Thursday 23 November 2017
(Awoko 07/03/13)
The Parliamentary Committee on Transport and Aviation yesterday invited the Minister of Transport and Aviation together with top management officials of the Sierra Leone Airport Authority (SLAA)to answer to queries relating to the grave security lapse at the airport which led to the brakeage of a private aircraft belonging to an Angolan businessman. During the Committee’s sitting yesterday in Parliament, the name “Westminster Security” a British-based security company, was roundly blamed for the said security lapse that resulted to thieves breaking into a private aircraft that was parked at the airport. Whilst Members of Parliament who form the Committee were asking probing questions on the update of security issues at the airport, Westminster Security Company on whose behest the airport...
(Awareness Times 07/03/13)
With this serving as his third visit as President of Sierra Leone, President Ernest Bai Koroma on Monday June 30th ended a six-day visit to the Peoples Republic of China. His visit was upon the invitation of the Chinese leadership and Tsinghua University where he was invited to deliver a speech at the 2nd World Peace Forum in Beijing. The World Peace Forum was, in 2012 launched as China’s first and only high-level non-governmental international security forum which won universal acclaim from all sectors of society. During his week-long visit, President Koroma met with the Chinese leadership, including President Xi Jinping and Vice President Li Yuanchao and the leadership of Tsinghua University. President Ernest Bai Koroma held fruitful discussions with...
(Ventures-Africa 07/03/13)
VENTURES AFRICA – The African Development Bank (AfDB) on Tuesday said it has earmarked up to $3 billion for Africa’s power sector over the next 5 years. AfDB President, Donald Kaberuka, speaking from Dar Es Salaam, said the bank’s interventions will include investment loans, reforms, advisory and guarantees in the energy sector. This is part of the bank’s backing for President Barack Obama’s $7 billion Power Africa plan which Obama unveiled on Saturday in Cape Town, South Africa. The US-led power plan will pay more attention to advancing more access to power in Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Liberia, Nigeria and Tanzania. Blue chip companies including General Electric and Symbion Power will also invest an additional $9 billion. Kaberuka said AfDB will...
(The Wall Street Journal 07/02/13)
PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla., July 2, 2013;Today, Sloud, Inc. announced its subsidiary, JP Anderson has graduated 21 new investment advisors from its training program in Sierra Leone. The new advisors will help to bring financial advisory services to the people of Freetown, Sierra Leone. The Deputy Governor from the Bank of Sierra Leone, Ms. Adrina R. Coker, will distribute certificates to the graduates. The training program was sanctioned by the Sierra Leone Stock Exchange and JP Anderson will hold a graduation ceremony on July 3(rd) in Freetown, Sierra Leone. For additional information, please visit www.jpawealth.com . "We are very proud of our first group of trainees. These amazing individuals will be at the vanguard of the financial services industry in...
(Sierra Express media 07/02/13)
With this latest trip serving as his third visit as President of Sierra Leone, President Ernest Bai Koroma on Monday 1st July ended a week-long visit to the Peoples Republic of 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. The World Peace Forum was, in 2012 launched as China’s first and only high-level non-governmental international security forum. Whilst in China, President Koroma met with the Chinese leadership, including President Xi Jinping, Vice President Li Yuanchao and the leadership of Tsinghua University. President Ernest Bai Koroma also held fruitful discussions with China Kingho Energy Group and also visited their headquarters in Beijing; visited Kingho...
(Sierra Express media 07/02/13)
A Women’s Media organization has overwhelmingly condemned the increase of sexual harassment and raping of young girls in Sierra Leone. A press release issued by the organization states. Women in the Media Sierra Leone (WIMSAL) wishes to express its disappointment over the recent increase in the number of reported rape cases in Sierra Leone. It is disheartening to note that in the month of May alone, the ministry of Social Welfare Gender and Children Affairs recorded over 100 rapes and other sexual related cases of girls mostly under 14 in Freetown. The press release also continues to say that “WIMSAL notes that, this is a very crucial Human Rights violation that causes severe physical and psychological damage that these girls...
(Voice of America 07/02/13)
President Obama is on the last leg of his three-nation tour of Africa, aimed at promoting U.S. trade with the continent. As Washington turns a fresh eye toward a continent that Obama describes as about to “take off," U.S. government officials and investors alike will find that geopolitical rival China has already made huge strides there. China’s footprint in Africa is huge. The 20-story African Union tower (in Addis Ababa, the capital city of Ethiopia) which Beijing donated to the continental group is a testament to the size of Beijing’s ambition. “Every country, as it achieves global greatness, seeks to leave behind major landmarks that become evidence of its ascendance into global power," said Wole Soboyejo. Winston Wole Soboyejo spoke...
