Monday 19 February 2018
(Awoko 06/27/13)
The result of the Sierra Leone Integrated Household Surveys conducted by Statistic Sierra Leone has indicated that poverty trends in the country have reduced from 6.4% to 52.9%. This revelation was made on Wednesday, 26th July 2013 at a presentation of the Second Phase of the Sierra Leone Integrated Household Surveys in the Conference Room of the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development in Freetown. According to the National Coordinator for the Sierra Leone Integrated Household Surveys (SLIHS), Gina Jusu Gobeh, the survey focused on the period 2003 to 2011 and the sampling frame was based on the 2004 Population Census in Sierra Leone. Gobeh added that ten households were selected within the clusters in the country, and the enumerators...
(Awareness Times 06/27/13)
Personnel of the Republic of Sierra Leone Armed Forces (RSLAF) are excelling in international peace keeping missions, if updates from the Ministry of Defence are anything to go by. The Defence Ministry disclosed yesterday evening that the Sierra Leone Peace Keeping Troops deployed in the Somalia City of Tabda, on Sunday 23rd June 2013 captured two Al-Shabab fighters, following a deadly assault on the Sierra Leone troop the previous day, Saturday 22nd June 2013. The troops halted the Saturday assault and the attacking force retreated with casualties. Commander-in-Chief of the RSLAF, Dr Ernest Bai-Koroma inspecting the Sierra Leone contingent parade during a farewell ceremony at Hastings in March. Prior to the Saturday attack, RSLAF troops deployed at Dobley repelled an...
(Sierra Express media 06/27/13)
His Excellency Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma is currently serving as a source of inspiration for Sierra Leoneans residing in China, with his presence and reassuring messages to them. While addressing the Sierra Leoneans, including students, on Tuesday 25th June 2013 at the Sierra Leone Embassy in China, the President reiterated that a good number of Sierra Leoneans contributed immensely either directly or indirectly to his re-election bid last year. According to President Koroma, the government will soon launch the ‘Agenda for Prosperity’, and as such was expecting every Sierra Leonean in and out of the country to seize the moment and opportunities offered by the agenda. Speaking on concerns of students studying in China, including the harmonization of list of...
(Cocorioko 06/27/13)
One thing that makes President Ernest Bai Koroma uniquely different from most of the past leaders of the nation is that he does not stop at anything to position Sierra Leone for sustainable socio-economic and political renaissance. Not the complacent leader who would rest on his oars, President Koroma continues to traverse the globe to continue to rebrand the country at home and abroad to create the stimulus and impetus for continued national development. President Koroma’s two-prong global approach is not only to strengthen the relations between Sierra Leone and her traditional partners-in -progress and stakeholders but to plough new furrows in the international arena to open Sierra Leone up to more international exposure, trade, commerce and investment. A confident...
(Cocorioko 06/27/13)
The President of the People’s Republic of China, Xi Jinping has said that President Dr Ernest Bai Koroma is the first Head of State from West Africa to be hosted at the Great Hall of the People since he became president of China early this year. He made this statement on Wednesday, 26th June at the Great Hall of the People on the occasion of the bilateral talks held between the two countries. “Whenever I am with African friends, I feel particularly happy and at ease. During my trip to Africa in March this year I could feel the warmth of the African people everywhere I went. So I do hope that this time you come to China you can...
(AFP (eng) 06/27/13)
JOHANNESBURG, June 27, 2013 (AFP) - Nelson Mandela is on life support in hospital, a family elder said, as South Africa's president cancelled a trip abroad following a visit to the revered anti-apartheid hero's bedside. "Yes, he is using machines to breathe," Napilisi Mandela told AFP late on Wednesday after he saw the 94-year-old in the Pretoria hospital where he has been treated for a recurrent lung infection for nearly three weeks. "It is bad, but what can we do," added the elder who usually presides over family rituals and meetings. President Jacob Zuma late Wednesday abruptly cancelled a trip to neighbouring Mozambique after he visited Mandela, who has been in critical condition for several days. It is the first...
(Sierra Express media 06/26/13)
Sierra Leone has been granted more than $5 million towards its vaccination programme, the government said Friday, just months after the aid was frozen when $1 million in donations went missing. The Geneva-based Global Alliance for Vaccine Immunization (GAVI) approved the $5.4 million grant after being satisfied that the impoverished West African nation was cracking down on corruption, the health ministry said. Health Minister Miatta Kargbo said his department had “turned a new page in its relationship with GAVI”. “We requested $3.7 million to implement the programme but based on the reforms we have undertaken, our partners decided to increase it to $5.4 million. “The ministry will continue to redefine itself on the basis of transparency, accountability and good governance.”...
