The erudite administrator of the Sierra Leone Daily Mail, Emmanuel J.M. Stafford has resigned his position as Head of Daily Mail, effective 29th September 2016.


According to a staff in the Sierra Leone Daily Mail office, Mr Stafford highlighted three main reasons for his resignation: 1. The unhealthy interference by outsiders, especially by Mr Daniel Parkinson of the Ministry of Information. 2. That they are excluding him when taking decisions, including administrative & financial decisions. 3. Failure on the ministry to adhere to best practices including : staff welfare, provision of employment/job offer letters, terms & conditions of service.

After leaving the ministry where he handed over the resignation letter to the permanent secretary and a copy for the minister to the minister’s secretary (as the ministry was busy), Director Stafford  was said to have gone straight to the Daily Mail Office where he summoned staff to the news room and informed them about his resignation and encouraged them to be on the right path at all times.

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Observes believe this is a big loss to the Daily Mail as Mr Stafford is highly educated with international experience. Director Stafford has held series of top positions in various institutions in and out of Sierra Leoneh including; Team Leader Oxfam (Great Britain), WFP (SL), Columbia University (USA), London College of Science and Technology (where he was Head of Department),Crown International College, London (where he became Director/Principal of Stockwell Campus) and he is currently the CEO of Diaspora Focus & consultant to top national & international institutions.

Earlier, he served as the public Relations Officer (PRO) for the All Peoples Congress (APC) United Kingdom/Ireland Branch. He was once, also the Managing Editor for the APC News Bulletin in UK, the Managing Editor for the Diaspora Focus UK, Emeritus President for the Young Leaders Sierra Leone UK and a Senior Lecturer at the Crown International College (CIC) in London.