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Operation in B’ville will continue: Digicel

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DIGICEL will continue its services in Bougainville despite the “acts of vandalism and theft” on its properties there, an official says.
Director Government Relations and Public Affairs Gary Seddon, pictured, said: “Digicel has no plans to withdraw its services from Bougainville.”
Seddon said although Digicel had experienced acts of vandalism and theft, the company was working with community leaders, the Bougainville Autonomous Government and law enforcement agencies to protect its properties and continue its services which were providing an important link to the rural and remote communities.
“Yes, the damage caused by vandalism and theft is expensive to repair. However, Digicel believes that it has an obligation to take all reasonable steps to re-establish services while working to ensure further disruptions are prevented,” Seddon said.
Meanwhile, he said the Digicel Foundation continued to invest in health and education programmes.
“An example of which was done in collaboration with the Bougainville Department of Education and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade earlier this year. We constructed double classrooms and libraries for five schools in Bougainville,” he said.
The schools are Kekesu Primary, Kepesia Primary, Kavaranou Primary, Sipiru Primary and Munkala Primary.
“Our commitment to the people of Bougainville is steadfast,” Seddon said.

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