Sunday 21 January 2018
(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...
(Awareness Times 06/12/13)
The newly elected executive of the All People’s Congress (APC) Washington Metro Chapter has called on His Excellency Bockari Kortu Stevens, to not only introduce themselves, but also to crave his indulgence to lend his leadership expertise that will enable them become vibrant, respectful and forthright in all that they do in so far as leading the APC members in the Washington Metro Chapter is concern. Led by outgoing APC Washington Metro Area Acting President and APC North America Bye Laws Chairman Mr. Mohamed Lamin Fofanah, the newly elected President Mr. Ibrahim Kamara thanked Ambassador Bockari Kortu Stevens and Deputy Chief of Mission Ambassador Ibrahim.S. Conteh for making time out of their busy schedule to accommodate them and apologized to...
(Voice of America 06/12/13)
Ghana has arrested more than 100 Chinese nationals accused of illegally mining gold in that country. Zambia seized a Chinese coal mine in February over safety concerns. And Gabon is planning to take back assets from three foreign oil companies - including one from China. These moves and others have some analysts pointing to a backlash against Chinese investment on the continent. While experts say the China-Africa honeymoon may be over, divorce is not likely. China became Africa's top trade partner in 2009. Bilateral trade hit nearly $200 billion in 2012. Some Africans believe they are getting the short end of the stick, however, as they export valuable natural resources to China without receiving much in return by way of...
(Ventures Africa 06/11/13)
VENTURES AFRICA — The West African Monetary Zone (WAMZ), a sub-regional monetary union, has said it will need $200 million for the construction of the ECOWAS (Economic Commission Of West African States) Regional Bank to be located in Accra, Ghana. The Director of the region’s Financial Integration, Dr. Eunice Ngozi Egbuns disclosed this to journalists who are currently undergoing a two weeks regional integration training funded by Deutsche Welle Academic in Accra. She noted that the construction of the Ecowas Bank by 2015 will serve as a precursor to the introduction of the region’s single currency “Eco” slatted for 2020. The single currency was approved and adopted by member states in Accra, after the conclusion of its 24th meeting of...
(Dw-World 06/10/13)
Sierra Leone has one of the world's fastest growing economies, according to an International Monetary Fund report. But the post-civil war boom has not yet brought benefits for everyone. Residents of Freetown, the capital of Sierra Leone, wake up every day to the thudding sounds of construction work. Ten years ago, noise like this signified another bloody day in the country's civil war. But today it is the sound of a country rebuilding its damaged infrastructures. Throughout the city, old roads are being ripped up and neighborhoods are riddled with construction sites. In almost every street, new structures are rising up. The government recorded the highest rate of infrastructural growth in 2012, which experts say is a clear sign of...
(Awareness Times 06/10/13)
His Royal Highness (HRH) Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud of Saudi Arabia is scheduled to visit Sierra Leone today 10th June, 2013 upon the invitation by Sierra Leone President, His Excellency Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma who will be decorating the celebrated Prince with the highest possible national order of this West African country. At end of his visit today, Prince Alwaleed bin Talal will leave here as a Grand Commander of the Order of the Republic of Sierra Leone (GCRSL). Prince Alwaleed is ‘The Richest Arab’. HRH Prince Alwaleed is Chairman of Kingdom Holding Company (KHC). He is the undisputed richest Arab in the world today according to Arabian Business Magazine, Forbes Magazine and Bloomberg Financial news...
(Voice of America 06/10/13)
Decades of drought in central Africa may have had a surprising cause, according to new research that challenges the notion that the severe dry weather was triggered mainly by bad agricultural practices and overgrazing. The research, done at the University of Washington, shows that the drought was at least partially caused by pollution in the Northern Hemisphere. The researchers said that sulfate-laden aerosols coming from coal-burning factories from the 1960s through the 1980s actually slowed warming in the Northern Hemisphere compared to the Southern Hemisphere. This shifted tropical rain bands south, away from the Sahel region, and led ultimately to the near drying up of Lake Chad, which is used to water crops in surrounding areas. Africa's Sahel regionAfrica's Sahel...
