Information Directorate, Youyi Building, Sierra Leone, Monday 4th June, 2018 –Briefing the Deputy Minister of Information and Communications, at the company’s headquarters conference room, Lightfoot Boston Street, the Managing Director of SIERRATEL expressed gratitude to the National Commission for Privatization, NCP and government for entrusting the responsibility of running of the company to locals at a time when confidence in Sierra Leoneans is very low because of the bad history.
“We see these, both as an opportunity and challenge to the public that, the country can still boast of Sierra Leoneans who under difficult circumstances can manage a company like SIERRATEL and compete with Africell and Orange” said Edward Sesay. He added that the management took over the company in June 2016, when the country economy was at its lowest noting the International Gateway Monopoly which was a major revenue earner was liberalized.
The M.D Sesay said midst the challenges, his company is delighted to report that it has been able to stabilize the situation and poised to take a giant leap that will enhance the competitiveness of the company. He spoke on the introduction of the 4G Long Term Evolution- LTE which was launched in January 2018 noting that within the very first month it attracted about 16.000 customers.
Further dilating on the challenges of SIERRATEL the Managing Director said that the company accrued a huge loan from the Indian and Chinese Exim Bank to roll out the SIM project and the CDMA Network respectively. He pleaded to government to convert these loans to equity.
The Deputy Minister of Information and Communication applauded the management of SIERRATEL for their relentless effort in pushing the activities of the company. According to Solomon Jamiru, ‘’we are given the opportunity to serve sometimes at the highest level but how we discharge the functions of our offices will determine what imprints or legacies we stamp on the sands of time.
The Deputy Minister reiterated that the business of the Ministry is to serve, supervise and perform necessary oversights. He said it is the ministry’s duty to ensure that they land on qualified political commitments to the environment which entails the regulatory environment and legal framework.
He encouraged management of Sierratel to be innovative to complete with other telecom companies to be seen enviable. Innovation and discipline is core under the new direction drive, maintained the Deputy Minister.
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