Saturday, September 01, 2007

Africell Buys New Land

Africell, Sierra Leone's number one GSM operator, has signed a lease agreement with the Saint Paul's Parish Church, Wilberforce, west end of the capital Freetown, to lease of over 55,000 square feet of land located at Wilberforce.

The Chief Executive Officer of Africell, Mr. Robert Khoury, signed on behalf of Africell, while His Lordship, The Bishop of the Anglican Diocese of Freetown, The Right Reverend J.O.P. Lynch, signed on behalf of the Church.

Present at the signing ceremony were members of the Africell management team and members of the Saint Paul?s Parish Church Committee. The signing ceremony was chaired by Mr. Donald C. Bull, General Manager of Sierra Leone Airport Authority, who is also a key member of the Church Committee.

According to observers, the leasing of land from the Saint Paul?s Parish Church was significant for Africell as it marks an important development in their plans to expand their operations in Sierra Leone. The leased land would be used to construct a number of impressive structures including the following:

- An ultra modern office building that will serve as the local headquarter - A canteen for staff members - A building that will be used by a section of the technical team - A warehouse - Guest Houses for Overseas visitors - A car park

The Office building will house all Africell staff with the exception of customer service staff members who will remain at the centre of Freetown in order to be close to the customers.

Speaking to HANA Correspondent in Freetown, Khoury disclosed Africell has so far invested a total of $100 million in Sierra Leone and with the recently concluded agreement the signs are that the rate of investment will continue at a much faster pace.

Meanwhile, Tigo Sierra Leone the company?s social responsibility has introduced another raffle draw which will make any Sierra Leonean become a millionaire overnight. This new raffle draw is known as the Tigo millionaire promotion.

A senior official of Tigo told HANA that the recent Tigo Millionaire promotion raffle draw introduced has already attracted many customers to join as a result of ongoing promotions in the country.

The Marketing and Public Relations Officer, Madam Jariatu Bah said four lucky subscribers over the weekend won the second raffle draw held at the Northern Polytechnic hall in Makeni. The draw makes a total of six people who have each won one million Leones approximately three hundred and thirty five dollars.

Presenting the one million Leone cheque to each of the four winners at the Crown Bakery restaurant in the capital Freetown on Wednesday this week, Madam Jariatu Bah said the promotion was launched on 15 August 2007 and those two subscribers have already benefited from the promotion.

She disclosed that the promotion will last for thirty days and that subscribesr stand to win the next twenty four remaining promotions.

Madam Bah noted that eighteen thousand subscribers do qualify for the Tigo Millionaire promotion, but that only one person stands lucky to win the one Million Leones.

One of the winners, Madam Hawa Magib Sesay thanked the management of Tigo for organizing the promotion.

She said she won the promotion at a time when she was deeply distressed as she lost her thirteen year old boy mid this month.

Meanwhile, Mrs. Elizabeth Baimba, another lucky winner said the whole thing was a dream to her and commended Tigo for organizing the raffle.

Mrs. Baimba, who is a teacher, said she decided to join Tigo because of the affordability, accessibility and cheap tariff.

Similar sentiments were also expressed by Abu Bakarr Koroma and Abdulai Jalloh, two other lucky winners.

Meanwhile, chairing the second promotion draw over the weekend in Makeni, Regional Police Commander North, and Assistant Inspector General of Police (AIG) Christopher E.F John noted that Tigo is the price leading brand in the market, and offers the cheapest tariff, with high quality services to its customers.

He said the company provides products that meet high standards set by customers of quality, reliability and affordability.

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