(Awoko 07/01/13)
Dr CokerAfter serving the Aureol Insurance Company (AIC) board in his capacity as Chairman for over a decade, Dr. Patrick Coker sent a shock wave through the spine of shareholders when he announced his resignation at the 26th Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the company held at the Stadium Hostel, last Friday. He dropped his parting shot at the end of the meeting when he informed shareholders that he would be retiring at the end of the meeting, and therefore called on the Secretary of the Board, Mrs. Viola Jones to read his resignation letter. Dr. Coker’s letter as read stated that “after due consideration, I have decided that after more than 12 years, it is time for me to...
(Awareness Times 07/01/13)
River Side Guest House (RSGH) which was formally one of the leading ultra-modern guest houses in the Tonkolili District was on Thursday 27th June 2013 re-opened in Magburaka town, Tonkolili District. RSGH, located at the junction of Makeni Road and Hotel Street in Magburaka town recently underwent massive infrastructural facelift that has caused its operations to be put on hold for some months now. The newly commissioned guest house. The ceremony attracted eminent personalities including the district magistrate, Magistrate Ernest Gooding and the Assistant District Officer, Haroun Kai Turay, among others. In her opening remarks, the Chairperson of the ceremony, Madam Ramatu Sanusie, who doubles as member of the Police Partnership Board (PPB) in Magburaka, registered her thanks and appreciation...
(Awoko 07/01/13)
Aorel Aureol Insurance Company has recorded a profit of Le3.18 billion before tax; shareholders were informed at the 26th Annual General Meeting at the National Stadium Hostel past Friday. The figure compared to that of last year was Le2.565 billion, which shareholders were told was an increase of 24%. In the Chairman’s statement to shareholders, Dr. Coker reaffirmed that “I am indeed pleased to report that your company continued to deliver a very strong financial and operating performance.” He noted further that, “your company continued to significantly improve on its Gross Written Premium which rose from Le11.06b as at 31st December 2011 to Le15.927b for the corresponding period to 31st December 2012, which was an increase of 43.98 percent.” Speaking...
(Awoko 07/01/13)
A three-days Retreat of the Sierra Leone Road Transport Authority at the J&E Hotel in Bo ended on Saturday 29th June, under the theme, “Sierra Leone Road Transport Authority Board and Management Retreat on Team Working and Performance as Drivers for a Successful Contribution for the Agenda for Prosperity in Sierra Leone.” The speeches of the various speakers on the opening day drove towards better roads despite the many pot-holes and cuts in the roads within the country. The Chairperson of the occasion, Alice Pratt wasted no time in establishing the purpose of the meeting which she sighed was “the theme.” Workers at SLRTA she stressed should “work together” or at least “inculcate attributes of team spirit.” The Management and...
(Awoko 07/01/13)
FrudAlhaji Musa Sheriff and Suleiman Chendeka alias Tamba Chendeka, are presently being investigated while in police custody for allegedly duping two American business men the sum of one hundred and six thousand United States dollars ($106,000) for the sale of a 14.9 carat diamond. According to Mayour Patel, who is one of the victims, his father Subhash Patel came to Sierra Leone two years ago with the aim of establishing a business through a friend name Suma who introduced him to Mrs. Isatu Barry. He said his father stayed with Mrs Barry in Kono who introduced him to the Gold business. He added that Mrs. Barry introduced his father into Diamond trade which he himself became interested in when his...
(Awareness Times 07/01/13)
Two American nationals, Mayour Patel and his father were allegedly duped eighty thousand United States Dollars by four Sierra Leoneans, Sulaiman Chendeka aka Tamba Chendeka, Alhaji Musa Sheriff and two others persons unknown. Mayour Patel made this disclosure at a press conference held on Friday 28th June 2013 at his Siaka Stevens Street Office in Freetown. According to him, whilst he was in the States, his father travelled to Sierra Leone to invest in diamond and gold. He said whilst in the country he provided employment for dozens of local citizens. He said in 2013, he joined his father and they came in contact with one Isatu Barrie, a Sierra Leonean who told them she was also involved in the...
