Tuesday 27 June 2017
(Awareness Times 05/30/13)
The Public Accounts Committee in Parliament has exposed huge financial malpractices in the use of government resources and revenue at the Bo School and some other secondary schools in the Bo district. The Committee which comprises of 11 Members of Parliament drawn from both the ruling All People’s Congress Party and the opposition Sierra Leon People’s Party, was ably assisted by technocrats from Audit Service Sierra Leone to look into some of the outstanding issues raised in 2010 Auditor General’s report. Areas such as poor records keeping, non compliance of financial procedures, misuse of funds and the non submission of relevant financial documents for further verification were looked into. During the committee hearings on Monday 27th May this year, the...
(Cocorioko 05/30/13)
Sierra Leone has been on the threshold of a new era since President Ernest Bai Koroma came to power in 2007 via democratic elections. Cognisant of the fact that the country has vast potentials for socio-economic and political development , President Koroma purposed in his mind that he will utilize the country’s resources and foreign participation in national development to create a new Sierra Leone. President Koroma launched the ambitious Agenda For Change program, which has become a huge blessing to the country . According to President Koroma , ”The Agenda For Change reflects our people’s belief that the government they elected in a free and fair election will work in partnership with them to improve their social and economic...
(Awareness Times 05/30/13)
Virginia Seitz, Senior Director Social and Gender Analysis at the Millennium Challenge Corporation, USA (MCC) today met with a cross section of civil society and international NGO representatives at the Millennium Challenge Coordinating Unit for Sierra Leone (MCCU) offices in Freetown to discuss the on-going process of Sierra Leone’s compact development including the high priority placed by the MCC on social and gender issues and their potential impact on beneficiary profiles for potential compact driven projects in Sierra Leone. In what was her penultimate meeting in Sierra Leone before departing for the United States, Ms Seitz described the MCC’s formation as a Corporation established by the US Congress to develop “treaty obligations” with Governments to invest on programs that address...
( 05/30/13)
Africa has witnessed remarkable growth over the past decade but must invest heavily in infrastructure to continue on this path, leaders from the continent said. The economies of countries in sub-Saharan Africa grew annually by nearly 5% in the previous 10 years, the African Development Bank said at the five-day meeting being held in the Moroccan city of Marrakesh. But that "may not benefit a wider section of the population... unless there is a marked improvement in infrastructure," it said. Ibrahim Bocar Ba, commissioner for the Economic Community of West African States, said it was a key concern for the regional bloc. "We have five priorities at ECOWAS. The first is peace of course. But infrastructure comes straight after that"...
(Cocorioko 05/29/13)
Saudi Arabia’s Minister of Pilgrimage, Dr. Bandar bin Mohammed Hajjar yesterday received Sierra Leone’s Minister of Social Welfare Gender and Children’s Affairs, Honourable Moijueh Kaikai and team at the Hajj Ministry in down town Jeddah. The minister was accompanied by a team comprising of Alhaji M.S Kargbo, Special Assistant to His Excellency the President on Political Affairs who also doubles as a senior member of the National Hajj Coordinating Committee and Dr. Ahmed Ramadan Jalloh, one of the senior Muslim scholars representing the Muslim community in Sierra Leone. elcoming the Sierra Leone delegation, the Saudi Minister praised President Koroma for sending Minister Kaikai to Saudi Arabia for this year’s Hajj arrangements. He says that shows the importance the President attaches...
(Awareness Times 05/29/13)
Sierra Leone’s Deputy Education, Science and Technology Minister, Mamoud Tarawalie has told International Partners on education in Brussels that, “funding Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) to carry-out implementation on behalf of government can never be fully successful, because a significant percentage of the funds meant for the beneficiaries will be used up as ‘management and supervision’ fees”. Hon. Tarawalie, speaking as a Panelist at the European Union High Level Conference on Education and Development in Brussels, May 23rd emphasized that the government, having staff with the required competence and capacity makes implementation through an NGO unnecessary and a waste of resources. “Individuals with the necessary capacity can only be obtained if offered salaries and conditions of service that can compete with those...
