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Hon Justice M.E. Tolla Thompson cautions media practitioners and officers of political parties PDF Print E-mail
Politics
Written by press statement   
Thursday, 01 September 2016 04:25

The Chairman of the Political Parties Registration Commission (PPRC) Hon Justice M.E. Tolla Thompson on Wednesday 31st August, 2016 cautioned media practitioner and officers of political parties to ensure that the media is used to promote the ideals of political parties, promote democracy,good governance and peace in Sierra Leone.

In a meeting held at the PPRC Headquarters in Freetown for political parties officials, Independent  Media Commission (IMC), Sierra Leone Association of Journalists (SLAJ), Radio Station Managers and Newspaper Editors, Hon Justice Thompson said, the Commisssion is concerned about the negative use of the media by politicians especially the radio. Politics  he says  should be war of words and not by fighting or the use of obscenity on the media.

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“I do not belong to any camp” ...SLPP Minority Leader Reveals PDF Print E-mail
Politics
Written by Expotimes   
Thursday, 25 August 2016 10:48

Minority Leader in the House of Sierra Leone Parliament, Hon Dr Bernadette Lahai has said that: “I do not belong to any camp in the Sierra Leone Peoples Party (SLPP).”

She told journalists at a well attended press briefing held on the 24th August 2016 at her Office at Parliament Building in Freetown.

She noted that, she is in support of everyone vying for the position of flag bearer in the party. ”I have not given a word to any presidential candidate for my support. All of us are SLPP and I am SLPP,” she affirmed.

She said every candidate has her support adding that the door is open to every SLPP member to talk and chart with her but cautioned that standards are falling down within the party. “We are far behind time as a party and that the values of SLPP are eroded,” she stressed.

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A 13 Man High Powered S/Leone’s Ruling APC Party Dele Arrives in United States On Party Matters PDF Print E-mail
Politics
Written by Pasco Gerald Temple, Information Attache, Embassy of Sierra Leone to the United States   
Thursday, 11 August 2016 00:42

A thirteen-man high powered delegation mainly executives of the ruling All People’s Congress (APC) party have on Tuesday August 9th, 2016 arrived in the United States of America “to hold consultations with our members in this part of the diaspora and consolidate ourselves and work jointly and cohesively with the guiding principles of it’s by - laws and the APC constitution and get a functional executive.”  Said Amr. Alhaji Osman Foday Yansanneh, National Secretary General.

Led by Hon. Alhaji Minkailu Mansaray Deputy APC Chairman and Leader, other members of the delegation include Amr. Alhaji Osman Foday Yansanneh, National Secretary General, Alhaji Mohamed Dondondo Bangura National Organizing Secretary, Madam Fatmata Binta K. Stevens NAC member, Hon. Balogun  (Logus ) Koroma National Elections Coordinator and Diaspora Coordinator, Hon. Momodu Alieu Pat Sowe Regional Chairman west , sheik B. Sillah Chairman APC Bo- District, Hon Allieu Turay Western Region Assistant Secretary ,Hon. Bai Mamoud Bangura President APC Youth League, Hon. Elizabeth Mans President APC Women’s Congress, Hon. Amadu Fofanah MP Constituency 109,Mr. David Fornah Personal Assistant to the National Secretary General and Mr. Bailor Stevens Member APC.

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Remarks by Ambassador Zhao Yanbo at the Reception on Celebrating the 45th Anniversary of the Establishment of Diplomatic Relations between China and Sierra Leone PDF Print E-mail
Politics
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Monday, 01 August 2016 17:53

Remarks by Ambassador Zhao Yanbo at the Reception on Celebrating the 45th Anniversary of the Establishment of Diplomatic Relations between China and Sierra Leone (28 July, 2016)

Good evening!

On 29thJuly 1971, China and Sierra Leone issued the communiqués on the establishment of diplomatic relations starting a new chapter in the annals of our bilateral history.Tonight, we are gathering here to commemorate the 45th anniversary of our diplomatic relations. To begin with, on behalf of the Chinese Embassy and our entire staff, I would like to extend our warmest welcome to Hon. VP, Amb. Victor Foh and all of you for your presence, and express our heartfelt thanks to youfor contributingto the development of ChinaSierra Leone ties.

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SLPP to re-do the zonal/sectional Consensus in 32 Constituencies out of 112 PDF Print E-mail
Politics
Written by Expotimes   
Thursday, 21 July 2016 06:02

The Political Parties Registration Commission (PPRC) on Tuesday 19th July, 2016 advised the leadership of the Sierra Leone Peoples Party (SLPP)  to re-do the zonal/sectional Consensus in thirty-two (32) Constituencies out of the one hundred and twelve (112) Constituencies nationwide.  It can be recalled that after the consensus building processs held on Saturday 18th June,2016, the Commission received series of complaints and petition from some SLPP members.

