Friday 19 January 2018
(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...
(Africa Review 05/24/13)
Sierra Leone`s Sports minister Paul Kamara has suspended the newly-elected National Olympic Committee (NOC) accusing it of disobeying state authority. His suspension order came after members of NOC refused to resign, in line with his demand, moments after their election at a May 11 congress. The minister had decreed that the congress be put on hold, citing the failure of the outgoing committee to declare financial statements. He also queried the readiness of some individual associations of the 17-member NOC, among others. In a letter addressed to NOC, Kamara said the act of convening the congress amounted to gross disobedience of the state. “The action of flouting the authority of the state by the National Olympic Committee is unacceptable,” he...
(Awoko 05/24/13)
Police personnel attached to the Lumley Division yesterday shot dead one man at Lumley Beach west end of Freetown by the Golf Club Police post According to an eye witness account a man believed to be in his 40′s only known as Donald was seen around the Lumley Beach during the morning hours of yesterday with a weapon. He has worked in the United States Criminal Investigation Department for over fifteen years, but since he was deported he has been behaving abnormally with highly angered emotion to the annoyance of his neighbors at Regent Road west end of Freetown. After a Police tip -off personnel of the Lumley division of the Sierra Leone Police went to the scene to disarm...
(Cocorioko 05/23/13)
Hon. Dr. Samura Mathew Wilson Kamara, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation who arrived in the political capital of Africa, Addis Ababa via Brussels is attending the 23rd Ordinary Session of the Executive Council meeting which is underway in Ethiopia. The confab is taking place at the new Conference Centre of the African Union Commission from 22nd to 23rd May 2013. This year’s theme for the OUA/AU 50th Anniversary and the 21st Assembly of the African Union is: “Pan-Africanism and African Renaissance.” The Executive Council is composed of Foreign Ministers of Member States charged with the responsibility of coordinating and making policy recommendations in areas of common interest to the Member States. It is answerable to the Assembly of...
(Awoko 05/23/13)
Abubakarr Multi-Kamara’s tenure as Sierra Leone’s ambassador to China has been fleeting – less than a year – but in that time his appreciation for the countries’ warm ties have grown. “The close Sino-Sierra Leone relationship is based on mutual respect and similar experiences in history,” says Multi-Kamara, who before taking up the Beijing post in April last year was the United Nations Development Program representative in Sierra Leone. He has recently been appointed as his country’s permanent representative to the UN in New York. “We are so lucky that China is our good friend and also the country that can best meet our needs,” he says. Though his commission in Beijing was short, his meetings with Chinese government officials,...
(The Patriotic Vanguard 05/23/13)
His Excellency Dr Ernest Bai Koroma has said that Sierra Leone belongs every citizen. He made this statement during a courtesy call on him by a cross section of the Fullah community in the country. The courtesy call came in the wake of the recent conferment of the award of the Order of the Rokel on Alhaji Borbor Bah, by His Excellency the President of the Republic of Sierra Leone during this year’s Insignia and Awards and Reception ceremony, in recognition of his singular efforts in actualizing government’s aspirations in promoting the private sector. “It is just a gesture to Alhaji Borbor in recognition of his efforts as a Sierra Leonean, who has made efforts towards state governance in Sierra...
(Sierra Express media 05/23/13)
The Minister of Works, Housing and Infrastructure, Mr. Alimamy Petito Koroma, on Monday May 20th 2013 commissioned the newly constructed ferry for the people of Ribbi and its environs. The newly constructed Ribbi ferry was constructed by Brothers Surfacing Construction Enterprise of No.123 City Road, Wellington, Freetown. Minister A P Koroma told the audience that he was glad to be with them on that day because the ferry commissioning is not just a memorable event but one full of joy and thanksgiving, adding that he was there to represent President Ernest Bai Koroma who would have loved to be there but was presently attending to other state functions. He further told the people of Ribbi that the president is still...
(Sierra Express media 05/23/13)
Existing argument between the Ministry of Education and teachers of Sierra Leone over who takes the blame for the current educational melt-down took a new twist yesterday as students of Albert Academy held their Administration to ransom earlier this week. It could be recalled that quite recently, the Deputy Minister of Education (II), Mamoud Trawallie, took a move to revitalize what he termed restoring sanity in the discharge of services by teachers whilst in schools. In the same vein, the Action Aid Campaign Coordinator, Mohamed Sillah, has condemned teachers in the provinces as unfit and unqualified to teach, arguing that they themselves are junior and secondary school leavers giving the task to teach others. In a bid to strengthen its...
(The Patriotic Vanguard 05/23/13)
Vice Chancellors Professor Abu Sesay of Njala University and Professor Jonas Redwood-Sawyerr of University of Sierra Leone have been the focus of much academic attention in Kalamazoo, Michigan (USA) where they recently met with US and Diaspora colleagues to develop an action agenda for “Reconnecting the Academy in Sierra Leone and the Diaspora”. According to a release from the organizers, the Symposium, capping off a 10-day visit by the two Vice Chancellors to Kalamazoo College, was attended by Sierra Leonean and US academics from multiple fields, as well as friends of Sierra Leone from non-profit agencies, health care, and business fields. Coming from a dozen US institutions, as far away as Los Angeles, California, the twenty-plus scholars and community development...
(Dw-World 05/22/13)
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. Road construction is being presented as one of the government's major success stories. In almost every street, new structures are rising up. The government recorded the highest rate...
