By Amie Sanneh
QCell, a leading mobile telecommunication company in the country on Friday 13th December, 2019, celebrated its 10 years anniversary at a dinner held at QCity in Bijilo.
The ceremony also witnessed the presentation of awards to their major partners and special award to five staff members in appreciation of their efforts.
Foroyaa Newspaper was awarded as major media partner.
Institutions including Huawei and Gambia Revenue Authourity were also awarded by Qcell.
Other awardees include PURA, Ministry of Information and Communication Infrastructure,
Ministry of Basic and Secondary Education, JFIN Money Transfer,
Guaranty Trust Bank, Standard Chartered Bank, AGIB Bank and ECO Bank.
Gambia Police Force, Medical Research Council,
Alpha Omar Barry, NAWEC,
University The Gambia, DBC and Rene Blain were also awarded by Qcell.
As part of the celebration, the QCell family launched their latest product which is the QCell Mobile App.
Amie Sise, Senior Marketing Manager at Qcell said they continued to be the biggest innovator in the telecom sector. She explained that there is a difference between their App and other Mobile Apps existing in the country. With the QCell App, Sise noted that customers can have access to the numerous services that QCELL has to offer without using the code. She added that customers using the mobile App can stream live QTV and Qradio, buy cashpower with Qpower, use the Qmoney service and many more. She said the App can be downloaded on the Google play store and IOS.
The CEO of QGroup, Muhammed Jah, disclosed some of the future plans they have for the country. He stated that the foundation will from now onwards pay for 10 educational scholarships to performing students from Grade 12 studying Computer Science at the University of The Gambia for the duration of their studies.
Under health, Jah explained that the foundation have been uplifting the Maternity Wards and from now on they have decided that as part of the celebrations, they will be uplifting specific health care centres across the country. He said in every region, they will uplift at least one or two maternity wards.
For Youth and Sports, he said they are trying to build a World Cup team for The Gambia. He said they have about 30 boys between the ages of 13 and 15 years. ‘It is a six year project and they will be training for six years. He said: “We take care of their living, schooling, transport and everything we want to see The Gambia going to World Cup.”
He urged Gambians to believe in themselves and know that they can make it even by staying in the country. ‘Young ones have the talents, but we need to guide them, nurture them,’ he said. CEO Jah said in the coming years, he wants to see more corporate companies like the QGroup. ‘There is no African or Gambian way. There is only the good way,’ he stated. He called on Gambians to do what is good, build The Gambia and participate in the economy of the country. Jah described it as sad seeing young people dying as they feel that there is no good life in Gambia.
The CEO of QGroup expressed the need for the children to be nurtured stating that government have a big role to play.
‘I think the government has a big role to play, let us build a lot of skills centres, this is very important,’ he added.
Lansana Touray, Senior Manager Corporate Affairs said they are celebrating 10 years of passion, respect, innovation, discipline and success. ‘QCELL is a daily reminder to Gambians that they should not put limits to their dreams and opportunities surrounding them,’ he said.
Tunkara added that QCELL’s goal is to provide Gambians with the best technological innovation at affordable prices. He assured Gambians that they will continue to provide a wide coverage, best services and at the most affordable prices.
As the main sponsors of the GCCI Chamber of Commerce award night held recently, the QGroup Foundation shared one million dalasi among four winners.
The Young Entrepreneur of the Year, Lamin Jafuneh of Nesthet Clinic Services received D300 000
Mariama Njie of The Sweet Box who is the runner up of the Young Entrepreneur of the Year received D200 000.
Business Woman of the Year Fatou Saine Gaye of Gaye Njoro Skills Academy was awarded D300 000.
The Second runner up, Ida Cham of Yabouy Home Cooking went home with D200 000.