| Africatime
Tuesday 25 April 2017
(Awareness Times 05/21/13)
A non-governmental organization, FORUT Sierra Leone, has over the weekend handed over two primary schools, each with a four classrooms building to residents of Rokon/Kamem village in Port Loko town and Mosengo village in the Moyamba districts respectively. The two hundred million leones worth project has erected VIP latrines and head teachers’ offices in both schools, and also provided teaching and learning materials, among other facilities and equipments for the two schools. During the official opening ceremony, the Project Coordinator of FORUT Sierra Leone, Mr. Mohamed Turay said his organization is always there to complement government’s efforts to take development to every corner of this country. He said FORUT has been carrying out development projects in three thematic areas including...
(Reuters (Eng) 05/18/13)
China Kingho Energy Group, one of China’s largest privately-owned energy companies, could spend between $6-billion (U.S.) and $10-billion on infrastructure projects in Sierra Leone over the next five years, its ambassador to China said. Kingho, which is carrying out iron ore exploration in Sierra Leone, signed a memorandum (MOU) with the West African nation’s mines ministry detailing the projects last Friday.According to the MOU, the firm plans to spend $6-billion, but Victor Foh, Sierra Leone’s ambassador to China, said the investments could be higher, with work to be completed in 2017. “This is huge, yes $9- to $10-billion. The $6-billion is the minimum. And as long as the mining environment is good they will keep investing more and more money...
(Cocorioko 05/18/13)
National security is a crucial element in sustaining good governance. A nation that effectively sustains her national security stands the chances of making gains in terms of socio-economic development. For instance, when you have dozens of foreign and national investment opportunities, it is only when national security is guaranteed that such investments can flourish. Countries like China, Japan and even the world power, the United States, have all tend to reach their apex of development due to a number of reasons, amongst them their ability to maintain their internal security. But sustaining and maintaining state security involves the collective role of citizens. And it is only when we respect the law by abiding to what law enforcement agencies say that...
(Bloomberg 05/17/13)
Sierra Leone, the African nation rebuilding its economy a decade after the end of a civil war, is benefiting from slower inflation and a stable currency as borrowing costs tumble and growth accelerates. Yields on 91-day notes fell 128 basis points, or 1.28 percentage point, to a record 6.42 percent at the last central bank auction May 9, 134 basis points higher than South African yields and down from 19.1 percent in December after the central bank cut interest rates. The Finance Ministry forecasts growth in the $3 billion economy of 15.1 percent in 2013 after last year’s 21.3 percent, which was bolstered by the start of iron-ore exports and construction including the expansion of the airport serving Freetown, the...
(Awoko 05/17/13)
Cape Lambert Resources has been granted an Environmental License for its flagship Marampa iron ore project in Sierra Leone. Importantly, the licence enables the company to apply for a Mining Licence over the project, a process which is expected to take about three months. This will significantly de-risk the Marampa project and clear the way for development of the project. Cape Lambert also expects to finalise the Rail and Port Agreement with African Minerals Limited in the coming weeks. Under the binding Heads of Agreement, Marampa had access rights to export 2 million tonnes per annum of wet iron concentrate via the recently refurbished and currently operational Pepel rail and port infrastructure, as well as 16.5Mtpa via the port of...
(Awareness Times 05/17/13)
hairman of Free African Foundation, Mr. Deamad Amadu Conteh in collaboration with Hamilik Okulu Turkey have distributed over three thousand bushels of rice seeds to more than one thousand farmers in Mabereh village in the Debia chiefdom, Port Loko district, covering 100 villages. Speaking during the distribution exercise in Mabereh village, the Chairman of Free African Foundation, Mr. Deamad Amadu Conteh pointed out that they undertook the process after noting that the civil war in Sierra Leone left thousands of farmers handicapped and jobless. He said this is because they lacked the necessary logistical support to make them continue with their farming. He maintained that rice is the staple food in Sierra Leone and for this reason, they decided to...
(New Democrat 05/16/13)
British Prime Minister David Cameron has condemned Liberia and Sierra Leone for the lack of transparency in the two sister countries for not allowing mineral wealth to develop them. "We ... need to make sure that mineral wealth in developing countries becomes a blessing, not a curse. It is to the shame of the whole world that a lack of transparency allowed the illicit diamond trade to fuel appalling conflicts in Sierra Leone and Liberia," Cameron writes. The British Prime Minister added: "Today, we have a duty to make sure that resource wealth does not fuel conflict, corruption and crime," he writes. This is coming at the time human cost of Liberia's two civil wars and the related conflict in...