(Sierra Express media 07/01/13)
The Sierra Leone Statistics bureau has launched “A Poverty Profile for Sierra Leone” report at the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development. The report was derived from the Sierra Leone Integrated Household Surveys (SLIHS) of 2003 and 2011 conducted largely by the country’s statistics authority but the analysis were done with technical assistance from the World Bank and the report was jointly presented. The key finding of the report is that “nationally, poverty has decreased from 66.4 to 52.9 percent between 2003 and 2011 – a reduction of more than 10 percent”. Generally, the report spawned up several other paradoxes; it says: “strong growth in rural areas, yet rural poverty is still higher than urban poverty” although there is a...
(Awareness Times 07/01/13)
After the violent death of Abdul Karim Kamara, an emotion of sadness and grief was widely exhibited on Monday June 24, 2013, at the funeral service at Hope International Church when mourners prayed and paid their last respects for the deceased. Hundreds of Sierra Leoneans and other nationalities were able to reach out to the bereaved family from the first day Abdul Karim’s death was announced to his final place at the military national cemetery in Dallas Fort Worth, Texas. Mr. Abdul Karim Kamara was an ex-service man in the United States military force. He served in the Iraq war, but was killed in Freetown on May 22nd by security forces; he was laid to rest at the Dallas Fort...
(Sierra Express media 07/01/13)
Freetown July (SLENA) - Parliament last week ratified the bill to transfer assets from the defunct Sierra Leone Produce Marketing Board (SLPMB) to the newly established Sierra Leone Produce Marketing Company (SLOMC). Speaking during the legislative hearing last Thursday, Chairman of Legislative Committee, Hon. Ajibola Manly Spain said the committee has gone through the bill and found it non-controversial. “The memorandum of objects and reasons are very clear on the rationale for the promulgation of the bill into law,” he said, explaining further that the bill seeks to transfer the interests of the Sierra Leone Produce Marketing Board to the Sierra Leone Produce Marketing Company. “This involves the transfer to the company of the assets, liabilities, staff, etc with the...
(Awareness Times 07/01/13)
According to the Hainan Provincial Foreign Affairs Office as at 29th June, instant, Hainan Province is located at the southernmost part of China, which was established in 1988 as the youngest province of the country. With a population of 9.0 million, Hainan covers a land area of 35,400 square kilometers and exercises jurisdiction over a sea area of 2 million square kilometers. In 2009, the State Council of China formally designated Hainan as the International Tourist Destination, which aims to develop Hainan within 10 years into China’s pilot area for tourism reform, a world-class island resort, China’s model for eco-friendly development, the platform for international economic cooperation and cultural exchanges, the service headquarter for South China Sea development and the...
(Cocorioko 07/01/13)
The Minister of Information and Communications , Hon. Alpha Bakar Sahid Kanu, has told COCORIOKO that the ruling All People’s Congress ( APC ) will sweep the bye-elections to be held in Western area Ward 329 and Constituency 29 Makeni District Northern region Sierra Leone tomorrow. He also intimated that the APC candidate in Constituency 62, Tonkolili is unopposed. The Minister spoke to COCORIOKO in his capacity as the Publicity Secretary of the APC. The interview was conducted while the Minister was on the way to Freetown from Makeni on Wednesday after a well attended rally that sustained a 1 mile long trail of supporters from the clock Tower in the center of town south on Mabanta road through Azzolini...
(Awareness Times 07/01/13)
The Vice President of the People's Republic of China, Li Yuanchao has extolled Sierra Leone, classing it as "a good example of post-war reconstruction" and further commended His Excellency President Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma for delivering a wonderful speech at the 2nd World Peace Forum jointly organized by Tsinghua University and the Chinese People's Institute of Foreign Affairs. Vice President Li Yuanchao made this statement during a meeting and banquet held in Honor of Sierra Leone's President at the Diaoyutai State Guest House in Beijing, China on Thursday 27th June 2013. According to him, they were "all deeply impressed by your wonderful speech this morning and your speech includes words of wisdom about world peace, and we are also impressed...
(Voice of America 07/01/13)
Countries of the Mano River basin in West Africa are trying to forge a joint strategy to counter the cross-border movement of armed groups and the illegal trafficking of weapons in their region. Representatives of the United Nations and regional organizations joined the talks on Saturday. Decades of armed conflict and political strife, including civil wars in Sierra Leone and Liberia, have caused lasting issues of insecurity in the Mano River region, particularly in border areas where fighters and refugees can flow easily from one country to the next. This past week, ministers from Ivory Coast, Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone met with the secretary-general of the Mano River Union (MRU), the president of ECOWAS and representatives of the United...

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