The management of Lonestar Cell MTN on Thursday, July 14, celebrated 15 years of service, noting that the company has over the years kept the promise of providing convenient and affordable services to Liberians in the midst of all the challenges.
Mr. Babatunde Osho, CEO, said since the establishment of the company in 2001, it has overwhelmingly expanded its services to remote parts of the country in a bid to creating an enabling environment in the communication sector.
“We now have over 230 staff of the company and provide network coverage to Liberians in remote towns and villages across Liberia,” Osho told guests at the anniversary ceremony, held at the Bella Cassa Hotel in Monrovia. “We enjoy doing this in the interest of the Liberian people.”
He disclosed that the company has over 1.5 million subscribers in the areas of voice and data, noting that there are plans to increase the number of subscribers.
As part of its contributions to the Liberian society, Mr. Osho noted that the company has contributed immensely to the social-economic development of the country and its people since the establishment.
Speaking earlier, the Deputy CEO of the company, Mr. Louis Brah Roberts, said the company has provided 15 years of dedicated services to the people of Liberia and will continue, including building partnership for the betterment of communication.
He said the company, as in the time past, is committed to contributing to the economic viability of Liberia.
Mr. Roberts thanked the Government of Liberia (GoL) headed by President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf and its many subscribers for the support to the company’s success.
Grand Kru County lawmaker, Numinee Bartekwa, Chairman of Post and Telecommunications at the House of Representatives, praised the company for braving the storm over the past 15 years, especially during the troubled times of Liberia, to invest here.
“During the past 15 years, no one dared easily to come and invest here, but your company came and invested; I am a living witness to that. On this occasion of your 15thanniversary, I want to congratulate you on this occasion,” said the Grand Kru County lawmaker.
Despite its success in the Liberian market, the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Lonestar Cell MTN, Mr. Benoni Urey, said the company has been a victim of unnecessary criticisms.
“We have been persecuted socially, politically for our success in the business. We need to praise successful Liberians for their innovations and not to launch attacks on them because we have hatred for them,” he said.
However, Urey said in spite of the many challenges, the company is committed to delivering quality services to the people of Liberia, and lauded the Liberia Telecommunications Authority (LTA) for its important role played in the regulation of the telecommunication sector.