Monday 20 November 2017
(Awoko 05/17/13)
Cape Lambert Resources has been granted an Environmental License for its flagship Marampa iron ore project in Sierra Leone. Importantly, the licence enables the company to apply for a Mining Licence over the project, a process which is expected to take about three months. This will significantly de-risk the Marampa project and clear the way for development of the project. Cape Lambert also expects to finalise the Rail and Port Agreement with African Minerals Limited in the coming weeks. Under the binding Heads of Agreement, Marampa had access rights to export 2 million tonnes per annum of wet iron concentrate via the recently refurbished and currently operational Pepel rail and port infrastructure, as well as 16.5Mtpa via the port of...
(Awareness Times 05/17/13)
hairman of Free African Foundation, Mr. Deamad Amadu Conteh in collaboration with Hamilik Okulu Turkey have distributed over three thousand bushels of rice seeds to more than one thousand farmers in Mabereh village in the Debia chiefdom, Port Loko district, covering 100 villages. Speaking during the distribution exercise in Mabereh village, the Chairman of Free African Foundation, Mr. Deamad Amadu Conteh pointed out that they undertook the process after noting that the civil war in Sierra Leone left thousands of farmers handicapped and jobless. He said this is because they lacked the necessary logistical support to make them continue with their farming. He maintained that rice is the staple food in Sierra Leone and for this reason, they decided to...
(New Democrat 05/16/13)
British Prime Minister David Cameron has condemned Liberia and Sierra Leone for the lack of transparency in the two sister countries for not allowing mineral wealth to develop them. "We ... need to make sure that mineral wealth in developing countries becomes a blessing, not a curse. It is to the shame of the whole world that a lack of transparency allowed the illicit diamond trade to fuel appalling conflicts in Sierra Leone and Liberia," Cameron writes. The British Prime Minister added: "Today, we have a duty to make sure that resource wealth does not fuel conflict, corruption and crime," he writes. This is coming at the time human cost of Liberia's two civil wars and the related conflict in...
(Sierra Express media 05/16/13)
In a neighbourly spirit, consistent with the company’s philosophy of working with the communities in which it operates, London Mining Company recently donated rice and farming tools to the people of Manonkoh Village which has been affected by several incidents of flooding. While handing over the items, which included 210 bags of white rice, 700 machetes, 350 farming knives, 700 hoes and 500 bushes of husk rice, Community Relations Manager Desmond Doherty commented, “This flooding was not connected with London Mining’s operations in anyway, but good neighbours help each other in times of need, and it is in that spirit that we are providing relief and humanitarian assistance to those communities affected by flooding in the Manonkoh area.” In addition...
(Awareness Times 05/15/13)
His Excellency Dr Ernest Bai Koroma has said that the decision of the Sierra Leone Police (SLP) to construct a new divisional headquarters in Makeni was an indication that the police have come of age. He made this statement on the occasion of the turning of the sod ceremony for the construction of a new divisional headquarter in Panlap, the headquarter town of Makarie Gbanti Chiefdom on Saturday 11th May 2013. The President called on the people of Makarie Gbanti Chiefdom to work with the police to maintain law and order in their communities, adding that the police cannot succeed without community assistance. He also noted that he was satisfied with the measures the police is putting in place to...
(The Associated Press 05/15/13)
Authorities have released a prominent opposition politician in Sierra Leone who was accused of making statements that could undermine state security. Charles Francis Margai had been detained after speaking about a land dispute he has with Sierra Leone's first lady. Margai said he would fight for his land and said he would be backed by militia forces loyal to him. His lawyer, Robert Kowa, said Monday that Margai has been released on bail without charge though he must report to police every other day. Margai was among the candidates who contested the presidential election in 2012 election and lost to incumbent President Ernest Bai Koroma. Margai's party does not hold a seat in parliament. Sierra Leone is still recovering from...
(Sierra Express media 05/15/13)
In a bid to enhance effective operations and maximize productivity in the agriculture sector, board members of the appropriately 50 farmer-based organizations in the northern district of Port Loko have concluded an intensive training workshop. The three-day session was organized by CARITAS-Makeni, with funds from FAO and the Ministry of Agriculture. Participants were taught basic financial management, record keeping, business planning, group dynamics, the types and responsibilities of a leader, etc. Two lecturers from the Makeni Polytechnic and UNIMAK, John Koroma and Augustine Kamara served as Resource Persons for the three-day training while Mr. Michael Thomas, Program Support Office for CARITAS Makeni served as lead facilitator. He said there are about 50 farmer-based organizations in various parts of the district...
