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Africell donates 375 bags of rice to epicenters and quarantined communities

Africell donates 375 bags of rice to epicenters and quarantined communities

Sierra Leone’s biggest mobile phone communication service provider, Africell Limited is currently going beyond corporate social responsibility and has taken the lead in complimenting the government’s effort to kick Ebola viral disease out of the country. The company on Friday presented the third consignment of food provision to the Ministry of Health and Sanitation for onward delivery to Ebola Epicenters, Quarantined Communities and other areas that are significantly affected by the Ebola epidemic.  (Photo: Councilor Aminata Gibril Sesay Ajibu Jalloh John Conteh Hon. Chernor Bah and Joe Abass Bangura at the high table)

Since the initiative was launched by the company’s Chief Executive Office, Shadi Gerjawi in August 2014; a scheme to set aside Le1.00 (one Leone) for every minute spoken on its network as part of the company’s contribution to the fight against the Ebola viral disease, proceeds from the said scheme is been use the food stuffs.

Journalists and other invited guests

Journalists and other invited guests

A total of 42, 500 kilos of rice have been provided under the scheme and Friday’s presentation saw the company making an additional support of 18, 750 kilograms (375 bags) of rice bringing the total to 61, 250 (1, 225 bags).

Africell’s Chief Corporate Affairs Officer, Joe Abass Bangura revealed that the consignment will be delivered to Epicenters and Quarantined Communities in Freetown, Makeni, Bo, Kailahun, Kenema, Lunsar, Port Loko, Tonkolili and Moyamba.

Dignitaries with the consignment to be distributed

Dignitaries with the consignment to be distributed

“We continue to urge all Sierra Leoneans t be vigilant in following all the rules provided by the health authorities to interrupt further transmission of the disease, which include: regular hand washing, avoid contact with sick people and people demonstrating the symptoms, avoid contact with corpses known to have died of the virus, and ensure that those showing signs are promptly taken to hospital to increase their chances of survival,” he said.

Mr. Bangura assured the company’s commitment to continue to provide information, funding, feeding and contribute to closing Government’s resource gaps and also to ensure that the Ebola virus is kicked out of the nation. “We join the people of Sierra Leone to pray that the crisis ends sooner than later.

Councilor Aminata Gibril Sesay of Ward 389 commended Africell for being a good company in her Ward that is providing lots of support to Sierra Leoneans. She pointed out that the company has demonstrated sound leadership in the communication sector over the years and that they have been helpful to the Wilberforce Community and nation as a whole.

The Deputy Government Spokesman, Ajibu Jalloh said he is happy to see a company that is very cooperative coming onboard a national fight, which he described as a very good business relationship.

He commended the company for supporting business opportunities to lots of Sierra Leoneans and for a quality communication service it has been rendering. “Africell is a true partner to the Government of Sierra Leone. Providing food for quarantined communities is a demonstration of the willingness of the company to kick Ebola out of the country and helping to prolong the lives of the people,” Jalloh said.

“The business of eradicating Ebola rest with us; we should avoid body contacts and avoid people’s compound,” he said.

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