(Sierra Express media 05/16/13)
In a neighbourly spirit, consistent with the company’s philosophy of working with the communities in which it operates, London Mining Company recently donated rice and farming tools to the people of Manonkoh Village which has been affected by several incidents of flooding. While handing over the items, which included 210 bags of white rice, 700 machetes, 350 farming knives, 700 hoes and 500 bushes of husk rice, Community Relations Manager Desmond Doherty commented, “This flooding was not connected with London Mining’s operations in anyway, but good neighbours help each other in times of need, and it is in that spirit that we are providing relief and humanitarian assistance to those communities affected by flooding in the Manonkoh area.” In addition...
(Awareness Times 05/15/13)
His Excellency Dr Ernest Bai Koroma has said that the decision of the Sierra Leone Police (SLP) to construct a new divisional headquarters in Makeni was an indication that the police have come of age. He made this statement on the occasion of the turning of the sod ceremony for the construction of a new divisional headquarter in Panlap, the headquarter town of Makarie Gbanti Chiefdom on Saturday 11th May 2013. The President called on the people of Makarie Gbanti Chiefdom to work with the police to maintain law and order in their communities, adding that the police cannot succeed without community assistance. He also noted that he was satisfied with the measures the police is putting in place to...
(The Associated Press 05/15/13)
Authorities have released a prominent opposition politician in Sierra Leone who was accused of making statements that could undermine state security. Charles Francis Margai had been detained after speaking about a land dispute he has with Sierra Leone's first lady. Margai said he would fight for his land and said he would be backed by militia forces loyal to him. His lawyer, Robert Kowa, said Monday that Margai has been released on bail without charge though he must report to police every other day. Margai was among the candidates who contested the presidential election in 2012 election and lost to incumbent President Ernest Bai Koroma. Margai's party does not hold a seat in parliament. Sierra Leone is still recovering from...
(Sierra Express media 05/15/13)
In a bid to enhance effective operations and maximize productivity in the agriculture sector, board members of the appropriately 50 farmer-based organizations in the northern district of Port Loko have concluded an intensive training workshop. The three-day session was organized by CARITAS-Makeni, with funds from FAO and the Ministry of Agriculture. Participants were taught basic financial management, record keeping, business planning, group dynamics, the types and responsibilities of a leader, etc. Two lecturers from the Makeni Polytechnic and UNIMAK, John Koroma and Augustine Kamara served as Resource Persons for the three-day training while Mr. Michael Thomas, Program Support Office for CARITAS Makeni served as lead facilitator. He said there are about 50 farmer-based organizations in various parts of the district...
(Sierra Express media 05/15/13)
Sierra Leone Minister of Trade and Industry, Alhaji Usman Boie Kamara, on Monday May 13th 2013, paid a one day familiarization visit to Milla Group Sierra Leone Limited at No2 Bai Bureh Road, Kissy, Freetown. (Photo: Minister Boie Kamara in conversation with Milla Group General Manager, Sony Ramakrisham) Milla Group, located in the east end of Freetown, mainly manufactures plastic utensils, plastic chairs, and plastic water tanks, among others. On arrival, the minister was received by the General Manager of the company, Mr. Sony Ramakrisham who later led the minister on a conducted tour of the facility. Welcoming the minister and his entourage, Coordinator of Milla Group (SL) Ltd, Alhaji Ibrahim B Kamara, thanked the Trade Minister for what he...
(Sierra Express media 05/15/13)
The Minister of Lands, Housing and Environment, Musa Tarawally has issued stern warning to owners of houses and structures on government land, particularly on land within the Kenema airfield and government reservation to quit or else government through his ministry will soon demolish all structures erected on government land. Speaking at the office of the Resident Minister East in a meeting with land owning families on the 10th May 2013, the Lands Minister warned people who owned houses and structures on government land to move out. He said government recognizes the fact that land in the provinces belongs to landowning families but that reserved lands for government for development purposes should not be encroached upon by anybody, stressing that his...
