SIERRATEL counts loss at Goderich Community
Effort made by President Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma to provide quality communication services across the country is been hindered by some ill motivated people who think they can deprive their communities of Sierratel services to satisfy their selfish interest. The advent of the fibre project is expected to add more value to the communication sector, hence making it easier to access basic services like the internet, wireless communication, satellite television services and others that makes like comfortable. It seems as if the installation of the said lines in the Goderich Community is been used as a lee way to sabotage the entire project implemented by the nationally owned communication service provider. (Photo: Technical Audit Manager Derrick A.S. Toronka and PRO Badamasi Cole)
SIERRATEL’s Manager for Technical Audit, Derrick A.S. Toronka led a team to the Goderich Community on Tuesday 27th May 2014 to sensitize the community on theft of SIERRATEL cables. The strong message sent by Mr. Toronko borders around a key theme used in lingua franker: “We go kaetch dem” (meaning: We will catch them).
Report reaching this press states that this is the third time the company is suffering from the hands of thieves in the Goderich Community along the Milton Margai College of Education Road.
The theft on about 360m copper aerial cables has affected about one hundred customers, and also cost SIERRATEL lots of money to replace the about 360m copper cable, thereby depriving other communities from benefiting from the limited stock available.
Similar theft of about one thousand meters was effected at the Spur Loop and Lumley Road Communities.
The company has placed a cash reward of Le5, 000, 000 (five million Leones) for whosoever catch a thief or provide information on theft cases on the copper cables. Also, a cash reward of Le2, 000, 000 (two million Leones) awaits those providing information on where SIERRATEL cables are kept or destroyed.
The Technical Audit Manager told the people of Goderich that without communication facilities the country’s development will not yield any dividend. Mr. Derrick Toronka pointed out that Sierra Leoneans should embrace their own network, which provides the cheapest communication opportunity and high speed internet service. He admonished the people to secure SIERRATEL properties in their community so that more services will be provided. “This is the time to change our attitude and join the Agenda for Prosperity by saying no to theft on SIERRATEL cables,” the Technical Audit Manager said, and added that the company is ready to take the lead in waging war against those destroying government properties.
Alusine Sesay, a Company Supervisor said this is not a war against SIERRATEL but against the development of the Goderich Community and the nation as a whole. He urged the people to be watchful and report cable theft cases to the police, SIERRATEL or community leaders for action.
The Councilor for Ward 333 in the Goderich Community, Mohamed Alafia Sesay and Youth Leader Samuel Fornah promised to protect the copper cables, which they say if allowed to be stolen will contribute to making the future bleak.
SIERRATEL’s Head of Public Relations, Badamasi Cole said the company will only provide more services when its equipment are installed and protected.
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