Africell provides more support to epicenters & quarantined communities


OCTOBER 14, 2014 By Ibrahim Tarawallie 

Sierra Leone’s leading mobile phone operator, Africell Mobile Company, has taken the lead in complementing government’s effort to kick the Ebola virus disease out of the country.

The company last Friday (October 10) presented the third consignment of 18,750 kilograms (375 bags) of rice to the Ministry of Health and Sanitation for onward delivery to epicenters, quarantined communities and other areas significantly affected by the Ebola epidemic.

Since the scheme was launched by the company’s Chief Executive Office, Shadi Gerjawi, in August 2014 to set aside Le1.00 (one Leone) for every minute spoken on its network and use the proceeds to provide foodstuff for Ebola victims, Friday’s presentation of rice brought the total number of kilos of rice donated by the mobile phone giant to 42,500kg.

Speaking at the presentation, Africell’s Chief Corporate Affairs Officer, Joe Abass Bangura, stated that the rice will be delivered to epicenters and quarantined communities in Freetown, Makeni, Bo, Kailahun, Kenema, Lunsar, Port Loko, Tonkolili and Moyamba.

“We continue to urge all Sierra Leoneans to be vigilant in following all the prevention methods provided by the health authorities to interrupt further transmission of the disease. We join the people of Sierra Leone to pray that the crisis ends sooner than later,” he said.

Mr. Bangura assured of the company’s commitment to continue providing information, funding and feeding as well as contributing to closing the government’s resource gaps and ensuring that the Ebola virus is kicked out of the nation.

Also speaking, Councilor Aminata Gibrill Sesay of Ward 389 in Constituency 110 commended Africell for being a good company in her Ward that is providing lots of support to Sierra Leoneans.

She noted that the company has demonstrated sound leadership in the communication sector over the years and has been helpful to the Wilberforce community and the nation as a whole.

On his part, Deputy Government Spokesman, Ajibu Jalloh, said he is happy to see a company that is very cooperative towards the fight against the deadly disease. He commended the company for supporting business opportunities of lots of Sierra Leoneans and for the quality communication service it has been rendering.

“Africell is a true partner to the government of Sierra Leone. Providing food for quarantined communities is a demonstration of the willingness of the company to kick Ebola out of the country and helping to prolong the lives of the people,” he said and added that the business of eradicating Ebola should be the responsibility of every Sierra Leone.