Tuesday 19 September 2017
(Awareness Times 06/26/13)
Reports monitored from East Africa and the international media indicate that personnel of the Republic of Sierra Leone Armed Forces (RSLAF), representing the country in a peace-keeping mission in Somalia, are in serious difficulty, following a deadly attack launched by Al-Shabab militants over the weekend. Heavy artilleries hit bases belonging to the Sierra Leone troops in the lower Juba regions as Al-Shabab troops attacked the new AMISOM peace keeping force in the lower Juba region of Somalia, the international media has reported. According to reports, the AMISOM bases in Taabto were attacked by Al-Shabab fighters with RPGs on the night of Sunday 23rd June 2013. Taabto residents told journalists that they heard deafening sounds during the attacks followed by gunfire...
(Awareness Times 06/26/13)
Students of Horton Military Academy at Leicester Square on Friday 21st June 2013 paid an industrial visit at the Sierra Leone Ports Authority (SLPA). The students comprised officers from the Republic of Gambia Armed Forces (GAF), the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL), Armed Forces from Sierra Leone (RSLAF) and personnel from other Security Sectors including Sierra Leone Police, Sierra Leone Prison, Office of the National Security and personnel from the Ministry of Defense. The visit was part of the academy course modules that students should familiarize themselves with other sectors of the economy and their contributions to national development and also to enhance students’ knowledge on the socio-economic activities in Sierra Leone. SLPA GM in a warm handshake with head...
(Awareness Times 06/26/13)
President Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma and his entourage safely arrived in the People’s Republic of China yesterday evening. On his arrival, the President moved straight to business by meeting diplomats accredited to China from African countries. President Koroma explained of how he was in China to amongst others, serve as a guest speaker at one of the leading Chinese Universities, the Tsinghua University in Beijing which was hosting the 2nd World Peace Forum. President Koroma and a senior Chinese government official who welcomed him at airport. China, according to the Sierra Leonean leader, is playing a very important role in Africa, especially at a time when bilateral relations between Sierra Leone and China have clocked 40 years. President Koroma also...
(Awoko 06/26/13)
UNICEF’s Water, Sanitation and Health (WASH) project implemented by Hope-Sierra Leone in Bombali Shebora Chiefdom, has resulted to the construction of twenty latrines in schools situated in ten communities to address the issue of open defecation, in a bid to curb poor hygiene in the chiefdom. Past week, a consortium of five NGOs working as UNICEF’s implementing partners held a two day training session at the Bombali District Council Hall, to develop best practices and capacity in ensuring the overall success of the WASH project in their various communities, tagged as beneficiaries. Explaining in an exclusive interview with Awoko at Rosinth Village in Bombali Shebora Chiefdom (one of the beneficiary villages), the Acting Chairman of the WASH Consortium, who also...
(Africa Review 06/26/13)
All employees of the banking sector in Sierra Leone will, with immediate effect, require police clearance to travel out of the country. The new directive, which also affects employees of the National Revenue Authority (NRA) and the Sierra Leone Shipping agencies, is in connection with an ongoing investigation of a massive banking fraud which the authorities believe is aimed at emptying government coffers. Thirteen people have so far been charged with defrauding the government of hundreds of millions of leones. The revenue authority last week announced that 28 shipping and clearing agencies were being investigated on suspicion that importers were underpaying the state in tax in connivance with banking officials. The need to increase government revenue following the end of...
(Awoko 06/25/13)
Farmer Based Organizations and Agricultural Researchers in West Africa have decided on better ways of undertaking agricultural researches that will enhance good yields for farmers in the sub-region. This decision was reached at a-three day conference that was organized by the Regional Organization for Farmers and Producers in Africa in collaboration with the West and Central African Council for Agricultural Research and Development (WECARD). During a press briefing, the Executive Director of West and Central African Council for Agricultural Research and Development (WECARD), Harold Roy-Macauley stated that the new method requires farmer’s participation in every stage of an agricultural research. Macauley explained that the views of farmers were not previously sought before new agricultural methods were introduced, adding that the...
(Sierra Express media 06/25/13)
The Sierra Leone High Commission in the UK had a pleasant but nail biting visit from the Director General (DG) Mrs Rasie Kargbo. Present at the meeting was the Deputy High Commissioner Mr. Tambar Ngegba, Head Of Chancery (HOC) Sahr P. Demba, the diplomatic staff and local staff. The Deputy High Commisioner welcomed the DG and the HOC introduced the local and diplomatic staff. The DG was extremely gracious in introducing herself to not only the existing staff but also the new staff that were recently deployed to the UK as part of the mission. The message conveyed by the dg for the entire staff was that they should maintain a high level of integrity and professionalism as based on...
