SLP STRENGTHENS TIES WITH ORANGE SIERRA LEONE
In a bid to maximize the effectiveness and efficiency of policing and to move along with modern digital trends in tackling crime and other related cyber offences, the Sierra Leone Police (SLP) on Tuesday 23rd February, 2021, signs a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Orange Sierra Leone. The short but impressive ceremony was held at Police Headquarters, George Street, in Freetown.
In her statement, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Orange Sierra Leone – Madam Aminata Kane Ndiaye, noted that she felt honoured to serve this nation and to widen the company’s scope in ensuring that the security of the country is prioritised. She stated that Orange SL was established in 2016, and that the company took over from an existing company which was already helping and supporting the SLP; emphasizing that there was no way she could have done anything different rather than to continue to strengthen and improve on their relationship with the SLP. The CEO further noted that she considers the Police as one of the important and critical institutions of the country; pointing out areas they have been supporting the SLP, as well as new projects they intend supporting the Police with. She cited Closed Users Group (CUG) as one facility the Company currently supports the SLP with, digital tools to enhance the work of the cyber-criminal Unit, and the Introduction of internet and decode centers. “We are also making sure that we provide coverage everywhere in the country because this is about national security matter”, she re-echoed.
“We know it is so critical for you to be able to locate and intervene where there is a security issue in the country, even in the most remote areas; especially at the boarders. We take it as our personal duty to make network and connectivity available in those areas. Be rest assured that you have our full commitment to make sure that the SLP is equipped with the best digital tools to aid your work and we will also ensure a successful transitioning process into the digital era, as this is the wish of His Excellency, the President of the Republic of Sierra Leone, Brig. Rtd. Dr. Julius Maada Bio”, she concluded.
Responding, the Inspector General of Police – Dr. Ambrose Michael Sovula underscored the importance of Orange Sierra Leone, and emphasised that the company has brought tremendous benefits to the people of Sierra Leone, and by extension, the SLP. He said that the SLP is working for the people of this country and that whatever the Institution benefits from Orange SL would be an extension of the people’s benefit, since they are direct beneficiaries of our services. Adding, that the MoU signed was just a matter of continuing to strengthen the already existing relationship between the two institutions. “When we give Orange an environment that would enable them operate without hindrance, they, in turn, will be able to deliver quality service to the people; and once you give quality service to the people, that could help the security sector to be able to operate and address issues swiftly by means of fast communication. This means that the SLP could have used Orange facilities to ensure efficient and effective service delivery to the general populace including you”, he jokingly exclaimed.
In addition, the IGP admitted that the MoU would be of immense benefit to every Sierra Leonean; pointing out that the attainment of this milestone clearly manifested the SLP’s willingness to continue to support Orange SL in their strides to improve on communication, nationwide.
SLP CELEBRATES THE ACADEMIC ROBING OF IGP - DR. AMBROSE MICHAEL SOVULA
The light of education has shown again on the Sierra Leone Police as its Chief Executive – Dr. Ambrose Michael Sovula has now been robed in his new academic regalia on 9th February, 2021 at the Senior Officers’ Mess, Kingdom.
Few years ago, Dr. Sovula enrolled at the Africa Graduate University (AGU – www.agu.ac.ug) in Uganda, to pursue a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D) in Leadership and Strategic Management. With hardwork, perseverance and strong desire for excellence, he assiduously worked on his research and on 22nd January, 2021, in Busia, Uganda, he was conferred with a Doctorate Degree in absentia.