Wednesday 26 July 2017
(The Patriotic Vanguard 06/14/13)
Since independence to about 10 or 15 years ago, all that is needed to succeed as a politician or political appointee in most African countries, if not all, is to be loyal to the leader, carefully avoiding stepping on his toes and never, never, criticizing him, both in public and in private. You have to obey all orders without question. In Sierra Leone, we saw such loyalty in the late Sorie Ibrahim Koroma, the political maverick from Port Loko who served what is now known as the Old APC and its leader Dr. Siaka Stevens (commonly known as Pa Sheki) with scintillating diligence unknown and unequalled in the political history of the country. S.I.Koroma (commonly known as Agba Satani) was...
(Awareness Times 06/14/13)
Top All People’s Congress (APC) stalwarts including the Special Adviser to His Excellency the President, Hon. Alhaji Ibrahim Ben Kargbo, Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Hon. Chernor Maju Bah and the newly appointed Minister of Transport and Aviation, Leonard Balogun Koroma among other senior state functionaries, on Tuesday 11th June 2013 paid last respect to late Police Constable 2613 Alie Fayandi Koroma at the Masjid Muthahireen Mosque on Battery Street, Kingtom in Freetown. The deceased was shot and killed by another police officer, Christopher S. Koroma, at Aberdeen recently.Both officers were attached to the Operations Support Department (OSD) of the Sierra Leone Police. After a memorial prayer at the Mosque on Tuesday, the mortal remains of the late man was conveyed...
(Voice of America 06/14/13)
Analysts say numerous factors have made West Africa an attractive target for Hezbollah, a Shi'ite extremist group founded in Lebanon. The presence of the extremist group in the region came into the spotlight this week after the United States announced it was imposing sanctions on four Lebanese citizens accused of aiding Hezbollah in its efforts to expand in West Africa. The U.S. considers Hezbollah a terrorist organization. The U.S. Treasury Department said Tuesday that the four men helped Hezbollah broaden its reach in Sierra Leone, Senegal, the Ivory Coast and Gambia. Richard Downie, Deputy Director of the Africa Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, says weak government policies in these countries work to Hezbollah's advantage. "This is...
(Voice of America 06/14/13)
As the rainy season begins in West and Central Africa, meteorological experts are warning of above average rainfall, flash floods and overflowing rivers in the western Sahel. Aid agencies say that early preparation is key to reducing the risks associated with such natural disasters, as well as building up people’s resilience to deal with the aftermath. Experts from the African Center of Meteorological Applications for Development (ACMAD) say that rainfall in West and Central Africa could exceed 130 percent of normal precipitation this year. The chief of ACMAD’s Department of Climate and Environment, Andrea Kamga, said the monsoon rains are likely to begin close to the normal onset period - which is late June to early July in the western...
(Voice of America 06/14/13)
Sierra Leone President Ernest Bai Koroma’s government has drawn up a 30-year plan to transform the country from a fragile low income state into a middle income nation. “As a way of doing that, we have developed what we now call our agenda for prosperity, which is a five-year cascading plan that will lead into an eventual 30-year posterity plan,” said Richard Konteh, the president’s chief of staff. “We are setting up a transformational development plan that will ensure that the returns from our natural resources are not overspent, but to reserve some for posterity, and that we will be able to invest to take care of the people going forward.” The prosperity plan, Konteh says, consists of eight main...
(The Patriotic Vanguard 06/13/13)
President Dr Ernest Bai Koroma has concluded a day-long tour of the Magbass Sugar Company in Tonkolili District and ADDAX Bioenergy a few miles off Makeni, Bombali District over the weekend. The tour started at Magbass, seven miles off Magburaka. During the meeting held shortly after the president toured hundreds of acres of sugar plantation as well as the operations and machinery of the Chinese-owned company, President Koroma noted that Magbass was part and parcel of the agricultural commercialization efforts of government even though the company was a private sector venture. He also said that the project has added value to sugar production in the country. The Chief Executive urged the company to do more in increasing its yield and...
(Sierra Express media 06/13/13)
Massive illicit sand mining is reported to be going on in Tisana and Mobureh in the Kargboro Chiefdom, Moyamba District and a Chinese Company called the West Africa Zircom Mining Company is said to be clandestinely supporting the illegitimate miners and buying the Zircom sand illegally and covertly. Our sources revealed that the illicit miners have undermined and frustrated the operations of a licensed artisanal sand mining company that stated mining in those areas in May last year. Our reports revealed that the Chinese-sponsored illegal miners are engaged in a very dangerous mining on the coast with little or no regard for the environmental hazard their illicit mining is causing. We have gathered that the illicit miners are extracting thousands...
