December 14, 2018
By Hassan Gbassay Koroma
Director of Corporate Affairs at Orange Telecom Sierra Leone, Barry Honnah, has stated that the company is not only operating in the country for profit making, but also touching lives and caring about the welfare of each and every Sierra Leonean.
Director Honnah was on Wednesday, December 12th speaking during the launch of Orange Telecom pole site in N’jala Komboya Chiefdom, Bo District, southern Sierra Leone.
He thanked the traditional rulers and people of N’jala Komboya Chiefdom for a warmly welcome, spiced with cultural performances by various cultural groups, stating that the company was in the chiefdom to stay.
He said in 2017, Orange launched their modernisation and expansion plan to enhance the reliability, coverage and quality of its network, voice and data services, adding that the sum of US $33 million has been invested for that purpose.
He said they plan to construct 30 new radio sites and upgraded half of the entire mobile network cross the country.
He said the launch of their pole in that part of the country was a continuation of the 30 poles they had planned to construct across the country, with the aim of providing every Sierra Leonean with quality and affordable network.
He said their presence complement the government education agenda in that part of the country, adding that they were also working to ensure that they take internet to schools across the country.
He called on the authorities and people of the chiefdom to do all they could to protect the facility.
In his introductory statement earlier, Orange Southern Region Manager, Bollor Sesay, stated that the journey to erect the pole in the chiefdom started two years ago when authorities of the chiefdom met and pleaded that they needed telecommunication facility.
Member of Parliament for Constituency 083, Maada Lebbie, expressed his gratitude for such development in his constituency and described the presence of Orange as a big development.
He called on the company to consider other part of his constituency that lack network.
Speaking on behalf of the Paramount Chief, Tejan Lusani, said they were happy for the presence of the facility in the chiefdom and it surrounding, adding that before now, it was difficult for them to make and receive telephone calls.
He promised that they would do all in their powers to protect the facility because it belongs to them, adding that the facility has made other transactions including Orange money and other easier for them.