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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

New United Nations study finds digital payments to Ebola response workers saved lives and $10 million

By using digital payments to pay Ebola response workers, Sierra Leone massively cut payment times, avoiding large-scale strikes and ensuring a stable workforce to defeat Ebola.  Sierra Leone’s experience shows the critical importance of preparing early for digital payments before crises hit.

FREETOWN / NEW YORK, 18 May, 2016 – Mobile phones serving as digital “wallets” for payments to response workers proved an invaluable tool in Sierra Leone’s response to the Ebola crisis, according to a new study from the United Nations-based Better Than Cash Alliance

With economic instability, natural disasters and political conflict now taking place at unprecedented rates, the new research offers valuable lessons on how to harness the power of technology to help emergency workers reach more people by paying them digitally during crises.The country has been Ebola free since January.

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Media News

Information Minister arrives in Beijing, pursues investment in SLBC’s digitalization
Sierra Leone’s Minister of Information and Communications has assured of his committed zest towards transforming the sector especially in the area of digital television, making  clear, that when the country's public broadcaster- SLBC goes digital, it  should be viewed as a development for the country and not for the President or himself as Minister.
 
Mohamed Bangura spoke on Friday 17th June, 2016, in Beijing, during a meeting with the Chairman of StarTimes Communication Network Technology, a company that had, earlier expressed the desire to invest its financial resources in Sierra Leone by providing Sierra Leoneans access to quality and affordable digital television.
 
According to Minister Bangura, Sierra Leone has been working towards digitalizing SLBC but  faced with challenges among which the ebola outbreak, which he said, even prevented the country from meeting the 2015 deadline given by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) for the realization of digitalization of television broadcasting by Member States.
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UNTIMELY DEATH OF SLPP SUPPORTER IN KENEMA: DID THE YOUTHS OF SIERRA LEONE LEARN GOOD LESSONS?

In as much I am always making a follow up with keen interest on the daily events of the country, especially social and political happenings, so I am also too concerned about the safety and security of the precious lives of my fellow Sierra Leoneans in and out of the country, especially those living in the country. The fact is, those living in the country are really living in a very pathetic situation, particularly because of the aftermaths of the 11years of brutal civil war and the recent Ebola Virus devastating effects in the country’s economy.

The senseless brutal war and the recent Ebola outbreak had destroyed the fabric of the country’s socio-economic development completely. Therefore, it is really too dishearten and painful, now that President Ernst Koroma and his APC government are fighting tooth and nail to improve the already battered economy, some enemies of peace, progress and development Sierra Leoneans are seemingly or deliberately still refusing to learn good lessons from such untold suffering periods in the country. Because of tribalism, regional interests, political hatred and hungry for political power at the detriment of the poor nation.

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View Point

A PASSIONATE LETTER TO HIS EXCELLENCY THE PRESIDENT – 42ND EDITION: RELIABLE ENERGY AND HUMAN RESOURCE BUILDING – BEDROCKS FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT
Your Excellency Sir,
As my current contribution to nation building, I would not relent in presenting my views on issues pertinent to commoners’ interests and/or community/ national progress.
 
In this piece I will deliberate on the need for building reliable energy and human resource capacities as extremely crucial bedrocks for sustainable national development.
 
For any economy in this modern/industrial age to thrive and flourish, the need for a nationally driven, functional and sustainable energy supply cannot be overemphasized. Industrialization and investment in Africa are tilting much from raw resource exploitation and exporting, to building secondary/tertiary industries in the various countries of exploitation and investment.    This ensures adding value to our primary resources, as well as creating much needed employment in a country where youth unemployment is ever increasing. For example, Botswana has advanced their diamond mining industry from exporting the primary/raw material to where it is being cut, polished, exhibited and sold in Botswana – adding greater value to this commodity, as well as creating more employment opportunities in the country. This should be a queue for other African countries to take in all other areas of investments.
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News - Press Release

Her Majesty The Queen honours the achievements of The Queen’s Young Leaders Award winners 2016

On Thursday evening, 23 June 2016, The Queen presented an award to the 2016 Queen’s Young Leader from Sierra Leone in a special ceremony at Buckingham Palace. His Royal Highness Prince Harry attended the event in support of The Queen, which recognised exceptional young people from across the Commonwealth who are making lasting change in their communities.

Former Prime Minister and Chairman of The Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust, Sir John Major, David Beckham and Sir Lenny Henry were also in attendance.

Speaking at the ceremony, Prince Harry said: “The Queen’s Young Leaders award recognises what you have achieved, not for yourselves, but for your communities, for your peers, and for those less fortunate.

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Society -Local News

Bo School Boy Languishing, Struggling With Stroke

A hardworking and proud former student of Bo School; Mr. Alex Jonjo Allie also known as ‘Alexandra The Great’ who was an eye of admiration for many Sierra Leoneans is currently suffering from partial stroke.

He needs medical and financial assistance to maintain himself and his family as well as be able to live in this world.

Mr. Allie experience stroke on the 15th June 2009 while he was a teacher in the Gambia. He was hospitalized for six weeks before he was discharged from hospital.

“Before my discharged from hospital, the professional Cuban doctor who diagnosed me advised that I would recover gradually without relapse if I maintain a regular medication, regular physiotherapy exercise, specific diet and continuous rest in a peace of mind,” he told this press.

He went on to say that: “the school I was teaching then however declared me unfit to teach because of my disability. I humbly requested for their social, medical, technical and financial assistance. I was eventually provided the technical assistance and referred to my Embassy in the Gambia for a medical and financial assistance because theirs was only meant for the Gambians. The Sierra Leone embassy did not or could no offer me any help whatsoever and I had no option but pleaded for humanitarian assistance because of lack of Standard Avenue of income,” he told this press in a sad mood.

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Development

Sierra Leone - Renewable Energy: Three African Renewable Energy Projects Announced as Winners of the US$7million Access Co-Development Facility Prize
  • Three winners to share US$7million prize and deliver 100 MW of clean energy to 340, 000 homes
  • Record breaking participation – 96 entries spanning 25 countries across Africa

LONDON, United Kingdom, June 24, 2016/ -- Access Power (“Access”) (www.Access-Power.com), a developer, owner and operator of renewable power projects in emerging markets, is delighted to announce the winners of the 2016 US$7 million Access Co-Development Facility (ACF), a financial support mechanism for renewable energy projects in Africa.

Three projects from Nigeria, Madagascar, and Sierra Leone, fought off fierce competition from almost 100 entries to win a share of US$7million prize. The prize also includes a package of technical support designed to bring their renewable energy projects to life.

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Politics

SIERRA LEONE DELEGATION TO ACP-EU COUNTRIES RETURNS TO FREETOWN
The Sierra Leone Parliamentary Delegation to the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly has returned from Namibia, where they participated in meetings regarding the ACP-EU. The meetings were held at the Safari Hotel in Windhoek from the 8th-15th of this month.
 
Members of the Sierra Leone Delegation are Hon. Ibrahim R. Bundu-Chairman, Hon. Helen Kuyembeh-Member, Hon. Alpha B. Lewally-Member and Mohamed Koroma, secretary to delegation. The Sierra Leone Ambassador to the EU and the BENELUX, Hon. Ibrahim Sorie also joined the Delegation in Namibia.
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