Airtel connects Mongo and Sulima Chiefdoms
Rural connectivity going nationwide
Chairman of the National Telecommunications Commission, (NATCOM), Momoh Kemoh Konte was joined by Commissioners Frank Mania and Ibrahim Koroma to officially inaugurate the Airtel network in Mongo, Neya and Sulima Chiefdom in the Koinadugu District. The extension of the Airtel Network in major towns of Mongo, Krubola and Falaba will open the way for not only economic livelihood but also ensure that customers in those areas enjoy quality and affordable communication services. Airtel has invested over $4million in rural connectivity and has committed itself to further expansions in the coming months.
Colorful groundbreaking ceremonies were held in Mongo and Falaba Towns over the weekend marking the triumphant entry of the Bomba Network in the hard-to-reach areas. Subscribers in those areas now have access to Airtel’s 2G and 3G sites.
NATCOM Chairman, Momoh Konte said they are constantly monitoring the network in the country and that they have provided seed money for GSM Companies with a common infrastructure that ensures that they all connect their services.
Mr. Konte said it his responsibility as a native of Koinadugu to take development to his people. What is good for me should also go to the people. We should see each other as one. We should not stop tribalism, which destroys good relationship, he said, and further stated that Bafodia, Yifin and Alkalia Towns will soon be connected. NATCOM, the Chairman said is been raised to class A Institution due to its effectiveness and commitment in providing much revenue for government.
The Telecom sector is bringing income to government more than any other sector in the country. NATCOM will double its current revenue from the GSM Sector that will go into the government consolidated revenue fund by June this year.
The Commission has reduced call rates from the United States of America and other destinations, and will make further reductions in the next three months.
Mr. Konte admonished the people to register their sim cards, failing which will land them into trouble. Airtel, he said should meet its corporate social responsibility by extending internet facilities to schools.
NATCOM’s Commissioner Frank Manja, underscored the importance of celebrating Kruboa, Mongo and Falaba connecting to the global village. He commended the leadership and innovation of Momoh Konte, and further states that rural connectivity will enable all to talk with each other, which a commitment is made by NATCOM to the International Telecommunications Union (ITU). You are now connected to the wider world because we have brought you an economic and communication inclusion. You will now receive monies sent through Airtel money to save the cost of travelling, he said. He disclosed that NATCOM will bring e-education, e-health, e-governance to the people. This, he said will enable their voice to be heard in the governance of the country. “You should not have more than three sim cards from a single network because we want to prevent simbox fraud and other illegalities in the utilization of sim cards. He admonished Airtel to help government ensure that people don’t use their sim cards wrongly.
Dr. Sheku M. Sesay who chaired the meeting in Mongo said he hopes to see more patronage between Airtel and the people. He thanked President Koroma for appointing Momoh Konte to serve in an enviable position of which the people appreciate so much. With Airtel in Mongo, he said the people now have the opportunity to cross check and get relevant information.
Paramount Chief Sheku P. Marah V of Mongo Chiefdom extends thanks to H.E. Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma for helping them join the global world through communication. He called on government to help them radio and TV stations, and also to do their terrible roads. He assured that the company will realize a great gain in the three Chiefdoms.
Paramount Chief Salifu III of Sulima Chiefdom, lauded the unique moment of which they are alive to see communications services in his chiefdom. He expressed happiness about the initiative of Momoh Konte to take Airtel to the people.
The Acting Marketing Director of Airtel, Mohamed Kuyateh pledged the companys commitment to facilitate more development in the three chiefdoms through quality and affordable communication. “Our job is to connect people and ensure that we reach out to all, he said, noting that government wants to have an open data for more people to come onboard. The open data, he said will give access to the people to know what government is doing. “We are expanding our network to give people the chance to improve. He advised the people to take good care of the network and should use it to bring unity and development into their chiefdoms. Airtel , he added, loves Sierra Leone, which is why it has done a lot on national development. “Please don’t use the network to cause trouble. We need your support by registering your sim cards, Mr. Kuyateh said, concluding that their recharge card starts from Le500 upwards, which makes the company the Bomba Network.
The Youth Chairmen in Mongo and Sulima Chiefdoms, Ballah Kargbo and Momodu Kamara respectively pledged their commitment to secure the Airtel sites.
Similar assurances and nice sentiments were expressed by Women Leaders in the two Chiefdoms.
Hon. Alhassan Jero Kamara, of Constituency 48 said communication is a necessity in life and so the response by Airtel to provide quality communication is a step in the right direction. Momoh Konte, he said has fulfilled his promise to provide quality communication to the people of Mongo and Sulima, which has made him a hero in the whole country and a great asset to Koinadugu.
Alhaji Dr. Fasineh Samura, Chairman of the All Peoples Congress Party in Koinadugu thanked Airtel and NATCOM for making their dreams come true, which is a milestone in the history of the chiefdom.
50 mobile phones were donated to each of the three Chiefdoms by the NATCOM Chairman, Mr. Momoh Konte.
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