Deputy Minister of Information, Mohamed D Koroma has taken a swipe at the Accountant General’s office and
foreign courier services. In an exclusive interview with Awoko, he said that from his investigations the Accountant-General’s Department was a problematic department, adding that the department “is aware of the number of ghost workers and even get their share of the money” collected by the ghosts.
He said he had sent a letter to the department asking that payment to workers at the state broadcaster, SLBS, should not be paid through the bank but sent to the Accountant at SLBS which he said the department has refused to do. “The Accountant-General behaves in his own way… they are part and parcel of the criminal syndicate, that I can tell you categorically”. The Deputy Information Minister said the current state of affairs at the Sierra Leone postal services, Salpost as deplorable and that technology has knocked out the department for the past couple of years further weakened by private courier agencies like Red Coat, DHL and Robert Claire among others.“They are here performing the job which Salpost is supposed to be doing. They should be supervised by Salpost just as Natcom is supervising all mobile companies’, Koroma said. Looking furious, he bellowed, “They are ripping off the country without going through the normal procedure or any supervision”.Koroma said government was not stopping the courier services since this is a liberalised economic system but said they expected them to understand that Salpost is “the father of all letters brought in and taken out of the country”. On recent developments at the state broadcaster, SLBS, the deputy minister said they inherited “a bad system” with a lot of ghost workers and that he had to personally intervene to iron out some of the issues with the SLBS management “since workers cannot do this without the help of their bosses”.On achievements made so far by his ministry, Koroma said they had revitalized key institutions that make up the ministry including the SLBS, Salpost and the news agency, SLENA.