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Aliko Dangote and Bill GatesBBC Pidgin gained exclusive access to Bill Gates where he responded to questions from three key figures in Nigeria.

Hadiza Bala Usman of the Bring Back Our Girls Campaign asked Bill Gates what he was doing to help Internally Displaced Persons in the North East region of Nigeria with access to proper medical care as well as efforts aimed at combating maternal mortality and child mortality.

Tonte Ibraye of the White Ribbon Alliance for Safe Motherhood wanted to know how the Bill Gates Foundation will encourage the government to carry people from the grassroots.

Papa Omotayo of the Child Life Line organisation asked how the Bill Gates Foundation can help with sustainable programs to ensure that over 10 million children who are out of school can be brought back to school.

Bill Gates responded to each of these questions stating what his Foundation is doing in Nigeria in collaboration with government and other charitable organisations, including Dangote Foundation. He said among other things, that “Nigeria is super important,” that “the health situation in the North is a big challenge.”

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Encourage Decentralization to Accelerate Development – Okyenhene

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Okyenhene Osagyefo Amoatia Ofori Panin II has encouraged governments and business leaders to decentralise their operations to accelerate development. He said this when the senior management team of Telecel Ghana, a leading telecommunications company in Ghana, paid a courtesy call on him.

The visit was aimed at advancing a stronger relationship between Telecel Ghana and Okyenhene as well as seeking his blessings and guidance in the company’s new journey as Telecel Ghana. In March 2024, Telecel Ghana officially unveiled its brand to Ghanaians in a spectacular event in Accra.

Led by Ing. Patricia Obo-Nai, CEO of Telecel Ghana, the delegation expressed their gratitude to the Okyenhene for his warm reception and unwavering support towards businesses operating within his jurisdiction. They also highlighted Telecel Ghana’s commitment to contributing to the socio-economic development of Ghana through its innovative telecommunications solutions and corporate social responsibility initiatives.

She reiterated the company’s dedication to ensuring seamless connectivity and digital inclusion for Ghanaians and affirmed Telecel Ghana’s readiness to partner with the Okyenhene ahead of his 25th anniversary celebration.  She added, “we will continue to work with other stakeholders to explore opportunities for expanding telecommunications infrastructure and enhancing access to digital technologies in Ghana.”

The Okyenhene commended Telecel Ghana for its efforts in providing reliable and affordable telecommunications services to the people of Ghana. He emphasized the importance of promoting decentralisation by key government agencies and business operations across the country to accelerate development, citing the vast land space in his kingdom which he is willing to release for development. He also threw a broader challenge to Ghanaian entrepreneurs to venture into setting up indigenous telecommunication businesses in Ghana.

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The visit concluded with an exchange of gifts and pleasantries, symbolizing the mutual respect and goodwill between Telecel Ghana and the Okyenhene.

Telecel Ghana remains committed to building strong partnerships with traditional authorities, government institutions, and other stakeholders to drive sustainable development and create shared value for the people of Ghana.