Monday 23 April 2018
(Cocorioko 07/12/13)
Three senior Bank Officials (Crispin Bishop Deigh-Managing Director of the Sierra Leone Commercial Bank, his Deputy Patrick Conteh, and Chief Tony Chineyere-Vice President of First International Bank), prime suspect, Simeon Kabba Kalu and five others will appear in Court before Magistrate Komba Kamanda of the Freetown Magistrate Court No. 2 after they were sent on remand last Wednesday afternoon on their first appearance. All nine were arraigned on a seven counts of conspiracy to defraud an amount totalling to about USD 6.9 Million including criminal charges relating to the alleged fraud. They are currently remanded at the Central Prisons on Pademba Road in Freetown. Neatly dressed but looking depressed and disgracefully, all nine suspects took the witness stand in a...
(Awareness Times 07/12/13)
President Obama has announced his intent to nominate John Hoover as United States Ambassador to Sierra Leone, a press statement from the White House in Washington D.C. said on Tuesday July 9th 2013. John Hoover, a career diplomat is currently the Director of the Office of Regional and Security Affairs for the Bureau of African Affairs at the U.S. Department of State. Previously, he served as Deputy Chief of Mission in Uganda (2008-2010). Mr. Hoover has served in a number of other diplomatic assignments, including Economic Counselor in Nairobi, Kenya from 2004 to 2008, Political-Economic Chief at the U.S. Consulate in Shanghai, China from 2000 to 2004, and Economic Officer at the American Institute of Taiwan from 1997 to 2000...
(Awoko 07/12/13)
Dr. Brima Kargbo, the man who has held the fort at the National Aids Secretariat (NAS) for the past six years as Director, has now been appointed Chief Medical Officer at the Ministry of Health and Sanitation. Dr. Kargbo was past Tuesday given his letter of appointment from State House as the substantive Administrative Head at the Ministry. He takes up the Ministry of Health and Sanitation job following the arraignment of the former holder on charges of allegedly related to misappropriation of Gavi funds. Prior to this appointment, Dr. Kargbo had spent a total of 12 years at the National Aids Secretariat. The experienced Medical Doctor who hails from Mabontor in the Kholifa Simiria Chiefdom, Tonkolili District, is married...
(Awareness Times 07/12/13)
This month Sierra Rutile launched a Localisation Plan which will, over the next two years, identify the company’s most talented Sierra Leonean employees and begin the process of fast-tracking them into jobs as supervisors, managers and top technicians within our organisation. For Sierra Rutile, it is a major step forward in developing a world-class Sierra Leonean workforce, and particularly significant given that big mining firms, both in Sierra Leone and globally, traditionally make regular use of imported expertise. The need to call upon subject-specialists from abroad at specific stages in the mine’s life-cycle, will most certainly remain a feature of mining in Sierra Leone and in most other countries. For example re-establishing Sierra Rutile’s mining operations after the war necessitated...
(Voice of America 07/12/13)
The secretary general of the opposition Sierra Leone Peoples Party (SLPP) is calling on the government to stop making empty promises and deliver on the ones it made to Sierra Leoneans five years ago. This comes as President Ernest Bai Koroma is set to launch what the government is calling an Agenda for Prosperity on Friday, July 12. According to the vision, which runs from 2013 to 2035, Sierra Leone hopes to become a middle-income country, with 80 percent of its population above the poverty line. The government also foresees the country having a well-educated and healthy population as well as a society where the rule of law is the order of the day. But SLPP secretary general Sulaiman Banja...
(Sierra Express media 07/12/13)
The President of the Supreme Islamic Council, Alhaji Thahai Jalloh is currently being squeezed to account for a whopping sum of $138,000 that is due his late elder brother’s widow and children. Reports gathered by this press state that council’s president was obtaining monies ranging to the tune of $17,000 as house rent for the premises that his late brother Alhaji ‘Main Road’ Jalloh which is situated at 38 Fourah Bay Road, for a period between 2000 to-date. Alhaji Jalloh is said to have been using his title as president of the Supreme Islamic Council and other political connections to frighten the desolate widow and her children and has taken monopoly over his late brother’s property. When this press contacted...
(Voice of America 07/12/13)
GENEVA, SWITZERLAND — The UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) is calling on African nations to boost their private sectors to advance intra-regional trade. UNCTAD’s new report on the Economic Development in Africa 2013 says reducing trade barriers alone is not enough to turn regional trade into a winning enterprise. In a newly published report, the UN Conference on Trade and Development says African governments must boost private industry and entrepreneurs if they are to compete successfully with foreign firms unencumbered by trade barriers. The report says Africa has a lot to do to catch up with the world's other intra-regional trading blocs. It notes that trade among African nations was low, just 11.3 percent of total trade in...
