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Mariama Sesay

One of the country's leading telecommunications companies - Airtel Sierra Leone - on Saturday 14th February, 2015, pledged support to all Ebola survivors to make a year free calls from Airtel to Airtel and the use of SMS facility.

The Managing Director of Airtel, Sudipto Chowdry, requested all Ebola survivors to visit any Airtel outlets for onward clarification on the one-in-a-million offer.

The free offer for all Ebola survivors, according to the Managing Director, will be extended depending on the cooperation of the beneficiaries.

Sudipto Chowdry pledged the support at the inauguration of Airtel Express at the company's office on Rawdon Street, Freetown.

The celebration, which attracted distinguished guests including the Minister of Information and Communications, Mayor of the Freetown Municipality, Inspector General of Sierra Leone Police and many other high-profile personalities in the private sector, placidly romanced with Airtel subscribers all in the name of Valentine's Celebration.

Managing Director expressed his appreciation to all Airtel's subscribers for being very loyal to the company throughout the years, assuring that the company will continue to provide quality telecommunications service to their treasured and esteemed subscribers.

The company's corporate social responsibility is second to none especially at a time when the country is fighting the deadly scourge.

Airtel also extended 50% free call offer to all physical challenged people in the country. "We are going to deduct 50% of all calls to all disability people in Sierra Leone,' Sudipto Chowdry said.  "Airtel just need to have authentic certificate from the National Disabilility Commission to register all disable persons."

The Mayor of Freetown, His Worship Franklyn Sam Bode Gibson, expressed appreciation for the company's gesture in the country especially in the Metropolis, for helping Sierra Leoneans in various ways.

The Mayor also welcomed the role Airtel is playing in the lives of the disable people in the country, and hoped that the company would extend its goodwill to other vulnerable organizations.

Many other speakers made meaningful contributions during the inauguration ceremony at the weekend.

Meanwhile, several persons with disability who spoke to The Spectator acclaimed Airtel for such a wonderful gesture and hoped that other organizations would come to their aid.