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OPEN LETTER TO THE COMMISSIONER, ANTI-CORRUPTION COMMISSION
Written by Abubakar Bai Kamara   
Thursday, 04 July 2013 23:07

1st July, 2013

Dear Commissioner,

WHY TOP MANAGEMENT OF CUSTOMS MUST BE INVESTIGATED

I write as a concerned citizen to express my disappointment over the way and manner in which certain matters at the NRA are being pursued while other grave ones are totally ignored.

I remember sometime last year when one of our local newspapers reported a corruption incidence relating to Mde. Admire Sesay, the elder sister of H.E. the President, Ernest Bai Koroma about certain containers she brought into the country without paying the required duties and taxes to the Customs and Excise department thereby depriving the government and people of this country of much needed revenue. Santos Kamara was involved in this Customs fraud but because it has to do with the President’s sister, no charges were levied nor investigations carried out. In the end, nothing came out of it, neither has any mention been made of it even in your usual numerous press conferences.

Last Updated on Friday, 05 July 2013 19:06
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First Lady hang heads with Obama, Bush
Written by Expotimes   
Thursday, 04 July 2013 22:15

Sierra Leone's First Lady took centre stage in Tanzania where former and current First Ladies had gathered for a summit under the theme: "discussing investing in women to strengthen Africa".
Sia Koroma was among a cream of other high profiled world class women leaders including the former President of the United States of America George Bush and his wife Laura Bush who were hosting the summit.
The First Lady of America Mitchelle Obama was also in attendance and gave the summit's keynote address.

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The Keys to and distinctive Model of German Export and Economic Success
Written by Dr.Foday M. Kallon, +232 (0) 76 788 967/ +232 (0) 33 241 775   
Thursday, 04 July 2013 21:56

Germany is well-kown for its aggressive and strategic export market, especially in our contemporary economic climate often the latent envy of many economies and governments the world over. On the basis of my experience over appreciable years of study and work in Germany, I will try to identify the fundamental reasons for the country’s continuous export success and economic recalcitrance. The German distinctive model and mentality of economic devcelopment has earned it the reputation of being classed as the only economy in the world today that has remained intact und unshakable, irrespective of the global economic down trend and recession.

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As Ambassador Foh presents credentials, President Xi of China looks forward to visiting Sierra Leone
Written by John Baimba Sesay, Press Attaché ,Sierra Leone Embassy, PR China   
Thursday, 04 July 2013 21:39

His Excellency, Ambassador Victor Bockarie Foh on Wednesday 3rd July 2013 presented his original letter of credence and that of recall of his predecessor to President Xi Jinping of the People’s Republic of China, within a period of two weeks upon his arrival as Ambassador Extra-ordinary and Plenipotentiary.

The ceremony, which took place at the Great Hall of the People and which attracted officials of the Chinese Government and staff from the Sierra Leone Embassy was short but colorful. In his short statement, Ambassador Victor Bockarie Foh conveyed special greetings from His Excellency Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma, President of the Republic of Sierra Leone to President Xi Jinping, and the people of the People’s Republic of China.

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BANK FRAUD: Businessman, Senior Bank Officials and Others sent to prison
Written by Kadijatu Savage   
Wednesday, 03 July 2013 21:46

Kabba Simeon Kalu, Tony Chinyere, Chrispin Sheperd Deigh, Patrick Konteh (businessman and top bank personalities respectively) and others spent their first night on remand at the Pademba Road Prison after Principal Magistrate of Freetown Court No.2, Komba Kamanda refused them bail last evening despite vehement plea from the battery of defence lawyers.

Kalu was docked twice. firstly alongside John Benjamin, Salieu. M. Barrie, Festus Abionor Jones and others, all being employees of the Sierra Leone Commercial Bank operating in Freetown. The nine accused persons face seven count charges which include conspiracy to defraud, obtaining the acceptance of the cheque by false pretences contrary to Section 32(2) (a) of the Larceny Act 1961, three counts of issuing cheque against insufficient funds contrary to Section 42(1) of the Payment System Act 2009. On count four they are charged with failure to report suspicious transaction contrary to Section 121 of the anti-money laundering and combating of financing of terrorism Act No. 2, 2012.

