Marketing and Commercial staff of Sierratel were over the weekend warmly received by both local authorities and residents of Pepel, in Port Loko District.
This warm welcome and wild jubilation was as a result of the company’s willingness and commitment to improve on modern telecommunication in the country.
Despite the present economic strangulation, due to the ebola crisis, which saw the temporal closure of mining operations in Ward 191 in Constituency 56, residents were full of smiles, as a result of Sierratel’s commissioning of its mobile network.
Councillor Saidu Bangura of Ward 191, during the short but impressive ceremony, was pleased that Sierratel through difficult times decided to extend its network to that part of the District, which shows the company is committed, to provide quality and affordable service to the people.
He explained that for long other mobile companies have been operating in the ward, but residents complained that the network was poor, and this affected their lives, especially when transacting business through communication.
Pepel, Community Head, Santigie Kanu was lost for words, and as he put it “It is better late than never”, and assured Sierratel staff of the chiefdom’s commitment to make full use of the nation’s mobile network.
The elderly community head called on authorities of the company to extend the mobile coverage, and landline service to other parts of the country, in order that Pepel will have a wider communication network.
Paramount Chief Bai Lamina Angbathor II of Pepel, in Port Loko district, said a new door of opportunity has opened.
He noted that for several years now residents of the township were constrained to have a reliable network that is accessible and affordable.
Chief Angbathor II explained that most private investment come and leave, just like what the country experienced during this Ebola epidemic, despite they provided jobs for Sierra Leoneans.
With Sierratel he maintained that they are here to stay as it is the nation’s pride and will continue to serve the nation as it expands.
The Paramount Chief, urged residents of Pepel to make use of Sierratel, noting that Sierratel is the country’s family communication.
On marketing of Sierratel’s CDMA, landline, mobile and internet products, the Director of Marketing, Albert Bangura-Will added that the products are modern technology, noting that with the fibre optic the company is the fastest internet operator in the country.
He commended residents of Pepel and other parts of the country, for welcoming the nation’s pride, which will further allow them to improve on their business and communicate better.
Bangura-Will also took time to educate residents on the benefits of using the nations network, which makes room for Sierratel users to communicate from 9:pm 9:am each day, for free, while from Friday evening to Monday morning it’s also free.
The Marketing Director furthered that Sierratel has the cheapest mobile and landline phones, including internet bundle service, which makes the company the nations pride in communication.
On security, Officer In-Charge at Pepel Osman Kamara said he will no longer have to send delayed situation reports to headquarters on a daily basis.
In a delighted mood, the senior police officer said he will now use his new Sierratel mobile phone to use the internet, to save him from the usual everyday stress.
He assured staff of Sierratel of security at all times at the network station site, and called on residents to be extra vigilant to protect, what he described as “Na Wi Yone” network.
To further market and promote the company’s product, Public Relations Officer, Sierratel, Badamasi Cole called on residents of Pepel to further spread the message that Sierratel is the nation’s number one network.
He urged them to be each other’s keeper and not to destroy the branding posters, noting that the company is spending huge amount on information materials, which is very important, to know more about the country.
By Ade Campbell:Awoko
Wednesday April 08, 2015