By Mariam Namakula
Telecommunications company MTN has launched a 50-hectares forest cover project in Masaka District. Since last month, MTN together with her partners from Buganda kingdom and National Forest Authority (NFA) have embarked on a country wide tour to restore forest cover.
Speaking at the launch, Mr Joseph Bogera, the general manager sales and distribution MTN, noted that the project was envisaged by MTN’s model which always suggests that businesses can only thrive when the communities within which they operate are thriving.
He added that venturing into the restoration drive was a commitment by MTN to play its part in the development of its home.
NFAs Denis Sebugwawo regional manager of Sango Bay Range also noted that MTNs decision to invest in the environment through planting trees was an indication of the value of the company, especially in making Uganda a better place
Also present was Buddu Chief head Pokino Jude Muleke, who said Kabaka Ronald Muwenda Mutebi II also encouraged all his subjects to protect the environment.
“We are certain of the tremendous positive impact that MTNs reforestation efforts will have on the local communities and country. We therefore call upon the locals nearby to protect these forests because we all need them,” Mr Muleke said.
Mr Andrew Batemyetto Lukyamuzi, the Masaka District chairman lauded MTN for the initiative, saying this was MTN’s long-term commitment as a responsible corporate citizen in Uganda over the years.