The executive director of Rlg Gambia, Papa Yusupha Njie, told Ghana’s The General Telegraph newspaper in Accra, where he recently paid a two-day working visit, that the creation of the solar-powered kiosks was just an extension of a job-creation strategy.
Mr Njie, who is also the chief executive officer of Unique Solutions in The Gambia, said both Rlg and Unique Solutions have a common vision of creating one million jobs in Africa.
“We are tired of our young people crossing the Atlantic Ocean and getting killed for trying to get their families out of poverty. Africa must be innovative because we cannot allow the outside world to think for us and make it different from what we think we know. By God’s grace, in Rlg’s desire to create more jobs, the solar-powered kiosks and chargers that are going to be used for Rlg and other devices will be in Ghana,” he revealed.
“The good thing about being a group is that when ideas come, they first germinate in one country like how Rlg did in Ghana with the assembling plant, which came to Ghana first before it went to The Gambia and now Nigeria. Ghana and The Gambia are the same in so many different ways so at the end of the day, what is good for The Gambia should be good for Ghana,” he added.
According to Mr Njie, there is no better way for change in Africa than public-private partnership and noted that governments alone could not create all the jobs that Africa needs so they must create the conducive environment for the private sector to do so.He posited that the time had come for Africa to be innovative and believe in itself that it could also make products that could compete with the western world.
“I can sell most of Rlg products on Oxford Street in London and people will buy. We can talk about the smart charger; we can talk about the fusion; we can talk about the Bluetooth speakers; we can talk about the Uhuru. But, Rlg has revolutionized ICT not only in The Gambia, but also in Ghana, Nigeria and wherever we have our footprints,” he added.
Mr Njie then rallied for support for Rlg, which he said is a people-centred brand.“Give us the chance. We must promote what we own. Yes, we may make mistakes but tell us how we can do it better, rather than castigate us. We are saying pray for us but we are also saying promote us so that in the next few years we would all be proud of something that belongs to all of us, just as our motto says: “Proudly Yours,” he appealed.
The Rlg/Unique Solutions solar kiosks initiative is a public-private partnership between the government of The Gambia, and Rlg Communications Group and Unique Solutions.]]>