Citizens now have access to give information to the Anti Corruption Commission (ACC) after the leading mobile network Celtel over the weekend donated phones which will be used in reporting corruption in every sector.
Speaking at the ceremony, ACC Commissioner Abdul Tejan-Cole said that he was very happy for the gesture and the initiative, stating that this will greatly help the Commission and the people in the fight against corruption.
Commissioner Tejan-Cole maintained that they have been trying very hard to get this free line but it is only Celtel that was able to make it at this time and that these phones are crucial to the work of the Commission as it will aid their work.
He called on all to take these numbers seriously and memorize them so that they can communicate easily when the need arises, and assured Celtel that they were going to use the phones for its intended purposes.
On behalf of Celtel, Sales Director Keith Tukei said that the network is trying to bring transparency into the country as this will aid in the fight against corruption.
The Sales Director disclosed that Celtel has a good corporate responsibility since they have obligations to the people of this country.
He added that they are also involved in the fight against corruption and to show their appreciation to the ACC that was why they decided to give the free numbers to the commission.
The numbers to call and report corruption cases he revealed are for those connected to the Celtel number “they only need to call 161 which is free and from other networks the number to dial will be 076-394-111 and it will be billed at the normal rate.
“I therefore urge you to call these numbers and report for the betterment of the country.” Bash Kamara Executive Secretary of NATCOM said that the gesture was really a surprise to them as they had been contacted by the ACC to provide this facility and they had urged SIERATEL to do so. He stated that Celtel has made a mark in the country because of certain products and this one has really added a feather to their cap.
“To make family calls these days is expensive not to talk about reporting corruption cases but with these new numbers then it will be easy to call and make the nation corruption free.”
Mr Kamara said that this is a clarion call for the other networks to follow the step taken by Celtel for the betterment of the country.