President of the Sierra Leone Association of Journalists, Ahmed Sahid Nasralla
He made this statement during the induction training for press attachés appointed by the Government of Sierra Leone to work in various diplomatic missions.
President Ahmed Sahid Nasralla said their appointments accord them the title of ambassadors of our country reiterating call for national service not only to the ruling Government but the entire People of Sierra Leone.
He bemoaned losing some of the finest crop of journalists but however spirited knowing that ‘once a journalist is always a journalist’. “I know most of you will not abandon your sacred profession. I take it you are going on a sabbatical leave and you will come back to join us. In journalism you are taught to write bluntly and most times in an abrasive manner. In your new profession you will be taught to write and talk differently.”
He implored them to put Sierra Leone first stressing that they must treat every Sierra Leonean with dignity and respect irrespective of their party affiliation, tribe, region and status.
One of the Press attachés, Mohamed B. Kallon expressed profound thanks and appreciation to the Government and People of Sierra Leone for the confidence reposed on them adding that they will remain to be unifiers and servants of the people.