foundation has, over the years, projected activities under the themes of Health and Education, with impactful programmes that address women, youth and children.

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Under education, the company is looking to impact a total of 5,000 youth with basic and advanced skills in coding in the next five years under its National Coding programme.

The zero-rated digital education platform – Instant Schools – has received over 7-million visits on its website since its introduction in 2017.

Under health, Vodafone’s HealthFest initiative offers free medical screening, consultation and medication for deprived communities across the country. Since its launch in 2014, it has supported over 11,000 beneficiaries across all regions in Ghana. Homecoming, another health initiative, foots the hospital bills of insolvent patients due for discharge from hospitals throughout the country. Over 150 patients are discharged annually under this programme.

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Moreover, in an effort to promote government’s public-private partnership agenda, Vodafone has entered into a partnership with the Ghana Statistical service and an NGO, Flowminder, to use mobile-derived customer insights to make better predictions for sustainable development. In what has come to be known as “Data for Good”, the initiative will use anonymised call data records to track population movements to make better migration, agricultural and health decisions.

The award is the latest addition to a long list of honours bestowed on the Foundation since 2009.

Commenting on the award, Dr. Joyce Aryee, Chairperson of the Vodafone Ghana Foundation said, “This is a true reflection of the concerted effort we have put in place to impact lives in Ghana. We have a duty to do good as a multinational company operating in Ghana – it is part of our ethos in all the markets where we are visible. Over the years, we have promoted initiatives that benefit society, under health and education, because we are committed to the communities in which our employees live and work. I dedicate this award to the staff of Vodafone Ghana and the Foundation for a job well done.”

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The 9 Financial blunders Ghanaian Young Men Commit

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When a young graduate finally lands a job after university, it is such a big deal, even extended family members call to congratulate them.

Many of these men will go on to retire to a life they didn’t really want. Why?

It emanates from a series of blunders:

The Borrowed wedding:
A wedding is such a big deal in our society. The only problem is that most at times, the young man who is yet to himself financially will have to bear all the costs alone. Some can’t afford all the expenses and may be tempted to borrow some money to top up.

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The wedding is done, people come and eat and drink and leave them to service their debt. The wedding gifts normally won’t bail you out.

2. The Borrowed House

After marriage, the young man often realizes his “chamber and hall” apartment is not big enough for his bride, he needs to get a bigger space, once again he borrows some money (say from a credit union)to pay at least two years to rent advance, compounding his debt.

3. The Borrowed Car

Then comes the pregnancy and kids, the young man realizes that a car is an absolute necessity to make life easier for the family. So when he is approached by those beautiful bank ladies for a cool loan deal, he jumps at this and buys that Toyota Corolla. Repayment of the car loan alone can take up to 40% of his net monthly salary, whilst servicing the rent and wedding debts on the side.

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4. The Family Savior Wahala

The young man soon discovers that the reason for the rejoicing of the family members. It is payback time. From siblings, parents, aunties, cousins, in-laws, including the distant relative who helped you cross the village river when you were five years everyone digs in to get their share of the young man’s fortune It is normally small tokens, but when aggregated is a big deal ( about 30% of annual salary)

5. The Seed Eaters Wahala

These are family, colleagues, and friends who borrow money from the young man with no intention to pay. They come up with all those emergency stories with the promise to pay the next month. They never pay. It normally ends in tears and ruined relationships.

6. The “Big Boy” Wahala

The young man would have hopefully made strides in his career at this stage of his life, which comes with more salary, but then the extra disposable income doesn’t go into savings or investments. Seeing themselves as “big boys “ they quickly elevate their spending, renting bigger houses with spare rooms hardly utilized, get bigger cars, family holidays etc.

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7. The Two Masters Wahala

At this point in the man’s life, he would have secured a piece of land and started building his dream house normally with a bank loan whilst paying those huge sums of rent to his landlord on a yearly basis. Being indebted at the same time to the bank and your landlord is like serving two masters. In my view, it is better to serve one master( the bank)

8. The Strangling Wahala

The kids are growing, and so are their fees and other upkeep. Some may be ready to go to college, but Daddy didn’t have an educational investment. He needs to dig deep to sort out the kids’ education. There is still the ever-mounting family financial pressures. At this point in the man’s life, he earns a lot but has equally neck level expenses to match it

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9. Where did it All Go Stage?

At this point, the man is in his mid-fifties, May still have college responsibilities to take care of. He may be putting finishing touches to his dream house( which took decades because of its gargantuan nature. It will later dawn on him that the kids will soon leave home and the six-bedroom dream house is too big for just the wife and himself

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The bells of pension begin to sound louder as the days go by, only to realize that he had worked most of his years:

a. For the banks servicing loans, he could have avoided with a lot more prudence,

b. For landlords, paying unreasonable rent advance year after year for too long a time.

c. Family and friends in his bid to becoming a one-stop solution for all their needs

He has worked for everyone except himself, without any financial plan set out at the beginning of his career, he will be at the mercy of his employer and loved ones at the end of his career.

Many men could enjoy a fulfilled retirement, if they had actively planned, instead they prefer to flow with the tide, unfortunately, some get sunk by the tides of life.

Get a financial plan the moment you start working, allow the power of compound interest to work hard for you, and make sure you enjoy retirement.

Remember that Joseph in the Bible had only 7 years to prepare for another 7 years of drought.

Ask yourself? After working for at least 30 years, If you are to live for another 30 years after your retirement, will you live comfortably financially or be at the mercy of others?

Author: Roland Ofori, Marketing Professional

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”Government Will Start Arresting Mallams And Lotto Operators On TV” – Information Minister Hints

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The Minister of Information, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah has hinted on the government’s intention to clamp down on Mallams and lotto operators on TV soon.

The minister also hinted that the government has written to the Bank of Ghana and the National Media Commission to clear out all these scammers and fraudsters who successfully swayed viewers into losing their hard-earned money with their fraudulent schemes.

In an interview on Accra-based Peace FM, the Information Minister noted his outfit as well the government is aware of the worrying trend that’s why they are taking measures to have these charlatans flushed out.

He said a letter has been written to the Bank of Ghana to clamp down on these individuals chanting money because it’s the sole preserve of the Bank of Ghana to produce notes of money in the country.

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Source: ENewsGhana.com

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