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.
In 1996, some WTO members raised the need for an agreement on trade facilitation as part of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) Agreements. Negotiations on the said agreement however lasted for nearly 10 years. It was only in November 2014, that WTO members agreed to incorporate the trade facilitation agreement (TFA) as part of the WTO Agreements.
The main purpose of the TFA is to foster more efficient customs clearance procedures, promote the use of modern technologies to ensure the speedy movement of goods and people, advance effective cooperation between customs and other relevant authorities involved in trade facilitation, and to improve technical assistance and capacity building support in these areas.
The TFA covers trade in all goods and contains 24 Articles in 3 Sections. Section I refers to trade facilitation standards and obligations, Section II relates to the flexibilities provided for developing countries with regards timelines for the implementation of specific provisions of the Agreement, and Section III pertains to institutional arrangements. The high points of this agreement in relation to the NRA are:
FREETOWN, 25 July 2016: Journalist Sam Lahai has just been released on bail from his detention at the Criminal Investigation Department (CID).
The Kenema based journalist and Assistant Secretary General of the SLAJ East Regional Executive spent the weekend at the CID on the orders of Deputy Minister of Internal Affairs, Rtd Major Sengu Koroma, for allegations of defamation.
Lahai's bail bond was strangely set at Le20 million and was released to the President of SLAJ, Kelvin Lewis, Public Affairs Secretary- Princess Gibson, and legal team comprising Joseph Egbenda Kapuwa Esq and Musa Mewa Esq.
Climate Change: An Impact Assessment in Sierra Leone
“Climate change poses a serious challenge to the attainment of the Development Goals. Changing rainfall and climate patterns and rising sea levels will exacerbate existing economic, political and humanitarian stresses and affect human development in all parts of the world. This is especially true for countries that rely heavily on climate-vulnerable sectors such as agriculture, water resources, forests and biodiversity to maintain and improve the living conditions of their populations. It is therefore important to manage climate change risks as part of our development approach.” EPA-SL Report 2016, National Climate Change Secretariat: Mainstreaming Climate Change Guidelines into National Development Planning.
This story is specifically on the impact of Climate Change in Sierra Leone and what is being done about it as captured in the above quotation from a report published by the Environment Protection Agency- Sierra Leone (EPAS-SL.) The writer posits that if all the information provided by the various official and private respondents during the interviews he conducted were true, then the story, which takes into account the writer’s own personal observation over the past forty five years, would unfold as he has recounted here.
SLPP BENJAMIN AND ADP KAMARAINBA SHOULD TELL THE NATION AND THE WORLD WHAT GOOD DEVELOPMENT THEY HAVE DONE IN SIERRA LEONE
Sometimes even one does not want to say anything in connection with certain issues, especially social and political issues in the country because of personal and family commitment. But sometimes because of the love for my country, Sierra Leone particularly for its peace, security, progress and development, I have to step in. I have to come in to make my present felt, because certain people in the country always think and feel that there is nobody like them.
Therefore, they will say and do anything they will like to say and scot-free. Even at the expense of the poor, powerless and defenceless masses, they just don't care about that. As long as they bent on pursuing their wicked and unpatriotic clandestine devil incarnation like diabolic satanic plans that will destroy the hard earned golden peace that God has given us, to satisfy their caustic destructive political ambition.
The Secretary General of the Sierra Leone Bar Association (SLBA), Mr. Julian Cole has called on the Sierra Leone Legal Board to assist with finding a solution to issues of bail processing and approval. Cole noted that those charged with approving bail do impose their own conditions and this is imposing obstacles in securing bail for accused persons.
Cole registered the concern when the new executive of the Bar Association met with the management of the Legal Aid Board on Tuesday, July 26. Cole lauded the Legal Aid Board for the significant progress in promoting access to justice and the commitment shown by its lawyers in handling a lot of cases in court.
The President of the Association, Ms. Rhoda SouffianKargboNuni said her Association will build on the partnership between the two institutions. ‘If you need any assistance from us, please let us know,’ she said. ‘When the Board succeeds, the profession can take some of the credit.’
Members of the Citizens Advisory Bureau Working Committee have adopted the Bye-Laws for the soon-to-established Citizens Advisory Bureau (CAB) at a meeting at the AFRICELL Office on Bathurst Street in Freetown on Tuesday.
The Committee was put together at a stakeholders’ workshop on June 9 at the Atlantic Hall of the National Stadium Hostels to educate and discuss ideas about the Bureauwhich will offer Alternative Dispute Resolution, Mediation and Referral services in the community.
The meeting was convened under the auspices of the Sierra Leone Legal Aid Board. It attracted twelve Tribal Headmen from the Western Area, Councilors from the Western Area Urban and Rural District Councils and representativesof the Sierra Leone Police, the Sierra Leone Correctional Service, National Youth Commission and civil society groups.
“My strategy in the fight against corruption focuses on hunting the tigers and swatting the flies. I will make no distinction between grand and petty corruption. Corruption is a terrible offence, and I will pursue perpetrators vigorously,” the ACC Commissioner, Ady Macauley, told the General Assembly of the Network of Anti-Corruption Institutions in West Africa (NACIWA), in Cotonou, Benin. It was the maiden participation of the Commissioner.
Ady Macauley said in Sierra Leone the public clamour when the Commission prosecutes high profile people and this is so because they believe that people in authority are entrusted with the management of State resources for the public good. He said the Commission continues to enjoy public confidence and trust and is performing exceedingly well in its prosecution front.
The ACC Boss said, on petty corruption, his Commission is getting support from Ministries, Departments, Agencies (MDAs), the media and CSOs. He highlighted to the Assembly an instance where a traffic police officer brought to the ACC a commercial driver for attempting to bribe him.
The Political Parties Registration Commission (PPRC) on Tuesday 19th July, 2016 advised the leadership of the Sierra Leone Peoples Party (SLPP) to re-do the zonal/sectional Consensus in thirty-two (32) Constituencies out of the one hundred and twelve (112) Constituencies nationwide. It can be recalled that after the consensus building processs held on Saturday 18th June,2016, the Commission received series of complaints and petition from some SLPP members.
Speaking to a cross section of the National Officers and key party stakeholders, the Chairman Hon. Justice M.E.Tolla Thompson says as a Commission it is its duty to ensure peace and stability between and among members of political parties.
Hon Justice Thompson also informed the meeting that the Commission will work with a Committee that will set dates for the re-run of these consensus building processes and will be monitored by the Commission.
Hon Justice Thompson also advised that the Regional Elections Complaint Committess (RECC) should be constituted on or before Monday 25th July,2016.