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.
Some people think good things never come from certain entities except frustration and cheating others out of their monies, especially with mobile companies.
The tide or trend seems to change all of a sudden, isn’t it, with the coming of Momoh Konte into the chairmanship of the national telecommunications commission.
We are happy about and for this, really, and we are encouraging them for the camaraderie to continue, so long as the interest of consumers takes first place – yes first place.
But there’s no need to worry because the Chairman Momoh Konte over the weekend engaged the management of the two leading mobile phone companies in the country, Airtel and Africell, at Radisson Blu Hotel, Freetown.
The Independent Observer and Prime Times newspapers both privately-owned newspapers in Sierra Leone have been suspended for failing to pay a fine imposed on them by the media regulatory body in the country.
The Independent Media Commission (IMC) on February 23, 2015, issued a press release indicating that the two newspapers have been suspended until they comply with the directives.
TRIBUTE : MY ENCOUNTER WITH TAMBA SAM @ THE SLPP OFFICE
With tears running down my cheeks, I was shocked and became mute after hearing the shocking news about the death of the Sierra Leone People’s Party (SLPP) National Publicity Secretary, Hon. Musa Tamba Sam. Indeed the parameters to measure his deeds is not how he died but how did he live. And not what he gained but what did he give back to society.
As hearing continues on the matter between 16 redundant workers (plaintiffs), and National Power Authority (NPA) now Electricity Distribution and Supply Authority (EDSA), the fifth plaintiff Thomas Farmer has said he worked for the institution for 17 years and was wrongfully terminated.
The plaintiff who was led in his examination-in-chief by their counsel, Shears-Moses, before Justice Patrick Hamilton, said he took up office on 2 September 1987 with an appointment letter as a senior meter reader.
Sierra Leone Approves Oil Spill Sensitivity Map, Marine Report
ABIDJAN, 23 Feb 2015 – Sierra Leone has endorsed two reports that recognize thethreats to its marine and coastal environment, and which would contribute to a future integrated management of its coastal zone.
The Coastal and Marine Oil Spill Sensitivity Mapping for Sierra Leone, and the State of the Marine Environment Report for Sierra Leonewere validated 22 January at a workshop comprising government ministries responsible for marine and coastal zone affairs, the University of Sierra Leone, and non-governmental bodies with environmental and conservation interests.
Freetown, Feb. 27 (SLENA) - Majority leader of parliament and leader of government business, Hon. Ibrahim Bundu has said in the well of parliament that persons entrusted with government properties must take proper care of them by ensuring regular maintenance of such property.
The majority leader was speaking in parliament last week Thursday 26th February 2015 when he noted that most of the OAU quarters at Hill Station were being misused by top government officials who reside in them and urged that the quarters must be maintained.