Sierra Leone became a member of UPU in 1962 and since then, the country has been part of the world post day celebrations.
In this year’s celebration, SALPOST’s major focus is on school going children by launching the annual letter writing competition for Schools. The premise is to complement the Free Quality Education initiative introduced by His Excellency Dr. Brid. (Rtd) Julius Maada Bio led Government. This celebration brought together stakeholders on the central table to highlight mechanisms in maintaining and advancing the progress SALPOST has recorded under the new administration.
Speaking as chairman of the event, the Chairman of the National Commission for Privatisation (NCP) – Col. (Rtd) Alhaji Fanday Turay – Esq assured the Board, management and staff of SALPOST that the Commission is committed to providing the necessary supervisory support and guidance to make SALPOST an effective, efficient and reliable postal service entity. The NCP Chairman stated that.
SALPOST is our own; therefore, let us all do our best to support our postal service in order to actualise our desired vision that makes it enviable and globally competitive”.
He called on institutions to use SALPOST services especially the Express Mail Services which is far more cost effective and reliable than other service providers.
In his statement, the Managing Director of the Sierra Leone Postal Services- Mr. Brima Katta presented SALPOST as an entity ready to do business in a competitive market. He called on Government Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs), Financial and academic Institutions, Non-Governmental Organisations and other entities to do business with SALPOST. He further noted that SALPOST has developed a digital platform which ensures diversification in the mail delivery system. ‘’SALPOST is establishing workstations for E-learning centres and well improved cafes, E-commerce/E-Shop portals and digital platforms for E-services which will enhance the purchase and delivery of items from within and overseas.’’ He Concluded.
Honourable Mamadi Gobeh-Kamara, the Deputy Minister of Information and Communications, delivered the keynote address and noted that the Ministry is pleased with the ongoing reforms at SALPOST and affirmed the Ministry’s commitment in rebranding and repositioning SALPOST to be one of the major contributors to national development. She thanked the postmen and women for their relentless efforts but cautioned that “SALPOST should work on furnishing its provincial offices, introduce key products and services with attention to diversification.”
She encouraged management to embark on public education and build a robust marketing strategy so that Sierra Leoneans, Customers and potential customers will have adequate knowledge about the work SALPOST is doing.
In conclusion, the Deputy Managing Director of SALPOST described SALPOST as: “The mamie for postal services.”