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Written by John Baimba Sesay   
Friday, 29 September 2017 17:54

The APC as a political family is set to elect/select a flag bearer, who eventually would lead the Party to victory, come March, 2018. This is a national task, given what the Party’s leadership has done in the last decade or so of state governance.   Explicitly, as seen from the turnout of flag bearer aspirants, the Party has got the human resource to manage the country’s state of affairs.  All those showing interest in the flagship of the Party have one thing in common; the growth of country firstly, and secondly, a major political interest- wanting the APC to remain in governance.  

Time there was, when people would see the APC as no better alternative during partisan politics and national development. Thanks to the incisive leadership of Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma, all that changed. Not only has the Party been strategically positioned in the country’s political makeup, it has continued to play a major role in the country’s socio-economic development.

Given all these outstanding indictors of a well positioned Party, it should not come as a surprise therefore, that many people have shown interest in wanting to lead it to the next polls.  However, one person SHALL emerge as the CHOICE. Others must work closely with whoever emerges as candidate in pursuing the common goal of winning to form the next government.

Ambassador Dr. Alhaji Osman Foday Yansaneh, APC Secretary-General, is a veteran of the Party, one that has played a resounding role in the political survival of the APC.

In a 2016 interview, he told me, “it would be suicidal to give the leadership of our Party to a new member; somebody who just comes to school today, tomorrow he wants to be a Senior Prefect of the school…”  For him, such an individual “has to go through some learning process. That is why we are saying only a blue-blooded APC could lead the party to elections.” Dr. Yansaneh further clarified, that a blue-blooded APC should be “somebody who has gone through the rigors of the Party, held responsible positions within the Party structure, and has served the Party diligently.”

Hear him further: “We also mean somebody who is loyal to the party and has deep institutional knowledge of the party and its people. We cannot afford to choose a weak and untested individual. The person has to be battle tested. We in the APC know people who were on the margins when we most needed their support in the trying days of the struggle to salvage our party from the morass in which it had sunk after the NPRC coup.”

President Ernest Bai Koroma, no doubt is still a popular leader. He still enjoys a huge national support. He has a likable character. And he surely will be missed by many.  Whoever is elected or selected shall enjoy such support from the President. This is one good advantage the Party and candidate stand to enjoy.  Succeeding him therefore should be seen from the viewpoint of believing in his legacy and be ready to continue with it. Not only the need for Party and national appeal, one must also be seen to have institutional memories of the Party and must have sacrificed for the growth and survival of the Party.

The APC has an effective leadership, with robust internal discipline. Discipline is vital to the survival of a political party. Where that is lacking, then the chance of such a political institution to continue to rise are very limited. And unlike other political parties, the APC has always had a unique way of handling internal challenges, thanks to the smart leadership of Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma.  Under his watchful eyes as Chairman and Leader, the Party has been strategically positioned, looking at where it was, to where it is today. This effective leadership has today ensured a tranquil and peaceful conduct of the Party’s lower level election/selection processes across the country.   

The need for sustained Party unity ahead of the Makeni family meeting and the pending elections cannot be overemphasized more so given what the Party has done over the years and the need to continue with such achievements. In ten years, there has been tremendous progress that the country has witnessed.   

In areas of infrastructural growth, International Relations (especially our global role in peace building and in pursuing the Common African Position), sustaining our post war gains and in ensuring national cohesion, a long way we have come.  Sustaining those gains would require the APC as a Political institution to work collectively so as to win the pending elections. There is no better way the party’s leadership could be thanked than winning the 2018 elections.      

The common good should override the individual interests. This is time to rise above those things that would tend to weaken the very foundation on which the party has been built and nourished over the years.  The APC is a national Party that cuts across tribe and region. We should not ignore the outstanding role some people have played in ensuring the Party reaches where it is today.

Forget tribe, forget region, the APC is the overriding force to be pursued.  The legacy of the President must be protected, cherished and continued with. The Makeni APC Family meeting   is all for the common goal/good! 

Last Updated on Monday, 02 October 2017 11:55


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.


Business News


The Parliament of Sierra Leone on Monday 04th December 2017 debated and ratified two additional agreements aimed at improving and expanding Ports facilities in Sierra Leone to be at par with international best practices.

Presenting both Agreements prior to ratification, the Minister of Transport and Aviation, Balogun Koroma said that the additional Agreements are geared towards addressing some of the concerns raised by MPs, in respect of expanding our Ports facilities to accommodate larger vessels, and the issuance of license with the view of combating money laundering, contra-band goods, and attracting more funds for Government.

Hon. Dr. Bernadette Lahai, Minority Leader of the House, also supported the ratification of the two Agreements, saying if our Ports are not developed, we would not be able to attract huge vessels; thus the need for the continuous improvement of our Ports facilities.


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.



Reasons why Sierra Leoneans Must Think beyond Tribal and Regional Lines Before Casting their Ballots This Time

As the national or general elections loom in Sierra Leone and, as a true citizen, I solemnly pray and hope with all hopes that Sierra Leoneans of the voting age will consider carefully who they would vote for, come March 2018. The divisive and immature nature of politics as it exists in Sierra Leone has, to a greater extent, contributed to the country lagging behind nearly all other countries in terms of progressive development. My readers should be mindful of the fact that certain countries in Africa would rather develop retrogressively than progressively, a situation wherein governments embark on ego-boosting programs that aren’t beneficial to the average citizen.

