SLAJ executive draws up 6-month plan of action
Freetown – Less than one week after their (re)election, the SLAJ National Executive and the Chairmen of the three Regional Executives retreated to Bo, Southern Sierra Leone to draw up their plan of action for the next six months.
Opening the 2-day retreat on Friday 1 April, the newly re-elected president, Umaru Fofana thanked his colleagues for their sacrifice and volunteerism in agreeing to serve the Association. He said the watchword should be SERVICE as they all knew they were vying for voluntary positions before deciding to run.
The retreat, first of its kind in the recent history of the Association, proceeded to lay out in clear terms what should and can be achieved in the next six to eight months. They include holding a Public Lecture on 50 years of Sierra Leone’s independence in April, marking World Press Freedom Week in the first week of May, organising activities to mark the 40th Anniversary of SLAJ in June, acquiring a plot of land and starting work on the construction of a permanent headquarters for SLAJ and holding a series of training programmes for journalists.
The plan also includes exploring the possibility of covering Liberia’s presidential election, coverage of the peacekeeping activity of the Republic of Sierra Leone Armed Forces in Darfur, Sudan, as well as visiting for reporting purposes the prison in Rwanda holding convicted former RUF, CDF and AFRC fighters serving jail terms in Rwanda so as to ascertain the condition in which they are.
Underpinning all of these plans is the defence of journalists and ensuring their safety and security for which political parties will be engaged in the coming weeks on the need for their supporters and militants to guarantee the protection of media practitioners especially around election time next year.
Details of the outcome of the Executive Retreat will be discussed at a General Meeting of SLAJ to be held shortly.
Signed: -Ismael Koroma, National Secretary General
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