Last Saturday was indeed a great day for the people of Moriba Town, in the Imperi Chiefdom, Southern Sierra Leone as their problems with Western Union transactions ended. Thanks to the Union Trust Bank (UTB) which has established Western Union money transfer service in the town, in partnership with TYC Solutions owned by Mr. and Mrs. Tom Wudie. At about mid day, the colorful ceremony started at the business venue on the main Road in Moriba Town in the Sierra Rutile area soon after the UTB team headed by the Bank’s Director of Marketing and Business Development, Mr.Kobi Walker, arrived in the town. The chairperson of the occasion was Mrs. Betty Amara, a prominent nursing sister in the town. In her opening address, Mrs. Amara said that she had never seen such a great occasion in Imperi Chiefdom, Gbangbatoke and their environs, except at Mattru Jong where there is a Western Union outlet. She thanked the UTB and TYC solutions for bringing the service to the town and called on the people to patronize the business so that it can survive and grow in the town.
The sub-agent, Mr. Tom Wudie, said that his company’s objective is to find solutions for the community and that he and his wife will continue to do business in the community that will assist the people to have a better life. He told his audience that he appreciated their presence and that he looked forward to their patronage and commitment to see to it that the business progresses which might help encourage UTB to set up a branch of the Bank in the town.
The opening ceremony was well attended by members of the civil society, the teachers union, the traders union and several dignitaries in the town. Among the guests was the representative of the Paramount Chief Mr. Senesie Amara, who said that UTB is owned by Sierra Leoneans and that they have brought development to his town and that the PC will be eternally grateful to the Bank and Mr. Wudie for bringing such a good thing that has stopped his people from going to Bo and to Mattru Jong, far distances, to access their money through the Western Union.
He also called on UTB to consider opening a branch in Rutile, assuring them of the people’s patronage.
The teachers’ representative, Mr. Nicol, also called on the Bank to open a branch in the town so that they can have easy access to their salaries at the end of the month. He said that the opening of the UTB/Western Union outlet has brought hope to the Chiefdom and Moriba Town in particular, that better days are ahead.
In his address, Mr. Kobi walker stated that the opening of the outlet was the result of four months of hard work and negotiations in his Bank’s quest to take banking to the doorstep of every Sierra Leonean and partner with businesses to empower the communities.
He said that the new outlet is to help save the transport fare of the people to Bo and Mattru Jong to transact their Western Union money transfers. Kobi Walker also stated that the outlet was the John the Baptist that had come to pave the way for a branch in Rutile.
He promised the community that if they embrace the outlet and make it succeed, his Bank will consider opening a branch there. The Rutile branch brings the number of UTB Western Union outlets in the country to 31, and there are plans, according to Mr. Kobi Walker, to open some more in different parts of the country as soon as partners are located and facilities are made available for the business.