(Sierra Express media 05/22/13)
During 2010/11, London Mining invested $200m to build a modern magnetic separation plant at Marampa, producing Iron Ore Concentrate putting Sierra Leone back on the map as one of the worlds high quality producers. In January 2012, we commenced exports from the historic Marampa mine, exporting Iron Ore Concentrate to Europe – Sierra Leone’s first such export in over 30 years. During 2012, a second plant is being built. We continue to invest in our workforce, training staff in international best-practices. We continue to invest in our communities with agricultural, health and scholarship programs, and we continue to protect our children’s futures with trusted environmental management practices. Globally, London Mining has assets in Sierra Leone, Greenland, Columbia, and Saudi Arabia;...
(Awoko 05/22/13)
On 21st-22nd May in Freetown, we will witness the most important public event ever held about water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) in Sierra Leone. Entitled “WASH, For All: Addressing the Current and Growing Challenge”, the Minister of Water, Hon. Momodu Maligi, took time on the eve of this national conference the first of its kind – to talk to our newspaper. Tell us about water supply and sanitation in Sierra Leone and why it is important. Water, Sanitation and Hygiene are keys to lifting Sierra Leoneans out of poverty and in promoting socio-economic growth. Despite our available water resources, millions of Sierra Leoneans do not yet have access to improved water supply or improved sanitation. The situation is even more...
(Sierra Express media 05/22/13)
Partners in Relief and Development Sierra Leone (PaRD SL) at 3 Big Waterloo Street. Freetown has successfully led a consortium together with Cotton Tree Foundation (CTF), and Christian Community Development Programme (CCDP), to design and implement an integrated programme of employable skills by training 3,000 rural youth in eight districts across the country. (Vulnerable rural youths in Port Loko getting education through PaRD SL and its partners) The skills training is focused on value addition of processing Cassava, Rice and Palm Oil. The project is jointly funded by the Government of Sierra Leone and the World Bank under the supervision of Integrated Project Administration Unit (IPAU) of the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development in collaboration with the Ministry of...
(Cocorioko 05/22/13)
Charles Margai Esq., actually got the needed media hype;(against him), he had time with police officers, or yes, he was their guest for some 66 hours; he was all over the place and the international media was not spared of this political hoax by a controversial figure in Sierra Leone’s political history. But come on, all this occurred all for the wrong reasons. Margai is a lawyer by profession; one that has spent decades in a profession seen as noble as the way those practicing it appear in public. By the way, did I ever attempt becoming one? Sure yes, years back when I once applied. Turned down, my next option was to chase a second degree in journalism. And...
(Sierra Express media 05/22/13)
Engineer and Station Manager of the Sierra Leone Water Company (SALWCO), Mr. Alimany Kolifa Kamara, has openly taken the bull by its horn by setting up a robust security team in Kenema. The team will be charged with the responsibility of educating the community on the protection of the area of Kamboi Hills. Kamara, addressing pressmen at his Maxwell Khobe Street, office in Kenema, advised people to stop cutting trees, mining gold, or diamonds, and other artificial activities that will hinder the water table, or the station reservoirs, which is the only source of getting water for the people. He said the road construction is seriously hindering the water supply by damaging the water pipes and stated that SALCOST and...
(Awareness Times 05/21/13)
Special Executive Assistant to His Excellency the President of Sierra Leone has said that Sections 53 and 56 of National Constitution of Sierra Leone places enormous and sacred responsibility on the shoulders of a sitting President to the extent that only the President might be held responsible for things going wrong in executive arm of governance. Dr. Sylvia Blyden was speaking on Friday May 17th 2013 to this newspaper about how Presidential oversight supersedes everything else within the executive arm of government. Blyden said executive power is vested only in the President and “no-one else” because Section 53 of the Constitution of Sierra Leone says “the executive power in Sierra Leone shall vest in the President”. Blyden furthers that Section...
(The Patriotic Vanguard 05/21/13)
The Minister of Trade and Industry, Alhaji Usman Boie Kamara on Thursday May 16th 2013 paid a one day working visit to the flour mill factory, commonly known as Sea Board West Africa Company located at Cline Town, east end of Freetown. The minister was received by Mr. Demba George, the company’s accountant. Briefing the minister on the status of the company, Mr. George said the company is going through difficult times, especially in terms of sales. The reason, according to him, is that there is a lot of imported flour coming into the country and as a result, business is bad for them. Speaking further, Mr. George recalled that before now the company was producing 2,000 metric tonnes per...
(Awareness Times 05/21/13)
The Regional Manager of the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) North, has pleaded with bike riders plying the routes in the Northern Region to reject and report corrupt acts perpetrated by public officers in the traffic sector, as they constitute an offence. Speaking at an engagement with bike riders on Tuesday 14th May 2013 at the Association’s office Station Road Makeni, Mr. Patrick Sandi postulated that the Anti-Corruption Act 2008 clearly makes it an offence for anybody who offers an advantage to a Public Officer or any member of a Public Body in order to induce him/her. He reminded the riders that the 2008 Act is not just for government employees but encompasses the private sector also. The Commission has the mandate...
(Awareness Times 05/21/13)
A non-governmental organization, FORUT Sierra Leone, has over the weekend handed over two primary schools, each with a four classrooms building to residents of Rokon/Kamem village in Port Loko town and Mosengo village in the Moyamba districts respectively. The two hundred million leones worth project has erected VIP latrines and head teachers’ offices in both schools, and also provided teaching and learning materials, among other facilities and equipments for the two schools. During the official opening ceremony, the Project Coordinator of FORUT Sierra Leone, Mr. Mohamed Turay said his organization is always there to complement government’s efforts to take development to every corner of this country. He said FORUT has been carrying out development projects in three thematic areas including...

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