Speaking to a cross section of the National Officers and key party stakeholders, the Chairman Hon. Justice M.E.Tolla Thompson  says as a Commission it is its duty to ensure peace and stability between and among members of political parties.

Hon Justice Thompson also informed the meeting that the Commission will work with a Committee that will set dates for the re-run of these consensus building processes and will be monitored by the Commission.

Hon Justice Thompson also advised that the Regional Elections Complaint Committess (RECC) should be constituted on or before Monday 25th July,2016.

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Editorial

26th IPRA Conference in Sierra Leone Ends on a High Note

The International Peace Research Association (IPRA) successfully held its 26th General Conference on ‘Agenda for Peace and Development: Conflict Prevention, Post-Conflict Transformation, and the Conflict, Disaster Risk and Sustainable Development Debate’ in collaboration with the 10TH Dealing With Disasters Series, Northumbria University (UK)and Sakarya University (Turkey) and  the University of  Sierra Leone at the Bintumani Conference Centre in Freetown, Sierra Leone from November 27 to 1st December 2016.

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Business News

PARLIAMENT RATIFIES TWO AGREEMENTS TO IMPROVE ON PORTS FACILITIES

The Parliament of Sierra Leone on Monday 04th December 2017 debated and ratified two additional agreements aimed at improving and expanding Ports facilities in Sierra Leone to be at par with international best practices.

Presenting both Agreements prior to ratification, the Minister of Transport and Aviation, Balogun Koroma said that the additional Agreements are geared towards addressing some of the concerns raised by MPs, in respect of expanding our Ports facilities to accommodate larger vessels, and the issuance of license with the view of combating money laundering, contra-band goods, and attracting more funds for Government.

Hon. Dr. Bernadette Lahai, Minority Leader of the House, also supported the ratification of the two Agreements, saying if our Ports are not developed, we would not be able to attract huge vessels; thus the need for the continuous improvement of our Ports facilities.

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Media News

"President Koroma is a big disappointment to press freedom" - SLAJ

Secretary General of the Sierra Leone Association of Journalists (SLAJ), Ahmed Sahid Nasralla, has said that President Ernest Bai Koroma has disappointed the media on press freedom in the country. 

“Successive governments have given us false hopes on the repeal of the criminal libel law. The politicians have lied to us. They have taken us to be big fools. President Koroma is our biggest disappointment. We had high hopes in him but he failed us woefully. So we will not trust any politician again, because when they get into office they forget about their promises,” said Nasralla.
 
Nasralla was speaking last Friday while formally launching a report on criminal defamation laws in Africa by PEN Sierra Leone at the SLAJ Harry Yansaneh Memorial Hall, Campbell Street, Freetown. 
 
He recalled that before he was first elected President of the Republic in 2007, President Koroma was a staunch campaigner against criminal libel law in Sierra Leone, but when he became President he suddenly had a different view.
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Commentary

Reasons why Sierra Leoneans Must Think beyond Tribal and Regional Lines Before Casting their Ballots This Time

As the national or general elections loom in Sierra Leone and, as a true citizen, I solemnly pray and hope with all hopes that Sierra Leoneans of the voting age will consider carefully who they would vote for, come March 2018. The divisive and immature nature of politics as it exists in Sierra Leone has, to a greater extent, contributed to the country lagging behind nearly all other countries in terms of progressive development. My readers should be mindful of the fact that certain countries in Africa would rather develop retrogressively than progressively, a situation wherein governments embark on ego-boosting programs that aren’t beneficial to the average citizen.

A government which expends its energy for the benefit of the people is a progressive government and that is what Sierra Leoneans want at this time after being in the doldrums for ages. It is therefore absolutely necessary for fellow citizens to refrain from casting their valued votes in favor of candidates because of tribal or regional affiliations but on how genuine and capable that candidate is, otherwise stagnation in progress is bound to follow.

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View Point

Youth Unemployment Is A Killer Virus In Sierra Leone

“I studied Sociology at NjalaUniversity and graduated in 2015 but still unemployed despite several interviews being attended. I am currently awaiting my MSc at Njala University which is to be awarded early next year,” said 29 year old MabintyKamara.

“I graduated in 2012 with Honours from the Department of Accounting, Fourah Bay College, University of Sierra Leone. I have sent several job applications; the only long job I got was with the International Medical Corps during the deadly Ebola virus and since then no job. I was also a volunteer teacher but the Minister of Education, Science and Technology did not approve me and others after almost a year of voluntary service so I quit,” said 31 year old Mohamed LaminKanneh.

