Tuesday 19 September 2017
(Awoko 06/14/13)
Sierra Leone’s Ambassador to Russia John Sahr Yambasu, has confirmed that a fisheries agreement will be signed between Sierra Leone and Russia in Moscow in June/July 2013. At the meeting, Ambassador Yambasu said that the fisheries agreement will be made in an effort to strengthen friendly relations and cooperation between the two nations. He also pointed out that the agreement is meant to provide vast opportunities for the exchange of information regarding the development of Sierra Leone’s fisheries sector. Ambassador Yambasu said that the agreement will also focus on the development of aquaculture, wherein fishing industry personnel will be trained and educated and experts will share technical experience.
(Awareness Times 06/14/13)
Key Ministers and Deputy Ministers appointed from the South/East of Sierra Leone to serve in the Cabinet of His Excellency President Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma have issued stringent warning against failed politicians and journalists operating from the opposition Sierra Leone People’s Party (SLPP) to stop playing “cheap politics by orchestrating tribal hate between President Koroma, the APC Government and decent people of the South/East. The ministers were on Wednesday 12th June 2013 responding to recent publications in some pro-SLPP newspapers depicting President Koroma and his government as tribalists who hate the Mendes and South/Easterners and do not want them included in government and positions of trust. The ministers who of their own volition, variously contacted Awareness Times, debunked the allegations...
(Awoko 06/14/13)
The National Women’s Leader of the Sierra Leone Peoples’ Party (SLPP) Isata Jabbie Kabbah has appealed to the Political Parties Registration Commission (PPRC) to intervene immediately in the act of violence that had besieged the party of late. Speaking during a meeting with Justice Tolla Thompson yesterday attending by the Chairman and Leader of the Sierra Leone Peoples Party (SLPP) John O. Benjamin where issues relating to violence during the on-going party mini convention. She emphasised that “these acts of violence are not part of the SLPP they know,” stressing on that “in the party office, youth are in possession of offensive weapons which endanger their lives”. She further charged the Police to do more and to speedily bring the...
(Awoko 06/14/13)
SCBankStandard Chartered Bank has made the biggest Profits Before Tax (PBT) for 2012 topping the other 12 commercial banks operating in the country. The Lightfoot Boston street headquartered Commercial bank chalked up a massive profit of 19 billion Leones (Le19,296,868,000) topping its nearest rival the Sierra Leone Commercial bank by 635 million Leones (Le635,712,000). The top three commercial banks, ranked according to their PBT (Standard Chartered Bank (SCB), Sierra Leone Commercial Bank (SLCB) and Guaranty Trust Bank (GTBank) all recorded double figure PBT in billions, while the 10 other Commercial Banks posted single figure billions of Leones. SCB topped with Le19.2 billion followed by Sierra Leone Commercial Bank with Le18.6 billion and GTBank with Le15.6 billion profit before tax. The...
(Awoko 06/14/13)
JP Anderson, Ltd., subsidiary to Sloud, Inc. has announced it would be launching a new media and radio portal in Sierra Leone named The Investor Center which is expected to be launched in August 5, 2013 according to Market Watch Reports It is the intent of The Investor Center (TIC), to become the ultimate media destination promoting business, investment and trade opportunities in Sierra Leone. The radio program will interview Financial Experts, Government Ministers and Officials, Presidents of companies and others to assist in promoting the growing and vibrant economy of Sierra Leone. The show will be broadcast locally and globally via the Internet and re-broadcast in markets all over the World via our media relationships. In addition, the web...
(The Patriotic Vanguard 06/14/13)
Since independence to about 10 or 15 years ago, all that is needed to succeed as a politician or political appointee in most African countries, if not all, is to be loyal to the leader, carefully avoiding stepping on his toes and never, never, criticizing him, both in public and in private. You have to obey all orders without question. In Sierra Leone, we saw such loyalty in the late Sorie Ibrahim Koroma, the political maverick from Port Loko who served what is now known as the Old APC and its leader Dr. Siaka Stevens (commonly known as Pa Sheki) with scintillating diligence unknown and unequalled in the political history of the country. S.I.Koroma (commonly known as Agba Satani) was...
