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“We Have to Remain Focused” - President Koroma PDF Print E-mail
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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.

 

Editorial

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.

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Business News

Glimmer of Hope for the Mining Industry...As Shandong, AML Recommence Mining Operations

As government is putting together a robust post-Ebola recovery plan, the Ministry of Mines and Mineral Resources together with Shandong Steel and Mining Company have expressed strong commitment and willingness to recommence mining operations in the country by mid-April, 2015.

This expressed commitment was made during a meeting with Executives of Shandong Steel Company, the Ministry of Mines and Mineral Resources and representatives of the Tonkolili Iron Ore Mines at State House, Freetown.

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Media News

Media Houses warned against publishing inciting stories

The attention of the Independent Media Commission (IMC) has been drawn to a series of publications and broadcasts on issues relating to the Vice Presidency of Sierra Leone.

The IMC, an institution that promotes a free and responsible media, would like to remind the media institutions that while they are at liberty to source and determine their contents without any interference, they must do so within the set standards and ethics of the profession.

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Commentary

LIVING IN POVERTY WITH PEACE AND HARMONY AND LIVING IN WAR WITH RICHES WHICH ONE IS BETTER?

The above question is a question that I would like every individual or group of Sierra Leoneans, including cleaners, messengers, secretaries, clerks, students, nurses, doctors, civil societies, youth groups, politicians, journalists, lawyers, magistrate or judges should ponder upon. I would like them to think about this question very seriously before they will make up their minds to jump into the Streets of the country in the name of demonstration, if they have toleap. Any one of the alternative above that they will decide to choose the destiny of their precious lives, the country’s progress and development are in their hands. Therefore, I would like them to carefully and wiselylook before they will leap if they have to.

I decided to ask the question because it seems as if many Sierra Leoneans are still sleeping in their wings because of their political egos. Therefore, they don’t want to know about our past and present predicament that the poor people are facing in the country. The poor innocent and defenceless masses were been subjected to uncivilized brutal war for the past 11 years through the causes of some of these same selfish unpatriotic sycophant politicians and their blind tribaiist and regionalist supporters in the count. Now Ebola is destroying thousands of our poor brothers and sisters’ lives in the country. Power hungry wicked politicians and their aides do not just want to know about that. Their business is to get power by any means possible at the expense of the poor masses valuable lives.

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View Point

Lawyers & Politicians, Who’s Worse?

We are living in fascinating times, something the quick-witted will dub as troubling or the time we made history in Sierra Leone regarding the replacement of vice president Sam Sumana.

  I care less about it but as I am made to care more for it, I wonder about how Time will adjudge us on this matter, and whether we will rejoice or be sorry for it.

  But it is really a sad affair, all of it, including the divisive position it has placed us in – those who support the vice president’s replacement, and those who didn’t. What’s now the remedy to all of that?

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News - Press Release

EBOLA OUTBREAK UPDATES---March 23, 2015

? DISCHARGED CASES
? Total Survived and Discharged Cases = 3,316
? NEW CASES
? New Confirmed cases = 2 as follows:
Kailahun = 0, Kenema = 0, Kono = 0
Bombali = 0, Kambia = 0, Koinadugu = 0, Port Loko = 1, Tonkolili = 0
Bo = 0, Bonthe = 0, Moyamba = 0 Pujehun = 0
Western Area Urban = 1, Western Area Rural = 0, Missing = 0
Hot Spots:
Port Loko-Kaffu Bullom - Mbaumbaya (1)
Western Area-Western Area Urban - Upper Consider Lane (1
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Society -Local News

1 Armed Robber Killed, 3 Arrested

The police at the Blama police station in the Small-Bo Chiefdom, in a concerted effort with the police in Kenema have killed one criminal, arrested three, and captured their vehicle with registration number AIO 977 during an exchange of firing while others took to their heels.

In an interview with Michael Mark Dauda Bangura the officer in charge of Blama police station at his office in Blama recently to know the security situation in that part of the country, he said the security situation is relatively calm.

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Development

100 Buses to arrive in Sierra Leone soon

Sierra Leone Government, (Ministry of Transport and Aviation) is finalizing arrangement for the shipment of 100 Buses to Sierra Leone, following last year’s signing of a contract between the ministry and China Poly Group Corporation for the supply of the said buses.

The (100) one hundred Buses, which have been manufactured by Zhongtong Buses, in the People’s Republic of China, are expected in Sierra Leone at anytime from now, as arrangements are now being made by China Poly Group Corporation, with shipping agencies for possible shipment to Sierra Leone.

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Politics

PPRC Warns Political Parties

The chairman of Political Parties Registration Commission has warned political parties to wait for the verdict of the Supreme Court instead of going ahead to demonstrate.

  Justice Tolla Thompson gave this warning at a press conference held at their Tower Hill office yesterday, where he stated PPRC’s position on the All People’s Congress Party (APC) saga which has turned into a national issue of constitutionalism vis-à-vis removing the elected Vice President of the Republic from office, a matter which is presently before the Supreme Court of Sierra Leone.

The PPRC chair warned political parties not to turn the issue into a personal political matter as it requires national attention.

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