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We are committed to Mamamah Airport project - President Koroma tells Chinese delegation PDF Print E-mail
Politics
Written by State House Communication Unit   
Friday, 10 June 2016 17:59

President Dr Ernest Bai Koroma has reiterated government’s commitment towards the construction of the Mamamah International Airport during a meeting with representatives of the Ministry of Commerce of the Peoples Republic of China at State House today June 8, 2016. “We still want the airport to be constructed and if it is relocated to the mainland it would have great outcome for the country’s growth,” he said.

The delegation is in the country to advance discussions on the proposed Mamamah International Airport project as well as the establishment of a Centre for Disease Control and Prevention.

The president underscored the significance of the visit, while vividly reflecting on his last meeting with President Xi Jinping at the United Nations General Assembly in New York where he reiterated the Chinese government’s continued willingness and determination to provide solutions to whatever difficulties militating against the commencement of the project.

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SLPP Alliance Condemn Daddy’s Killing PDF Print E-mail
Politics
Written by Expotimes   
Friday, 10 June 2016 10:18

Members of the Alliance of All Aspirants (AAA) of the Sierra Leone Peoples Party (SLPP) on Monday 6th June, 2016 at the Harry Yanseneh Hall, Sierra Leone Association of Journalists (SLAJ) headquarters at Campbell Street, Freetown have reiterated their commitment to constitutionality within the party which includes eschewing violence and having a level playing field that will augur well for democracy and peace and harmony within the party.

The press statement which was read by Ing. Andrew Keili states that they understand that all alleged perpetrators have been arrested by the Police, who are further investigating possible instigations including financial sponsors of such people. If this is the case we wholeheartedly welcome such a wide ranging investigation.

The press release further states that members of the Alliance are however concerned that in general the swift handling of cases by law enforcement agencies involving party members and the public does not apply to incidences involving only members within the party who may represent various factions. ‘In cases involving the latter we have made it known to the Sierra Leone Police and the PPRC that national law enforcement agencies have not responded expeditiously and impartially, compelling us to have made accusations of complicity.

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Kuwait Approves Bumper Fund For Sierra Leone PDF Print E-mail
Politics
Written by M.B. Jalloh, Press Attaché, Saudi Arabia and the Gulf States   
Wednesday, 01 June 2016 11:35

In its continuous drive to seek for investment opportunities into the country and funding for the ongoing road infrastructure projects of the Government of His Excellency, Dr Ernest Bai Koroma, President of the Republic of Sierra Leone, the Sierra Leone Mission in the State of Kuwait led by Ambassador Ibrahim Bakarr Kamara, after a series of engagements with senior Management of the Kuwait Fund for Arab Economic Development, has succeeded in getting the Board to approve a Loan for the completion of the Hill Side Bye Pass Road Project in Freetown.

The signing of the said loan agreement was done on behalf of the Government of the Republic of Sierra Leone (GoSL) by the Honourable Dr. Patrick Saidu Conteh, Minister of State in the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development. The signing ceremony took place on the side lines of the just concluded African Development Bank (ADB) Meeting, held in Lusaka, Zambia on Tuesday 24th May 2016.

In addition to the Hillside Bye Pass Road, the Embassy is also working vigorously with the Kuwait Fund to conclude the signing of the loan for the completion of the Tokeh/Lumley road project which has already been appraised by the Fund.

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Parliament Ratifies Agreements PDF Print E-mail
Politics
Written by Department of Public Relations Parliament of Sierra Leone OAU Drive, Tower Hill Freetown Tel: 076840285/077669726/078495023/078426851   
Thursday, 26 May 2016 15:12

24th May, 2016: The Parliament of Sierra Leone has on Tuesday 24th May 2016, after a protracted debate, unanimously approved two agreements for the expansion and strengthening of the agricultural sector through commercialization.

The following agreements were ratified by Parliament:

I. Financing agreement (smallholder commercialization and agri-business development project) between the Republic of Sierra Leone and the International Development Association, dated 14th March, 2016, credit number 5767-SL and

II. Project agreement (smallholder commercialization and agri-business development project) between the International Development Association and Apex Bank Limited, dated 14th March, 2016, credit number 5767-SL

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APC National Executive Honours Ansumana Usman Koroma PDF Print E-mail
Politics
Written by AUK Media and Communications Team   
Saturday, 21 May 2016 11:09

In a bid to strengthen the international membership and further expand the All Peoples Congress (APC) chapter in all parts of Australia, the National Executive over the weekend described Ansumana Usman Koroma aka AUK as the "god father" of APC branch in Australia.

This was in recognition of AUK's untiring role to reactivate the party and also unify all Sierra Leoneans devoid of party loyalty and religious affiliations.

The ceremony was primarily organised in Melbourne, (Australia) to launch another enviable chapter that will help propagate the dreams and aspirations of the current leadership provided by President Ernest Bai Koroma.

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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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