In Sierra Leone, despite the numerous promises made by President Ernest BaiKoroma to figuratively ‘lay his life for the youth,’ unemployment among youth is one of the highest with no end in sight to reduce the spate of this social menace. According to the United Nations Development Program, approximately 70% of youth are underemployed or unemployed and an estimated 800,000 youth today are actively searching for employment.

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News - Press Release

Sierra Leone receives US$10 Million Supplemental Financing from World Bank as support to Landslide and Flooding

FREETOWN, December 13, 2017 —The World Bank Group has approved aSupplemental Financing (SF) in the amount of US$10 million to help the Government of Sierra Leone meet immediate needs associated with the landslide and flooding disaster that struck Freetown on August 14, 2017.The SF is a grant, provided as a supplemental budget support operation that will flow directly into the Government’s budget.

The funding, under the First Productivity and Transparency Support Credit (PTSC-I), will ensure that the reforms supported under thisoperation remain on track and are implemented without the risk of delays due to competing capacity or budgetary priorities arising from the post-disaster recovery. It will also help with the rebuilding of critical infrastructuredestroyed during the landslide and flooding.

Since the end of the Ebola epidemic, the Government of Sierra Leone (GoSL) has initiated substantive reforms to boost productivity, restore fiscal stability, and gradually rebuild buffers. The Government initiated substantive reforms, focusing on agriculture, fisheries and energy, supported by the First Productivity and Transparency Support Credit (PTSC-I), to boost productivity and start rebuilding the country's buffers.

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Society -Local News

ANNIE WALSH WINS HUMAN RIGHTS DEBATE
Fatmata Binta Jalloh Annie Walsh Memorial Secondary School has won this years’ Human Rights Commission of Sierra Leone Inter-Secondary School debate on the topic ‘respect for human rights as a pre-requisite for a politically tolerant and peaceful 2018 elections’.  
The debate which was held at the Sierra Leone Library Board with five Secondary Schools participating is part of series of activities undertaken by HRCSL in commemorating the International Human Rights Day Celebration on December 10th, 2017. Fatmata Binta Jalloh of the Annie Walsh Memorial School came first by defeating Amos Claudius Gordon from the Prince of Wales who came second, Abubakar Marrah from Saint Edwards Secondary School came third and Kelfala Kamara of the Government Model Secondary School came fourth and Evelyn T. Ahorney from the Saint Joseph’s Secondary School coming fifth.
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Development

World Bank Group Boosts Financing for West African Power Pool Regional Power Transmission Project

FREETOWN, December13, 2017 —The World Bank Group on November 17, 2017 approved Additional Financing in the amount of US$59.57 million to West African Power Pool (WAPP) - Côte d’Ivoire, Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea (CLSG) PowerInterconnection Project, which aims to increase electricity supply in the four participating countries.

The project will interconnect the four participating countries into the 225 kV (kilo volt) regional energy market in West Africa, and will also enable the connection to the WAPP of the planned hydropower plants in Bumbuna Extension, Yiben and Bekongor in Sierra Leone and Mount Coffee in Liberia and other future generation projects.

The Project will provide residents of Greater Monrovia Area in Liberia; Bo, Kenema and the Western Areas in Sierra Leone; and the Forest Region of Guinea, with improvements in power supplies in the short-term. It also pursues a regional infrastructure developmental approach that will provide over the medium- to long-term adequate electricity to the people of the four countries in a more efficient and cost effective way, boosting economic and social development.

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Politics

It will not be Business as Usual…Bio assures Diaspora

He was passionate, confident and assuring as he addressed hundreds of Sierra Leoneans at the prestigious Royal Regency Hall in London on Saturday 9th December 2017 with a very simple message that as the next President it will not be business as usual. For a man who has a solid track record as a disciplinarian, Rtd. Brigadier Julius Maada Bio continues to attract many voters who feel the country needs a strong and disciplined leadership.

Cataloguing the current state of the country, Bio spoke about a divided country, the poor drowning in poverty, rich swimming in affluence, poor governance, battered economy, high public debt, third hungriest country, high inflation among others . He also reminded his audience that many of the things which necessitated the war such as bad governance, mismanagement of the economy, injustice have been the features of the current APC Government.

However, Bio's message was not just about the doom and gloom but also making a case why he is the right choice that the country needs. He spoke about his track record, experience and how he has always put his country first. "Some have come with slogan, country first, but I served my country first at a very tender age. I did not go around the world to work and come back old to say country first. When I was young I gave my life to our country," a passionate Bio said.

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