Tuesday 20 February 2018
(Awoko 07/09/13)
Elders of the Sierra Leone Peoples Party (SLPP) on Saturday endorsed the candidacy of Ambassador Allie Bangura for the position of Chairman and Leader of the party. This endorsement was made during his launch of his Manifesto and Campaign at the Sierra Leone Peoples Party Head Office in which the former President and Vice- President of Sierra Leone, Alhaji Ahmad Tejan Kabba and Solomon Berewa were present. In his campaign speech, the former Ambassador to Ghana, Allie Bangura stressed among others, that his focus will be on unifying and maintaining discipline among members in the party. Bangura acknowledged that the Sierra Leone Peoples Party is one of the oldest parties in Sub-Saharan Africa, but disunity and indiscipline are the major...
(Ghana Business News 07/09/13)
African airlines enjoyed nearly a 10% rise in traffic in May 2013 as global passenger growth trend continues, according to an industry report. The International Air Transport Association (IATA) says African airlines’ traffic climbed 9.8% in May which was the second highest among the regions. The report notes that African carriers are benefiting from a sustained increase in trade through developing links to Asia and the Middle East, as well as strong GDP growth in local economies, particularly in Western Africa. “Capacity rose 7.4% in May, raising load factor 1.4 percentage points to 66.2%,” said IATA’s passenger traffic report. In terms of air freight, African carriers grew just 0.2% in May, but growth trend, according to the airline association, was...
(Times of Zambia 07/08/13)
CEC Africa Investments Limited (CECA), a subsidiary of Copperbelt Energy Corporation (CEC) Plc has entered into an agreement with TCQ Power Limited of Beirut to acquire majority equity holding in a Sierra Leonean energy firm, Blue Flare Power SL (BVI) Limited (BFP). Consequently, BFP will be renamed CEC Africa (SL). The agreement, which has been recognised by the Government of Sierra Leone, will entail CEC Africa developing power infrastructure in Freetown, the Sierra Leone capital of Freetown. Sierra Leone Minister of Energy, Oluniyi Robbin-Coker, announced the investment agreement at the Africa Energy Forum 2013 in Barcelona, Spain recently. Managing Director, Michael Tarney, said CEC Africa was committed to supporting the Government of Sierra Leone in building capacity in the power...
(UN.org 07/08/13)
New York, Jul 5 2013 - Sierra Leone's religious communities have a crucial role to play in helping to overcome the legacy of war, an independent United Nations human rights expert stated today, adding that cooperation between them will be an asset in the process of rebuilding and reconciliation. "Religious diversity is not only a reality in Sierra Leone; it is widely seen and cherished as an asset on which to build community life from the local to the national level," said the UN Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief, Heiner Bielefeldt. "Before coming to Sierra Leone I expected to see a country characterized by a high degree of religious tolerance. What I have experienced here by far...
(Sierra Express media 07/08/13)
Although the Government of Sierra Leone has put a moratorium on the mining and selling of Zircon, reports from Shenge in the Moyamba District state the illicit miners there have defied the ban as they are still busy mining the Zircon sand clandestinely at night. Our sources say the illicit miners are still engaged in environmentally destructive mining along the Shenge beach, especially near the expensive jetty which their illegal mining activities have already damaged. We have further gathered that the police, the mines officials and local authorities are quite aware of the continuity of the destructive mining but are doing little to arrest the ugly situation due to obvious reasons! By: Joseph Milton Lebbie
(Ventures-Africa 07/08/13)
VENTURES AFRICA – Ideas rule the world and in this age, innovation is key. Businesses thrive on Eureka! moments, as innovation has become the benchmark for excellence. For most businesses/entrepreneurs the effective application of ideas determines whether a startup progresses to a multi-billion dollar company, a la Google, Facebook, Apple, or goes bust! African entrepreneurs have also tapped into the endless stream of Eureka! moments and have turned ideas to million-dollar businesses - ask iROKOtv, Justin Stanford or Kamal Budhabatti to name a few. On Africa’s Most Innovative Companies today, we feature Rasello, a company which helps you “manage, understand and communicate better to the people that matter most to your business.” There is no major reason behind the name...
(Africa Review 07/05/13)
Sierra Leone`s hopes of becoming an oil producing nation by 2017 remain intact, a senior government official said at the country's first international mining, oil and gas conference in Freetown. Dr Richard Conte, the Chief of Staff at the Office of President, told mining and exploration executives that the country`s democratic dispensation makes it an increasingly viable investment spot and that its vast mineral wealth provides the opportunity. The Sierra Leone Mines, Energy, Oil & Gas Infrastructure INDABA 2013, which ended Thursday, was meant to woo potential investors to what is on offer in the West African nation's emerging oil and gas sector. The meeting focused on the investment potential measured against the country`s existing infrastructure. In 2012, US petroleum...
