"We must stay the course" President urges the people of Kambia and Port Loko
Written by State House Communications Unit
Tuesday, 18 August 2015 02:55
President Dr Ernest Bai Koroma on Saturday 15th August paid a working visit to Kambia and Port Loko districts to assess the impact of the respective district response teams and get firsthand information on efforts to move towards a resilient zero as the country makes a final push in eradicating the disease from every corner of Sierra Leone.
Delivering a short statement during the visit, President Koroma called on the people of Kambia that although they have done tremendously well to fend off the virus from the district, Ebola has not been completely eradicate from the country. He lauded the efforts of the district Ebola committee and the Kambia descendants union in the fight to stop the transmission of the disease.
President Koroma cited the case of Liberia which was declared by WHO as Ebola free after 42 days, later recorded a new positive case. He urged them to continue to be vigilant and continuously be in a state of alert in order to end the outbreak. "If Ebola exists on any side of the border, it means that the disease is still with us," he warned.
"We are on track to eradicate Ebola" - President Koroma
Written by State House Communications Unit
Sunday, 16 August 2015 07:40
President Ernest Bai Koroma on Friday 14th August 2015 urged the people of Tonkolili district to remain vigilant in the final push to eradicate Ebola from Sierra Leone. The President made this statement while officially releasing the people of Massesebe village, Tonkolili district having gone through the normal 21 days quarantine period.
Cutting the tape to mark the completion of their quarantine period, President Koroma described the moment as a special day in the lives of the people, but however cautioned against complacency in the fight against the receding virus.
He disclosed that there are only 2 patients at treatment centers nationwide, adding that progress has been made, but however reminded all to remain vigilant and continue to adhere strictly to the medical regulations stipulated by health authorities.
The data and training manager of World Health Organization (WHO) in Sierra Leone, Malthe Golla (Plaintiff), has told the sitting judge in the Industrial Court, Justice Partrick Hamilton, that the total money which Support Security Group International has to pay her and her husband Bahtisen Golla is twenty three thousand, seven hundred United States Dollars.
The plaintiff, who was formerly employed as a security administration manager, took the defendant to court for negligence on the latter’s part to pay her, her entitlement.
Led in her examination in chief by prosecuting counsel Shears Moses, the plaintiff said she has been working on probation for the defendant and receiving salary in the sum of two thousand United States Dollars.
The Political Parties Registration Commission (PPRC) on Friday 3rdJuly2015 presented the final certificate of registration to the Alliance Democratic Party (ADP).
Addressing the Interim Chairman/Leader of the ADP, the Chairman of the Commission Hon Justice M.E. Tolla Thompson reminded him of the provisions stated in section 35(1) of the 1991 Constitution of Sierra Leone which stipulates that political parties are established to shape the political will of the people, to disseminate information on political ideas, and social and economic programmes of a national character, and to sponsor candidates for Presidential, Parliamentary or Local Government elections. The Commission he says is expecting the ADP to conform to the laws governing political parties in Sierra Leone.
Justice Thompson admonishedMr Mansaray not to be the know all of the party as the ADP is a party and not a one man’s show. The Party he says must project the ideology as stated in its party constitution.
Members of Parliament on 2 July 2015 ratified 10 presidential nominees who have been appointed to serve in various public offices.
The nominees had earlier appeared for scrutiny before the Parliamentary Committee on Appointments and the Public Service where their resumes were looked into and answered to vital questions regarding their work if they are ratified. The nominees pledged to make a difference in their would-be offices and above all work in the interest of the people and the nation.
The newly ratified were Max Thompson, Board Chairman of Guma Valley Water Company; Michael Kargbo, Board Member, Guma Valley Water Conpany; James Momodu Fornah Sesay, Chairman Income Tax Board of Affiliate Commission; Gibril Thullah, Board Member, National Insurance Trust; Mohamed Jalloh, Board Member, National Insurance Trust; Kabbah Conteh, Board Member, National Insurance Trust; Fasineh Samura, Board Member, Sierra Leone Telecommunications; Kelfala Kosia, Board Member, Sierra Leone Housing Corporation; and Alpha Daramy Board Member, Sierra Leone Road Transport Corporation. Eddie Moigua Senesie, another board member, was absent and his approval was deffered until he makes himself available in Parliament.