(Sierra Express media 05/15/13)
Sierra Leone Minister of Trade and Industry, Alhaji Usman Boie Kamara, on Monday May 13th 2013, paid a one day familiarization visit to Milla Group Sierra Leone Limited at No2 Bai Bureh Road, Kissy, Freetown. (Photo: Minister Boie Kamara in conversation with Milla Group General Manager, Sony Ramakrisham) Milla Group, located in the east end of Freetown, mainly manufactures plastic utensils, plastic chairs, and plastic water tanks, among others. On arrival, the minister was received by the General Manager of the company, Mr. Sony Ramakrisham who later led the minister on a conducted tour of the facility. Welcoming the minister and his entourage, Coordinator of Milla Group (SL) Ltd, Alhaji Ibrahim B Kamara, thanked the Trade Minister for what he...
(Sierra Express media 05/15/13)
The Minister of Lands, Housing and Environment, Musa Tarawally has issued stern warning to owners of houses and structures on government land, particularly on land within the Kenema airfield and government reservation to quit or else government through his ministry will soon demolish all structures erected on government land. Speaking at the office of the Resident Minister East in a meeting with land owning families on the 10th May 2013, the Lands Minister warned people who owned houses and structures on government land to move out. He said government recognizes the fact that land in the provinces belongs to landowning families but that reserved lands for government for development purposes should not be encroached upon by anybody, stressing that his...
(Cocorioko 05/15/13)
As tradition dictates, Gary Schulze is carried from home to the Court Barray to be installed as Paramount Chief in the Chief’s hammock. Behind him are section chiefs, traditional dancers and well-wishers. It’s not every day that an American is made a paramount chief. National Peace Corps Association board member Gary Schulze (Sierra Leone I 1961-63) was installed as an honorary paramount chief at an impressive ceremony in Shenge, Kagboro Chiefdom, Moyamba District, Sierra Leone on Saturday, May 4, 2013. Gary had announced that he intended to accept the honor on behalf of all Peace Corps Volunteers who have served in Sierra Leone and so Judy Figi (Sierra Leone 1964-66) and Peter C. Andersen (Sierra Leone 1967-68) represented Returned Peace...
(Swit Salone 05/14/13)
The Office of the President of Sierra Leone has today released a statement that the rumors that Mr. Koroma who was re-elected for a second term in November 2012 will seek a third term in office are false. The statement comes a month after Sierra Leoneans on social media debated the issue and just a week after the President called for a review of the 1991 Sierra Leone constitution. The rumors regarding the President’s third term bid came from sources who said that lawyers were already working on changing the term limits on the 1991 constitution. In order to change or review the constitution the current government would need a two thirds vote in parliament. According to the statement posted...
(Swit Salone 05/14/13)
Mano River Union states including Sierra Leone, Liberia, Guinea, and Ivory Coast convened in Freetown to adopt a plan to increase women’s access to renewable energy. The ministers of energy and gender from across the region were present as President Koroma pledged to support women in Sierra Leone, the MRU and ECOWAS. According to Sierra Leone’s Minister for Energy, Mr. Oluniyi Robin-Coker, the conference is a follow-up to an ECOWAS high level energy forum held in Ghana in October 2012. It was there that he said that ECOWAS members pledged to develop and adopt gender sensitive energy policies to meet regional targets by 2014. The ECOWAS Gender Development Center will support the MRU to distribute the conference across other ECOWAS...
(Voice of America 05/14/13)
UNITED NATIONS — The United Nations Security Council pointed Monday to the connection between terrorism in Africa and organized crime, and called for a strengthened global response. The 15-member Security Council unanimously adopted a statement declaring its deep concern for what it calls the increasing violence perpetrated by armed groups, the number of which, it said, are growing in several regions and sub-regions of Africa. The council approved the statement during a discussion of the fight against terrorism in Africa. In expressing its concern about the connection between terrorism and transnational organized crime, and with illicit activities such as drugs, arms and human trafficking, the Security Council urged enhanced coordination to strengthen a global response. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told...
