3 Expectations of Otumfuo As Telecel Takes Over Vodafone

The Occupant of the Golden Stool, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II has made three outstanding appeals to Telecel Group as the company has acquired 70% shares of Vodafone Ghana in Ghana Telecommunications Company Limited (GTCL).

His expectations which encompass job security and growth of the company were made known to the Chief Executive Officer of Vodafone Ghana, Mrs Patricia Obo-Nai when she paid a courtesy call on him at the Manhyia Palace in Kumasi on February 21, 2024.

The CEO as well as the leadership of the company visited the Palace to inform the Asantehene about the change in the brand name of the company.

In reaction, Otumfuo expressed concerns about the job security and conditions of service of the existing Ghanaian employees as a new owner takes over.

“My concern is that the jobs of the Ghanaians employed there get protected.”

Additionally, he called for the promotion of competent Ghanaian staff to leadership positions in the company alongside the provision of in-service training to equip staff.

“Whoever deserves to be promoted must not be deprived of it. The one taking over must know the staff have the expertise to do the work. I will be offended if that does not happen. It would be wrong to bring in foreigners to man the company since the natives have held it for a while now and brought it where it is today. That must be considered in your discussions.”

The last expectation of the King is the growth of GTCL.

“As they come, we expect them to develop the company further. Digitalization must take centre stage.”

Mrs Obo Nai was accompanied by Rita Agyeiwaa Rockson, Head of the Vodafone Ghana Foundation and Sustainability and External Communication; Ophelia Adofo, the Business Manager at the CEO’s Office; Kwaku Asiedu, the Executive Head of the Ashanti Region and Richard Twumasi, the Ashanti Regional Coordinator.

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