June 28, 2016 By Victoria Saffa
The Sierra Leone Association of Journalists (SLAJ) last Thursday, 23 June, 2016 organised a one-day orientation programme at Javouhey House, Leicester Peak Road, Freetown, for their newly elected executive that will run the affairs of the Association until 2019.
The retreat, themed “Smooth Transition-Knowing your Roles and Responsibilities”, deliberated on three key objectives – the organogram of SLAJ, to avoid conflicting roles; clear roles and responsibilities for each executive member, in line with the Companies Act and the Association’s M&A; and information on basic financial best practices and internal control systems to ensure transparency and accountability.
“At the end of the day the new Executive is expected to have a clear road map of where they want to go and what they want to achieve in the next three years,” said lead facilitator, Dr. Victor Massaquoi.
The programme also included the formal handing over of documents and equipment from the past executive to their new colleagues.
However, only the out-gone Secretary General and his deputy attended the programme and shared their experiences working at the Secretariat for the last three years before formally handing over their laptop computers and relevant documents. The laptop computer from the outgone Organising Secretary, who recently gave birth to a baby girl and so could not be present, was handed over to the new Organising Secretary on her behalf by the Financial Secretary.
SLAJ President, Kelvin Lewis, said the orientation programme has given them an opportunity to see clearly where they want to go and how they could transform the Association into a well structured and efficiently run organisation.
“We have to make significant changes to our operations and begin to put in the building blocks for a better SLAJ. It is now our duty to work together as a unified team to make SLAJ better,” he said.
Dr. Julius Spencer, Joseph Egbenda Kapuwa Esq, Joshua Nicol and Olufemi Johnson of Freetown Nominees all presented papers dealing with Board relations, roles assigned by the SLAJ Constitution and Companies Act, group dynamics and building a structured financial system.