QCELL, the so called number one GSM operator in Gambia, is expanding to Sierra Leone to compete, with AIRTEL, AfRICELL and SIERRA TEL the CEO Muhammed Jah who owns 33% shares revealed.
Mr. Jah was speaking to newsmen last week, at his company’s headquarters in King Harman Road, Freetown. He said that the Government of Sierra Leone has given them the license to operate in the country and assured that they would start work within the shortest possible time.
He also added that, his team of technicians are in Sierra Leone to highlights the landscape of operation, so that QCELL would be able to cover the entire country within the shortest possible time.
Mr. Jah further stated that Expanding to operate in Sierra Leone was a personal choice. Sierra Leone is a personal journey for him, and that he choose Sierra Leone because he wants to give back to the country from which he and many of his compatriots have taken so much from.
Mr. Jah added: “I have only one University degree-a Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering specialising in Electronics from Fourah Bay College (FBC), University of Sierra Leone. I include my compatriots, because the two members of my team present here –Mr. Essa Faal (Lawyer) and Mr. Nuha Marenah (Banker) like me are also graduates of FBC.
“It is the education that I obtained from Sierra Leone that has prepared me for my achievements in life. Sierra Leone is also a second home for me and for many Gambians.
“Here, we were never seen or treated like foreigners. In fact, at the University of Sierra Leone, Gambian students were treated like home students paying the same fees as Sierra Leoneans. So we are part of you. Sierra Leone is home for us”.
Mr. Jah said he believes that Sierra Leoneans deserve a better mobile telecommunication service than they are getting now.
He said he is determined to contribute in changing the aspect of poor network in Sierra Leone.
He stressed: “I also promise you that pretty soon you will notice a big difference from what you have now. I have done it in my native Gambia. I am now fully committed to do the same thing in my second home – Sierra Leone; not just in telecommunication, but also in other businesses.
“It is my way of giving back to this country that I owe so much to. It is also my way of trying to inspire young Sierra Leoneans to be hard working and become high achievers.
I believe that if a young boy from The Gambia can come to Sierra Leone and acquire the education that helped him succeed to the extent of owning a multinational company among many other companies, then young Sierra Leoneans can also rightly believe that they can do the same. I dared to dream big and have achieved. They too can,” Mr. Jah assured.
Mr. Jah thanked President Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma and the entire Government of Sierra Leone for the opportunity bestowed in them. He also thanked President Adama Barrow for his unflinching support to their efforts in contributing to Africans developing Africa.