(Reuters (Eng) 06/09/13)
(Reuters) - South Africans prayed for Nelson Mandela's recovery on Sunday as the 94-year-old former president spent a second day in hospital with a recurring lung infection. Mandela, who became a global symbol of triumph over adversity and South Africa's first black leader in 1994 after the defeat of apartheid, was hospitalized early on Saturday after his already frail health worsened. It is his fourth hospital stay since December and the government said on Saturday his condition was "serious". During previous hospital visits it had highlighted his "good spirits". His health is a cause for concern to the millions of South Africans who revere Mandela for his decades of struggle against white-minority rule and steering the continent's biggest economy to...
(BBC News Africa 06/08/13)
Nelson Mandela has been admitted to hospital with a lung infection. The former South African president is in a "serious but stable condition", a spokesman for the current President, Jacob Zuma, says. Mr Mandela, 94, has been ill for some days but deteriorated overnight and was transferred to a hospital in Pretoria. Mr Mandela led the fight against apartheid, became South Africa's first black president, and is widely regarded as father of the nation. He has recently suffered a series of health problems and this is his fifth visit to hospital in two years. In April he was released from hospital after a 10-day stay caused by pneumonia. His illness was described on Saturday as a recurrence of a lung...
(Awoko 06/07/13)
The Sierra Leone Association of Journalists (SLAJ) yesterday observed their foundation day at their 56 Campbell Street Secretariat in Freetown with many of the speakers calling for solidarity among Journalists.Speaking at the ceremony the President of the Sierra Leone Association Kelvin Lewis said the association has had successes and challenges during the period adding that the day should be observed with remembrance and commitment towards Professional Journalism in the country. Giving a brief background of their activities Kelvin Lewis assured that they are willing to work with the government towards the enactment of the process and repealing the criminal and seditious libel law. During the meeting with the Attorney General Frank Kargbo he said we discussed some of the issues...
(Awoko 06/07/13)
OwenThe American Ambassador to Sierra Leone, Michael Owen yesterday pledged to champion the popularization of the Disability Act.He made this pledge during a friendly visit to the Secretariat of the National Commission for Persons with Disability at the National Stadium Hostels in Freetown.Explaining the challenges of the Commission, the Chairman, Frederick Kamara told the Ambassador that the Commission is in dire need of establishing itself in the regions which he said will go a long way in popularizing the Commission and indeed the Act. The Chairman also mentioned the need for the development of a database to enable the registration of persons with disability across the country. He said the database will help them put in place development plans for...
(Cocorioko 06/07/13)
President Ernest Bai Koroma has disclosed that the Agenda for Prosperity programme, which he will be launching this June, “is a mega and multi-faceted project with eight pillars, each pillar carrying its own flagship projects”. In a very relaxed and confidence mood at the Zavantem International Airport in Brussels, Wednesday, on his way back to Freetown after successfully attending the TICAD V project in Japan, the Chief Executive highlighted some of the mega projects contained in the Agenda for Prosperity- They include the construction of the two cities at Lungi and Mamamah respectively; the new International Airport at Mamamah; the Bridge from Lungi to Freetown; the Hill Cut Ring road; the electrification of solar street lights in all regional, district...
(Awareness Times 06/07/13)
The Sierra Leone Ports Authority (SLPA) General Manager Mr. Abu B Bangura and the Director General of the Ghana Ports and Harbours (GPHA) Mr. Richard Anamoo have mutually consented to twin the Freetown Port of Sierra Leone and the Tema Port of Ghana in terms of cross trainings of personnel and experience sharing on the operations of the two West African Ports. The agreement was reached following an intriguing presentation on the successes and challenges of SLPA by Mr. Bangura during the Regional Maritime University Board of Governors meeting in Ghana, where the presenter requested the twining of the Freetown Port and Tema Port. On the successes of the SLPA, Mr. Bangura said the Authority has completed the dredging of...
(Awareness Times 06/07/13)
The Chairman and Leader of the opposition Sierra Leone People’s Party (SLPP), John Oponjo Benjamin (JOB) has debunked widespread rumors within the Kenema township that the SLPP has officially endorsed the defeated former flag bearer of the party, Julius Maada Bio, to lead the party to the 2017 presidential election. JOB made this clarification at a radio interview on Monday 3rd June 2013 at the Eastern Radio in Kenema.Mr. Benjamin, who was in Kenema to handover drugs donated to the Kenema Government Hospital by the SLPP, said rumours indicating that Maada Bio has been endorsed by the party are fake and untrue, while calling on supporters and members of the party to just dismiss such rumours. He categorically made it...
