Telecrest & Glo Media Communications On Online Education
By: Telecrest, Inc
Director of Glo Media Communications, Mr. Rodney Michael disclosed that his institution and Telecrest have partnered to complement the efforts of President Bio's 'New Direction' flagship policy on free education especially when technology gap remains a thorn in the flesh. He noted that as part of their corporate social responsibility they deemed it fit to step in so as to salvage the situation by offering accessible online education for all. He continued that with accessible online education Sierra Leoneans will acquire ICT Internationally recognized certificates that will enhance job opportunities and capacity building within the shortest possible time. "However, we are calling on the line ministries and our partners such as Sierratel, NATCOM and SALCAB to capacitate and support us in this initiative,"
Mr. Michael maintained that the intervention of the two companies is a step in the right direction as, according to him, it is in tandem with the United Nations considerations of one of its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to increase access to Information and Communications Technology (ICT) and strive to provide universal and affordable access to the internet in least developed countries by 2020. The business tycoon also noted that economic advantages are found in both within the ICT market as well as in the larger areas of business and society as a whole.
On his part, Commercial Director of Glo Media Communications, Mr Eric Lansana heaped praises on Mr. Rodney Michael for what he considered as a brief and thrilling presentation. He disclosed that Glo Media Communications was established in Sierra Leone four years ago while noting that they have been operating in ten countries in Africa including but not limited to Guinea, Ivory Coast, Morocco among others. He furthered that there was a need to import their expertise into the country and reaffirmed that accessible online education will provide the platform for Sierra Leoneans to compete globally, adding that barriers in entry into the world market would be a thing of the past. He also emphasized that ICT is leveraged for economic, societal and interpersonal transactions, adding that ICT has drastically changed how people work, communicate, learn and even live.
The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Glo Media Communications, Mr. Sulaiman Jabati expressed thanks and appreciation to participants, stating that he has worked in telecoms in other countries for over twenty years and therefore felt the urge to partner with Telecrest in order to complement the efforts of President Bio's 'New Direction' flagship policy on free education which, according to him, is tremendously important in pushing forward education, and by extension, making Sierra Leone a key player in the global market. According to the CEO, ICT development generates revenue, citing India as a benefactor and is therefore looking forward to replicating that in Sierra Leone. He maintained that the company in partnership with Telecrest is poised to ensure that online education grow as plans to establish programmes with local partners are underway. The Telecom Guru also vowed to put Sierra Leone on a preparedness stature globally pointing out that today job market requires data and skills.
Responding to a question asked by one of the participants, Mr. Jabati revealed that the main thing he stands to gain in the project is personal satisfaction to educate young and old Sierra Leoneans, a comment that sent signals on the public pulse. The CEO stated ICT is crucial to economic development and business growth which is prompting what is dubbed as Fourth Industrial Revolution.
Giving the keynote address, Chief Managing Officer (CMO) of Telecrest Inc. USA, Mr. Etto A O'Niel disclosed that Telecrest is not only global but a one-stop supplier for international and USA domestic voice providers that specializes in wholesale voice termination with a recent focus on the African market. He noted that although the management team is based in USA Telecrest prides itself to be a global company which retains a team of thirty individuals in the Americas, Asia, the Caribbean and Africa which saw Telecrest partnering with Glo Media Communications to salvage challenges in ICT in Sierra Leone. He maintained that major part of the company's team consists of engineers and technical support staff which ensure round-the-clock hands-on quality management and in-depth troubleshooting. According to the telecom expert, Telecrest has developed strong global partnerships and provided high-quality services to fixed line operators, mobile operators and retailers.
The occasion was climaxed with questions and answers among participants which were geared to having in-depth knowledge of Glo Media Communications and Telecrest and the need for their intervention.