President Ernest Bai Koroma Thursday 29 January called on all Sierra Leoneans and development partners to remain focused in the fight against the waning Ebola virus disease. The president made this call while receiving Oxfam’s Chief Executive Officer Mr. Mark Goldring at State House, Freetown.
Whilst commending Oxfam for galvanizing the international community to pay keen attention to Sierra Leone, President Koroma underscored the significance of remaining focused and vigilant even as the country continues to experience a downtrend of the virus, adding that this is not the time to remain complacent. “We have to remain focused until we get through the 42 Days set by the World Health Organization,” he said.
As the number of new infections continues to dwindle, the president emphasized it will be judicious to use this transition period to kick start other social services, including the reopening of schools. He underscored the need for a lot of preparatory work, and noted that medical institutions require training and rehabilitation in order to encourage people to report to the nearest Peripheral Health Unit (PHU).
In as much as government was preoccupied with the reopening of schools, the president maintained that schools across the country must be safe, ensuring water and sanitation facilities as well as training teachers before resumption of their activities. He added that government is putting together a post-Ebola recovery plan and will enhance an effective partnership with its development partners in addressing the challenges and moving forward.
Oxfam’s Chief Executive Officer Mark Goldring on behalf of Oxfam expressed appreciation for the leadership of President Koroma in the fight against Ebola. He maintained that the world was slow in responding to the outbreak and informed the president of the issued press release by the organization to pay attention to Sierra Leone with specific attention to immediate recovery and long term development. Mr. Goldring registered their commitment to work in a more proactive way alongside the Ministry of Water Resources. He also mentioned the organization’s support to the Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Project in the country.
The Deputy Minister of Water Resources Alhaji Foday Bayoh said Oxfam is one of the reliable partners in the WASH project.
2016 Global Peace Conference to be held in Freetown---as IPRA 50th Birthday confab ends in Istanbul
The 26th biennal conference of the Internatonal Peace Research Association (IPRA) is billed to take place in Freetown, Sierra Leone in November 2016, marking the second time Africa has hosted the conference since the founding of IPRA in 1964. This was announced following the re-election of the two IPRA Secretaries-general, Dr Ibrahim Seaga Shaw (pictured) and Dr Nesrin Kenar, who co-ordinated the 25th IPRA conference in Turkey, at the organisation’s administrative meeting on August 14 during the 25th IPRA conference in Istanbul to serve a second term of two years.
Freetown 11th April 2016-AMR Gold’s subsidiary company-Wilkinson Hill Mining Company has completed its six months’ trail processing of larger samples planned before the on-set of the rainy season.
The program indicated that special attention should be given to the treatment of clay and organic material when designing a commercial mineral processing plant.
This has further allowed the company to importantly gather a lot of information on how best to mine the various ore horizons and to determine what the most appropriate cost effective excavating, earth moving and transport equipment to use for full scale commercial mining. This has been very important to determine the quantities and compositions of the heavy minerals recovered which is dominated by coltan and cassiterite with gold, magnetite, ilmenite etc as accessory, and also to know how best to optimise the recoveries.
The Independent Media Commission (IMC) established by an act of Parliament of 2000 and amended in 2006 and 2007 has, as its core mandate to regulate the establishment and operations of the media in Sierra Leone including the Print and electronic.
Media regulation serves as guidance to mass media. These regulations that are enforced via law, rules or procedures, can have various goals, for example intervention to protect a stated public interest, or encouraging competition and an effective media market, or establishing common ethical standards.
Sierra Leone’s vision is to become a stable democracy with a vibrant economy, a united people, progressive nation and attractive country (Vision 2025)
RULE OF LAW MUST BE RESPECTED, PROTECTED AND PROMOTED.
(The thoughts expressed in this article are purely and entirely the thoughts of the author)
The term ‘rule of law’ can be interpreted as the restriction of arbitrary exercise of power by subordinating it to well-defined and established rules. The rule of law expressly sets standards that no government and, or, branch of government is above the law and no public official may act arbitrarily. It is absolutely wrong for any government or government official to subject anyone to civil damages or criminal punishment except in strict accordance with well defined laws and procedures. Despite its ancient history, the doctrine of the rule of law requires governments all over the world to exercise their authority within the legal framework “Rule under the Law, “Rule according to Law” and “Rule according to higher Law”. This write up will attempt to throw light on the three contexts of the rule of law and cite examples of proceedings where judges were firm in following the rule of law.
