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21st January 2019

"Only 20.2% has Internet in Sierra Leone," NATCOM Director Madina Says

By Alim Jalloh (29/12/18)

The new Director of NATCOM Board of Directors has disclosed that only 20.2% of the population has access to internet in Sierra Leone.  


Board Chair Mrs. Madina Nyanda Samba, approved by Members of Parliament on Friday December 21, 2018, has made it clear to take more action to revamp the National Telecommunications Commission (NATCOM) in order to broaden internet access in the country. (Photo: NATCOM Chair Prince Harding, right).

The parliamentary approval was the twenty third report of its Committee on Appointments and the Public Service. Speaking in the Well of Parliament MP Hassan who doubles as Chief Whip in the House stated that Madam Samba is going to NATCOM at a time this country is facing challenges in the telecommuniations industry.

In an interview, Madina Samba stated that only 20.2% of the population has access to internet in the country. "We have a very hard-working Chairman at NATCOM and we enjoy a cordial working relationship with the Ministry of Information and Communication. We will work with the mobile phone companies to improve customer relation services, review postal services and operations, and manage telecom for the benefit of the people of Sierra Leone.

Mrs. Madina Samba is the founder and Executive Director of Community Action to Restore Lives, a local NGO operating in five districts. She has competent skills in Project Development, Implementation and Management, Administration Management, Gender and Human Rights, Education, Peace Building and Child Welfare Protection.

She viewed her appointment as a call to national service. "It is a payback time to my beloved country and I promised to work to the best of my ability for the success of the commission and his excellent vision for the nation."

She thanked the Sierra Leone President Julius Maada Bio for the confidence he reposed in her.

Courtesy: The Calabash Newspaper

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