October 9, 2015 By Memunatu Bangura
The Sierra Leone Postal Services (SALPOST) Limited will join other postal services across the world to celebrate the 141th anniversary of the World Post Day today.
Consultant Managing Director at SALPOST, Samuel Koroma, said each year SALPOST joins postal unions in the world to celebrate the establishment of the Universal Postal Union (UPU) in 1874, and that it is one of the oldest world organisations in human history.
Koroma noted that after the eleven years rebel war, SALPOST, like other government agencies like the Sierra Leone Daily Mail, Sierra Leone News Agency and the Government Printing Press among others that are subsidiaries of the Ministry of Information and Communications, received very little government attention, thus undermining their performance.
He admitted that the advent of the internet has not crippled the work of SALPOST, a perception held by many, but “ICT has empowered the post to take advantage of its vast network to develop niche products through its three complimentary dimensions of physical location, electronic network and financial services.”
He said SALPOST would soon launch a hybrid mail system, which he said would be delivered using a combination of electronic and physical delivery involving the transformation of digital data into physical letter.
He concluded that they provide contemporary courier services despite the advent of the new media.