WHY THE SIERRA LEONE LAW MAKERS ARE AFRAID OF SECURITY THREAT ?
President Ernest Bai Koroma is like any other individual human being on earth that can eat salt. In view of that he is liable to make mistakes because he is not an angel that does not make mistake. Even his detractors or critics’ are not perfect.
They normally make mistakes because they are human beings. Therefore, he is unable to satisfy everybody in the country and even within his government and APC party members he cannot also able to satisfy all of them. The fact is, no one is perfect in the universe. Likewise no one knows everything in the world.Therefore, the only thing he has to do is to continue doing his very best for the country and the people that elected him into power, especially the improvement of their lives’ status.
WASHINGTON, April 14, 2016 – World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim and UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake today jointly urged global and national leaders to step up and accelerate action and investments in nutrition and early childhood development (ECD) programmes as a critical foundation for equitable development and economic growth.
The two organizations announced the establishment of a new alliance that aims to make ECD a global policy, programming and public spending priority, to give all young children access to quality services that improve their health, nutrition, learning ability and emotional well-being.
Advances in neuroscience and recent economic studies show that early childhood experiences have a profound impact on brain development and on subsequent learning, health, and adult earnings. Children who are poorly nourished and nurtured, or those who do not receive early stimulation, are likely to learn less in school and earn less as adults.
The Law courts in Kenema since the begining of 2016 under the administration of Justice of the newly appointed chief Justice of Sierra Leone, Hon Justice Abdulai Charm and newly transferred judge to Kenema in the Eastern Region, Hon. Justice Allan B.Halloway, Judge of the superior courts of judicature in Sierra Leone has brought changes to the Law courts in Kenema with support from ASJP
There is now an Information Desk officer at the entrance of the building to stop unnecessary movement within and around the courts building and to ensure discipline and dress code. There is now air conditioning in the office of the Magistrate, the Judge, Law officers Department, and the staff; photocopier machines, internet facility and computers among others.
Emauni Foundation - a charitable organization that is based in the United States of America has once again supported the people of Marampa Chiefdom with food and non-food items at the Chiefdom headquarter town on Friday 11th of March, 2016.
The support range to feeding 5000 primary and secondary school pupils of Marampa Chiefdom, checking the blood pressure of the old people and also giving them pain medication, distribution of 48 bags of rice with cooking condiments, given 50 thousand Leones to the old people of the surrounding villages of the chiefdom and the last activity is giving children cloths to lactating mothers for their children.
Giving these gifts to the people of Marampa, Madam Ashmawo Bangurah - a philanthropist and a registered nurse of Neo-natal Intensive Care based in USA and also the founder for the Emauni Foundation, when giving the keynote address to a large number of people who came from the surrounding villages of Marampa Chiefdom, (Matobo, Manso Camp-Mange, Roworreh, Maforki, Mabil, Komrabai and Mafosa-Gbeny etc), the founder said that alleviating the sufferings of the people at Marampa Chiefdom is her main focus when she is in the United States of America.
The Parliament of Sierra Leone has on Tuesday 12th April 2016, after an extensive debate ratified a motion for the approval of seven Presidential nominees to serve in respectable and high offices of State.
The following nominees were approved by Parliament through a collection of voices:
Mr. Momodu Lamin Kargbo-Minister of Finance and Economic Development
Dr. Christiana Thorpe-Deputy Minister of Education, Science and Technology
Dr. Kaifala Marah-Governor, Bank of Sierra Leone
Mr. Alfred P. Conteh-Minister of Internal Affairs
Maj. General John E. Milton-Chief of Defence Staff of the RSLAF
Ms. Mabinty Daramy-Ambassador to the Republic of Guinea
Ms. Rugiatu N. Turay-Deputy Minister of Social Welfare, Gender & Children’s Affairs