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Sierra Leone News: Sierratel expands to Bumbuna

sierratelResidents of Bumbuna in Kalasogonia Chiefdom, Tonkolili District over the weekend have started communicating via the nation’s own landline and mobile network service provider, Sierratel.
Welcoming the new network to Bumbuna, representative of the Paramount Chief, Solomon Fornah on behalf of the chiefdom people expressed delight that Sierratel the nation’s mobile network is now operational in Bumbuna.
He lamented over the late intervention of the country’s mobile and landline service provider, but lauded the venture as “well thought out” and that residents of Bumbuna and its immediate surrounding will take advantage of the facility.
Mr. Fornah encouraged residents to support Sierratel as a government parastatal “for growth and development of the country.” He assured the public that Sierratel was in Bumbuna to stay as it is the nation’s pride and SIERRA Leoneans should take pride in using its services.
On marketing of Sierratel’s CDMA, mobile and internet products, the Marketing Manager, Lois Munu described their products as “state of-the-art” adding that with the fibre optic; the company stands as the fastest internet service operator in the country.
She commended residents of Bumbuna for welcoming the nation’s pride, which will further allow them to improve on their business and communicate better.
Councillor Sara Koroma of Ward 227, even though disappointed at the turnout at the ceremony, warmly welcomed the network in his community and encouraged the people to customize the network as according to him, “na wi yin network”.
On behalf of the management of Sierratel, the Director of Marketing, Albert Bangura-Will, who was all smiles, patiently explained the many benefits associated with using the Sierratel network services. Describing Sierratel in the local parlance as “Wi Yon network” meaning “our own network”, he said the network is “proudly Sierra Leonean” and it is here to stay.
He explained that the company has for long been grappling with huge challenges in order to keep sail, but that now “it has resurrected” and assured that Sierratel will prove to the nation that it can live up to the challenge of serving the people.
Bangura-Will encouraged residents of Bumbuna and the wider Sierra Leonean populace to use Sierratel’s CDMA and mobile services as they have the cheapest tariff in the country.
Commenting that Sierratel will enhance security in his area of operation, Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) in-charge of Bumbuna, Alphonso Fambulleh, told representatives of Sierratel that he had difficulty sending situation reports to police headquarters on a daily basis due to poor network and access to the internet, but that with Sierratel, he is confident that those challenges will be a thing of the past.
He commended Sierratel for their good works and appealed that the company move a little step further to expand on its network in order to ease the burden of communication in the three chiefdoms in Tonkolili district.
ASP Fambulleh assured of security at all times and urged the community to continue cooperating with the police partnership board by providing useful information on those who will want to pilfer with state property.
Launching the network, Hon. Taworo Tara-Koroma of Constituency 066, disclosed that the advent of the mobile phone has improved and made life “much more comfortable”.
Hon. Tara-Koroma explained that for several years now, he has been hoping for a more reliable network that is affordable and cheap in his Constituency.
He said residents always complain of poor network service in the constituency, which slowed communication and affected business in their community.
MP Tara-Koroma stressed that it is important for communication to be improved and encouraged constituents to make use of Sierra Leone’s only network, which is Sierratel.
Timbo and team, as they entertained residents during the short but impressive ceremony, also educated them on the need to choose Sierratel to communicate, citing all the extra benefits that go with the service once you join the network.
The comedians did not limit the education on the need for Sierratel products, but also to continue to observe the no infection control mechanisms and to call the 117 toll-free line when someone is sick with signs and symptoms of the deadly ebola disease.
By Ade Campbell
Monday March 16, 2015

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