Statistics Sierra Leone on Monday 13th October 2008 commenced a two week training workshop for journalists from both electronic and print media at their Conference Room, A.J. Momoh Street, Tower Hill in Freetown.
In his opening address, Vice President of the Sierra Leone Association of Journalists (SLAJ) Abdulrahman Swarray urges participants to make the best out of the golden opportunity offered them, adding that the journalists are expected to be able to report statistics issues at the end of the workshop.
He thanked Statistics Sierra Leone for organizing such a wonderful workshop for members of the fourth estate.
Statisticians General, Professor Lawrence Kamara says the two weeks intensive training is aimed at building the capacity of the press in the dissemination of accurate and timely data needed by every sector for national development.
“Statistics Sierra Leone highly recognizes the vital role of the media in information and data dissemination,” he noted, adding that it was in this backdrop that Statistics Sierra Leone is forging a strong partnership with the media in order to ensure that reliable data is presented to the public.
Professor Kamara says availability of reliable statistics is an important underlying indicator for the country to achieve the millennium development goals by 2016, adding that the challenges confronting Statistics Sierra Leone are enormous but could be achieved with greater commitment from both the government and other stakeholders.
He therefore called for an increased collaboration between Statistics Sierra Leone and the media, while noting that the media will not only be helping Statistics Sierra Leone but the country as a whole.
The workshop was formally declared open by the Deputy Minister of Information and Communication, Mohamed D. Koroma.
Minister Koroma called on the participants to pay great attention to the resource persons, while adding that the workshop will be of great benefit to the participants and the country as a whole.
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