Pupils, teachers and parents of the Law Memorial Kissy Tongi Secondary Schools in the Malema Chiefdom, Kailahun district, have received books worth Le20m from Celtel during its “build our nation donations”.
At a ceremony, hosted at the school’s compound in Jojoma on Friday, the paramount chief of Malema chiefdom Lamin Ngevao said he was not surprised of the gesture by Celtel because “Celtel is one of the companies that ensure that the lives of the people where it operates better.”
PC Ngevao also said he was going to make sure that the name ‘Celtel’ became household in his chiefdom for the good work it had done for his chiefdom.
Appealing to the network, the paramount chief disclosed that they too wanted to get connected to other people in the country “and this can be done only through Celtel. So we the people of Malema Chiefdom really want to get connected. We thank Celtel for a job well done and hope that they will continue with their good and kindly gesture.”
On behalf of the education sector of the chiefdom the director of Education, A Gasimu, revealed that the district was in dire need of books and school materials, and were therefore in search of goodwill organization that would help them in that direction.
He added that before the war the district was well known for education and its meaningful contributions towards development, but that their economy deteriorated during the war and this created adverse effect on them.
The education representative further said, “the donations of the book by Celtel demonstrate the love the network has for the pupils and Kailahun people, and Celtel has shown that they will deliver whatever they promise and for that we are grateful to them.”
Making the donations to the two schools on behalf of Celtel the public relations coordinator, June Rose Johnson, said the donation was being done in collaboration with the Education ministry who supplied them with names of disadvantaged schools, and that these names were raffled every three months. She disclosed that this donation was part if their cooperate social responsibility, and that this gesture was not only done in Sierra Leone but also other countries where Celtel was operating because they really wanted to make the lives of people better not only through communication but also through education.
The PR coordinator also maintained that they had given books to 13 schools and these two would be the sixteenth schools and they hoped to continue.