The Almighty Sierra Leone Telecommunication Company (SIERRATEL) and The Sierra Leone Postal Services Limited (SALPOST) used to be the pride of Sierra Leone in service delivery but have crumbled down the drain to their unexpected lowest standards that really need some interventions.
Sierratel was formed as a government entity to provide affordable telephone services to the nation. It has in no doubt been the only gate way for all sorts of communication in Sierra Leone – meaning all companies do pay for this gate way. In the past years, Sierratel was a business giant in Sierra Leone from the late 1980s to early 1990s making meaningful economic contribution to the government. The first action that started crippling it was the establishment of an open line to homes and commercial premises which led to massive corruption among workers. Those connected were misusing the international line, no proper accountability from senior workers and payment of staff salaries became problematic. So, the ill managed company gradually turned out to be the centre of staff strikes and corruption. This continued till the wake of mobile companies in Sierra Leone in the late 1990s to 2000. Covered by the gate way mobile lenders from Sierratel, the mobile companies toppled Sierratel and became more powerful to this moment. The imperative question one may ask is - what has really killed the Almighty Sierratel, is it the mobile companies’ revolution or lack of innovation?( the giver to become the great loser).
After allowing customers or subscribers to the mobile companies to be loyal and develop trust in them, it became difficult for Sierraratel to wake up from its long slumber and catch up with the 100 meters ahead mobile companies. To leap-frog now, build confidence in the millions of mobile subscribers in Sierra Leone has been a herculean task for the one time pride of Sierra Leone telecompany.
One may suggest among other things as a way forward that added to the cheapest rates, Sierratel which operates both land and mobile telephone services must design strategies like the sim and credits paid for but the mobile phone itself free. Also seasonal raffle draws and other sales promotions should be done.
The Sierra Leone Postal Services Company (SALPOST) on the other hand was formed to ensure effective and efficient delivery of mails, other parcels, information packages (normal and classified) both internal and external. It had a good structure and did well in the 70s and 80s but started declining in the wake of the new media technology known as Internet. This was because the internet provides website, email, facebook (social media) facilities that could easily replace the services SALPOST could provide.
With innovation however, SALPOST could have still survived and maintained its expected service delivery especially the hinterland document services in the country. There are certain documents that still need the services of SALPOST both local and International that go beyond international facilities. With facilities and well coordinated programs, SALPOST can still make its contribution to nation building. Why have DHL, Red Coat and others are still surviving and making inroads to the happiness of the public, staff and most important their owners/Managing Directors? All this is because of well coordinated programs and dedication. The idea is centred on sober arrangement with the Airlines for prompt delivery of international mails to their respective destinations. For local mails around the country, SALPOST should have small and good vehicles with dedicated staff who will not give flimsy excuses to deliver parcels on time. The above are just few examples of numerous services SALPOST should offer this nation.
Nevertheless, since SALPOST has lost direction of what to do to keep the Institution above the water, it is imperative that government inject and render it some innovations to salvage the deplorable and ridiculous condition of SALPOST.
The first move government can do towards this is to like the US A transfer the issuance of all passports to SALPOST whiles the Immigration concentrate on the real enforcement of immigrants and other duties. If passports issuance is done by SALPOST, that will wake up and make it fulfil all other functions. Added to the revenue SALPOST will generate for government, it will also become more viable and be a pillar of the Agenda for Prosperity. Immigration on the other hand will then be steadfast in checking for residential permits, expert rate fee, work permits and other documents around our bothers, in the cities and other big towns. The effectiveness and efficiency of this enforcement body (Immigration) can then be achieved and appreciated, hence a contribution to the Agenda for Prosperity. What out for more in the next edition in trying to salvage the situation of SALPOST.
2016 Global Peace Conference to be held in Freetown---as IPRA 50th Birthday confab ends in Istanbul
The 26th biennal conference of the Internatonal Peace Research Association (IPRA) is billed to take place in Freetown, Sierra Leone in November 2016, marking the second time Africa has hosted the conference since the founding of IPRA in 1964. This was announced following the re-election of the two IPRA Secretaries-general, Dr Ibrahim Seaga Shaw (pictured) and Dr Nesrin Kenar, who co-ordinated the 25th IPRA conference in Turkey, at the organisation’s administrative meeting on August 14 during the 25th IPRA conference in Istanbul to serve a second term of two years.
By using digital payments to pay Ebola response workers, Sierra Leone massively cut payment times, avoiding large-scale strikes and ensuring a stable workforce to defeat Ebola. Sierra Leone’s experience shows the critical importance of preparing early for digital payments before crises hit.
FREETOWN / NEW YORK, 18 May, 2016 – Mobile phones serving as digital “wallets” for payments to response workers proved an invaluable tool in Sierra Leone’s response to the Ebola crisis, according to a new study from the United Nations-based Better Than Cash Alliance.