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.
FREETOWN, Sierra Leone, April 20, 2017/ -- Four illegal fishing cases have been found during a joint surveillance mission conducted by Greenpeace (www.Greenpeace.org/Africa/en) and Sierra Leone fishery authorities. Two Chinese vessels and one Korean vessel have been arrested for infringements of Sierra Leone fishing legislation, including possessing or using illegal fishing nets on board, no visible marking and a lack of required paperwork, including log books and authorisation for unloading catch. Fishing authorities ordered the vessels to return to Freetown port for further investigation. A fourth vessel, owned by an Italian company, was found with four kilograms of shark fins on board. Though not illegal under Sierra Leonean laws, this is a clear violation of European Union (EU) fishing rules. This boat’s case will be taken further with relevant EU authorities.
In addition, more than 70 bags of shark carcasses were found on one of the Chinese vessels.
Press freedom has come under severe attack in West Africa as security agencies, particularly the police, appear to be on rampage against journalists and media workers. In a space of 38 days (January 5-February 12, 2017), 30 media workers have been arrested, detained and/or assaulted by security forces, prompting fears that the gains that have been made in recent years on press freedom and freedom of expression could be eroded.
The 30 victims, made up of 15 journalists and 15 media technicians, were arrested, detained and/or assaulted in 10 separate incidents in four countries namely Nigeria, Cote d’Ivoire, Guinea and Togo. Nigeria recorded six incidents, Cote d’Ivoire recorded two incidents while Guinea and Togo recorded an incident each.
In Nigeria, seven journalists were arrested and detained during the period. In Cote d’Ivoire, six journalists were arrested and detained in a single incident while one journalist each was affected in Guinea and Togo, bringing the total number of journalists affected to 15. In respect of the other media workers, nine staff of a newspaper printing firm were arrested in single incident. In Cote d’Ivoire, six technicians working with the state-owned television station were also arrested in a single incident.
A NEW DAWN FOR JUSTICE AND HUMAN RIGHTS IN SIERRA LEONE, PARLIAMENT APPROVES MELRON NICOL-WILSON AS NEW OMBUDSMAN
The Parliament of the Republic of Sierra Leone has overwhelmingly approved the appointment of Mr Melron Nicol-Wilson as new Ombudsman, on Tuesday April 11, 2017. This follows him being named by H.E President Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma as the replacement to Justice Edmond Cowan - a long-standing legal icon, who now chairs the Sierra Leone Constitutional Review Committee.
A man whose action speaks louder than words, Mr Nicol-Wilson has been appointed as new Ombudsman for Sierra Leone, a position reserved for high-profile people, who are well-respected and with unblemished character. Mr Nicol-Wilson has the typical pedigree of an Ombudsman, best known both in Sierra Leone and internationally as a champion for justice and human rights.
The Parliament’s decision to approve Mr Nicol-Wilson was anticipated, as the high-profile human rights lawyer emerged unscathed from an exchange of views with Members of Parliament.
(The thoughts expressed in this article are purely and entirely the thoughts of the author)
Election in any democratic setting, include the enjoyment of those rights that will elicit the full participation of individuals in determining the political life of his/her country. An election is a decision making process through which eligible citizens(those who have reached the age of majority, 18 years and above and with sound mind) freely choose their leaders through the ballot box to hold public offices for a specified term.
Generally, people vote with the expectation that the office holders would represent their communitiesand or countries best interest. Elections are viewed as a central feature of the rule of law, human rights, and democracy. Essentially, election is a testimony to peoples’ sovereignty and that ought to be respected and the process must be credible, otherwise there will be challenge with regards the acceptance of the result.
