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NATCOM and SUBAH sign gateway contract

NATCOM and SUBAH sign gateway contract

Sierra Leone National Tele-Communication Commission (NATCOM) on Tuesday 25th October, 2016, signed a contract with Subah Ghana for protection of the Tele- Communication Gateway in Sierra Leone.

The ceremony which took place at NATCOM Headquarters in Freetown attracted the Executive Chairman, Dr. Joseph S. Agyepong Director of Infrastructure, Redemer Kuwame, High Commissioner Ghana, Major General Card Modey, Operation Manager, Daniel Mato, Legal Consultant, Reynolds Tumasi and the Public Relation consultant, Joseph Addotey while the National Tele-Communication Commission consisted of the Chairman, Momoh Conteh, Commissioners and senior staff respectively.

In his speech, Subah Executive Chairman Dr. Joseph S. Agyepong expressed gratitude to President Koroma for his exemplary leadership and also thanked the Director General for his love and support and encouraged media practitioners to be serious with their work as he sees Sierra Leonean journalist as Africa brothers.

He continued that, Subah has done good work in Ghana and Conakry in arresting gateway fraud and fighting crimes adding that they are committed and will commence operation soonest.

It could be recalled that after a rigorous assessment of bids forwarded by 12 companies, of which 11 were international, and 1 local, SUBAH Info- Solutions Ghana Limited, won from NATCOM, the International Gateway Monitoring System (GWMS) contract.

The aforementioned Ghanaian-based company is in charge of the monitoring of International Gateway System in both Ghana (Accra) and Guinea (Conakry).

While presenting the report of the Evaluation Committee to pressmen on September 2016, the Deputy Director General of NATCOM, Victor Findley stated that SUBAH’s bid was “the most responsive” in the list of bidders.

The Director General of NATCOM, Senesie Kallon also expressed joy with the process used in recruiting SUBAH to monitor Sierra Leone’s International Gateway System assuring that SUBAH is expected to effectively monitor quality service in real time on international voice and data traffic between Sierra Leone and overseas destinations.

This was also highlight by the Chairman of NATCOM Momoh Konteh who stated that the evaluation meet international best practices and not influenced by neither President Koroma nor officials in the commission.

The Chairman further observed that President Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma never attempted to discuss the evaluation process him and that he always emphasized that the assessment process must be transparent and credible.

Momoh Conteh furthered expressed hopes that the management of NATCOM would work hard with SUBAH, to realize the presence of monitoring in the country’s communication system recalled also that the Commission received  complain from Airtel loosing the sum of U$D 300,000 to air traffic.

He added that if anyone loves the country, they should allow the monitoring process carry- on and appealed to all to complement government protect the country’s communication system for the future generation noting that with the recruitment of SUBAH, sim box fraud will soon be history of the past.

He also informed pressmen that they have take to court Multi Choice Sierra Leone Limited (satellite TV operator) for alleged defiant attitude towards keeping to the standards set by NATCOM but clarified at that time that the commission has nothing with DSTV satellite TV operator.

Subah Info Solution further conducted a four-day training program to harnessing further  initial training for Régional and District Data Coordinators (RDC) (DDC) engage in data collection countrywide for Subah’s NaWabin project opened in Accra with a call by the Group called Chief Exécutive Officer Birendra Sasmal for participant’s to exhibit a very high sensé of commitment, smartness and integrity in the exercise.

The Chief Exécutive Officer, Birendra Sasmal urged  participants to learn smart and work smart since they are the primary source of the data the whole exercise hinges on the 100 participants he said will be taken through the latest upgraded software, refined challenges the project encountered initially and how best the upgraded technologies will be deployed without ans hitches. Data collection accuracy and analysis is key in the training for the expected outcomes.

Joe Ohemeng from Deloitte, a Partner in the NaWabin project said in his contribution that the Project is the first of ihs kind in West Africa and a major innovation by Subah pointing out that, there is a lot in there for them (Service Personnel) and therefore they should show greater seriousness and commitment.

He also re-iterated the call by the Group CEO Sasmal for them to be smart and be productive. Deloitte,  Ohemeng explained is a smart company that takes database critically and so they are vigilant with the kind of data being collected as Deloitte will do validation. To this end, an honor code of good behavior and integrity is expected of them.

NaWabin is one of Subah’s Info-solutions projects engaged in most parts of Ghana dông collection of personal data to enable every household to be allocated with an intelligent waste bin and collection periodically. The waste bins are not just ordinary bins but are intelligent and smart in nature that enables the garbage vehicles register the content of the bin and the disposal as well. When the bins are full a central system is able to register that for effective and speedy disposal. The data also gives precise monitoring of the waste, information.

Taking her turn, the Group General Manager, Finance and Administration, Madam Adokarley Okpoti-Paulo took participants through financial accountability as huge sums of funds were lodged in their accounts for on-word payement to field agents.

She noted that the culture of accountability is very crucial in the scheme of the projet as millions of funds have already been invested in the projet.that every pesewa spent must be properly accounted for shareholders to know. She took them through the ethics behavior and time accountability.

The Group Human Resource Manager, Madam Golda Ofori also emphasized the importance of confidentiality in the exercise they are undertaking and cautioned that non-disclosure is the cornerstone of the job. They should eschew absenteeism and handle company property with care. The participants were equipped with tablets that are General Packet Radio Services (GPRS) connected to do the job.

Group Human Resource Manager, Madam Golda Ofori ubah Info solutions is a leading IT and Télécommunications solution provider in Ghana and its business strategy seeks to explore a combination of world ­class collaboration with leading technology companies for joint execution of projects and knowledge transfer through direct recruitement of skilled professionals.

She continued that their success is driven by the work­force and their commitment to delivering expected results by operating in a responsible manner and applying innovative and creative technologies to unearth new opportunities for sustainable growth.

‘’We have business solutions expertise, proven methodologies, global resources, as well as strategic partnerships with other industry leaders who collaborate with us to deliver our solutions that drive business growth.’’ she underscored.

She went ‘’on we believe that our strength and service portfolio has the potential of catapulting the company’s operations into a world class ICT hub as well as positioning it for rapid growth in the medium to long term.’’

By Ambrose Goba

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