With economic instability, natural disasters and political conflict now taking place at unprecedented rates, the new research offers valuable lessons on how to harness the power of technology to help emergency workers reach more people by paying them digitally during crises.The country has been Ebola free since January.
Ambassador Alimamy Phillip Koroma on Thursday 23th June attended the 6th African Digital TV Development Seminar, in Beijing, organized by StarTimes.
Also attending the seminar are Sierra Leone's Minister of Information and Communications, Mr. Mohamed Bangura, SLBC's Director-General, Deputy Director of Communications in charge of e-Governance, MM Jalloh and the Embassy's Press Attaché.
Over 140 officials in broadcasting and television institutions from 41 African and Asian countries, among whom are 30 ministerial representatives are also attending.
UNTIMELY DEATH OF SLPP SUPPORTER IN KENEMA: DID THE YOUTHS OF SIERRA LEONE LEARN GOOD LESSONS?
In as much I am always making a follow up with keen interest on the daily events of the country, especially social and political happenings, so I am also too concerned about the safety and security of the precious lives of my fellow Sierra Leoneans in and out of the country, especially those living in the country. The fact is, those living in the country are really living in a very pathetic situation, particularly because of the aftermaths of the 11years of brutal civil war and the recent Ebola Virus devastating effects in the country’s economy.
The senseless brutal war and the recent Ebola outbreak had destroyed the fabric of the country’s socio-economic development completely. Therefore, it is really too dishearten and painful, now that President Ernst Koroma and his APC government are fighting tooth and nail to improve the already battered economy, some enemies of peace, progress and development Sierra Leoneans are seemingly or deliberately still refusing to learn good lessons from such untold suffering periods in the country. Because of tribalism, regional interests, political hatred and hungry for political power at the detriment of the poor nation.
A PASSIONATE LETTER TO HIS EXCELLENCY THE PRESIDENT – 42ND EDITION: RELIABLE ENERGY AND HUMAN RESOURCE BUILDING – BEDROCKS FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT
Your Excellency Sir,
As my current contribution to nation building, I would not relent in presenting my views on issues pertinent to commoners’ interests and/or community/ national progress.
In this piece I will deliberate on the need for building reliable energy and human resource capacities as extremely crucial bedrocks for sustainable national development.
For any economy in this modern/industrial age to thrive and flourish, the needfor a nationally driven, functional and sustainable energy supply cannot be overemphasized. Industrialization and investment in Africa are tilting much from raw resource exploitation and exporting, to building secondary/tertiary industries in the various countries of exploitation and investment.This ensures adding value to our primary resources, as well as creating much needed employment in a country where youth unemployment is ever increasing. For example, Botswana has advanced their diamond mining industry from exporting the primary/raw material to where it is being cut, polished, exhibited and sold in Botswana – adding greater value to this commodity, as well as creating more employment opportunities in the country. This should be a queue for other African countries to take in all other areas of investments.
On Thursday evening, 23 June 2016, The Queen presented an award to the 2016 Queen’s Young Leader from Sierra Leone in a special ceremony at Buckingham Palace. His Royal Highness Prince Harry attended the event in support of The Queen, which recognised exceptional young people from across the Commonwealth who are making lasting change in their communities.
Former Prime Minister and Chairman of The Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust, Sir John Major, David Beckham and Sir Lenny Henry were also in attendance.
Speaking at the ceremony, Prince Harry said: “The Queen’s Young Leaders award recognises what you have achieved, not for yourselves, but for your communities, for your peers, and for those less fortunate.
Sierra Leone - Renewable Energy: Three African Renewable Energy Projects Announced as Winners of the US$7million Access Co-Development Facility Prize
Three winners to share US$7million prize and deliver 100 MW of clean energy to 340, 000 homes
Record breaking participation – 96 entries spanning 25 countries across Africa
LONDON, United Kingdom, June 24, 2016/ -- Access Power (“Access”) (www.Access-Power.com), a developer, owner and operator of renewable power projects in emerging markets, is delighted to announce the winners of the 2016 US$7 million Access Co-Development Facility (ACF), a financial support mechanism for renewable energy projects in Africa.
Three projects from Nigeria, Madagascar, and Sierra Leone, fought off fierce competition from almost 100 entries to win a share of US$7million prize. The prize also includes a package of technical support designed to bring their renewable energy projects to life.
The Sierra Leone Parliamentary Delegation to the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly has returned from Namibia, where they participated in meetings regarding the ACP-EU. The meetings were held at the Safari Hotel in Windhoek from the 8th-15th of this month.
Members of the Sierra Leone Delegation are Hon. Ibrahim R. Bundu-Chairman, Hon. Helen Kuyembeh-Member, Hon. Alpha B. Lewally-Member and Mohamed Koroma, secretary to delegation. The Sierra Leone Ambassador to the EU and the BENELUX, Hon. Ibrahim Sorie also joined the Delegation in Namibia.