(Awareness Times 06/14/13)
Top All People’s Congress (APC) stalwarts including the Special Adviser to His Excellency the President, Hon. Alhaji Ibrahim Ben Kargbo, Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Hon. Chernor Maju Bah and the newly appointed Minister of Transport and Aviation, Leonard Balogun Koroma among other senior state functionaries, on Tuesday 11th June 2013 paid last respect to late Police Constable 2613 Alie Fayandi Koroma at the Masjid Muthahireen Mosque on Battery Street, Kingtom in Freetown. The deceased was shot and killed by another police officer, Christopher S. Koroma, at Aberdeen recently.Both officers were attached to the Operations Support Department (OSD) of the Sierra Leone Police. After a memorial prayer at the Mosque on Tuesday, the mortal remains of the late man was conveyed...
(Voice of America 06/14/13)
Analysts say numerous factors have made West Africa an attractive target for Hezbollah, a Shi'ite extremist group founded in Lebanon. The presence of the extremist group in the region came into the spotlight this week after the United States announced it was imposing sanctions on four Lebanese citizens accused of aiding Hezbollah in its efforts to expand in West Africa. The U.S. considers Hezbollah a terrorist organization. The U.S. Treasury Department said Tuesday that the four men helped Hezbollah broaden its reach in Sierra Leone, Senegal, the Ivory Coast and Gambia. Richard Downie, Deputy Director of the Africa Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, says weak government policies in these countries work to Hezbollah's advantage. "This is...
(Voice of America 06/14/13)
As the rainy season begins in West and Central Africa, meteorological experts are warning of above average rainfall, flash floods and overflowing rivers in the western Sahel. Aid agencies say that early preparation is key to reducing the risks associated with such natural disasters, as well as building up people’s resilience to deal with the aftermath. Experts from the African Center of Meteorological Applications for Development (ACMAD) say that rainfall in West and Central Africa could exceed 130 percent of normal precipitation this year. The chief of ACMAD’s Department of Climate and Environment, Andrea Kamga, said the monsoon rains are likely to begin close to the normal onset period - which is late June to early July in the western...
(Voice of America 06/14/13)
Sierra Leone President Ernest Bai Koroma’s government has drawn up a 30-year plan to transform the country from a fragile low income state into a middle income nation. “As a way of doing that, we have developed what we now call our agenda for prosperity, which is a five-year cascading plan that will lead into an eventual 30-year posterity plan,” said Richard Konteh, the president’s chief of staff. “We are setting up a transformational development plan that will ensure that the returns from our natural resources are not overspent, but to reserve some for posterity, and that we will be able to invest to take care of the people going forward.” The prosperity plan, Konteh says, consists of eight main...
(The Patriotic Vanguard 06/13/13)
President Dr Ernest Bai Koroma has concluded a day-long tour of the Magbass Sugar Company in Tonkolili District and ADDAX Bioenergy a few miles off Makeni, Bombali District over the weekend. The tour started at Magbass, seven miles off Magburaka. During the meeting held shortly after the president toured hundreds of acres of sugar plantation as well as the operations and machinery of the Chinese-owned company, President Koroma noted that Magbass was part and parcel of the agricultural commercialization efforts of government even though the company was a private sector venture. He also said that the project has added value to sugar production in the country. The Chief Executive urged the company to do more in increasing its yield and...
(Sierra Express media 06/13/13)
Massive illicit sand mining is reported to be going on in Tisana and Mobureh in the Kargboro Chiefdom, Moyamba District and a Chinese Company called the West Africa Zircom Mining Company is said to be clandestinely supporting the illegitimate miners and buying the Zircom sand illegally and covertly. Our sources revealed that the illicit miners have undermined and frustrated the operations of a licensed artisanal sand mining company that stated mining in those areas in May last year. Our reports revealed that the Chinese-sponsored illegal miners are engaged in a very dangerous mining on the coast with little or no regard for the environmental hazard their illicit mining is causing. We have gathered that the illicit miners are extracting thousands...
(Sierra Express media 06/13/13)
As activities of the ongoing operation Waste Management, Improved road access and Decongestion (WID) intensifies in the Freetown Municipality, Traders at Goderich Street/Eastern Police axis on Saturday 8th June 2013 battled with traders of the Bombay street market. It all happened when Freetown City Council personnel led by Councilor in charge of Municipal Traders Mrs. Hajaratu Samura tried to negotiate with the Bombay Street traders to allow traders from the Goderich Street/Eastern Police axis who suffered recently from operation WID to join them in trading their wares. Speaking to this reporter, Section Chief and Chairlady of the Goderich Street/Eastern Police traders Madam Ya Alimamy Kosto said that they were taken by surprise as City Council never informed them of the...
