Info Minister Commissions SALPOST Buses
The Minister of Information and Communications, Mr. Mohamed Bangura, has entreated the staff of Sierra Leone Postal Services (SALPOST) to work as a family for the successful transformation of the sector and to remain united and willing to discuss their problems internally.
The Minister made the admonition at the SALPOST premises in presence of various Government officials, media practitioners and the general public during an occasion marking the official commissioning of two SALPOST buses that would be utilized for the purpose of fast-tracking the distribution of mails and carrying passengers to different destinations in the country.
The Minister lauded the Management and Staff of SALPOST for what he described as significant changes taking place in the institution especially the refurbishment of the parastatal’s structure.
Mr. Bangura emphasized the way and manner the bus services would enhance the effectiveness of mail circulation and called on the citizenry to take advantage of the facility.
“Without the support of the people, we as a Government will not achieve our developmental aspirations,” the Minister asserted, while he reiterated that the Government plans to continue strengthening infrastructure development.
The Minister highlighted the challenges of SALPOST and promised to engage the staff in a family meeting to ensure that they to do things according to due process.
The Government Consultant Managing Director of SALPOST, Mr. Samuel J. Koroma, who had worked for the United Postal Services for seventeen years, said the project was to replicate what was happening in other countries, adding that the idea of the buses started in Switzerland in 1856.
He told the audience that the project was supported by Universal Postal Services (UPS), a subsidiary company of SALPOST.
Mr. Koroma made it crystal clear that the drivers of the buses would be paid from the revenue generated by the vehicles.
“We want to see a quality mail delivery,” he explained, maintaining that the buses would be essential for mail transfers and to convey passengers even to remote areas.
By Abdulai M. Kamara
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