The Director's Message
In leadership, if you were to ask a typical manager to prepare sittings for
five hundred guests, he will naturally bring you exactly five hundred chairs. On
the other hand, if you make a similar request of a leader, he will bring you
five hundred and five chairs at least. The point is leaders think outside of the
box; they take responsibility and use their initiative when they are faced with
difficult tasks unlike managers who only take instruction regardless of how that
instruction translates into resolving the previously unseen problems on the
Today, we have a leader in the person of President Ernest Bai Koroma who
dreams big - who is a visionary. He dreams of big stuffs, he himself mostly does
not necessarily know how to go about doing. But he has surrounded himself with
capable team players who listen very well and make leadership decisions.
In his inaugural speech, he made a pronouncement that we have bad attitude
problem that needs to be redressed if we must improve our socioeconomic status
as a nation. who was the then, Hon. Alpha Kanu and Hon. IB Kargbo were
listening. With that piece of information from his speech, today, we have an
institution called the Attitudinal and Behavioural Change (ABC) with the mandate
of the reorientation of the mind-set of all citizens of Sierra Leone to do the
right things. In is first inaugural speech upon becoming the President of the
Republic of Sierra Leone, the President expressed his desire to engage the
Sierra Leone diaspora in nation building out of which the Office of Diaspora at
State House was borne.
During his Bumbuna Presidential retreat, he made another pronouncement that
his administration would be accountable and transparent. Again, the Presidential
and Public Affairs by then and the Information and
Communication ministers were
listening. Today, out of the president's vision, we have the Open Government
Simply, the Open Government Initiative is a presidential vision that is aimed
at promoting and supporting effective governance through efficient free-flow of
information between government and the people. Our job, therefore, is to
facilitate and coordinate an open dialogue between the Government and the people
through town hall meetings and other E-means such as this website to enable
direct citizens' contribution to national policy formulation and implementation
for the overall socio-economic progress of Sierra Leone.
The gist of this discussion is if information is the oxygen of democracy and
democracy is the foundation of socioeconomic growth, then, all of these changes
combined will help with showcasing favourable outlooks of our country aimed at
national image re-branding, thereby attracting foreign direct investment (FDI),
supporting local investment and attracting tourism as the engines in the
building of an improved and sustainable socioeconomic nation.
I hope you will find this website an informative and exciting channel through
which information flows between the Government of Sierra Leone and you. I thank
you for visiting.
The motto of OGI on its website
describes the organisation as "Partners for Information Free-flow " and
this we observe is far very far from the truth as Khadija Sesay has
consistently refused to respond to emails related to her activities.
Since the Sierra Herald started asking questions, the Nazi propaganda
outlets have stopped their flow on Khadija Sesay's visit to Europe, the
United States and wherever the President goes.
Strange, very very strange!!!!!
Please find below the links to a
number of internet articles on Khadija Sesay and the Open Government
Initiative, the OGI.
It is interesting to note too that
though OGI is supposed to be a very neutral non-political organisation,
all the meetings abroad are dominated by ruling party (APC) operatives
who use the occasion for APC party business and publicity while partying
at the expense of the people.