Concord Times (Freetown)

Sierra Leone: Makeni Clock Tower - President Koroma Exalts Africell

President Ernest Bai Koroma Thursday showered praises on Africell mobile company for taking the sole responsibility to construct the Makeni clock tower.

The president told dignitaries and the people of the township at the commissioning of the ultra-modern edifice that if not for Africell's intervention, the architect's idea and design would have been meaningless.

"As a government, we will not be able to do everything alone," conceded Mr. Koroma. "I am happy we have companies like Africell which are supporting us in our development drive. The company provided over $200,000 for the clock tower construction. Kudos to the management and staff [of Africell]."

Koroma maintained that the GSM outfit has always taken its corporate social responsibility seriously, and has funded many projects including the beautification of the Cotton Tree in central Freetown.

He thanked the contracting company, MODCON Construction, for a good job done and the Makeni people for being so patient during the construction.

"We will have to take a tough decision to demolish all the houses around the clock tower. It is only then that the people will enjoy it. The construction of the clock tower is in line with my government's 'Agenda for Change'," he stated.

Group chairman and chief executive officer of Lintel Holdings of which Africell is a subsidiary, Ziad Dalloul, pointed out that they think of Africell as a true reflection of Sierra Leone - young, vibrant, steadily and confidently walking towards the future.

He dedicated the clock tower to all Sierra Leoneans, especially the people of Makeni, as the company's little contribution in the grand march towards further progress in the country.

"We have all along believed in the potential and future of Sierra Leone. I will like to extend my gratitude to His Excellency for encouraging us to proceed with our first expansion," Dalloul stated.

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