By Ibrahim Tarawallie
Head of Chancery at the Nigerian Embassy in Freetown last Friday said he was impressed with the contributions of Africell Mobile Company in the past years, in both the development of the country and the lives of ordinary Sierra Leoneans.
According to Yele Onafalujo, the company’s sponsorship of the 2014 Inter-Secondary School Quiz Competition organized by the Nigeria Student Union was testament to the fact that their presence is being felt everywhere.
He told newsmen at the embassy’s conference hall at Hill-Cut Junction in Freetown that Africell deserves lot of commendation for what they have done, especially to people, and urged others to emulate their good work.
“I am not saying this because I want to say it, but Africell’s contributions are crystal clear for everyone to see,” he said.
Mr. Onafalujo commended the Nigeria Student Union for initiating the idea of organising a quiz competition for schools across the country.
Also, Africell’s Chief Corporate Affairs Officer, Joe Abass Bangura, expressed his company’s gratitude to once again collaborate with the Nigeria embassy and the Union to organize the third Inter-Secondary School Quiz Competition.
He noted that it is their belief that a nation’s value is ultimately a function of the quality of its human resource base and that a major tool in building that is through quality education.
“Africell is providing a sponsorship package for this program of five million Leones cash and meet the cost of radio and newspapers adverts, branding of the venue and provision of public address system,” he disclosed.
He pointed out that their continued support for education in the country has been through the provision of scholarships to various students and students groups, as well as their special close user group package which allows university students on campus to communicate cheaply.
He concluded by commending the Ministry of Youth Affairs, National Youth Commission, AFCOM, Afrigas, Guarantee Trust Bank and the West African Examination Council for collaborating with them to support the project.
On his part, the Union’s President, Peter Ogunlowo, commended the sponsors, especially Africell, and revealed that the competition was first hosted in 2012, with eight schools participating across the country.
He said that schools were selected from each of the regions, based on their performance in the West Africa Senior Secondary Certificate Examination (WASSCE), but noted that because no external examination was conducted in 2013, schools for this year’s competition which kick starts on 31 May, 2014, were randomly selected.