(Cocorioko 05/29/13)
Thursday May 23rd 2013 was not a pleasant day for the Minister of Trade and Industry, Alhaji Usman Boie Kamara (in photo). Reports say he was about to board a flight to Vienna, Austria, when he was informed that traders, especially those along the Goderich Street and Kissy Road axis had gone berserk following their eviction by the Freetown City Council. Of course, it is now clear to everyone in this country that street trade has become a political game plan orchestrated by politicians of every shade and colour to consciously exploit the vulnerability of the traders to their own political advantage. In the process, these politicians never take into account the attendant consequences of traders congesting the streets with...
(Awareness Times 05/29/13)
The Special Executive Assistant (SEA) to the President has admonished the Paramount Chiefs and youths of Bonthe district especially inside Jong Chiefdom, to refrain from any attempt to set up a private security unit outside the ambit of the Sierra Leone Police as this would be against the Sierra Leone Constitution. Dr. Sylvia Olayinka Blyden was speaking during a government delegation’s visit to Mattru Jong on Saturday May 25th 2013 which followed recent widespread reports of cannibalism and ritual murder incidents in the Bonthe district. These allegations had led to serious misunderstandings between the Paramount Chief, Traditional Authorities, Bondo Women, Bike Riders, Police officers and various youth groupings. It deteriorated into violence erupting on Friday May 24th 2013 leading to...
(Awareness Times 05/28/13)
London Mining Company (LMC) is currently investing millions of United States Dollars into Sierra Leone to boost the country’s economy through its iron ore mining. The idea is to complement government’s Agenda for Prosperity. On Thursday 23rd May 2013, a large cargo Transporter, Willenstand, brought into the country a floating crane worth millions of United States Dollars, to help the company in its mining operations in the country. Taking journalists on a conducted tour of the company’s operations, on Saturday 25th May 2013, the Head of Media Relations and Communication, London Mining Company, Mr. Osman Lahai said the floating crane will upgrade their marine logistics to load ships at faster rate. He revealed that they already had a crane called...
(Gaystarnews 05/28/13)
George Reginald Freeman, a Sierra Leone LGBT activist narrowly escaped a murder attempt after a local tabloid outed him, which he blames for inciting violence. A Sierra Leonean gay rights activist narrowly escaped death when two unidentified assailants attacked him in his car. George Reginald Freeman, executive director of Pride Equality, had his car destroyed as he was being beaten by two men on a motorbike who intercepted him while driving in an isolated suburb of the capital, Freetown, late last week. The incident happened on the same day a local tabloid, Exclusive Newspaper, ran a feature on Freeman, entitled, ‘I was born a gay’, the first time local media ran a story about an openly gay person. The article...
(Africa Review 05/28/13)
A Sierra Leonean teenage innovator who created batteries out of rubbish cans and a generator to power an FM radio station has signed a lucrative deal which is sure to keep his innovative dreams alive. With $100,000 funding by Canadian internet services provider, Sierra WIFI, Kelvin Doe has been tasked to deploy solar panels in 400 sites of the company across the country. The contract with the 16-year-old school boy inventor was penned on Thursday in the presence of his parents. The money is supposed to cover the cost for hardware and design, as well as the implementation of the installation which is expected to go in five phases. In addition, young Kelvin Doe is getting a brand new laboratory...
(Sierra Express media 05/27/13)
The Head of the Chinese Agricultural Technical Team, Mr. Li Hua An has on behalf of the Chinese Government presented a huge consignment of hybrid planting materials and fertilizer to the Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Food Security, Dr. Sam Sesay at the China Farm compound in the city of Bo The agricultural inputs, Mr. An said, included 135 bushels of rice, 1,100 bags of fertilizers and 32 bags of hybrid corn. The Chinese envoy added that the essence of the support was not only to maximize sorghum production in the country but to back up government’s robust measures in achieving the agenda for prosperity through the provision of technical assistance in the cultivation of corn in and around the...
(Awareness Times 05/27/13)
A Team of experts from the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) in the United States of America arrived in Freetown earlier this week to hold a series of meetings with the Millennium Challenge Coordinating Unit (MCCU) in Sierra Leone. The team is expected to review the progress of the MCCU in Sierra Leone as it undertakes the constraints Analysis process, a major component of the on-going Compact development process between the Government of Sierra Lone and the MCC of the United States of America. They are here to engage In a range of meetings to outline specific areas of focus by the MCC including identifying key areas of focus such as social considerations and gender mainstreaming in the design of the...
