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“We Have to Remain Focused” - President Koroma PDF Print E-mail
Written by State House news   
Friday, 30 January 2015 12:12

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.


Business News

Standard Chartered Bank Thieves Exposed

As trial continue on the conspiracy matter of four former staffs of Standard Chartered Bank, the sitting judge, Justice Abdulai Charm, has re-discharged the first defendant Madam Aminata Bangura.

The four defendants were arraigned before him for proper trial after found guilty on preliminary investigations in the magistrate court on two counts charges of conspiracy to commit felony and larceny by servant contrary to the laws of Sierra Leone.

The prosecution alleged in count one that some times last year, the defendants conspired with other persons unknown to commit a felony.


Media News

ACC Romances with Guild of Editors

In a bid to maintain the relationship between the two institutions, the Anti Corruption Commission (ACC), has organized a one-day seminar for the Guild of Editors on the theme, “strengthening   partnership with the media on the fight against corruption in Sierra Leone.”

  Speaking at the opening ceremony held at the Hill Valley Hotel, at Signal Hill, in Freetown, ACC deputy commissioner, Shollay Davies, who doubled as the chairman of the program, said corruption is an epidemic that is responsible for the low standard of living of the people of Sierra Leone.

  He also stated that the reason why they are partnering with the media is because they believe that media reports will provide valuable link to identifying corrupt cases.



Protecting the vote: African Politics

Is Africa rising? Are the opposition parties in Sierra Leone prepared for the election soon to come? An advice on what they can do to prevent the incumbent party from fraudulently claiming victory.

 For the most part, incumbent political parties in Africa are notorious for returning to power even when the ballots are not in their favour. The most important reason behind this is the blatant fear that African dictators have: that once they leave power, the incoming government will come after them for the malicious acts they committed during their time in office. These may include money laundering, misuse of power, unjustified killings, to name a few. As such, they believe that luring one of their cronies to the presidential seat will spare them the justice they deserve.


View Point

Utilizing Local Governance in Post Ebola Recovery Drive

With the country apparently bringing an end to its Ebola chapter, a post Ebola Recovery Strategy document could not have come at the right time, given the lessons we have learnt; how the virus and its outbreak affected not only state governance, but brought to light the challenges in the health sector of the affected nations, and also, most importantly but sadly, killed thousands of our compatriots. Also, the leadership, especially at the political level, provided so far by Sierra Leone and the support of the country’s development partners and friendly nations like China should come to mind when issues surrounding post Ebola recovery are discussed.  

The sub regional response has so far been phenomenal, with the three presidents of the most affected nations recently meeting in Guinea. Sierra Leone’s president Koroma has so far been commended for his national response to the outbreak, given that this is first in the history of the country and it came when not prepared for, or anticipated.

In one year, we now have come to terms with the need to build functional, strong and workable National Systems for Resilience and Sustainable Development. This is especially so, because, the Ebola virus came with a huge challenge to not just Sierra Leone’s socio- economic activities, many believe, it has also presented us with opportunities towards building better institutions for effective service delivery.  


News - Press Release

National Neglected Tropical Diseases Programme ends Annual Conference with Debriefing

Freetown, June 24, 015 (MOHS) - As the National Neglected Tropical Diseases and OnchocerciasisProgramme ends its four days Annual Conference, Health and Sanitation Minister, Dr. Abu Bakarr Fofanah has said that neglected tropical disease is still an issue in the country’s health calendar.

Addressing stakeholders from Helen Keller International, USAID, Family Health International (FHI 360), WHO and others at a debriefing meeting in the conference hall of the Health Ministry at Youyi Building in Freetown, the Minister, Dr. Abu Bakarr Fofanah noted the challenges faced by the NTD Programme including the exit strategy of the Africa Programme for Oncho Control (APOC) that has been supporting the operations of the programme.

The timely engagement of the Human Resource Management Office (HRMO) for the recruitment and transfer of the Oncho staff, the Minister said, is imperative noting their importance as Community Health Officers and their role in public health activities.


Society -Local News

Sierra Leonean intellectual engages National Coalition of Independent Scholars Conference

A group of Independent scholars from different disciplines gathered at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut for a three-day conference from June 18 -21 to discuss how technological innovations and digital media have changed scholarly communications, publishing and how information is shared, stored and made available to the public.

The conference hosted by the National Coalition of Independent Scholars as part of its 25th Anniversary attracted academics from across the United States including Washington based Sierra Leonean medical anthropologist and activist, Fuambai Sia Ahmadu, PhD.

Dr. Fuambai focused her presentation on traditions and transitions in relation to female circumcision in particular the ways in which dominant indigenous perceptions of female circumcision, once an untouchable tradition among practicing ethnic groups in some West African countries have shifted among some first generation Americans and younger women within African immigrant communities.



SLRSA Opens Outlet at Waterloo

In a bid to decentralize their functions, Sierra Leone Road Safety Authority (SLRSA) has over the weekend commissioned an office at Waterloo Rural district, on the theme “Rebranding for a better performance.”

  In her keynote address, the Executive Director of SLRSA, Dr. Sarah Finda Bendu, said they thought it fit to open an outlet in the rural community to ease the burden of obtaining licenses and other documents without delay, to promote safety and to increase government revenue.

  She said her institution was established by an Act of Parliament and section 9 of that act empowers them to promote safety.



Kenema City Council Fails Parliament Again

Officials of the Kenema City Council have for the third time failed to go through Parliamentary probing on how they utilized public funds disbursed to their council from the government for the provision of services.

David Kallon, Finance Officer, Alieu B Fofanah, Deputy Finance Officer, Alie J. Jalloh, Procurement Officer, Samuel Johnson, Auditor, faced the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Finance Chaired by Hon. Hassan Sheriff.

  They were asked to stand down till the next day  for failing to provide enough evidence for the  sum of Le 4.1 million  as quarterly allocation for their projects and activities.

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