(Awoko 06/25/13)
The Sierra Leone Broadcasting Corporation (SLBC) last Friday signed an agreement with the Star Times to change from broadcasting with an analog system to digital technology. The ceremony took place at the studio of the broadcasting house, which attracted Board members of the Corporation and staff members. Star Communication Network Technology (star times) and the SLBC signed the agreement that is expected to pave the way for the two organizations to form a joint partnership venture. The authorized business scope of the company shall include the establishment of a digital TV signal distribution network, exercise digital TV based multimedia service and value added services based on the above mentioned network. In his short statement the acting Chairman of the Board...
(Newstime Africa 06/25/13)
Sierra Leone’s President Ernest Bai Koroma on Monday 24th June 2013 told a group of African diplomats, including Ambassadors that “Africa is the Future of the World”. He made these statements at a meeting with the African Diplomatic Caucus in Beijing shortly on arrival in the Chinese capital on Monday night. According to the Sierra Leonean leader, China is playing a very important role in Africa, especially at a time when bilateral relations between Sierra Leone and China have clocked 40 years. He also noted that Africa today is no longer the Africa of the past as the continent is now looked upon as the future. “We have ensured that we put in place the kind of leadership that our...
(Cocorioko 06/25/13)
“In a crowded political arena, states without a marketable brand name will not survive.” The Rise of the Brand State: Peter Van Ham. As a rejoinder to my previous article The Freetown City Council, A Suggested Path to a Viable Future, January, 2013, I am joining the discussion on Rebranding Sierra Leone. Much has been highlighted by various contributors on this issue, and I feel compelled to contribute also. However, rather just repeating sound bites, my contribution reflects a perspective that further connects the current gains in rebranding Sierra Leone to a future that has the potential for most Sierra Leoneans, if not all to bask in the glory of a future Sierra Leone with great promise and hope. It...
(Awoko 06/25/13)
Cluff Gold Sierra Leone has continued rendering support to schools in their operational areas as part of their corporate social responsibility to their host communities. Recently, the company romanced with school children on the Day of the African Child on the theme “Protecting Children from Harmful Traditional Practices”. The schools include, Ahmadiyya Muslim School, Christian Community Primary School and Kortuhun Community School. Pupils of the various schools processed through the streets of Baomahun before assembling at the Court Barray. Addressing the pupils at the Baomahun Court Barray, Cluff Gold’s Community Liaison Officer, Dauda Kamara explained the significance of the day and the circumstance that led to the Soweto the violence in 1976 when school children protested against the then system...
(Ventures-Africa 06/25/13)
VENTURES AFRICA – Ghana’s oldest and biggest bank by profitability, the Ghana Commercial Bank (GCB), will in the next few months expand its operations into three other West African countries. The bank which recently rebranded from Ghana Commercial Bank to GCB says it will leverage on this new brand to start operations in other markets. This was disclosed by the Board Chairman of the bank, Dr Fritz Gockel, at a dinner and awards night to celebrate the bank’s 60th Anniversary in Accra over the weekend. GCB, which has the most number of branches in Ghana, 158 in total, registered an impressive profit growth last year of GH¢192.8 million ($96 million) for the year 2012. This represents a profit before tax...
(National Mirror Online 06/25/13)
Africa has lost at least $200 billion in five decades to illegal fishing and another $100 billion in illegal bunkering since 2003. Speaking at the opening of the Summit of Heads of States and Governments of the Economic Community of Central African States, ECCAS, the Economic Community of West African States, ECOWAS, and the Gulf of Guinea Commission, GGC, the African Union Commission Chairperson, Nkosazana Dlamini- Zuma, warned that such incursion should not be allowed to continue. The summit with focus on maritime safety and security in the Gulf of Guinea opened yesterday in Yaoundé, the Cameroonian capital with President Goodluck Jonathan in attendance, among 25 other African leaders. Jonathan, who had last week raised serious concern over crude oil...