(Awareness Times 05/27/13)
London Mining Company (LMC) is currently investing millions of United States Dollars into Sierra Leone to boost the country’s economy through its iron ore mining. The idea is to complement government’s Agenda for Prosperity. On Thursday 23rd May 2013, a large cargo Transporter, Willenstand, brought into the country a floating crane worth millions of United States Dollars, to help the company in its mining operations in the country. Taking journalists on a conducted tour of the company’s operations, on Saturday 25th May 2013, the Head of Media Relations and Communication, London Mining Company, Mr. Osman Lahai said the floating crane will upgrade their marine logistics to load ships at faster rate. He revealed that they already had a crane called...
(Reuters (Eng) 05/27/13)
JOHANNESBURG/MOGADISHU (Reuters) - A website created for Africa's proposed continental defence force proclaims a lofty mission "to support and keep peace for Africa's prosperity and a better life for all in the world". But click on current operations on the African Standby Force site ( www.africa-union.org/root/au/auc/departments/psc/AMISCE/AMISCE . htm) and the response is a dispiriting "page cannot be found". The force dreamed of half a century ago by the founding fathers of independent Africa still exists only on paper, casting a shadow over the back-slapping at this weekend's African Union (AU) summit, which is marking 50 years since the foundation of its precursor, the Organisation of African Unity (OAU). Instead of a muscular rapid-response force to halt genocide, protect civilians in...
(Sierra Express media 05/27/13)
Traders along Kissy Road and Goderich Streets on Thursday 24th May 2013 protested against their forceful eviction from their trading sites by the Freetown City Council (FCC). During their protest along the major streets of Freetown, the traders insisted that they will not listen to any lesser person but the Minister of Trade and Industry, or President Ernest Bai Koroma. Speaking on behalf of the traders, an executive member, Saidu Sesay called on them to exercise restraint till the arrival of the minister as they were optimistic that the intervention of the minister will spell victory for them. The angry traders later moved to the Youyi Building to complain to the trade minister. Speaking to the minister, the traders expressed...
(Sierra Express media 05/27/13)
Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Hon. Dr. Samura Mathew Wilson Kamara today (24th May 2013) took a conducted tour to assess the progress in the work at the Sierra Leone Embassy project site in Addis Ababa. The Embassy Chancery building under construction His Excellency President Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma on 26th January 2013 officially commissioned and turned the sod for the construction of the Chancery building when he was here attending the 20th African Union Heads of State Summit. The complex consists of a Presidential VIP Suite, the Chancery and the Ambassador’s residence. The building is situated in Bole at the commercial business district in Addis Ababa. Dr. Samura Kamara was received at the site by the General...
(Africa Review 05/25/13)
A Sierra Leonean gay rights activist narrowly escaped death on Wednesday when two unidentified assailants attacked him in his car. George Reginald Freeman, executive director of Pride Equality, had his car destroyed as he was being beaten by two men on a motor bike who intercepted him while driving in an isolated suburb of the capital, Freetown. The incident happened on the same day a local tabloid, Exclusive Newspaper, exposed his sexual orientation. The tabloid headline, ‘I was born a gay’, was a hot topic of the day as it was the first time a local newspaper featured a gay activist speaking out openly about his sexual orientation. But Mr Freeman denied speaking to the paper which he blamed for...
(The Associated Press 05/25/13)
Dozens of African leaders met in the Ethiopian capital Saturday to mark 50 years since the founding of the African Union, a continentwide organization that helped liberate Africa from colonial masters and which now is trying to stay relevant on a continent regularly troubled by conflict. Opening the summit that was attended by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and other foreign dignitaries, Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn said the AU's original pan-Africanist aspirations remain relevant for a continent where many states are still struggling to overcome rampant poverty and violence. "This historic day marks not only a great leap forward in the Pan-Africanist quest for freedom, independence and unity but also the beginning of our collective endeavor for the...
(Awoko 05/24/13)
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of the Government of Sierra Leone and the Government of Japan yesterday signed the Exchange of Note and Grant Agreement of $13,970,000 towards the project for the urgent improvement of power distribution system in Freetown. The Exchange of note was signed by the Japanese Ambassador to Sierra Leone Mr. Naoto Nikai on behalf of the government of Japan and the Grant Agreement was signed by the Resident Representative of JICA Ghana Office Mr. JiroInamura in respect of the same project. According to the agreement a 33Kva transmission line will be extended from Wilberforce Primary Substation to Goderich Primary Station, which will be newly constructed through this project and an 11Kva distribution line...

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