Deputy Minister of Information and Communications, Mamadi Gobeh Kamara and SALPOST’s Managing Director, Brima Katta
By: Musa Kamara
In her keynote message marking World Post Day on 9thOctober, the Deputy Minister of Information and Communications, Madam Mamadi Gobeh Kamara said that this year’s (2019) theme, “Celebrating 145 years of Delivering Development and 50 years of Union’s Existence,” resonates on the importance of postal services which is an integral element to personal and economic growth.
The Deputy Minister enlightened that Sierra Leone Postal Service could be traced back in 1841 even before the inception of the Union some 50 years ago.
However, she acknowledged that Sierra Leone Postal Service (SALPOST) has been lacking behind and one main contributing factor to such was the eleven-year Civil War wherein so much infrastructural destructions were done.
She assured that the New Direction Administration through the Ministry of Information and Communications would work towards revamping such a sector and in the long run, expected to be one of Government main employers and additionally stating, “My Ministry will support a countrywide network of post offices that will provide government with many points of contact with its people for implementing administrative programs in such fields as social security, taxation, and public information…”
In conjunction with the celebration, Madam Mamadi Gobeh Kamara disclosed that Sierra Leone Postal Service is bringing to the public a yearly National Letter Writing Competition which is a morale booster to the child’s academic competence and also raising public awareness on the importance of postal services.