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Africell to beautify Kenema with new clock tower

The New Kenema Clock Tower

In what has been described as an unprecedented leap in developmental, the leading telecommunications company in Sierra Leone, Africell, has announced that they have heeded to the call by the Chief Minister, Professor David Francis, to facilitate the reconstruction of a new modern digital Clock Tower at the heart of the cocoa-rich Eastern Region Head Quarter town of Kenema.

This pronouncement was made over the weekend by the Chief Operations Officer from Africell, Houssam Jaber, in the presence of the Chief Minister of the Republic of Sierra Leone, at a brief but well attended function by a host of stakeholders in Kenema at the derelict Kenema Clock tower previously completed by PAKBATT- 6 serving UNAMSIL.

Africell is known for leaving indelible corporate social responsibility imprints across Sierra Leone, and the commitment to the Kenema clock tower, backed by the declaration last weekend, reinforces their position in the hearts on their loyal subscribers.

Speaking at the ceremony, Houssam Jaber said they were delighted to be in Kenema to convey the message of approval and to commit resources to the reconstruction project of the iconic location. He added that the visit was to primarily assess the structure and set the timeline regarding the stipulated completion date that is expected in four months’ time.

He said, the next two weeks in February, will be used to demolish the existing structure to make way for the implementation of the new project. “This is one among the many refurbishments of major intersections, clock towers and beautification projects done by Africell as part of our CSR,” he noted. 

Welcoming the delegation from Africell, the Chief Minister who also doubles as the political head of Kenema, Professor David J. Francis, said, Kenema is a vibrant city and one of the economic centers of Sierra Leone.  “If Kenema develops, Sierra Leone will benefit, and when Sierra Leone develops, Kenema will benefit.”

Africell Chief Operational Officer and Chief Minister

He said Africell takes their Corporate Social Responsibilities seriously as demonstrated in their support to the First Lady’s flagship initiative, Hands off our girls.

The purpose of the visit, he noted was to count on Africell’s commitment to the construction of an ultra-modern Clock Tower to be the ‘center of attraction in the city.’

He noted that he was particularly pleased with the time frame pegged for the completion of the project which will be executed in collaboration with the local authorities, to ensure the site is safe and doesn’t pose risks to commuters.

The chief minister applauded Africell and thanked the delegation from Freetown for visiting the City of Kenema to deliver the good tidings.

Old Kenema Clock Tower

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