Ghana’ Mobile telecommunication giant, MTN Ghana under the auspices of the MTN Ghana Foundation, and through its corporate social responsibility has commission a refurbished Electronic Library (E-Library) for the Takoradi Technical University.
The refurbished E-library has a fully installed one hundred Desktop computers, thirty-five Uninterruptible Power Supply units (UPS), two laptop computers and one hundred chairs, to provide the best and most conducive environment for learning in a digitized world.
All of these came at a cost of Three hundred and Seventy-two thousand, One hundred and Ninety-six Ghana Cedi (GH372, 196.00), borne by MTN Ghana Foundation. The library and the university in general is fully wired on MTN’s fibre optic connective, and thus would provide the fastest internet service for students and the academic body.
Speaking at a ceremony held at the university’s main library on Thursday December 6, 2018, Executive Secretary for MTN Ghana Foundation, Robert Kudzo remarked that the intervention signifies the commitment of the company to improve lives and enhance the experience of a modern connected world for everyone.
“This facility here, today signifies our commitment to a brighter world, a world where everyone gets to benefit from a modern connected world. I am confident that as we continue to work together closely with our partners and stakeholders, we will continue to inspire a brighter future”, he noted.
Mr Kudzo added that “the commissioning of the E-library, we believe, will go a long way to enhance access to valuable information and data on campus”
On this background, Mr Kudzo entreated management of the university to ensure that a maintenance culture is developed and upheld.
“Sustainability is very key to MTN Ghana Foundation, and we wouldn’t want to come back in a year or two, and see all these computers broken down”, he admonished.
Vice Chancellor for the Takoradi Technical University, Rev. Professor John Frank Eshun on behalf of the university expressed his gratitude for the gesture shown by MTN Ghana Foundation. He emphasized that the investment will enhance teaching, learning and research at the university.
“This kind of gesture from MTN Ghana Foundation came at a time when TTU as a matter of urgency, needed to revamp its electronic library facility to conform to acceptable standards. I am to say that MTN Ghana Foundation’s timely intervention has helped us to successfully digitize some of or academic textbooks as well as ensure that both faculty and students benefit from the diverse dividends of electronic resources available in open access”, he stressed.
Supervisor for the University’s E-Library, Michael Mensah in an exclusive interview with Skyy News disclosed that the management is yet to subscribed to a secured repository of e-books and research, in addition to open source documents and other learning materials they already have.
MTN Ghana Foundation for more than a decade has been instrumental in supporting and championing national efforts. With education, health and economic empowerment as focus areas, the MTN Ghana Foundation has invested over USD 13 million in more than 142 projects across the country impacting more than 4 million lives.
Story: Abraham Mensah/Skyy News