The Parliament of Sierra Leone has on Thursday 20th April 2017 unanimously voted for the deferment of debate on the Bill entitled “The Finance Act 2017”, pending a pre-legislative briefing and that it should be piloted by the substantive Minister of Finance and Economic Development, Mr. Momodu Kargbo.
Hon. Dr. Bernadette Lahai, Minority Leader of the House who moved the motion explained the importance of the Finance Bill that it provides for the sources of revenue for Government in respect of taxation. She furthered that the pre-legislative hearing will clearly explain the reductions, additions, and significant changes that have been included in the Finance Act of 2017 to Members of Parliament, who will better articulate issues connected thereto during the course of the debate.
The Rt. Hon. Speaker of Parliament, SBB Dumbuya said that “judging from the significance of the Bill, it should be preceded by a pre-legislative briefing” as per the dictates of parliamentary practices and procedures.
The Executive Director of the Legal Aid Board, Ms. Fatmata Claire Carlton-Hanciles and other staff of the Freetown Office have paid an on the spot visit to the Legal Aid Board Office in Waterloo where they interacted with clients. There were twenty-two clients with women accounting for the majority.
Ms. Carlton-Hanciles spoke to some of the clients about their complaints majority of which were maintenance cases. She also touched on the quality of service provided by the staff. She assured that they will received the same quality of service asclients in the Freetown Office and other parts of the country where the scheme has got an office. ‘You have to be patient with us because we do have enough staff to service you all at the same time but we will continue to do our best with the resources at our disposal,’ she assured them.
The Defence Counsel, Lawyer Tholley and Paralegals Arnold Dixon and GibrilJallohbriefed the Ms. Carlton-Hanciles and team on the volume of cases received per day. Ms. Carlton-Hanciles assured that steps are being taken to improve the office with furniture, computers, fan and air conditioners. ‘There is need to improve the working environment for you and our clients as the numbers accessing the scheme continue to increase,’ she said.
PRESS RELEASE: Rural Renewable Energy Project Conducts Installation Training
FREETOWN, 19 April 2017: UNOPS Sierra Leone is hosting a training for selected installation companies, in collaboration with the Ministry of Energy, the President’s Recovery Priorities (PRP) programme and United Kingdom Government’s Department for International Development (DFID – also known as ‘UK Aid’).
The theoretical aspect of the training runs from 18th to 20thApril at the Golden Tulip Hotel, followed by 14 days of on-the-job sessionsin Petifu and Conakry Dee communities, in Port Loko District.ASACO, the supplier of the solar equipment, is providing the training facilitators and installation tools.
Participants are mainly Sierra Leonean engineers from Barefoot Women Solar Engineers Association (BWSEA),Frontier Business Solutions (FBS) and APTECH Africa Limited. Training contents include, photovoltaic (PV) system basics, types of solar systems, arrays and connections, project safety and guidance on using the installation checklists.
Former elected Vice President Samuel Sam Sumana left Freetown International Airport, Lungi late afternoon Wednesday April 19, 2017 onboard Kenya Airways on an "Emergency Travel Certificate", en route to Abuja, Nigeria on or about April 23/24, 2017 for the hearing of his petition filed on October 24, 2016 in the ECOWAS Community Court of Justice, "seeking an enforcement of his fundamental Human Rights arising from his unconstitutional removal from office, and for further orders contained in the application."
"This matter has been set down for hearing by the Court for April 26, 2017."
According to a spokesman for the Sam Sumana family Matthias Bendu who was with Sam Sumana at the airport until the aircraft was airborne because of advanced information reaching the family that there would be some problem awaiting Sam Sumana at the airport, Matthias Bendu told this Writer on the cellphone from the airport that Sam Sumana "was detained by Immigration Officers at the airport for more than thirty minutes after the aircraft landed, and it was due to the intervention of the Inspector General of Police Francis Munu who told the immigration Officers that Sam Sumana had not committed any crime and must be allowed to travel".