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Editorial

26th IPRA Conference in Sierra Leone Ends on a High Note

The International Peace Research Association (IPRA) successfully held its 26th General Conference on ‘Agenda for Peace and Development: Conflict Prevention, Post-Conflict Transformation, and the Conflict, Disaster Risk and Sustainable Development Debate’ in collaboration with the 10TH Dealing With Disasters Series, Northumbria University (UK)and Sakarya University (Turkey) and  the University of  Sierra Leone at the Bintumani Conference Centre in Freetown, Sierra Leone from November 27 to 1st December 2016.

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Business News

Managing Director of Rokel Commercial Bank, speaks to The Worldfolio about the investment opportunities in Sierra Leone

John D. Okrafo-Smart, Managing Director of Rokel Commercial Bank, speaks to The Worldfolio about the investment opportunities in Sierra Leone and gives his insight into the banking landscape.

Excerpts shared by Sheriff Mahmud Ismail

The Government of Sierra Leone is placing great priority in improving the business climate, enhancing infrastructure and support to private sector development. In line with the government focus, the Central Bank is targeting price stability in support of economic recovery, enhancing monetary policy instruments and liquidity management and also limiting intervention in the foreign exchange market, which will be important to preserve foreign exchange reserves.

The above measures will help in the strengthening of the banking system to support financial intermediation. Commercial banks are thus poised to benefit and take advantage of the improved economic and business environment by offering better services to their customers, including loans and overdrafts and forex to import, thereby creating wealth and boosting government revenue.

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Media News

Two veteran Journalists, now in the United States have paid a courtesy call on Sierra Leone's Ambassador

Two very respected and veteran Journalists who are in the United States of America for various reasons have called on Sierra Leone’s Amr. Bockari Kortu Stevens not only to appreciate the work of the Embassy, but also to pay courtesy as protocol demands.

Mr. Rod Mac-Johnson, former Lecturer Fourah Bay College, former Director of Information Ministry of Information and Communications, Former Director Sierra Leone News Agency (SLENA), Former Chairman Independent Media Commission (IMC) and stringer French News Agency  etc. is on vacation and Mr. Cyril Juxon Smith Director Information and Communications House of Parliament, former Acting Director General Sierra Leone Broadcasting Service (SLBS) and former UNESCO Media Consultant  is in the United States of America to attend the funeral of his father.

Speaking at the Ambassador’s residence on 4821 Colorado Avenue, Washington DC  Mr. Rod Mac-Johnson said “Thank  you Amr. Stevens for accommodating us in the middle of your tight schedule, and also to discuss with us in a homely spirit.

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Commentary

Dr. Tam Baryoh’s Only Crime!

Boris Johnson as a Journalist worked at The Times and Daily Telegraph newspapers. He edited The Spectator newspaper between 1999 and 2006. He was Member of Parliament for Henley from 2001 to 2008 and was also Mayor of London. He is a member of the Conservative Party and the current UK Foreign Secretary.

Nnamdi Azikiwe was to serve as the first president of independent Nigeria from 1963 to 1966. He opened and edited a number of newspapers in Ghana and Nigeria and later became an active politician. Obafemi Awolowo was a great Nigerian politician. He also was an active journalist and edited The Nigerian Worker, amongst other publications.

There is a clear link between politics and journalism though, there seems to be a very thin boundary, or perhaps, “a reflective door in the firewall, such that with time, politicians and journalists cross the line changing roles and moving from side to side,” argues Aminat Afolabi in a piece, titled ‘Politics and Journalism, the Interwoven Relationship between Them.”

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View Point

How and Why I endorse Julius Maada Bio for President?

I have

I have endorsed Retired Brigadier Julius Maada Bio for the SLPP presidential ticket in the March 7 2018 elections because I strongly believe in his project and ability to succeed as our next president if given the opportunity.  Perhaps I need to provide  some context as to how, when and why I took this decision.