(Cocorioko 05/15/13)
As tradition dictates, Gary Schulze is carried from home to the Court Barray to be installed as Paramount Chief in the Chief’s hammock. Behind him are section chiefs, traditional dancers and well-wishers. It’s not every day that an American is made a paramount chief. National Peace Corps Association board member Gary Schulze (Sierra Leone I 1961-63) was installed as an honorary paramount chief at an impressive ceremony in Shenge, Kagboro Chiefdom, Moyamba District, Sierra Leone on Saturday, May 4, 2013. Gary had announced that he intended to accept the honor on behalf of all Peace Corps Volunteers who have served in Sierra Leone and so Judy Figi (Sierra Leone 1964-66) and Peter C. Andersen (Sierra Leone 1967-68) represented Returned Peace...
(Swit Salone 05/14/13)
The Office of the President of Sierra Leone has today released a statement that the rumors that Mr. Koroma who was re-elected for a second term in November 2012 will seek a third term in office are false. The statement comes a month after Sierra Leoneans on social media debated the issue and just a week after the President called for a review of the 1991 Sierra Leone constitution. The rumors regarding the President’s third term bid came from sources who said that lawyers were already working on changing the term limits on the 1991 constitution. In order to change or review the constitution the current government would need a two thirds vote in parliament. According to the statement posted...
(Swit Salone 05/14/13)
Mano River Union states including Sierra Leone, Liberia, Guinea, and Ivory Coast convened in Freetown to adopt a plan to increase women’s access to renewable energy. The ministers of energy and gender from across the region were present as President Koroma pledged to support women in Sierra Leone, the MRU and ECOWAS. According to Sierra Leone’s Minister for Energy, Mr. Oluniyi Robin-Coker, the conference is a follow-up to an ECOWAS high level energy forum held in Ghana in October 2012. It was there that he said that ECOWAS members pledged to develop and adopt gender sensitive energy policies to meet regional targets by 2014. The ECOWAS Gender Development Center will support the MRU to distribute the conference across other ECOWAS...
(Voice of America 05/14/13)
UNITED NATIONS — The United Nations Security Council pointed Monday to the connection between terrorism in Africa and organized crime, and called for a strengthened global response. The 15-member Security Council unanimously adopted a statement declaring its deep concern for what it calls the increasing violence perpetrated by armed groups, the number of which, it said, are growing in several regions and sub-regions of Africa. The council approved the statement during a discussion of the fight against terrorism in Africa. In expressing its concern about the connection between terrorism and transnational organized crime, and with illicit activities such as drugs, arms and human trafficking, the Security Council urged enhanced coordination to strengthen a global response. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told...
(The Patriotic Vanguard 05/13/13)
The current Minister of Trade and Industry , Usu Boie, has adopted pragmatic approaches to lift both the trade and industrial sectors from economic doldrums. The eleven years war caused the trade sector to face horrible experiences but the industry sector experienced the worst especially when many entrepreneurs fled the country and never returned. The few industries that were left found themselves compelled to perform uphill tasks in a country characterized by inadequacies. But there is one man who has come into cabinet with pragmatic administrative approaches. Since time immemorial, Sierra Leone has been a country where things are controlled from behind the desk which incidentally puts the administrator out of touch with the realities. Decisions taken through such approaches...
(Reuters (Eng) 05/10/13)
Africa's economic development is being held back by a "hemorrhage" of illicit financial flows, which may be getting worse, the African Development Bank said on Friday, calling for reforms to stem the losses. A draft report to be presented at the AfDB's annual meeting in Morocco later this month shows net resource outflows from Africa totaling up to $1.4 trillion over the 30-year period to 2009, far exceeding inflows to the continent. Illicit financial flows were "the main driving force" behind $1.2-1.3 trillion of the three-decade net drain, it said. This is about four times Africa's current external debt and almost equivalent to its current GDP. "The trend is continuing, it could even be increasing," AfDB Chief Economist Mthuli Ncube...
(Cocorioko 05/07/13)
“Comrades, ladies and Gentlemen, this country is better today than we were five years ago and I have you to thank for that. We still have challenges; but the APC is not afraid of challenges. Our party was formed to face challenges. Siaka Stevens faced challenges, but he led the party to victory again and again and again; Ibrahim Otol and Alhaji Muctarr Kallay faced challenges, but they successfully mobilized the people for success again and again and again, Nancy Steele faced challenges, but she mobilized women to march on with the APC again and again and again; T S M’briwa and Fannia faced banishment and intimidation but remained committed to the APC and our supporters faced the challenges of...

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