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WHAT KILLED SIERRATEL & SALPOST? …Mobile revolution or lack of innovation? PDF Print E-mail
Written by Ahmed Fonike   
Friday, 21 June 2013 19:54

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.



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The four defendants were arraigned before him for proper trial after found guilty on preliminary investigations in the magistrate court on two counts charges of conspiracy to commit felony and larceny by servant contrary to the laws of Sierra Leone.

The prosecution alleged in count one that some times last year, the defendants conspired with other persons unknown to commit a felony.


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  Speaking at the opening ceremony held at the Hill Valley Hotel, at Signal Hill, in Freetown, ACC deputy commissioner, Shollay Davies, who doubled as the chairman of the program, said corruption is an epidemic that is responsible for the low standard of living of the people of Sierra Leone.

  He also stated that the reason why they are partnering with the media is because they believe that media reports will provide valuable link to identifying corrupt cases.




Sierra Leoneans, regardless of where you are in the world. Please if you really have real true and honest love for your motherland, be aware of religious fanatics and dogmatics’infiltrators in the country. We should put aside all our tribal sentiments, political, regional and religious differences and be watchdogs for the security of our country, especially for the precious lives of our poor, helpless and powerless masses in the country. Because theyalways stand to be the victims of circumstance whenever there is a problem of unrest in the country.

There are many diverse ways in which we can be watchdogs for our country,against religious extremists that are infiltrating our noble peaceful society, for instance by listening to their comments or statements, including their sermonsor teachings and their subversive movement in and out of the country.


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Maada Bio: ‘Paopa Salone For Betteh’?

When Spartacus set out on his campaign against the Roman Empire, many thought his excursion won’t last for a fortnight because of the ruthless discipline that characterized Roman warfare.

  True, the Romans were the finest soldiers the world has ever seen, and their centuries of dominance is a testament to that fact. Spartacus too learned this hard fact when he finally hung on a cross on the Appian Highway after years of fighting against the mighty Roman war machine.

  Spartacus, a slave, made a dash for freedom, along with thousands of other slaves, but sadly fell short of his goal. No problem – it was left with history to proclaim him a villain or a hero for his infamous undertaking, and we never knew whether he regretted about his failed exploits as he hung dying on a Roman cross.


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Addressing stakeholders from Helen Keller International, USAID, Family Health International (FHI 360), WHO and others at a debriefing meeting in the conference hall of the Health Ministry at Youyi Building in Freetown, the Minister, Dr. Abu Bakarr Fofanah noted the challenges faced by the NTD Programme including the exit strategy of the Africa Programme for Oncho Control (APOC) that has been supporting the operations of the programme.

The timely engagement of the Human Resource Management Office (HRMO) for the recruitment and transfer of the Oncho staff, the Minister said, is imperative noting their importance as Community Health Officers and their role in public health activities.


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  The two convicts were sentenced to three months imprisonment or to pay a fine of five hundred thousand Leones each, after jointly being charged on one count charge of assault occasioning actual bodily harm, under the offences against the person’s act of 1961.

The particulars of offence are that on the date of the alleged incident, the first accused Mary Kenyeh Barley and the second accused Areyome Garber who resides at No.6 Davies Street in Fourah Bay, Freetown trespassed into the residence of the complainant Hussainatu Koroma, at No. 10 Davies Street and attacked her, thereby resulting to the complainant sustaining wounds on her neck and left knee.



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The development of the SLA process was done with District Health Management Teams in all the districts across the country, the District Councils, Medical Superintendents in hospitals and health development partners in Sierra Leone.



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He was on Friday 26th June 2015 addressing representatives from Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) engaged in Social Accountability at an introductory meeting on Strengthening Diagonal Social Accountability in the Public Sector held at the Vice President's Conference Room, Tower Hill.

Dr. Surrur observed that many institutions in government, private sector and civil society are engaged in independent Social Accountability isolated from each other, noting that there was need to develop a framework to help them work together using the whole of Government Approach to account for their services to the people.

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