(Awareness Times 06/13/13)
The recent demolition of structures along the main streets of Kenema brings to the fore the problems between Central Government Ministries and Local Councils. The Mayor of Kenema City Council, J.S.Keifala summed it all well when he challenged the demolition exercise engendered by the Minister of Lands, Country Planning and the Environment, Musa Tarawalli ( Standard Times May 23, 2013- Kenema District Council challenges illegal land demolition): “We are embarrassed............Councils are the highest political entities in the regions and as such there is every need for any Ministry intending to carry out any action whether legal or illegal to inform and involve the councils.” This is symptomatic of the quagmire created by a half hearted decentralisation process in which Ministries...
(Awoko 06/13/13)
The planned Friday, 14th June 2013 election for Halls Presidents and President of the Student Union at Fourah Bay College will likely not hold if the rude and riotous behaviour of students yesterday is anything to go by. Students from the two main cultic camps, the White and Black rudely obstructed a planned manifesto declaration between candidates of the two camps by pelting stones, bottles and other unprintable materials at each other at the precincts of the Amphi theatre. The Warden of Students, Rev. Canon T.G.B. Buck, who was caught in the missiles cross-fire, said the election will be suspended pending “good behavior” by the entire student body relating to the election. Speaking to Awoko, Rev. Buck said he will...
(Awoko 06/13/13)
As a way of developing the educational sector of this country, the Ministry of Education in line with the World Bank, UNICEF and the Sierra Leone National Early Child Education Coordinating Committee (SLNECD) yesterday discussed the issues of early child care education (ECCE) in the country. The objective of the meeting is to discuss the current status of the ECCE in Sierra Leone, share experiences of other countries and explore options to increase coverage levels and improve quality. The programme was attended by heads of private and government preschools, representatives from the Ministry of Education, UNICEF, World Bank, representative from the National Pre-school Association among others. The proposed draft agenda of the meeting focused on the broader context of Early...
(Voice of America 06/13/13)
A team of officials from the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) is in Mali to assess the security and political situation in the approach to the country’s July 28 presidential election. Sonny Ugoh, the ECOWAS communications director, said the fact finding mission is part of the regional bloc’s plans to restore constitutional rule in Mali and maintain its territorial integrity. “This is consistent with the requirement of our protocol on democracy and good governance…,” Ugoh said. His comments came after Burkinabe’s foreign minister, Djibril Bassole, said the Malian government and ethnic Tuareg rebels had agreed “in principle” on a deal that would allow elections to take place next month and the army to return to the rebel-held city...
(Awoko 06/12/13)
In response to what he termed as “baseless and unfounded allegations” published in a local tabloid, the Executive Secretary of the Sierra Leone Chamber of Agribusiness Development (SLeCAD), Ahmed Nanoh, has denied that his organization received $7,000,000 from the Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO). Nanoh claimed that the unfounded claims is an effort to smear not only his image but government’s enthusiasm to promote agriculture for economic development, and that the newspaper should either do an immediate retraction of the article published on Thursday, 6th June 2013, or face court action. Flanked by the National Co-ordinator of the Small Holder Commercialization Project (SCP), Prince Kamara, and other top officials of the SLeCAD project, Nanoh stated that the newspaper “put up...
(Awoko 06/12/13)
The United States imposed sanctions on four Lebanese citizens on Tuesday, accusing them of fundraising and recruiting for the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah in West Africa. The U.S. Treasury Department said the four men were sanctioned for effectively acting as “ambassadors” for Hezbollah, which Washington considers a terrorist group. They were acting in Sierra Leone, Senegal, Cote d’Ivoire and the Gambia, it said. The US Treasury named the four as: Ali Ibrahim al-Watfa, Abbas Loutfe Fawaz, Ali Ahmad Chehade, and Hicham Nmer Khanafer The sanctions mean the men are effectively cut off from the U.S. financial system and any dealings with U.S. citizens. The move is part of a multi-year probe that has exposed what the U.S. government says are...
(Awareness Times 06/12/13)
The Government of Sierra Leone, through the Sierra Leone Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (SLEITI) has taken action to ensure compliance by local government institutions and mining exploration companies. According to the State House Chief of Staff, Dr. Richard Konteh, checks and balances have been put in place to prevent the re occurrence of non-compliance approaches, which resulted in the suspension with active involvement of the Auditor General. Speaking at the EITI global conference held in Sydney Australia, with the theme; “Beyond Transparency”, Dr. Konteh who is also the SLEITI Champion, disclosed that defaulter institutions have now compiled their reports, and others punished accordingly. He said most of the exploration companies whose payment details were available on the government of Sierra...

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