(Awoko 06/24/13)
The Minister of Health and Sanitation Miatta Kargbo yesterday disclosed that Global Alliance for Vaccine Immunization (GAVI) has approved the sum of US$ 5.4m for her Ministry to support the Immunization and Health System Strengthening Programme (IHSSP). She described the gesture as “laudable” during her disclosure at the government weekly press briefing at the Ministry of Information and Communications. “Health is the present, there is a lot that we need to do today that we cannot wait to do tomorrow. This is about lives,” she stated. The Minister states that the Ministry has turned a new page in its relationship with GAVI, which she disclosed is being exemplified by the presence of a GAVI Mission in the country. She further...
(Awoko 06/24/13)
The Sierra Leone Investment and Export Promotion Agency (SLIEPA) are currently facilitating the investment of Palm Oil production company Golden Veroleum with operations in Liberia to invest in the country. A delegation from the palm oil production company was in town where they made their intentions known to invest US$1.6b in palm oil production in the South and Eastern Regions of Sierra Leone. The delegation met with President Koroma and other Government officials at State House to outdoor and deliberate on theirbusiness plans. The Chair of the Board of Directors of SLIEPA Gladys Strasser King formerlly welcomed the delegation into the country. Meeting with a cross section of executives of the Sierra Leone Investment and Export Promotion Agency (SLIEPA) at...
(Awoko 06/24/13)
The Ministry of Finance and Economic Development has signed a grant of $16m with the World Bank for the improvement of Electricity Supply in Freetown and to also pilot rural electrification projects. The funding is an IDA grant from the Infrastructure Development Fund under the Energy Access Project which consists of three components; upgrading of the national grid in terms of capacity; enhancing an effective distribution network and a rural electrification component. Speaking at the signing ceremony the Minister of Finance and Economic Development Dr Kelfala Marrah said the ceremony marks a turning point in the energy sector, so as to address some of our Infrastructural problems in the country. He said the grant agreement is going to help this...
(Awoko 06/24/13)
In what seems to be an unusual show of support the Australian resources and investment company, Cape Lambert Resources Limited has said that “major shareholder and fellow Sierra Leone focused iron ore company African Minerals Limited has successfully achieved its target 20Mtpa export run rate during Q2 2013.” Ordinarily this announcement should have come from?African Minerals itself, but AML holds a 17.9% interest in CFE and operates the Tonkolili iron ore mine in Sierra Leone. According to the Executive Chairman of Cape Lambert Tony Sage, “Cape Lambert is developing the Marampa Iron Ore Project in Sierra Leone and as a result of binding agreements with African Minerals has access to its rail and port infrastructure.” The release went on “The...
(Awoko 06/24/13)
The Center for Accountability and Rule of Law (CARL), yesterday, again called for the trial of Ibrahim Bah, who the United Nations has classified as “very instrumental” and “a trusted aid” to Charles Taylor and the Revolutionary United Front (RUF) movement in Sierra Leone during the country’s rebel war between 1999 and 2000. The UN alleges that Ibrahim Bah was engaged in the “pillaging” of Sierra Leone’s diamonds and “supplying arms and ammunition” to the rebel side. He is also alleged to have provide the RUF, US$ 50, 000 during and the rebel war and that he was also very active in the Liberia war. CARL’s Director, Ibrahim Tommy said the said Ibrahim Bah, also going with the name Ibrahim...
(Awoko 06/24/13)
Only the political will of member-countries will deliver the proposed common currency, Eco, for the West African Monetary Zone (WAMZ), the B&FT has been told. While some work has been done toward realisation of the common-currency dream, the final lap depends on the political willingness of the six countries Ghana, Guinea, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Liberia and The Gambia in the zone, said Dr. Eunice EgbunaNgozi, Director of Financial Integration of the West African Monetary Institute (WAMI). WAMI is a precursor to the envisioned common central bank for the WAMZ. “The 2015 deadline requires the political will of all our member-countries to be achieved. A lot of progress has been made and a lot of improvement must equally be achieved, especially...
(AFP (eng) 06/24/13)
JOHANNESBURG, June 24, 2013 (AFP) - Nelson Mandela was critically ill in hospital on Monday after his condition suddenly deteriorated, leaving South Africans anxiously awaiting the latest news of their revered anti-apartheid icon. "The condition of former president Nelson Mandela, who is still in hospital in Pretoria, has become critical," presidential spokesman Mac Maharaj said in a statement late Sunday. The frail 94-year-old was admitted to hospital over two weeks ago, in the early hours of June 8, for treatment for a lung infection. But after intensive treatment at Pretoria's Mediclinic Heart Hospital and some signs of improvement, his condition deteriorated. President Jacob Zuma visited Mandela on Sunday evening and was told by doctors "that the former president's condition had...

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