Sierra Leone Postal Services to Be Revamped
Facing the Committee on Information in Parliament, Deputy Minister of Information and Communication, Solomon Jamiru told the Sierra Leone House of Parliament that the Sierra Leone Postal Services SALPOST is currently behind international best practices.
The Deputy Minister recalled that as a result of the eleven years senseless war, SALPOST did not only collapsed but was also unable to render or provide essential services. He spoke on the important of SALPOST to have a board management.
He described the meeting with the committee as a democracy at work because according to him, it is an opportunity for the committee on information in Parliament to work directly with the Ministry in harmony and mentioned that when the legislative and executive arms of Government think as one, everybody will be part of the process. He discussed that they have done a lot in looking at how SALPOST as an entity will be able to diversify resources and deliberated that they have been able to develop a new communication that holds NATCO. For example, to make sure mobile networks are accountable and transparent to the people of Sierra Leone.
“A mobile network operator shall be able to deliver a quality network service”, he told his audience and highlighted the importance to look at the consumer protection unit.
Chairman for the Committee on Information in Parliament, Honorable Sahr Mathew Nyuma from the Kenema District, who doubles as the Deputy Leader for Government Business in Parliament, said, generally they have short and long term status report that’s looking at the activity of the ministry. In fact, he said, that was why they invited the ministry to tell the House of Parliament what they are actually doing.
According to the Chairman, they were fortunate to meet the Ministry of Information, his Deputy and other executive members wherein they discussed the rebuilding of SALPOST Public Order Act and talked about the Universal Access Fund.
“You have to set up an administrative sector”, he admonished SALPOST management and deliberated on the essence to look at the Cyber Crime issues and come up with a bill which he said, Parliament is yearning to adopt.
He further said that they also discussed the Sierra Leone News Agency SLENA and stated that they have looked at the issue of Ecowas roaming to be less expensive in terms of communication.
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