Monrovia – President George M. Weah has launched the Liberia Telecommunications Corporation’s 4G VOLTE Mobile Network as part the Corporation’s rebranding process. With the launch, the Corporation is now offering GSM services in addition to the mobile fixed-line service it has been offering. And it is part of the Corporation’s transition from LIBTELCO to LTC Mobile. As LTC Mobile.
Speaking at the event, the President said the launch of the LTC Mobile service represents one of the important steps his administration has taken to enhance economic growth through job creation, which will lead to increased revenue generation and service delivery.
“I want to encourage you to continue to be proactive in fostering the growth and development t of this enterprise. The launch of the LTC Mobile service represents one of the important steps this administration has taken to enhance economic growth through the creation of job. This will also increase revenue generation, and improve service delivery to the people,” the President said.
He added the launch of LTC Mobile will play a significant role in strengthening the telecommunications sector.
He said: “My government is keen on resuscitating our state owned enterprises, as a means of promoting public sector investment.”
President Weah once served as an employee of the Corporation, serving as switchboard operator in the 1980s prior to the civil war. Since his ascendancy to the presidency, he continues to champion the rebranding and upgrading of the Corporation. First beginning with the appointment of the current management team headed by Richmond Tobii. Then in 2020, the 2007 Act was amended to ensure that the LTC provide full scale mobile network operations in Liberia.
The management, under the tutelage of Mr. Tobii, with support from President Weah, has been exerting all efforts to ensure the plan is executed in line with the 2020 amended Act.
Mounting the podium to perform the launch, the President hailed Mr. Tobii and his team for the impressive work in transforming the area and said he felt a deep personal sentiments and a strong sense of Dejavu returning to the place he once worked.
“It gives me a great sense of pride to return today to my former work place and observe the impressive work that is going on today under your leadership and under my administration. When we came in o office in 2018, LIBTELCO was very limited in its capacity and functionality and very barely viable as a business entity,” he said.
To entrust you, your management and technical team with the responsibility to transform the public corporation into a vibrant enterprise that would serve the best interest of its shareholders, who are the Liberians people, and I am proud to say that you did not disappoint me, neither the Liberia people.”
Speaking earlier, the CEO of the LTC Mobile, Mr. Tobii thanked the President, the Legislature and the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning for the support in transforming the Corporation to where it is today.
“We are confident today that in 2018 when you asked us to steer the affairs of the LTC, we didn’t say much to you, but we were very grateful. You give us LIBTELCO, today, we are giving you LTC Mobile,” he said.
He continued: “Over the past four years, it was a journey of serious minded folks, young people who thought that transforming this sector require that we all stand firm, this is not the place it ends. This investment of such requires a lot of international capacity building.
He added: “Today we are proud, with the help of the government, through its first investment of US$2 million to set up the first mobile network of the Republic of Liberia. Notwithstanding, we are all seeking additional funding that will turn it not to a Monrovia base infrastructure but to a Liberia full participation.”
The colorful event was graced by dignitaries and top government officials including House Speaker Bhofal Chambers, Deputy Speaker Cllr. J. Fonati Koffa and members of the Cabinet including Foreign Minister D. Maxwell Kemayah and Finance Minister Samuel D. Tweah.
Minister Tweah, in brief remarks, thanked the President for selecting a vibrant team to spearhead the transformation at LTC. He said the Government owes the corporation a little over US$3 million, and with the President and the Legislature’s intervention, the fund can be approved to enhance the tremendous work being carried out at the Corporation.