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.
The Chief Admin and Finance of AMR Gold-Mohamed Sultan Daffae has disclosed that his company is planning to provide jobs for more than seven hundred and fifty Sierra Leoneans from both skilled and unskilled labour.
Mr. Daffae was speaking on Friday, 25th September, 2015 at the Kamakwie Court Barry, Lusania Street, Kamakwie Town where AMR Gold was donating 400 desk and chairs to 8 primary schools in Sella Limba Chiefdom, Bombali District.
In a very overjoyed mood, the Councillor of Ward 111 Constituency 36-Amara Foday Yansaneh said AMR Gold management has never ceased to amaze the people of Sella Limba Chiefdom, noting that the donation is to help contribute to the development of education not only in his Ward but to ensure that Sierra Leone achieve universal primary education for sustainable development.
THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 3, 2015 – The attention of the Executive of the Sierra Leone Association of Journalists (SLAJ) has been drawn to a group calling itself the 'Media Alliance for Development', which is purportedly going around presenting awards to institutions and individuals and in the process allegedly demanding monies.
SLAJ wishes to make it abundantly clear for the benefit of the general public that its membership does not include ANY of the individuals involved with the so-called Media Alliance for Development.
SLAJ has no relationship whatsoever with this purported group. Media Alliance for Development is NOT and has NEVER been an affiliate or associate of SLAJ, and neither has any of its members.
Former US President Jimmy Carter, a one-term president in the late 1970’s, is one of the those American presidents whose contributions on the world stage will always be recognized and appreciatedfor their significance and strategic importance.
The Jimmy Carter Foundation has been a catalyst in bringing peace to a number of chronic conflict areas in the world, especially in the Middle East and Africa. He was the American president who engineered and personally supervised the peace negotiations between Egypt and Israel in 1978, two countries that had gone to devastating wars on both sides for a number of times. And had it not been due to President Jimmy Carter’s diplomatic and negotiation skills, Egypt and Israel were undoubtedly still poised to go through other wars because of the scars that their 1967 and 1973 wars had left on both sides. Each of the two countries was determined to prove their supremacy, Egypt, by regaining all its lands that Israel occupied in 1967, and Israel ,by recapturing part of its occupied land it lost in 1973 war.
The above was the unhealthy circumstance and anarchy that was prevailing between Egypt and Israel until the Camp David negotiations culminated in the 1979 peace accord that both former Egyptian President, Anwar Sadat and the former Israeli Prime Minister, Manheim Begin, signed under President Jimmy Carter’s personal supervision in February, 1979.
Unlike previous Sierra Leoneans Leaders whose intentions were never turned into actions, His Excellency Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma is a man of his words; he would never promise what he could not fulfill.
The massive development projects his administration has embarked upon over the last seven years speak for themselves. The truth is most of the promises he made in his manifesto have been accomplished; though there are still many challenges to overcome.
When President Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma launched his flagship Mamamah International Airport Project last year, critics had thought that it was a grandiose plan for construction of a new airport of international standard when we already have the Lungi International Airport.
Sierra Leone's Ambassador to the Republic of Korea, H.E. Ambassador Omrie Michael Golley, on Monday 14th September 2015 met and held discussions with Korea's Minister for Oceans and Fisheries, The Hon Kijune Yoo at the Government Administrative Complex at Sejong City, near Seoul, the South Korean Capital.
The Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries is a cabinet level division of the Government of South Korea and covers a variety of maritime and fisheries affairs including ports, shipping, logistics and fisheries. The Ministry has in recent times been actively pursuing cooperation projects with developing countries around the world, by tapping into Korea’s infrastructure, construction and information technologies.
Welcoming Ambassador Golley to his Ministry, Minister Yoo indicated that Korea shared the Ambassador's desire for close bilateral cooperation in the maritime and fisheries sector between the two countries, and highlighted a number of projects that the Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries had already concluded with other countries including overseas port development, fisheries protection, and maritime education.
Workers of Guma Valley Water Company on 29 September 2015 staged a peaceful protest at their main offices on Pademba Road, demanding for the resignation of their general manger and his deputy.
It appears the workers are determined, saying they are tired with the status of the company, including their welfare. They have fully attributed this to the lack of leadership skills of their bosses, a set that cares more for themselves than for the general workforce of the company.
The workers said their strike will be an indefinite one, including stopping water supply to the entire city.
“A dignified Childhood is about getting the best possible start in life” -Deputy Health Minister, Madina Rahman
Freetown, Sept. 11, 015 (MOHS) - Deputy Health and Sanitation Minister II has told the National Children’s Summit in Freetown that learning and development of children to their full potential is a dignified approach for the start in life.
Addressing the Forum at the Hill Valley Hotel in Freetown on Thursday September 10, 2015 on the theme: “:Children’s Vision- A child Centred Development Agenda 2015-2030” Nothing about us, Without us, Madam Rahman reiterated that the best possible life for a dignified childhood is surviving, thriving, being safe, healthy and protected, well fed, going to school and learning and developing to full potential. Every child she said must have the protection and support of a loving and caring family, adding that children who end up on the streets are having their childhood dignity taken away from them.
The Deputy Minister told her audience that as a nation, they all have the responsibility to help vulnerable children by giving them their rights to live and grow with dignity. She encouraged parents to learn and support children in the process of self-reliance, noting that the family is the foundation of cultural values and best practices which allows the children to grow up in dignity and develop into self-reliant adults.
The Supreme Court of Sierra Leone on Wednesday 9th September ruled that the President of Sierra Leone has the power under the 1991 constitution to remove the country’s Vice President.
In the ruling, the Supreme Court stated amongst other things that, the President has powers to remove his Vice under section 40 since the requirement on section 41 is continuous. The provisions in section 55 of the 1991 Constitution, the court said, are by implication modified by the provisions in sec 54 (5).
This verdict came following the sacking of former Vice President Sam Sumana in March of this year, after the governing All People's Congress had earlier expelled him following accusations of fuelling violence, and trying to form a breakaway party in his home district of Kono, amongst others.