Continuing with their 20th anniversary celebrations, the international courier service provider, DHL, last Friday at the country lodge rewarded 33 customers with plaques “for doing good business” with them over the years.
The Chief Executive of DHL Sierra Leone, Basil Akinbinu said his company had persevered a lot to be in pole position in the country. He said DHL had a concrete strategic plan for the future as they are working assiduously to meet the country’s demand in future.
Mr Akinbinu expressed gratitude to their customers whom he said had helped them grow. The entreated them to continue doing business with DHL because “we have proved to the world that time is very important.”
DHL’s West Africa Zonal Manger, Patrick Assai said he was very happy to be with the company as it celebrates “another milestone” in the country.
The Ivorian-born said Sierra Leone had been very important to the DHL family and that the country would continue to receive more regional and global support in the future.
He said DHL Sierra Leone had developed so much that its customers in the country received the same service as those in San Francisco. He assured that customers that in due course they would enjoy more quality service.
The Zonal Manager said the company was rewarding the 33 customers because it wanted to show gratitude to them so that they would continue to do more business thereby encourage prospective customers to start doing business with DHL.
The Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Transport and Communications, who deputized for the Minister congratulated DHL for all they had done for the country.
Ahmed Wurie said that during the crisis in Sierra Leone, the company never closed down and was on hand to help thousands of Sierra Leoneans and other nationals by receiving and distributing their mails. “In fact they bought a Beach Craft that was shuttling between Lungi and Freetown,” he said, a reason for which he said government was very grateful.
Mr Wurie emphasised that DHL should continue their expansion throughout the country so that the facility would also be enjoyed by those in the provinces.
He assured DHL and other institutions, of government’s continued support to them as they wanted Sierra Leone to be a better place.
He saluted staff of DHL for “the good job” they have been doing in the past 20 years and advised them to continue being customer-friendly.
On behalf of the recipients of the DHL rewards, the representative of the Sierra Leone Diamond Company (SLDC), Morseray Fadika thanked DHL for honouring them and assured that the recipient institutions chose to do business with DHL because of their quality service.
He thanked the management and staff of DHL for the recognition, and congratulated them for providing “quality service” to the country.
Other business institutions rewarded included Bank of Sierra Leone, Celtel, Comium, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), World Food Programme (WFP), Sierra Leone Commercial Bank, Guaranty Trust Bank, Union Trust Bank, Rokel Commercial Bank, Sierra Leone Brewery Limited, Sierra Leone Diamond Company, R. R. Duncan and the Sierra Leone Shipping Agencies.