By Funmilayo Adeyemi
No fewer than 500 residents of Lugbe area of Abuja on have benefitted from the community medical outreach initiated by a newly established Telecommunications company known as Zamsa Mobile.
The Chairman/CEO of Zamsa Mobile, Ogbeni Foluso Awosanya, who spoke at the unveiling of the Telecoms office located in Lugbe in Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC), explained that the initiative was an integral part of the company’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).
“Today we are just opening our store here, and as part of the programmes for the day, we felt we should impact the community in which we are having our business.
” So we are organising free medical outreach for people to get tested for malaria, blood pressure and free drugs.
“Over there too, we are having free installation of screen guards for phones and free phone repairs. And our store is up there where you can have all kinds of phones, smart watches, accessories.
” They are very affordable and durable. They are all guaranteed because we buy directly from the manufacturers.
“So we can beat our chest to say whatever you are buying here, you are buying something of quality and be rest assured you will get value for your money at the best price anywhere,” he said.
He further said that the multi-million naira facility would provide services for thousands of Nigerians living in Lugbe area of Abuja who over the years travel to Abuja metropolis to procure phone materials.
He added that all the mobile telephone products procured by Zamsa Mobile had warranty so there was no issue about quality.
”If you have any issue with any of the devices you buy from us, you can always bring it back as far as it is within the stipulated period after purchase, we will replace it for you,” he said.
On the provision of employment, Awosanya said that about 10 direct and 50 indirect employments had so far been provided by the firm, such as sales representatives, community health workers among others.
He said that efforts were underway to ensure expansion of the business to other parts of Abuja and neighbouring cities.
While speaking on some of the challenges facing small and medium scale enterprises in Nigeria, Awosanya underscored the need for government’s support amidst the lingering economic downturn, just as he called for streamlining of taxes being imposed on SMEs.
“I think the government has a lot to do in terms of helping small businesses to operate and grow, because it’s not just about operation.
” When the environment is conducive, when the needed amenities are in place, if there is light I don’t have to spend extra kobo buying a generator or fueling it, and so on.
“If there is security, I don’t have to employ different security personnel to man my store, and there is also the need for good roads.
” Aside from that, the regulatory agencies too have roles to play. Most of the concerns of people is about the quality of the products that they are buying.
” If the regulatory agencies are doing their works, then there won’t be such concerns because when those substandard products are not in circulation, definitely they will not be in Nigeria,” he said.
In a chat with newsmen, one of the customers, Mr John Yahaya, commended the gesture by the organisation saying it would add value to the lives of youths in the area.
Yahaya who commended the community medical outreach also tasked other organisations to emulate Zamsa Mobile by giving back to the society.
According to him, when you give back to the community this little out of kindness go a long way, because these are things a lot of people, of course some have the money but they don’t have the time or they don’t even feel encouraged.
“But when you see an office doing something like this, they want to be part of it. I think it should be encouraged. So I give them kudos and I’m encouraged,” Yahaya said.(NAN)(www.nannews.ng)
Edited by Isaac Aregbesola