(Cocorioko 07/11/13)
The Government of Sierra Leone under the astute and transformative leadership of President Dr Ernest Bai Koroma (GCRSL) will officially launch the Agenda for Prosperity on Friday morning at the Miatta Conference Centre, Youyi Building, Brookfields, Freetown. Sierra Leone’s Vision for 2013 to 2035 is to become a middle-income country. It would be an inclusive, green country, with 80% of the population above the poverty line. It would have gender equality, a well-educated, healthy population, good governance and rule of law, well-developed infrastructure, macroeconomic stability, with private-sector, export-led growth generating wide employment opportunities; there would be good environmental protection, and responsible natural resource exploitation. After generally satisfactory experience with the Agenda for Change (AfC), 2008-2012, Sierra Leone is now embarking...
(Cocorioko 07/11/13)
Sierra Leone’s envoy to the People’s Republic of China, His Excellency Victor Bockarie Foh has spoken highly of how the government of President Ernest Bai Koroma gives premium to the aspect of information and communication, saying, “Communication is ranked high on President Koroma’s agenda” He made these remarks on Tuesday, 9th July 2013 during a visit to the Headquarters of Star (StarTimes) Communication Network Technology, at Crossroads of Jinghai, Beijing Economic Technology Development Area, Beijing. His visit came at the invitation of the Vice President of StarTimes Group, Charles Liu. According to Ambassador Foh, Sierra Leone is in a changing world and with china being the future of the world, there is the need for “us to deepen our link...
(Cocorioko 07/11/13)
Deputy Minister of Information and Communications (IMC) Mr. Theo Nicol has said that come June 17th 2015 Sierra Leone will join other ECOWAS Countries switching over to digital technology system respectively. The conference on Ecowas Digital Switchover Forum and 1st Ecowas Meeting Towards W.R.C 15 took place in Abuja, Nigeria from the 1st-5th July, 2015 represented by ICT experts and senior government officials from all Ecowas countries except Liberia which was not represented.However, Cameroon was also present at the conference as observers because they are a member state of ECOWAS even thou they are from Central Africa. The Meeting was chaired by Mr. Festus Usufu Y. Daudo representing the Hon. Minister of Communications and Technology of Nigeria, thusattended by various...
(Cocorioko 07/11/13)
Sierra Leone’s Minority Whip in Parliament has said in London that there have been remarkable changes changes I’m Sierra Leone over the past few years. At the House Of Commons in London, Hon. Sidie M Tunis said the country is peaceful, democratic and stable, upholding the tenets and practice of good governance. Tunis, who was among ten other Members of Parliament including Minority Leader Bernadette Lahai, the Clerk of Parliament Hon. Ibrahim Sesay, invited by the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association UK Branch, was speaking on the topic: “Good governance bad politics – combating corruption in the extractive industries.” He said specific steps have been taken by the Government of Sierra Leone which have cleared the numerous barriers that used to prevent...
(Cocorioko 07/11/13)
As Sierra Leone continues to struggle to meet its massive healthcare demands, there is an organization that is making a huge difference in the lives of ordinary Sierra Leoneans. That organization is Action Africa, a Non-Governmental Organization based in Washington, DC in the United States. Last year, the NGO shipped a forty-foot container laden with targeted medical and hospital supplies and equipment valued at more than half a million dollars to the Magburaka Government Hospital. Action Africa also provided microcredit to some business women in rural Sierra Leone who are now running their businesses with the help they got. Ongoing financial support is also given to enable destitute children to remain in school. The organization is currently working with the...
(Cocorioko 07/11/13)
As the debate over whether to repeal or invoke Sierra Leone’s Public Order Act of 1965 intensifies, two journalists Kashope Holland-Cole, managing editor and Ibrahim Samura, editor of the Prime Time newspaper have respectively offered a public apology and retracted false and malicious defamatory articles they published against Attorney Adekunle King . The retraction and public apology is part of an agreement mediated by the president of Sierra Leone Association of Journalists (SLAJ) Mr. Kelvin Lewis and his executive for Attorney King to drop pending criminal charges and civil lawsuit against Prime Times newspaper, Mr. Cole and Mr. Samura. Attorney King, a senior legal adviser of the National Petroleum Directorate in Freetown said apart from the retraction and public apology,...
