VP Sam Sumana inaugurates new Airtel office
The Vice President Alhaji Sam Sumana on Friday, October 4 this year, inaugurated Airtel’s new headquarter office at Hill Station in Freetown.
In his statement at the ceremony, Airtel’s Managing Director, RVS Bhullah said that Airtel has grown in size and offers quality services while at the same time it is creating employment opportunities for many Sierra Leoneans.
He maintained that Airtel is transforming the country to information communications technology as they invest in the innovative technologies, stressing that they therefore greatly appreciate all those who have worked hard to make Airtel succeed.
Making a comment, the Chairman of the National Telecommunications Commission (NATCOM), Mr. Seray Timbo, said the inauguration was very symbolic of the telecommunications stability in the country.
“We all need to heartily congratulate Airtel and say well done for the giant step they have taken,” he observed.
He explained that NATCOM’s is to create a credible atmosphere for communications in the country. He said he was happy to note the expansion of Airtel’s network, adding that Airtel is one operator that ensures that its dues are paid in full and on time.
In his remarks, the Minister of Information and Communications, Alhaji Alpha Kanu, said that he was happy to participate in the inauguration of the office as he was there for inspection earlier this year.
He praised Airtel for paying the highest taxes to government which he said was one hundred and eighteen billion Leones (Le 118 b) between 2012 and 2013. He stated that most other companies combined pay half this amount including the mining companies. He pleaded with Airtel to introduce the information communications technology in schools as the world is now moving towards that level.
In his keynote address, Vice President Samuel Sam Sumana said that it has been cumbersome in the past to communicate well but that with the coming of Airtel, communications has become very easy, cheap and enjoyable.
He said the building which Airtel has put up demonstrates its commitment to create a conducive working environment for its staff.
He called on Airtel to ensure confidentiality and quality service in their operations.
He said he appreciated NATCOM and the Information Ministry for making sure that mobile companies deliver their services to the satisfaction of their customers.
He also expressed appreciation to Airtel for providing a toll free line to the Red Cross Society so that people can report disasters to them.
The inauguration was climaxed by Airtel’s first adopted school, REC Tombo, who did a skit, “Airtel, the number one network na Salone,” which depicted the operations of the Airtel network and the Blind School Choir who composed a song for Airtel.
In a show of gratitude to Vice President Sumana for his support to them, Airtel presented him with a bouquet of flowers.
After formally commissioning the building, Vice President Sumana and guests were taken on a conducted tour of the building.
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