Maada Bio is the second presidential candidate I have ever endorsed in Sierra Leone. The first was late president TejanKabbah during the campaigns in the 1996 general elections, which he won. I was then publisher and Editor-in-Chief of Expo Times, which won the best-selling newspaper award from the National Vendors Association that year. At the time, my newspaper was the largest circulation and most widely read newspaper in the country and my nearest competitors were For Di People and Concord Times. When the presidential election campaigns became heated and the battle lines were clearly drawn with the three front-runners, TejanKabbah of the SLPP, Karefa-Smart of the UNPP, and Thaimu Bangura of PDP (SORBEH), For Di People declared for and endorsed Karefa-Smart and the UNPP while Concord Times declared for and endorsed Thaimu Bangura and the PDP. Dr Prince Harding and Banda-Thomas then approached me to endorse and help TejanKabbah of the SLPP, who was then the clear frontrunner according to Opinion polls, to win the elections. 

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News - Press Release

CrPcEPd Life-saving jingle hits the airwaves

Freetown- 9 October 2017 – A new jingle that forewarns Sierra Leonean about the dangers of residing in disaster-prone communities will be released on 10 October 2017.

The 1:30-second radio jingle, aired twice daily for 70 days will be aired on seven major radio stations across the country.

The radio announcement is in Krio, the country’s Lingua Franca, and Mende, Themne and Kono- the widely spoken languages in Sierra Leone.

When radio-lovers tune in on Tuesday morning and evening for the next 70 days they will be informed about the changes in the weather.

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Society -Local News

ACC SPEAKS TO MAFFS ON THE PAY NO BRIBE CAMPAIGN

'A nation cannot progress when its citizens allow bribery to prevail over their sense of patriotism', says Simeon D. Sam Crop Officer, Tonkolili Agriculture Office. He made this statement at an awareness raising engagement organized by the Northern Region Office of the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) on Wednesday 4th October 2017.  

Addressing staff of the Ministry of Agriculture Forestry and Food Security (MAFFS) at their Post Office Road Office in Magburaka, ACC Public Education Officer Abdulai Saccoh said, the Pay No Bribe (PNB) campaign is a sustained approach which gives opportunity to ministries, departments and agencies to deal with bribery issues from within their institutions.

Mr. Saccoh stated that the PNB has enabled citizens to interact with the reporting platform, report incidents of bribery using the PNB channels. Saccoh noted that though Tonkolili is not a PNB district, citizens in that part of the country should be aware of the campaign and could use the platform equally.

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Development

HARFORD SCHOOL FOR GIRLS JOINS THE ANTI-BRIBERY CAMPAIGN

“Girls of this great school in Moyamba, standards have fallen in the educational sector; bribery for admission is prevalent; bribery for grades and promotion is a normal practice; cheating in examination halls is no longer a bane; but ridiculously, the students and pupils and their parents are an accomplice to these corrupt acts,” ACC Manager South, told students and teachers of Harford School for Girls during a three-day visit to Moyamba District.

Samuel Marah said the bedrock for societal development and rectitude is education, which in the last fifteen years is on the decline at an unimaginable proportion. While we see average turnover of pupils per school and per college increases by the day, yet we see a fine, poor quality stock, whose output does not meet societal expectations.

According to Mr. Marah, the ACC is pushing for a rebrand of the educational sector. This means pupils must play active role in tackling corruption undermining their future, thwarting their ambitions, and hampering their prosperity. Students have a responsibility to report instances of petty corruption. They have a role to stop malpractices in schools by making a phone call each time they see it happening.

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Politics

PRESIDENT KOROMA SAYS… “I am very proud of Ansumana Usman Koroma”

President Dr Ernest BaiKoroma has informed Sierra Leoneans that, “I am very proud that we have people like Ansumana. We need many more Ansumana Usman Koromas that will go out there as Ambassadors of our country, showing and telling a good story about Sierra Leone.”

Whilst speaking at his Presidential office in Freetown, President Koroma affirmed that, “I am very proud of Ansumana and I am encouraging him to do more by helping his people.”

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