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.
Following recent allegations made by some unidentified landowners claiming that AMR Gold Exploration Company has hired police and military officers to beat them up, the Deputy Regional Commander of Police, Northern Region, FrancisNyumaBundor has described the allegations as baseless and untrue.
The Chief Superintendent of Police told journalists in Makeni that, “the police are there to protect every one including AMR Gold exploration company and the landowners.”
He queried, how can the police, who is there to protect lives and property be violent against the people its provide security for. He said the allegation made by the self-styled landowners is not true, adding that his personnel are not violent and the people making the allegations have never approached the police management regarding unfair treatment by the police or hiring of police by AMR Gold
Thirty-four prominent freedom of expression organisations around the world have joined the Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) to demand justice for the murder of a Sierra Leonean journalist Ibrahim Foday.
Foday was murdered four years ago, on June 12, 2011, when he was covering a violent clash over a land dispute between Grafton Town and Kossoh Town for the privately-owned Exclusive Newspaper. In November 2012, a suspect, Tunde Williams, was arrested and charged with Foday’s murder; however, the trial has not progressed since then. Williams is currently out on bail, and the judiciary has yet to select a panel of jurors to hear the case.
Foday’s family has waited four long years for justice. His children Joyce Foday and Joseph Dianni Foday have lamented to the MFWA how difficult their lives have been following their father's murder. “We need help,” said Joseph. “I need justice to prevail for my late father and we are calling on the human rights and media rights groups to come to our aid.”
Prior to the advent of our current two dominant religions in Sierra Leone, Islam and Christianity, the country’s, inhabitants rested their faith on the African Traditional Religion which is also monotheistic and embraces the omnipresence of God that gives the cause for worshipers to use intermediaries in glorifying the Almighty, God but which was misconstrued by the White man as idolatry because of lack of understanding of the Blackman’s concept of divinity.
Islam gained a foothold in the North of the country prior to the advent of Christianity in the 17th century and it became entrenched during the jihadist period in West Africa. Christianity first gained a foot hold in the West and South of the country and later made inroads into the North where it had been resisted for so long according to my research and investigation or Radar.
According to my Radar today, Islam stands to be the most dominant religion in the country winning over 80 % of the population but in contemporary times it is slowly losing members to the muscular churches characteristic with their singing and dancing which became popular through the advent of Nigerian pastors who introduced the concept of “miracles” that sounds so enticing to the poverty stricken society.
It is no exaggeration that we are all dissatisfied by now with the wrangling within the main opposition of Sierra Leone – they are an incorrigible set that will never unite.
Good for them – all of them – but it’s a pity a good number of Sierra Leoneans still see them as the only way out. It will take the Wisdom of Solomon to convince me about that. Truth is, they have disappointed us big time, but do they care?
Last week, the Supreme Court gave its ruling on their injunction matter brought on by Alie Bangura – everyone has its reading about the matter and are insisting for the world to see it their way. That way isn’t helping Sierra Leone one bit because they are a Tower of Babel, brimming with divisive politics, divisive propaganda.
In a bid to promote Islam in the country, the International Organization for Memorization of the Holy Quran, in Jeddah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, in collaboration with Mohamed Amin Islamic Endowment Centre for Education and Vocational Training, Freetown have distributed four thousand Qurans to various mosques and Islamic schools in Freetown.
Speaking at the distribution ceremony, the Chief Imam of the masjid of Amin Islamic Endowment Centre for Education and Vocational Training, at Lower Eastern Street Sheik Umar Sesay said the distribution of the Qurans is to empower both young and old to follow the religion on the right manner.
He said Ramadan is one of the months in the Islamic calendar which shower blessings on Muslims and also is serving as a period in which Muslims should reflect on the power of Allah.
The Human Rights Commission of Sierra Leone (HRCSL) yesterday Monday 3rd August, 2015 submitted their position paper on the review of the 1991 Constitution of Sierra Leone to the Constitutional Review Committee (CRC).
The Constitutional Review Committee was launched in July 2013 by President Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma which commenced the process of reviewing the 1991 Constitution of Sierra Leone (Act No.6, 1991). HRCSL has been supportive of the work of the CRC as it is represented by one of its Commissioners engaged with four of the eight Sub Committees of the CRC; participated in several expert consultations of the sub committees and its regional officers assisted with the CRC’s regional consultations.
Explaining the processes that led to the submission of their position paper, the Chairperson of HRCSL, Brima A Sheriff said an in-house CRC was set up and a Consultant was recruited to produce a position paper in accordance with the Human Rights Commission’s statutory mandate to protect and promote human rights and in particular to, ‘review existing legislation and advise Government concerning compliance by such legislation with the obligations of Sierra Leone under international treaties agreement and to “advise Government concerning draft legislation, which may affect human rights.”.
25 years old Momoh Ngiama, a Liberian of Gbandi ethnic group in the Kpejema village, Kissi Tongi chiefdom, Kailahun district has been sent to jail by the presiding High Court Judge, Hon. Justice Ernest Gooding of the High Court in Kenema for committing sexual penetration.
According to the particulars of offence, the accused on 11 April 2015, at Kailahun in the Eastern Province of the Republic of Sierra Leone, engaged in an act of sexual penetration with a child under the age of eighteen (18) years.
The accused pleaded guilty and begged for mercy and he was sent to jail for fifteen (15) years imprisonment
STATEMENT BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF SIERRA LEONE H. E. Dr Ernest Bai Koroma LAUNCH OF THE POST – EBOLA RECOVERY PROGRAMME 24TH JULY, 2015
A little over a year ago, we were attacked by an evil new enemy called Ebola. We did not understand this enemy, most of the world did not understand this enemy, and all of us did not see it coming to this part of the world. This vicious enemy brought about the death of over 3500 of our compatriots, stopped our economic growth, and reversed many of our gains in the health system. Farms were neglected; markets abandoned; trade and travel contracted; fiscal balances weakened; revenue decreased; and expenditure shut up to combat the disease.