(Awareness Times 07/05/13)
Awareness Times has yesterday seen an email letter from the Alwaleed Bin Talal Foundation officially sent to inform State House that the money donated to Sierra Leone by HRH Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Bin Abdulaziz Alsaud of Saudi Arabia was only one million dollars. “Regarding the grant amount it is only $1 million as per HRH directions” Nauf Al Rawaf, Executive Manager of MENA & International Project at the Bin Talal Foundation wrote, adding that, the sum of money will soon be wired in to Government’s Consolidated Fund. The email was sent by Nauf Al Rawaf, in response to an official enquiry from the Special Executive Assistant to the President at State House, seeking for a clarification as to the...
(In2 East Africa 07/05/13)
Mr Sambi, who visited the 37th Dar es Salaam International Trade Fair (DITF) in the city also urged Africans to work together and exchange experiences in technology to hasten the continent’s development process. He said such exchanging and sharing of technology experiences will help the continent advance in various sectors, especially agriculture. Speaking at the Vocational Education Training Authority (VETA) pavilion, Mr Sambi promised to link Tanzanian business people with their counterparts in Comoro. “This is the time for Africans to stop feeling marginalised; from what I have seen here today (yesterday), this shows we have made major advancement in technology something that we should be proud of,” Mr Sambi noted. He said the DITF had impressed him so much...
(Ventures-Africa 07/05/13)
VENTURES AFRICA – President Ernest Bai Koroma of Sierra Leone ended a week-long visit to China upon the invitation of the Chinese leadership and Tsinghua University where he was invited to deliver a speech at the 2nd World Peace Forum. While in China, President Koroma met the Chinese President Xi Jinping and other Chinese leaders and business officials and signed a number of multi-million infrastructure deals with his host country. President Koroma visited China Kingho Energy Group and signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Sierra Leone Government for the developing of a mine and port project in Sierra Leone, the construction of a power plant, construction of a transport and logistics facility, a 250 km railway construction starting from...
(Awareness Times 07/05/13)
Sierra Leone Stock Exchange and one of its partners, JP Anderson on Wednesday 3rd July 2013 graduated 21 new Investment Advisors from its training program in Sierra Leone. The graduation ceremony was held at the Sam Bangura Building on Gloucester Street in Freetown. The new advisors who are expected to help bring financial advisory services to the people of Sierra Leone are the first set of internationally recognized and qualified stock brokers and financial advisors in the country. In his brief statement, Mr. Gibril Sesay from the Sierra Leone Stock Exchange said the advisors have successfully gone through rigorous trainings on several modules including Capital Market. He expressed hope that the newly certified stock brokers and financial advisors will put...
(Africa Review 07/05/13)
A court denied bail to the two heads of Sierra Leone's largest commercial bank accused of fraud. Mr Crispin Deigh, the Managing Director of Sierra Leone Commercial Bank (SLCB) and his deputy were detained last week in connection with investigations of a controversial property developer accused of milking the banking sector of billions of Leones. The property developer, Mr Simeon Kabba Khalu, was detained following a joint police and Anti-Corruption Commission operation against a ‘grand network of financial fraud’ targeting government's coffers. Four other senior managers of the same bank are in detention, suspected of involvement in the scheme. A total of nine people, including a senior Nigerian banker, were sent to the notorious maximum security Pademba Road Prison after...
(ABC News 07/05/13)
Sierra Leone prosecutors have charged the managing director of a government-owned bank and 13 other officials with attempting to steal around $6 million. Crispin Bishop Deigh, the managing director of Sierra Leone Commercial Bank, was one of nine officials charged Wednesday afternoon with attempting to defraud the bank of $4.8 million. The officials were denied bail until their next court date next week. In a separate case, four people were also charged Wednesday with attempting to steal just over $1 million from First International Bank. Joseph Fitzgerald Kamara, head of Sierra Leone's Anti-Corruption Commission, said both cases were evidence of "wanton greed." Corruption is widespread in Sierra Leone, which was No. 123 out of 176 countries on Transparency International's most recent corruptions perceptions index.
