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Information Minister activates Daily Mail, validates ICT policy, barely 90 days in office

June 9, 2016 By Mohamed Massaquoi

Minister of Information and Communications, Mohamed Bangura

Barely three months after President Koroma appointed Mohamed Bangura Minister of Information and Communications, he has shown competence in handling that important office.

Mr. Bangura had set himself a 90 days action plan, which includes reactivating the defunct Daily Mail newspaper, to ensure packaging and disseminating vital government information to the public, being one of the guiding governance principles of the Ernest Bai Koroma-led administration.

In an interview with this medium, Mr. Bangura said, since he came to power in 2007 President Koroma has made the media one of his biggest areas of improvement in the country, adding that not only did he introduce the office of a presidential Press Secretary to keep the nation and the world fully informed about activities at State House and within government, he also appointed press attaches in missions and embassies abroad.

He said the launch of the Sierra Leone Daily Mail was significant to government and its development partners, including Sierra Leoneans who are yearning to get quality information, adding that the independent media had been doing well in information dissemination but it was good that government has an outlet to explain its own story to the people especially when the Sierra Leone Broadcasting Corporation had been transformed into a public broadcaster.

He revealed that apart from reactivation the Daily Mail newspaper, there were plans to resuscitate the Sierra Leone News Agency to serve both Sierra Leoneans and the rest of the world.

“We have more to do as a government; only few days ago we have validated the National Information, Communication and Technology policy. I have got fruitful discussions with our international partners for the revamping of SLENA and we have successfully launched the Sierra Leone Daily Mail.   All of the outstanding bills to the former workers of Daily Mail have been fully paid and we hope that the newspaper will generate a lot of income for the government and also provide services by reliably informing the people about government activities, policies and programmes,” he said.

He said he would be attending an international conference on digital migration in the United Kingdom, adding that it was important that Sierra Leone developed a policy on ICT so that social media and other facilities dealing with ICT could be effectively utilised.

“We are here for everybody, that is the reason we are not asking those currently working at the Daily Mail building to quit the building, but be rest assured that government will upgrade that facility to international standard,”   he concluded.

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