(Voice of America 07/11/13)
LONDON — Malta has been forced to cancel the forced return of dozens of Somali migrants to Libya, after an emergency ruling by the European Court of Human Rights. The EU has criticized the attempted repatriation, but Malta has accused its European partners of a lack of solidarity. It comes after the Pope visited an Italian island earlier this week that's received thousands of migrants. Tired, hungry and dehydrated, 68 migrants who'd set sail from Libya were rescued by Maltese patrol boats Wednesday 50 kilometers off the coastline, after their vessel lost power. It's the second migrant boat to arrive in as many days. Maltese authorities had intended to send two planes back to Libya carrying 45 Somali migrants who...
(Ventures-Africa 07/11/13)
VENTURES AFRICA – African business leader and philanthropist Tony O. Elumelu joins President Goodluck Jonathan as part of a high powered delegation accompanying the Nigerian leader on a state visit to China from 11 to 12 July 2013. The visit, which will include a meeting with China’s President Xi Jinping, will have Mr Elumelu and other business leaders, including Folorunso Alakija, Femi Otedola and Oba Otudeko, representing Nigeria’s business interests, thus emphasising President Jonathan’s commitment to leveraging the private sector to drive both development and trade and investment links between China and Africa. Speaking at the investment forum, which attracted over 700 potential investors, their Nigerian counterparts and several governors as well as the Ministers for Trade and Investment, Aviation...
(Awoko 07/10/13)
Secretary to Cabinet, Ernest Surrur has disclosed that the Freedom of Information Bill currently in Parliament will not be passed into an Act at least for now, because of what he said is “the poor records management within Government’s Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs). He made this statement over the weekend while chairing a sensitization forum organized by the Public Sector Reform Secretariat for civil servants at the Miatta Conference hall in Freetown. He said government needs to put in place “a proper mechanism” that will ensure proper records management to include filing and storage. “This is important because once the Act is passed MDAs would be held to account for information that are considered of public interest,” Mr. Surrur...
(Awoko 07/10/13)
The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Ambitel, John Weir has stated that Sierra Leone’s mobile telecommunications service is very poor due to the poor technology adopted by mobile companies in operating in the country. He said his new mobile company will fill that gap when it starts operating.“We intend to venture into the mobile GSM telecommunication business as a way of improving the current appalling state of GSM service in the country, to ensure quality service for the people,” the Ambitel CEO stated. He made this assertion in his maiden Press Conference last week at Shangri-La in the West End of Freetown. John Weir said that at the moment, he has invested up to USD 18,000,000.00 and has developed further...
(Awoko 07/10/13)
Magistrate Komba Kamanda yesterday adjourned the matter of alleged conspiracy to defraud the state of the sum of Le 392,238,864 (three hundred and ninety-two million, two hundred and thirty-eight thousand, eight hundred and sixty-four Leones) by Solomon Michael Hindolo Katta, Mohamed Turay (3rdaccused) and Emmanuel Sesay. These accused are among those that should appear in the High court today on an indictment by the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC). Lawyer Anthony Briwah representing the accused disclosed that he had been served with a copy of the indictment including the names of the three accused persons who should appear in the High Court today to answer to their charges by the ACC, and the Principal State Counsel Gerald J. Soyei, stated that they...
(Sierra Express media 07/10/13)
Using the media to settle personal scores is one of the vices that has dragged Sierra Leone journalism to the gutter. Many vindictive journalists and editors have acculturated the unpleasant habit of misusing their newspapers to maliciously attack their perceived opponents through the fabrication of transparent lies aimed at tarnishing the hard won reputation of their suspected antagonists. (Photo: l-r Momoh Konteh in a recent interview with SLBC). The altercation that transpired between Momoh Konte and the Managing Editor of the Independent Observer, Jonathan Leigh, on Friday, July 5th, at State House yard, is no secret as it happened in full view of senior journalists who were just from a press briefing where the president gave an update on his...
(Cocorioko 07/10/13)
Just when you want to think that Transparency International should be taken seriously after previous flawed studies and polls , then this . How can a whole organization that wants to be looked at as credible base their conclusions on the number of people who said they paid a bribe to a public body in the last year ? How many times must it be drummed home to these organizations that in these guided polls, people often lie, exaggerate or even deliberately misinform , depending on their state of mind at the time ? While it is an undeniable fact that there is corruption in Sierra Leone, like other countries, the method of arriving at their conclusion that corruption is...

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