A government which expends its energy for the benefit of the people is a progressive government and that is what Sierra Leoneans want at this time after being in the doldrums for ages. It is therefore absolutely necessary for fellow citizens to refrain from casting their valued votes in favor of candidates because of tribal or regional affiliations but on how genuine and capable that candidate is, otherwise stagnation in progress is bound to follow.


View Point

Youth Unemployment Is A Killer Virus In Sierra Leone

“I studied Sociology at NjalaUniversity and graduated in 2015 but still unemployed despite several interviews being attended. I am currently awaiting my MSc at Njala University which is to be awarded early next year,” said 29 year old MabintyKamara.

“I graduated in 2012 with Honours from the Department of Accounting, Fourah Bay College, University of Sierra Leone. I have sent several job applications; the only long job I got was with the International Medical Corps during the deadly Ebola virus and since then no job. I was also a volunteer teacher but the Minister of Education, Science and Technology did not approve me and others after almost a year of voluntary service so I quit,” said 31 year old Mohamed LaminKanneh.

In Sierra Leone, despite the numerous promises made by President Ernest BaiKoroma to figuratively ‘lay his life for the youth,’ unemployment among youth is one of the highest with no end in sight to reduce the spate of this social menace. According to the United Nations Development Program, approximately 70% of youth are underemployed or unemployed and an estimated 800,000 youth today are actively searching for employment.


News - Press Release

Sierra Leone receives US$10 Million Supplemental Financing from World Bank as support to Landslide and Flooding

FREETOWN, December 13, 2017 —The World Bank Group has approved aSupplemental Financing (SF) in the amount of US$10 million to help the Government of Sierra Leone meet immediate needs associated with the landslide and flooding disaster that struck Freetown on August 14, 2017.The SF is a grant, provided as a supplemental budget support operation that will flow directly into the Government’s budget.

The funding, under the First Productivity and Transparency Support Credit (PTSC-I), will ensure that the reforms supported under thisoperation remain on track and are implemented without the risk of delays due to competing capacity or budgetary priorities arising from the post-disaster recovery. It will also help with the rebuilding of critical infrastructuredestroyed during the landslide and flooding.

Since the end of the Ebola epidemic, the Government of Sierra Leone (GoSL) has initiated substantive reforms to boost productivity, restore fiscal stability, and gradually rebuild buffers. The Government initiated substantive reforms, focusing on agriculture, fisheries and energy, supported by the First Productivity and Transparency Support Credit (PTSC-I), to boost productivity and start rebuilding the country's buffers.


Society -Local News

John Baimba Sesay: The Diplomat who Deserves Parliamentary Representation

John Baimba Sesay is a native of Kapethe Village, Safroko Limba Chiefdom, with chiefdom headquarter town of Binkolo, in Constituency 034, Bombali District. The Constituency covers Safroko Limba and Pakimasabong Chiefdoms in the same district.

Born in the early 1980’s, he holds Bachelor of Arts (BA) Mass Communication, with Hons, 2004-2008 from Fourah Bay College, University of Sierra Leone. He also holds a post graduate Master of Arts (MA), Mass Communication (2009- June 2010) degree from the same university.

John Baimba is my colleague based in Beijing. Having worked for a number of daily newspapers, including, Independent Observer, For Di People and Awoko, he has a wealth of experience in journalism.



World Bank Group Boosts Financing for West African Power Pool Regional Power Transmission Project

FREETOWN, December13, 2017 —The World Bank Group on November 17, 2017 approved Additional Financing in the amount of US$59.57 million to West African Power Pool (WAPP) - Côte d’Ivoire, Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea (CLSG) PowerInterconnection Project, which aims to increase electricity supply in the four participating countries.

The project will interconnect the four participating countries into the 225 kV (kilo volt) regional energy market in West Africa, and will also enable the connection to the WAPP of the planned hydropower plants in Bumbuna Extension, Yiben and Bekongor in Sierra Leone and Mount Coffee in Liberia and other future generation projects.

The Project will provide residents of Greater Monrovia Area in Liberia; Bo, Kenema and the Western Areas in Sierra Leone; and the Forest Region of Guinea, with improvements in power supplies in the short-term. It also pursues a regional infrastructure developmental approach that will provide over the medium- to long-term adequate electricity to the people of the four countries in a more efficient and cost effective way, boosting economic and social development.



It will not be Business as Usual…Bio assures Diaspora

He was passionate, confident and assuring as he addressed hundreds of Sierra Leoneans at the prestigious Royal Regency Hall in London on Saturday 9th December 2017 with a very simple message that as the next President it will not be business as usual. For a man who has a solid track record as a disciplinarian, Rtd. Brigadier Julius Maada Bio continues to attract many voters who feel the country needs a strong and disciplined leadership.

Cataloguing the current state of the country, Bio spoke about a divided country, the poor drowning in poverty, rich swimming in affluence, poor governance, battered economy, high public debt, third hungriest country, high inflation among others . He also reminded his audience that many of the things which necessitated the war such as bad governance, mismanagement of the economy, injustice have been the features of the current APC Government.

However, Bio's message was not just about the doom and gloom but also making a case why he is the right choice that the country needs. He spoke about his track record, experience and how he has always put his country first. "Some have come with slogan, country first, but I served my country first at a very tender age. I did not go around the world to work and come back old to say country first. When I was young I gave my life to our country," a passionate Bio said.

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