Orientation for M & E Officers and Data Clerks on Data Collection Forms
Written by Kadrie Koroma
Wednesday, 18 November 2015 12:00
Freetown, Nov. 16, 015 (MOHS) - Forty-two participants including Monitoring and Evaluation Officers (M&E Officers) and Data Clerks drawn from the District Health Management Teams (DHMTs) ended a one-day orientation on Data Collection Form at the Young Women Christian Association (YWCA) hall in Freetown.
The workshop which aimed at regulating the health facility monthly summary reporting form for Adolescent services was organized bythe National Secretariat for the Reduction of Teenage Pregnancy with support from UNFPA.
The Coordinator, National Secretariat for the Reduction of Teenage Pregnancy and Acting Manager, School and Adolescent HealthProgramme, Sister RugiatuKanu said since the establishment of the Secretariat in 2013 there was no proper data base established for teenage pregnancy and the Adolescent Health Programme to show case the services provided to the Adolescent and teenagers in Sierra Leone.
‘SLPP Will Win Const. 107 Bye Election’ ...says Somano Kapen
Written by WW Legend - +23278369366
Friday, 13 November 2015 12:39
National Chairman of the Sierra Leone Peoples Party (SLPP), Chief Somano Kapen, on 7 November in central Freetown, said the SLPP will win the 14 November bye-election for Constituency 107.
Chairman Kapen who was a guest speaker at the unveiling of Alhaji Mustapha Kamara as the SLPP candidate for Constituency 107 at the Babatel Hotel at King Jimmy, said he is very pleased at the determination of the constituency to reject the APC this time around.
He commended the youths who had galvanized themselves into a support group for Hon Alpha Timbo, and urge them to stay focused.
PPRC, APPYA &, APPWA Meet In Constituency 107 and Ward 329 Tomorrow
Written by PPRC
Thursday, 12 November 2015 22:03
The Political Parties Registration Commission (PPRC) in league with the All Political Parties Youth Association (APPYA) and the All Political Parties Women Association (APPWA) will on Friday 13th November 2015 embark on a non violence and political tolerance campaign in Constituency 107 and Ward 329 ahead of Saturday’s By- Elections in both areas.
The campaign will remind party members, supporters and voters of the provisions in the 1991 Constitution, Political Parties Act of 2002, the Code of Conduct for Political Parties and all laws governing elections in Sierra Leone.
Living with the Dead, Friends of the Dead hopeful of returning to business as Ebola ends in Sierra Leone
Written by Expotimes
Tuesday, 10 November 2015 21:37
When the deadly Ebola virus struck Sierra Leone in 2014, it forced farmers from their fields, drove students from schools, kept sick people from hospitals, halted foreign direct investment and badly hurt small businesses.
For over one year Ebola reversed Sierra Leone’s economic gains and affected the livelihood of most young people like Friends of the Dead who derive their livelihoods from their work at the Ascension Town Cemetery in Freetown.
Victor Rogers, Acting Chairman of Friends of the Dead explained that they have been totally out of job since 2014 when a ban was put on burial at the Ascension Town Cemetery and others across the country due to the Ebola outbreak.
Parliament adopts Report of Committee on Water Resources
Written by slena
Saturday, 07 November 2015 21:53
Freetown, November 7 (SLENA) - The Parliament of Sierra Leone last week Thursday debated and adopted the recommendations contained in the Report of the Oversight Committee on Water Resources following its visits to the Guma Valley Water Company’s installations.
They also covered water facilities in the Western Area and SALWACO’s water and sanitation facilities in the North, South and Eastern regions. The visits lasted from 21st to 27thJune 2014.
Presenting the report, the Chairman of Water Resources, Hon. Sualiho M. Koroma commended the Leadership of Parliament for supporting MPs to perform their constitutional mandate to oversee the operations of ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs) in the country.
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 Sierra Leone, the notion of corporate social responsibility has always been associated with the private sector. No wonder some people see the active involvement of the National Revenue Authority (NRA) in corporate social activities as strange, and many have opined that a tax collecting body should not be engaged in corporate social responsibility activities.
However, the impact of corporate social responsibility (CSR) on corporate image is immense, even for tax collecting bodies. The perception that tax collectors are monsters vigorously bent on collecting people's earnings with no care for the environment or the vulnerable in the community they operate is evolving. Indeed, many revenue authorities in Africa are today socially responsible.
The Zimbabwe Revenue Authority (ZIMRA) in an article in its website argues that "the nature of Revenue Collectors' mandate makes them the hill of the nation such that whatever they do is mirrored and echoed by many".
The 4th session of the China Africa Press Center (CAPC) Program hosted by the China Public Diplomacy Association (CPDA) was officially launched on Wednesday 1st March 2017 in Beijing, China. This year’s event is running simultaneously with the China South Asia Center 2017 program. Both programs brought together forty-four journalists from Africa and South Asia.