(Sierra Express media 06/13/13)
As activities of the ongoing operation Waste Management, Improved road access and Decongestion (WID) intensifies in the Freetown Municipality, Traders at Goderich Street/Eastern Police axis on Saturday 8th June 2013 battled with traders of the Bombay street market. It all happened when Freetown City Council personnel led by Councilor in charge of Municipal Traders Mrs. Hajaratu Samura tried to negotiate with the Bombay Street traders to allow traders from the Goderich Street/Eastern Police axis who suffered recently from operation WID to join them in trading their wares. Speaking to this reporter, Section Chief and Chairlady of the Goderich Street/Eastern Police traders Madam Ya Alimamy Kosto said that they were taken by surprise as City Council never informed them of the...
(Awareness Times 06/13/13)
The recent demolition of structures along the main streets of Kenema brings to the fore the problems between Central Government Ministries and Local Councils. The Mayor of Kenema City Council, J.S.Keifala summed it all well when he challenged the demolition exercise engendered by the Minister of Lands, Country Planning and the Environment, Musa Tarawalli ( Standard Times May 23, 2013- Kenema District Council challenges illegal land demolition): “We are embarrassed............Councils are the highest political entities in the regions and as such there is every need for any Ministry intending to carry out any action whether legal or illegal to inform and involve the councils.” This is symptomatic of the quagmire created by a half hearted decentralisation process in which Ministries...
(Awoko 06/13/13)
The planned Friday, 14th June 2013 election for Halls Presidents and President of the Student Union at Fourah Bay College will likely not hold if the rude and riotous behaviour of students yesterday is anything to go by. Students from the two main cultic camps, the White and Black rudely obstructed a planned manifesto declaration between candidates of the two camps by pelting stones, bottles and other unprintable materials at each other at the precincts of the Amphi theatre. The Warden of Students, Rev. Canon T.G.B. Buck, who was caught in the missiles cross-fire, said the election will be suspended pending “good behavior” by the entire student body relating to the election. Speaking to Awoko, Rev. Buck said he will...
(Awoko 06/13/13)
As a way of developing the educational sector of this country, the Ministry of Education in line with the World Bank, UNICEF and the Sierra Leone National Early Child Education Coordinating Committee (SLNECD) yesterday discussed the issues of early child care education (ECCE) in the country. The objective of the meeting is to discuss the current status of the ECCE in Sierra Leone, share experiences of other countries and explore options to increase coverage levels and improve quality. The programme was attended by heads of private and government preschools, representatives from the Ministry of Education, UNICEF, World Bank, representative from the National Pre-school Association among others. The proposed draft agenda of the meeting focused on the broader context of Early...
(Voice of America 06/13/13)
A team of officials from the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) is in Mali to assess the security and political situation in the approach to the country’s July 28 presidential election. Sonny Ugoh, the ECOWAS communications director, said the fact finding mission is part of the regional bloc’s plans to restore constitutional rule in Mali and maintain its territorial integrity. “This is consistent with the requirement of our protocol on democracy and good governance…,” Ugoh said. His comments came after Burkinabe’s foreign minister, Djibril Bassole, said the Malian government and ethnic Tuareg rebels had agreed “in principle” on a deal that would allow elections to take place next month and the army to return to the rebel-held city...
(Awoko 06/12/13)
In response to what he termed as “baseless and unfounded allegations” published in a local tabloid, the Executive Secretary of the Sierra Leone Chamber of Agribusiness Development (SLeCAD), Ahmed Nanoh, has denied that his organization received $7,000,000 from the Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO). Nanoh claimed that the unfounded claims is an effort to smear not only his image but government’s enthusiasm to promote agriculture for economic development, and that the newspaper should either do an immediate retraction of the article published on Thursday, 6th June 2013, or face court action. Flanked by the National Co-ordinator of the Small Holder Commercialization Project (SCP), Prince Kamara, and other top officials of the SLeCAD project, Nanoh stated that the newspaper “put up...