(Sierra Express media 06/26/13)
The Sierra Leone peacekeeping troops deployed in the Somalia city of Tabda, on Sunday 23rd June, 2013 captured two Al-Shabab fighters during a patrol within their vicinity. On Friday, 21st June, 2013, the Sierra Leone troops deployed at Dobley repelled an ambush along their main supply route to Tabda. No casualty was reported on the side of the troops. On the following day, on Saturday, 22nd June, 2013, a few remnants of A-Shabab attacked the troops at Tabda. The troops halted the assault and the attacking force retreated with casualties. None of our troops was injured or killed. After repelling the attack, our troops conducted a robust security patrol around their deployment area on Sunday, 23 June, 2013 during which...
(Cocorioko 06/26/13)
Since 2007 , one of the most internationally respected heads of state has been President Ernest Bai Koroma of Sierra Leone . As soon as he came to power via democratic elections , President Koroma set the machinery in motion to pursue Sierra Leone’s revival and socio-economic and political development from both the home and international front. While fighting to restore and rebuild all social, economic and political institutions and structures at home that had collapsed during previous regimes , President Koroma also opened his hands to constructive international diplomacy and engagement with Sierra Leone’s stakeholders and development partners. It became all too obvious that the man who had assumed the mantle of leadership in Sierra Leone was not going...
(Cocorioko 06/26/13)
In a bid to market the image of the country in the international arena, the Minister of Political and Public Affairs, Alhaji Ibrahim Kemoh Sesay has returned home during the weekend after delivered sound speech in the Geneva International Dialogue on Migration 2013- Diaspora Ministerial Conference held in Geneva. In his speech, Hon. Kemoh Sesay explained the purpose of the paper; “is to share with the forum how we are doing in Sierra Leone in leveraging the human resources of these scattered communities of ours around the world, so that we can contribute to our post- war reconstruction and socio-economic development”. He recalled that the United States of America, Australia, the State of Israel, South Africa as well as many...
(Awoko 06/26/13)
As a way of promoting youth development in the country through career building, the United Nations Volunteer Programme in Sierra Leone on Saturday, June 22, certified Young Engineering Students in Nation Building (YES-NB) at its first annual graduation ceremony held at the CEFORD hall in Freetown. Young Engineering Students in Nation Building is made up of young Engineering Students of the Fourah Bay College, University of Sierra Leone. The certification event was sponsored by Sierratel. In his keynote statement, UN Volunteer Programme Officer, Isaiah Akum disclosed that YES-NB became a part of the UN Volunteer Corps following his open invitation to stakeholders to join a cleaning campaign referred to as “Operation Keep Freetown City Clean”. The campaign launched on 5th...
(Awoko 06/26/13)
Sub-Sahara Africa today boosts of 500 million mobile subscribers, resulting in a technological innovative marketplace with over 70% average penetration, and a 20%+ annual growth. Across the continent smart phones are outselling computers at 4:1 ratio and in Sierra Leone; mobile internet traffic contribution is at 66.52%. It is this rise in mobile technology that incites innovative bridging between telecommunication companies and social development programs. Africell, Sierra Leone’s leading Telecommunications Company is at the forefront of innovative technological and branding engagement. Africell’s support to MamaYe, a campaign aimed at saving the lives of more mothers and babies in Sierra Leone, is paramount to the mass dissemination of information on maternal health issues. For World Blood Donor Day, Africell supported MamaYe...
(Awareness Times 06/26/13)
Reports monitored from East Africa and the international media indicate that personnel of the Republic of Sierra Leone Armed Forces (RSLAF), representing the country in a peace-keeping mission in Somalia, are in serious difficulty, following a deadly attack launched by Al-Shabab militants over the weekend. Heavy artilleries hit bases belonging to the Sierra Leone troops in the lower Juba regions as Al-Shabab troops attacked the new AMISOM peace keeping force in the lower Juba region of Somalia, the international media has reported. According to reports, the AMISOM bases in Taabto were attacked by Al-Shabab fighters with RPGs on the night of Sunday 23rd June 2013. Taabto residents told journalists that they heard deafening sounds during the attacks followed by gunfire...