(Reuters (Eng) 06/07/13)
LONDON — Case numbers in Africa's meningitis season this year were the lowest in 10 years thanks to a cheap new vaccine designed to treat a type of the disease common in the so-called meningitis belt, the World Health Organization said on Thursday. The vaccine, called MenAfriVac, was developed with funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation specifically for use against meningitis A, a type which causes regular epidemics in Africa. Detailing data for Jan. 1 to May 12, the United Nations health agency said that just under 9,250 meningitis cases, including 857 deaths, were reported in 18 of the 19 African countries under enhanced surveillance for meningitis. Epidemics of meningitis A occur regularly in Africa's “meningitis belt”, a...
(Ghana Business News 06/07/13)
West Africa will be the fastest growing region on the continent in 2013 and 2014, economic indicators in a new report have shown. Africa’s economic growth is projected to hit 4.8% this year and 5.3% in 2014, according to the 2013 African Economic Outlook (AEO) published May 27, 2013. The report indicated that West Africa will continue its rapid economic growth with rates of 6.7% in 2013 and 7.4% in 2014. “It has become the fastest growing region of the continent,” said the AEO adding that “growth in the region is not only driven by oil and mineral sectors but also by agriculture and services and on the demand side often by consumption and investment.” After West Africa, the report...
(Business Daily 06/06/13)
Japan hosted the fifth meeting of TICAD, the Tokyo International Cooperation on African Development this week. The meeting is a reminder that, while the rest of the world obsesses over Europe’s economic travails, America’s political paralysis and growth slowdown in China and other emerging markets, there remains a region — sub-Saharan Africa — where poverty is almost the rule, not the exception. From 1990 to 2010, the number of people living in poverty ($1.25 per day) across sub-Sahara Africa rose from less than 300 million to nearly 425 million, while the number living on less than $2 a day grew from about 390 million to almost 600 million. Still, the proportion of those living in poverty declined from 57 per...
(Awareness Times 06/05/13)
Sierra Leone’s President, Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma has extended an official invitation to the “world’s richest Arab”, His Royal Highness (HRH) Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Bin Abdulaziz, Chairman of Kingdom Holding Company (KHC), to visit Sierra Leone. The invitation letter was handed over to the Prince a couple of days ago at his 66th – floor office in the Kingdom Tower, (the distinctive bottle opener-shaped skyscraper that looms over central Riyadh, the capital) by President Koroma’s envoy to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, H.E. Wusu Munu who also doubles as Sierra Leone’s Permanent Representative to the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC). The Ambassador was accompanied by the Minister Counselor, Umaru S. Dura. The meeting was also attended by Dr. Nahla...
(Awareness Times 06/05/13)
The minister made the aforementioned disclosures while responding to questions raised by journalists with regards to the aforementioned issues. The Minister pointed out that accommodation is among the major challenges faced by the Defence Ministry. The minister recounted that junior officers were residing in self contained apartments with VIP toilet facilities and water supply while he was a serving officer in the army. The Minister of Defence has disclosed that soldiers are living in very deplorable conditions in various parts of the country, and called on authorities concerned to speedily intervene and turn the unacceptable situation around. Retired Major Alfred Paolo Conteh told newsmen on Monday 3rd June 2013 that his soldiers were in dire need of accommodation and other...
(The Patriotic Vanguard 06/05/13)
At the request of the Government of Sierra Leone and in coordination with the Libyan authorities and the Sierra Leonean embassy, IOM has helped 35 Sierra Leonean migrants stranded in Libya to voluntarily return home from the south of the country. IOM worked with a local NGO partner to bring the migrants to Tripoli from the southern city of Sabha. In Tripoli it provided arranged exit visas and arranged their travel home on a commercial flight. The group left Libya today and will be met by IOM staff in in Freetown. They will then be provided with transport home to their places of origin. According to Othman Belbeisi (photo) IOM’s Chief of Mission in Libya: “These people asked for our...

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