Outgoing Secretary-General of Sierra Leone Association of Journalists (SLAJ), who is also vying for the Presidency, Ibrahim Karim Sei has urged journalists to cast their integrity votes for the survival of the Association.
Launching a joint Karim –Sei and Sesay integrity elections campaign at the Young Men Christian Association (YMCA) recently, Karim Sei said that “my vision is to build a unified and professionally organized association that can match up to the challenges of modern day society”.
Explaining why he wants to become President, he replied that, he has acquired leadership skills over the years and has represented SLAJ in many fora, which has expanded the borders of the Association to an extent that today it has become a house hold name in Sierra Leone.
Karim Sei noted that “I have appreciable knowledge in the management of both human and material resources” (SLAJ Secretariat is now most functional than ever before).
He furthered that, he can relate effectively with colleagues –”I don’t have attitude barriers, adding that he is gender sensitive and cares for the young ladies and the young men in the Association.
Highlighting what he hoped to do, he said that he seeks to improve on the working conditions of journalists, particularly the reporters and also launch a scholarship fund to assist SLAJ members pursuing journalism courses in various tertiary institutions in the Country.
The outgoing Secretary-General maintained that he would seek to provide more training programmes for enhancing the capacity of members and also seek to relocate the Secretariat of the Association to a more ideal environment at a very reasonable cost.
He stressed that during his first one hundred days, he would embark on a post-elections reconciliation tour of the regions; appoint a committee to address the issue of the constitution of SLAJ and organize a fund raising dinner for the Association.
Making his declaration, outgoing Assistant Secretary-General who is vying for the Secretary Generalship, Mustapha Sesay said that he is proud to state that he has delivered, based on his manifesto in 2006: “Vote someone who can deliver”.
He added that his vision is a Secretariat of hope, which is ideal, vibrant and adequately resourced to effectively and efficiently meet the demands of SLAJ members and national development aspirations generally.
His mission he said is to support the President- elect to consolidate current gains and make the Secretariat more proactive and conducive for management and administrative functions.
Sesay urged Journalists to vote for people with character like himself and Karim Sei who have the time, the energy and expertise to serve the Association. The ceremony was chaired by Independent Media Commissioner, Christo Johnson who urged Journalists to embrace SLAJ in the area of promoting the career.The election is slated for the 29 of the month.