SLAALIP is face with financial crisis — — president

By Stephen V. Lansana

The President of Sierra Leone Association of Archivists, Librarians and Information Professionals (SLAALIP), Mrs. Veronica I. Coker said that the association is faced with financial difficulties.

Veronica made this statement during the inaugural meeting held on Thursday August 25, 2016 at Sierra Leone Library Board in Freetown.

In delivery her inaugural speech, she said that the association is faced with a lot of challenging. “We have a war to fight, and this war is financial crisis. We are badly in need of a secretariat,” she said.

The newly elected president said that the road ahead of them will be long, and that they may not get there is one year, or even one term.

“I have never been more hopeful than I am today.I promised you that together we will get there,” she assured members of the Association.

She said that the main source of income is payment of dues from members. “The association is starved of funds since it does not receive any government subvention since 2010.

She pointed out that the Association has outlined several programmes and activities, but it could be hardly being realized without finance. She said that they want to embark on a membership directory, developing a website, radio programmes, resuscitation of the journal of the association, survey of school libraries across the country, among others. She added that all of these activities involved huge economic consideration.

She encouraged members to put their shoulder`s to the wheel and chart the way forward to further develop the association.

Francis Turay, one of the outgoing executives, disclosed that government has stopped given subvention to the Association since 2010. He further stated that majority of the items belonging to the Association were left in the office of West Africa Monitory Agency (WAMA).

Turay said that their executive use to visit institutions like Fourah Bay College and Institute of Public Administration and Management (IPAM) and other institutions to raise fund for the Association.