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ACC TAKES THE FIGHT TO MAMANKA IN BOMBALI DISTRICT PDF Print E-mail
Written by press statement   
Saturday, 31 October 2015 22:18

In rolling out one of the approaches to fighting corruption, the Northern Region office of the Anti-Corruption Commission on Thursday held an outreach community education meeting with the indigenes of the Mamanka community, in the Gbendembu Gowahun Chiefdom, Bombali District.

Speaking on the purpose of the engagement, the ACC Manager North, Abu Bakarr Kamara maintained, that fighting corruption has three main approaches namely: education, prevention and confrontation which constitutes investigation and prosecution.

He furthered, ACC was in their midst on a public education and awareness raising campaign and to solicit their much needed support in the crusade.

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NERC Boss Optimistic About Ebola Ending on 7 November PDF Print E-mail
Written by Fatmata B Sheriff   
Friday, 30 October 2015 10:57

Chief executive officer of the National Ebola Response Centre, Alfred Palo Conteh, said on 28 October 2015 that he is pleased to inform Sierra Leoneans that the country has gone for six consecutive weeks without recording cases.

“This is a remarkable achievement in our fight against the Ebola outbreak,” he said. “I am also pleased to announce that WHO has said if the current trend continues, that 7 November will be declared the current outbreak over in Sierra Leone. That will mark 42 days since the last confirmed case tested twice negative, on 25 September 2015.”

He however hastened to remind the country that 7 November will only come to fruition if we continue to do the right thing as a nation.

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Imam calls on government, humanitarian groups for support PDF Print E-mail
Written by slena   
Wednesday, 28 October 2015 10:10

Rokel Village, Oct. 26 (SLENA) -The Imam of Masjid Raman, Upper Container,  Rokel village, Sherik Abubakarr Jalloh has called on government and international humanitarian’s organization to support him in taking care of 122 Arabic students in the Rokel village.

Speaking to this medium at Rokel village, the Imam saidhe is taking care of one hundred and twenty-two (122) students in Arabic education but lacks the necessary tools to enable the students archive their desired goals.

He said of the 122 student 60% of them are orphans and the Islamic center cannot accommodate all of them, he therefore called on government and humanitarian organizations to help him in building anArabic school in the community in order to foster the dreams of the children in archiving Islamic education.

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NASSIT & HFC Storm Atlanta and Ohio PDF Print E-mail
Written by Pasco Gerald Temple   
Friday, 23 October 2015 10:02

As they continue to tour the united States with their message of encouragement for Sierra Leoneans in the Diaspora to participate in their country's Pensions and Home Mortgage Schemes, Senior Officials of NASSIT and the HFC Mortgage and Savings (SL) Limited have gathered crowds in Atlanta and Ohio on the 17th and 18th October respectively.

In Atlanta, representatives from both institutions explained the purpose of their visit and their institutional operations using PowerPoint presentations. On the side of NASSIT, Mr. Joe Hassan Kalokoh who is head of Research, Planning and Actuarial Division, projected a well structured and flashy presentation providing an overview of all NASSIT activities, their current strategy to allow Diaspora participation and what the institution stands for. The Managing Director of HFC, Mr. Ahmed Kamara also did a full length presentation on their products and method of accessing them from overseas.

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“The 8th Accused Manhandled the Deceased”... PW5 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Mariama Turay   
Monday, 19 October 2015 10:15

Prosecution witness number five on the Robert Street Murder, Nimneh Dickson has told the court in his examination-in-chief that it was the 8th accused who dragged and manhandled Francis Haffner (now deceased), on the night he was arrested.

  Led in evidence by associating counsel TATO Harding, the witness said on 29 May 2015, he was sitting down on the bridge with his friend Alex when he heard people shouting that the police are coming.

  He said he was still under the bridge when the 8th accused arrested the deceased and handed him over to his colleague officers who dragged and manhandled him.

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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

Freedom of Expression Violations Rise Sharply in West Africa

The incidents of freedom of expression rights violations in West Africa more than tripled in the first quarter (January-March) of 2017.

Over the three-month period, a total of 47 violations were recorded as against 14 violations for the last quarter (October-December) of 2016. The violations recorded in the quarter under review range from arrests and detentions to physical attacks, online violations, shutdown of media houses, censorship, seizure and destruction of property and killings. The 47 violations occurred in 10 out of the 16 countries in West Africa.

 

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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

THE CASE FOR REFORM OF THE UN SECURITY COUNCIL
  1. In recent years many UN member States have begun urging a change of the Security Council more so by demands of African states led by Sierra Leone.
  2. The main argument for reform is that change is necessary to make the Security Council more reflective of today’s International realities.
  3. Since the Council was created in 1945 more than a hundred and ninety two nations have come into existence and former defeated states in the last World War such as Germany, Japan and Italy have rejoined the World Community. While many developing states have become economic and trade dynamos yet the Security Council still operates on the same basic principles and with the same P5 (permanent Five) UK, USA, CHINA, FRANCE and USSR.

 

Sierra Leone has consistently and with farvour put the case for Africa at every fora upto some weeks ago in New York but it is difficult to assess the response of the UN or the P 5 respectively.

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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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