(The Patriotic Vanguard 05/13/13)
The current Minister of Trade and Industry , Usu Boie, has adopted pragmatic approaches to lift both the trade and industrial sectors from economic doldrums. The eleven years war caused the trade sector to face horrible experiences but the industry sector experienced the worst especially when many entrepreneurs fled the country and never returned. The few industries that were left found themselves compelled to perform uphill tasks in a country characterized by inadequacies. But there is one man who has come into cabinet with pragmatic administrative approaches. Since time immemorial, Sierra Leone has been a country where things are controlled from behind the desk which incidentally puts the administrator out of touch with the realities. Decisions taken through such approaches...
(Reuters (Eng) 05/10/13)
Africa's economic development is being held back by a "hemorrhage" of illicit financial flows, which may be getting worse, the African Development Bank said on Friday, calling for reforms to stem the losses. A draft report to be presented at the AfDB's annual meeting in Morocco later this month shows net resource outflows from Africa totaling up to $1.4 trillion over the 30-year period to 2009, far exceeding inflows to the continent. Illicit financial flows were "the main driving force" behind $1.2-1.3 trillion of the three-decade net drain, it said. This is about four times Africa's current external debt and almost equivalent to its current GDP. "The trend is continuing, it could even be increasing," AfDB Chief Economist Mthuli Ncube...
(Cocorioko 05/07/13)
“Comrades, ladies and Gentlemen, this country is better today than we were five years ago and I have you to thank for that. We still have challenges; but the APC is not afraid of challenges. Our party was formed to face challenges. Siaka Stevens faced challenges, but he led the party to victory again and again and again; Ibrahim Otol and Alhaji Muctarr Kallay faced challenges, but they successfully mobilized the people for success again and again and again, Nancy Steele faced challenges, but she mobilized women to march on with the APC again and again and again; T S M’briwa and Fannia faced banishment and intimidation but remained committed to the APC and our supporters faced the challenges of...
(Sierra Express media 05/07/13)
That the fight against corruption in the West African state of Sierra Leone is a herculean task would surely be an understatement. This is one of the conclusions reached at a two-hour interactive session on the topic “Di Corruption Fet: Salone Go Able”? (The fight against corruption, will Sierra Leone be able?) organized by the BBC Media Action Wednesday, May 01, 2013 at the British Council hall at Tower Hill in Freetown. Indeed, the BBC Media Action has every reason to organize such a forum, recognizing that corruption, wherever it exists, would not only have the potential to undermine democracy, but the negative impact it would have on the general socio-economic development of the state and service delivery would just...
(Sierra Express media 05/07/13)
Head of Eye Clinic at Connaugh Hospital, Dr. Matthew Vandi (in photo), the only highly trained eye specialist in Sierra Leone’s government service, has revealed that improper sanitation and malaria could lead to eye related problems. He made this disclosure on the occasion of World Malaria Day 26th April, in an exclusive interview with this medium. Dr. Vandi expressed the need for proper sanitation as a preventive measure against malaria and subsequent blindness in suckling-children in particular. “Yes, cerebral Malaria affects the visual centre within the brain”, said the senior eye specialist. He said in most cases, patients do not recover, adding that proper sanitation could prevent further blindness in the country. He underscored that most people do not know...
(Sierra Express media 05/07/13)
College of Travel and Tourism Studies (CTTS) has introduced new courses as part of its curriculum to train clerks and secretaries in the purpose of working in the law firms and other related offices. Certificates and Diplomas in Legal Secretariat courses are basically gearing towards giving insight in the general use of law so that clerks and secretaries will be able to correctly assist legal practitioners in forensic and other chambers of work. Principal of CTTS, Amadu Sheriff, revealed that the college introduced this new course out of the urge to strengthen secretaries and clerks in the law sector to be more productive and fast track the work of the sector more adequately. He said the college has acquired batteries...
(Reuters (Eng) 04/30/13)
Economic development researchers on Monday unveiled a database of China's aid to Africa in an effort to work around Beijing's secrecy about the numbers, as a debate rages over the intentions and impact of Chinese assistance. The study and database by the Washington-based Center for Global Development and AidData, a research project, includes 1,673 Chinese development finance projects worth $75 billion in 50 African countries from the years 2000-2011. The Chinese figures, using standard measures of Official Development Assistance (ODA) and Other Official Finance (OOF), are roughly on par with U.S. aid to Africa during the same period, the Center for Global Development said. While official ODA from Western countries and some major developing countries is openly reported and easily...

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