(Awareness Times 06/26/13)
Students of Horton Military Academy at Leicester Square on Friday 21st June 2013 paid an industrial visit at the Sierra Leone Ports Authority (SLPA). The students comprised officers from the Republic of Gambia Armed Forces (GAF), the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL), Armed Forces from Sierra Leone (RSLAF) and personnel from other Security Sectors including Sierra Leone Police, Sierra Leone Prison, Office of the National Security and personnel from the Ministry of Defense. The visit was part of the academy course modules that students should familiarize themselves with other sectors of the economy and their contributions to national development and also to enhance students’ knowledge on the socio-economic activities in Sierra Leone. SLPA GM in a warm handshake with head...
(Awareness Times 06/26/13)
President Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma and his entourage safely arrived in the People’s Republic of China yesterday evening. On his arrival, the President moved straight to business by meeting diplomats accredited to China from African countries. President Koroma explained of how he was in China to amongst others, serve as a guest speaker at one of the leading Chinese Universities, the Tsinghua University in Beijing which was hosting the 2nd World Peace Forum. President Koroma and a senior Chinese government official who welcomed him at airport. China, according to the Sierra Leonean leader, is playing a very important role in Africa, especially at a time when bilateral relations between Sierra Leone and China have clocked 40 years. President Koroma also...
(Awoko 06/26/13)
UNICEF’s Water, Sanitation and Health (WASH) project implemented by Hope-Sierra Leone in Bombali Shebora Chiefdom, has resulted to the construction of twenty latrines in schools situated in ten communities to address the issue of open defecation, in a bid to curb poor hygiene in the chiefdom. Past week, a consortium of five NGOs working as UNICEF’s implementing partners held a two day training session at the Bombali District Council Hall, to develop best practices and capacity in ensuring the overall success of the WASH project in their various communities, tagged as beneficiaries. Explaining in an exclusive interview with Awoko at Rosinth Village in Bombali Shebora Chiefdom (one of the beneficiary villages), the Acting Chairman of the WASH Consortium, who also...
(Africa Review 06/26/13)
All employees of the banking sector in Sierra Leone will, with immediate effect, require police clearance to travel out of the country. The new directive, which also affects employees of the National Revenue Authority (NRA) and the Sierra Leone Shipping agencies, is in connection with an ongoing investigation of a massive banking fraud which the authorities believe is aimed at emptying government coffers. Thirteen people have so far been charged with defrauding the government of hundreds of millions of leones. The revenue authority last week announced that 28 shipping and clearing agencies were being investigated on suspicion that importers were underpaying the state in tax in connivance with banking officials. The need to increase government revenue following the end of...
(Awoko 06/25/13)
Farmer Based Organizations and Agricultural Researchers in West Africa have decided on better ways of undertaking agricultural researches that will enhance good yields for farmers in the sub-region. This decision was reached at a-three day conference that was organized by the Regional Organization for Farmers and Producers in Africa in collaboration with the West and Central African Council for Agricultural Research and Development (WECARD). During a press briefing, the Executive Director of West and Central African Council for Agricultural Research and Development (WECARD), Harold Roy-Macauley stated that the new method requires farmer’s participation in every stage of an agricultural research. Macauley explained that the views of farmers were not previously sought before new agricultural methods were introduced, adding that the...
(Sierra Express media 06/25/13)
The Sierra Leone High Commission in the UK had a pleasant but nail biting visit from the Director General (DG) Mrs Rasie Kargbo. Present at the meeting was the Deputy High Commissioner Mr. Tambar Ngegba, Head Of Chancery (HOC) Sahr P. Demba, the diplomatic staff and local staff. The Deputy High Commisioner welcomed the DG and the HOC introduced the local and diplomatic staff. The DG was extremely gracious in introducing herself to not only the existing staff but also the new staff that were recently deployed to the UK as part of the mission. The message conveyed by the dg for the entire staff was that they should maintain a high level of integrity and professionalism as based on...
(Awoko 06/25/13)
The Sierra Leone Broadcasting Corporation (SLBC) last Friday signed an agreement with the Star Times to change from broadcasting with an analog system to digital technology. The ceremony took place at the studio of the broadcasting house, which attracted Board members of the Corporation and staff members. Star Communication Network Technology (star times) and the SLBC signed the agreement that is expected to pave the way for the two organizations to form a joint partnership venture. The authorized business scope of the company shall include the establishment of a digital TV signal distribution network, exercise digital TV based multimedia service and value added services based on the above mentioned network. In his short statement the acting Chairman of the Board...

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