(Awoko 06/12/13)
The United States imposed sanctions on four Lebanese citizens on Tuesday, accusing them of fundraising and recruiting for the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah in West Africa. The U.S. Treasury Department said the four men were sanctioned for effectively acting as “ambassadors” for Hezbollah, which Washington considers a terrorist group. They were acting in Sierra Leone, Senegal, Cote d’Ivoire and the Gambia, it said. The US Treasury named the four as: Ali Ibrahim al-Watfa, Abbas Loutfe Fawaz, Ali Ahmad Chehade, and Hicham Nmer Khanafer The sanctions mean the men are effectively cut off from the U.S. financial system and any dealings with U.S. citizens. The move is part of a multi-year probe that has exposed what the U.S. government says are...
(Awareness Times 06/12/13)
The Government of Sierra Leone, through the Sierra Leone Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (SLEITI) has taken action to ensure compliance by local government institutions and mining exploration companies. According to the State House Chief of Staff, Dr. Richard Konteh, checks and balances have been put in place to prevent the re occurrence of non-compliance approaches, which resulted in the suspension with active involvement of the Auditor General. Speaking at the EITI global conference held in Sydney Australia, with the theme; “Beyond Transparency”, Dr. Konteh who is also the SLEITI Champion, disclosed that defaulter institutions have now compiled their reports, and others punished accordingly. He said most of the exploration companies whose payment details were available on the government of Sierra...
(Awareness Times 06/12/13)
The newly elected executive of the All People’s Congress (APC) Washington Metro Chapter has called on His Excellency Bockari Kortu Stevens, to not only introduce themselves, but also to crave his indulgence to lend his leadership expertise that will enable them become vibrant, respectful and forthright in all that they do in so far as leading the APC members in the Washington Metro Chapter is concern. Led by outgoing APC Washington Metro Area Acting President and APC North America Bye Laws Chairman Mr. Mohamed Lamin Fofanah, the newly elected President Mr. Ibrahim Kamara thanked Ambassador Bockari Kortu Stevens and Deputy Chief of Mission Ambassador Ibrahim.S. Conteh for making time out of their busy schedule to accommodate them and apologized to...
(Voice of America 06/12/13)
Ghana has arrested more than 100 Chinese nationals accused of illegally mining gold in that country. Zambia seized a Chinese coal mine in February over safety concerns. And Gabon is planning to take back assets from three foreign oil companies - including one from China. These moves and others have some analysts pointing to a backlash against Chinese investment on the continent. While experts say the China-Africa honeymoon may be over, divorce is not likely. China became Africa's top trade partner in 2009. Bilateral trade hit nearly $200 billion in 2012. Some Africans believe they are getting the short end of the stick, however, as they export valuable natural resources to China without receiving much in return by way of...
(Ventures Africa 06/11/13)
VENTURES AFRICA — The West African Monetary Zone (WAMZ), a sub-regional monetary union, has said it will need $200 million for the construction of the ECOWAS (Economic Commission Of West African States) Regional Bank to be located in Accra, Ghana. The Director of the region’s Financial Integration, Dr. Eunice Ngozi Egbuns disclosed this to journalists who are currently undergoing a two weeks regional integration training funded by Deutsche Welle Academic in Accra. She noted that the construction of the Ecowas Bank by 2015 will serve as a precursor to the introduction of the region’s single currency “Eco” slatted for 2020. The single currency was approved and adopted by member states in Accra, after the conclusion of its 24th meeting of...
(Dw-World 06/10/13)
Sierra Leone has one of the world's fastest growing economies, according to an International Monetary Fund report. But the post-civil war boom has not yet brought benefits for everyone. Residents of Freetown, the capital of Sierra Leone, wake up every day to the thudding sounds of construction work. Ten years ago, noise like this signified another bloody day in the country's civil war. But today it is the sound of a country rebuilding its damaged infrastructures. Throughout the city, old roads are being ripped up and neighborhoods are riddled with construction sites. In almost every street, new structures are rising up. The government recorded the highest rate of infrastructural growth in 2012, which experts say is a clear sign of...
(Awareness Times 06/10/13)
His Royal Highness (HRH) Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud of Saudi Arabia is scheduled to visit Sierra Leone today 10th June, 2013 upon the invitation by Sierra Leone President, His Excellency Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma who will be decorating the celebrated Prince with the highest possible national order of this West African country. At end of his visit today, Prince Alwaleed bin Talal will leave here as a Grand Commander of the Order of the Republic of Sierra Leone (GCRSL). Prince Alwaleed is ‘The Richest Arab’. HRH Prince Alwaleed is Chairman of Kingdom Holding Company (KHC). He is the undisputed richest Arab in the world today according to Arabian Business Magazine, Forbes Magazine and Bloomberg Financial news...

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