Students of Ahmadiyya Secondary school, Rotifunk on Friday confirmed that Celtel was indeed a Bomba! The Principal of the school Ibrahim Tarawallie, who was receiving books worth Le10m from Celtel’s Southern Province Regional Sales & Distribution Manager Horatio Dove-Pratt under the leading mobile company’s Build Our Nation scheme, stated that they were overwhelmed by the Celtel gesture as the school was going through tough times. He promised that they will ensure that the books are put to good use. Horatio, who represented the Managing Director of Celtel Ted Sauti-Phiri, said that Celtel is proud to contribute to national development. He said that the books are meant for the children and asked them to handle them with care. He also said that the way forward is for the pupils to toil while others are sleeping. “Make maximum use of the books as education is a very important tool especially now for the girl child. He also on behalf of Celtel, pledged the company’s loyalty to education`. He also expressed the hope that great men and women will come out of the pupils reading the books.
The Principal promised that though they did not have a library, they will make good use of the books. He also told them to make the books their friends as education is the only thing that can make two people equal.
He stated that Celtel had indeed proved to be a ‘Bomba’ in terms of both telecommunications and taking care of the needs of the community in which they operate. He therefore pledged their loyalty to Celtel and promised that by the grace of God they shall continue to pray for Celtel to be the Bomba always. Chairman of the occasion Dr. Julius Spencer who is the Managing Director of Premier Media explained how Celtel arranged the Build Our Nation scheme so that a school in every region of the country will benefit with Le10m worth of textbooks from Celtel. He stated that this is done in all the 15 countries in Africa where Celtel operates.
Speaking on behalf of the Paramount Chief, Samuel Harding said he believes it is a blessing and honour for the school to receive the books from Celtel. He also noted that Celtel has been helping the Chiefdom with communication and even has a mast and provides water for the people as well. Councillor C.G. Koroma welcomed Celtel to Moyamba district and disclosed that over the years the school has had good grades. He stated that all Celtel activities had been happening in his constituency and stated that education is a good thing. He stated that Ahmadiyya is a community school in the chiefdom. He therefore asked the pupils to take good care of the books. Dr. Spencer also taught the pupils a poem about the rewards of hard work and studying well.