(Awoko 07/05/13)
As investigations into alleged economic crimes continue in Sierra Leone’s banking sector, Magistrate Komba Kamanda of Court No.2 yesterday remanded twelve people alleged to have conspired to defraud both the Sierra Leone Commercial Bank and the First International Bank separately. The twelve accused persons stand charged separately. File One includes Kabba Simeon Khalu, Festus Crosbie, John Benjamin Sankoh, Festus Abionor Jones, Salieu Mohamed Barrie, Yakuba Kargbo, Daniel Dennis Mattia, Patrick Saidu Conteh and Chrispin Bishop Deigh, while File Two involves Kabba Simeon Khalu, Henry Emmanuel Baio, Daniel Dennis Mattia, Chief Tony Izubundu Chinyere and Kainde Huggins. File One was prosecuted by Gerald J. Soyei, Principal State Counsel while Sulaiman Bah (Director of Public Prosecution) prosecuted File Two. According to File...
(Awoko 07/05/13)
The United Arab Emirates (UAE) with it Regional office in Dakar Senegal through the Alqudus Islamic Development Agency (AIDA) Monday, July 1 2013 made a generous donation of variety of food items for Muslims in Kenema, Kono and Freetown, ahead of the Muslim month of Ramadan (fasting). The organizers of the food distribution said they plan to target 1, 000 families in these three areas; five hundred in the capital, Freetown and five hundred in Kenema and Kono districts. The items include rice, vegetable oil and sugar. A total of 500 families benefited from this Islamic largesse. Each family received a bag of 25kg rice, a gallon of vegetable oil and 2.5 kg of sugar. In Kenema, the distribution took...
(Sierra Express media 07/05/13)
An education programme on the dangers associated with the deadly breast cancer was held recently at the Garrison Street market, which attracted hundreds of market women and stakeholders of the community and its immediate environs. The programme aimed at sensitising the market women dealing in food and non-food items. It was organised by the Thinking Pink Breast Cancer Foundation situated at 11 Percival Street in Freetown, who is targeting all the markets in the western area with about 4,000 market women expected to benefit from the project at a free cost as part of their awareness and advocacy campaign on breast cancer. Thinking Pink Breast Cancer Foundation succeeded to screen, and diagnose and counsel 165 market women; out of this...
(Voice of America 07/05/13)
LONDON — A new satellite system was launched into orbit last week that aims to bring high-speed Internet to remote communities across the globe. Its backers say it could have a big impact in rural parts of Africa by speeding up economic and social development. Others argue the huge amounts of money, however, should be spent on more basic needs. Lift-off for the O3b - or "Other 3 Billion" - satellite system occurred last week in French Guiana. The system goes "live" later this year when eight satellites will enter a lower orbit to provide a faster connection. Its backers include Google and the Development Bank of Southern Africa, among others. Founder Greg Wyler said the "Other 3 Billion" are...
(Swit Salone 07/04/13)
Following weeks of investigations in an alleged complex fraud involving several institutions, Anti Corruption Commission under the provisions of the Anti-Corruption Act of 2008 on July 3rd announced the indictment of 17 persons in the high court of Sierra Leone. Of these 17 accused persons nine are officials of the National Revenue Authority, six are employees of ECOBANK, one a delivery clerk of the National Shipping Company and another a clearing and forwarding agent. The listed offences include but are not limited to misappropriation of public revenue, fraudulent reduction of custom charges, corrupt transaction with agents, accepting an advantage, being in control of pecuniary resources disproportionate of official emolument all contrary to provisions of the Anti-Corruption Act of 2008. Delivering...
(The Patriotic Vanguard 07/04/13)
Not surprisingly, the ruling APC party has captured all two contested seats and a local council ward in a bye-election held last Saturday by the National Electoral Commission. The two seats are Constituency 62 and Constituency 29, both in two APC strongholds in the north. In both places the bye-elections were held following the appointment as Ministers of the then sitting Members of Parliament. The ward election was necessitated by the death of the sitting councillor. But in one of the constituencies, Constituency 62 in the Mile 91 area, there was a bit of a scare for the APC when one of two popular politicians, John Gbla, decided to contest as an Independent candidate after losing the APC party symbol...
(Awareness Times 07/04/13)
On his way to address the U.N. General Assembly this September in New York, His Excellency President Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma will be Special Guest of Honour at Prestigious Series in Washington DC, State House sources have disclosed to the Awareness Times. The theme for this year’s (the 13th Annual) Ronald H. Brown African Affairs Series sponsored by Constituency for Africa (CFA) in Washington DC, is: “Harnessing the African Diaspora in Building Capacity in Africa.” The Special Guest for this prestigious 2013 series in America, will be no less a distinguished personality than one of Africa’s most effective and efficient leaders ever; His Excellency Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma of Sierra Leone who had just concluded chairing the African Union Committee...

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