Freetown, SIERRA LEONE – Chernor Bah, the Minister of Information and Civic Education, has underscored the critical need to digitize Sierra Leone Postal Services (SALPOST), a service currently in dire need of revitalization.
Mr. Bah delivered a keynote address during the World Post Day celebration at the Post Office headquarters in Freetown. He outlined the vast potential that SALPOST could offer if the National Commission for Privatization (NCP) develops and implements a policy for postal services in the country. The Minister emphasized that with a well-executed policy, SALPOST could become a hub for information, aligning with President Bio’s “Big Five” agendas.
“The postal service needs significant development to become a hub for information and access to information,” Minister Bah asserted.
He called upon all relevant ministries, departments, and agencies (MDAs) to join forces in supporting the revival of postal services in the country, highlighting the integral role SALPOST plays.
“If we want to advance Sierra Leone, we need SALPOST,” he affirmed.
Minister Bah pledged both his ministry’s and the government’s commitment to modernizing the postal service, bringing it in line with 21st-century standards.
“We are dedicated to ensuring that the postal service meets 21st-century standards,” Minister Bah promised.
Safura Rogers, the Executive Secretary at the National Commission for Privatization (NCP), expressed optimism that, with collective efforts, SALPOST would not only survive but also thrive in the digital age.
“The Postal Service will never become obsolete,” she reassured.
Madam Rogers stressed that the full implementation of the policy would empower SALPOST staff and management to carry out their duties effectively.
James C. Abu, the Chairman of the Board of Directors at SALPOST, recounted the various phases the postal service has undergone over the years, leaving SALPOST in a stagnant state for several years. However, he expressed his satisfaction with the ongoing negotiations between SALPOST and potential partners, which he believes will elevate the postal service’s status nationwide.
“It is heartening to know that we are collaborating for the benefit of SALPOST and the government,” he confirmed.
Mr. Abu also highlighted the extensive office spaces that SALPOST has across the country, spanning nearly every district. He emphasized that with support from partners and the government, SALPOST could reach its full potential.
“SALPOST is one of those institutions with offices across the country, but they are all in a deplorable state now,” he acknowledged.
The event concluded with the certification of pupils who participated in the national writing competition organized by SALPOST this year.
Josephine Tommy-Claye, a pupil of Ark of the Broadier Academy in Bo, emerged as the grand prize winner. She expressed her happiness and noted that the competition was challenging but ultimately rewarding. She encouraged fellow pupils to develop their writing skills, recognizing the empowerment it brings.
The first runner-up from Our Lady of Guadalupe Secondary School in Lunsar shared her challenges as a boarding student but praised SALPOST for organizing the competition. She encouraged other pupils not to give up on their dreams, citing her own two previous attempts before achieving the first runner-up position in this year’s competition. SEG/10/10/2023