The program you will give journalists the opportunity to cover major domestic and international events in China such as the upcoming Two Sessions, i.e, the 5th Session of the 12th National People's Congress (NPC) and the 5th Session of the 12th National Committee of the Chinese
People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) (similar to Parliamentary sessions in many countries) in March, the Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation in May and the 9th BRICS Summit in Autumn this year.
Dr. David Tam-Baryoh: A New Broom in Sierra Leone Politics
Dr. David Tam-Baryoh is a household name in Sierra Leone, mostly because of his“Good Governance” popular radio programme called monologue. In fact the programme has become sopopular that most people prefer to call the presenter “Mr. Monologue”. Recently Mr. Monologue said in two or three of his programmes that he would be going intopolitics. It looked like a joke the first time he said it. But after saying it over threeor four times it is no longer a joke.
So Dr. David Tam-Baryoh is going into politics in 2018. Those who are very closeto him will tell you that this is a fact. The Doctor has made up his mind. Afterdiscussing and editing serious national issues on newspaper pages and on the airwaves for almost twenty five years, hehas decided that he cannot achieve much for the people behind the microphone and the pen. He now wants toengage into something that will make a direct impact on the lives of Sierra Leoneans.
And the Doctor thinks politics is the best way to do this, if we look at politics as“the authoritative allocation of scarce resources within a nation state.” He wants tobe part of the allocation of Sierra Leone’s scarce resources.
Precious Minerals, Public Trust and Government’s Openness
By late 2001, the Anti Corruption Commission arrested then Sierra Leone's transport and communications minister, together with his wife, “for involvement in illegal diamond mining” in Kenema district. Large quantum of illicit diamonds had been found in their possession, according to a BBC report at the time.
With some diamonds said to have been smuggled out of the country by the minister, the incident happened at a time when the rebel war was raging and the key perpetrators- the RUF were also seriously involved in illicit mining and smuggling. The minister was later jailed in 2003 for two years for illegal possession of diamonds.
Amongst other factors, Sierra Leone’s civil war was fuelled mainly by diamond, specifically “conflict diamonds”- those diamonds that originated from territories controlled by rebel forces (UN definition).
The Legal Aid Board’s Alternative Dispute Resolution on Tuesday, 7 March 2017 resolved a long standing dispute in respect of a property on Newcastle Street, in Kissy, Freetown between one Mr. Solomon Samba Mansaray and his seventy-seven year old elder sister Madam Marian Kamara who is in the country on holiday from the United States of America.
The two who had not been on speaking terms were reconciled. Both promised to work together in the interest of peace in the family. In this vein, Madam Marian Kamara agreed to cancel a U$ 400 debt owed by Mr. Mansaray.
While the tension between the two had been lingering several years,Mr. Mansaray decided to report the matter to the Board in Freetown when he got information that Madam Marian Kamara was planning to sell theproperty. The owner of the property who is the sister of both parties had died over a decade ago without leaving a will.
The Legal Aid Board office in Freetown was stretched to the limit following the storming of the office by desperate students ofthe Njala University seeking the intervention of the Board to secure the release of their colleagues who had been arrested and held in police cells around the city.
On a normal weekday, you would expect at least forty people crammed in the Freetown office to seek the services of the Board. The situation on Thursday, March 23 was characterized by mild chaos as too many students wanted to visit the office to provide updates on students arrested by the police.
The team of Legal Aid Board staff comprising Bankole Morgan and Anthony Karim Kamara negotiated the release of five of the six students detained at the Central Police Station. One was not released because of an alleged inflammatory statement to bring the city on its knees.
U.S. Africa Command Launches a 33-Nation Maritime Exercise: Sierra Leone Maritime “Full Speed Ahead”
During March 23-31, the U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM) issponsoring “Obangame Express”, an in-port Command Post exerciseand at-sea maritime exercise designed to enhance maritime security in the Gulf of Guinea.The exercise includes 33 partner nations, as well as the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS).
The exercise is designed to improve cooperation andinformation sharing, and to refine tactics, techniques and procedures among participating nations.
The “Obangame Express”exercise will be based on realistic modern-day scenarios such as piracy, illegal fishing and hijacking. During the exercise,Maritime Operations Centers (MOCs) will be challenged to recognize illicit acts and share trackinginformation with other MOCs throughout the region.
The winner of the Pride of Australia Award, Ansumana Usman Koroma popularly known as AUK has called on all Sierra Leoneans within and outside Sierra Leone to support and fully participate in both the ongoing voter registration that has started March 20 to end April 19 2017 and the forthcoming nationwide civil registration process slated April 24 to June 11 2017.
AUK who is a Political and Policy Analyst working in Australia said the mass registration of every citizen is a very important process in the development agenda of the country. He therefore appealed to all Sierra Leoneans to put politics aside and understand that the process would help government consolidate citizens’ data and enhance effective service delivery and improve monitoring of government programmes and policies.
He stressed that the national civil registration authority is created to promote a greater sense of nationalism and common identity.