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This is Professor Osman Sankoh (Mallam O.) PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Editorial
Written by Bai-Bai Sesay   
Friday, 04 July 2014 15:47

From September 17-20, 2013 the INDEPTH Network of health and demographic surveillance system (HDSS) research sites in currently 20 countries in Africa, Asia and the Pacific and the African University College of Communication (AUCC) organized in Accra, Ghana a four-day workshop on the theme “Strengthening Climate Change Mitigation in the Sahel and West Africa regions." This INDEPTH-AUCC collaboration was funded by the UNESCO Office in Ghana. A Sierra Leonean, Dr Abdul R Lamin was the UNESCO expert behind the collaboration.

About 50 participants including hydrologists, journalists, water resources experts, social scientists, human scientists, demographers, public health specialists, policy-makers, experts from UNESCO, other international agencies and NGOs from eleven countries in Africa took part in the workshop.

As a specialist in environmental reporting, I was fortunate to attend the workshop from Sierra Leone.

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THE GREEN ECONOMY AND WHAT IT MEANS FOR AFRICA PDF  | Print |  E-mail
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Written by Expotimes   
Friday, 27 June 2014 12:20

It is now an accepted fact that economic growth is inextricably linked with the environment and use of natural resources. This relationship has in the recent past been inversely proportional, with more economic growth, more wealth creation leading to more deterioration of the environment.  The now developed world used their natural capital at the expense of the environment to fuel their development and maintain their currently huge consumption patterns. However, from one bitter lesson to the other, from one man induced natural disaster to another, with the understanding that climate change is real and is here to stay, we have slowly come to terms with the fact that although  we have to develop but we do not need to do so at the expense of our environment. In this article and subsequent ones the author will attempt to throw light on the environment and the reasons why the global community is now opting for a new paradigm shift in development; why the concept of Green Growth or Growth Economy now seem to many development pundits as the holy grail,  the only hope for mankind to veer away from a path of self destruction.

In this our maiden article we shall attempt to demystify the concept of the  Green Economy or Green Growth and show what potential lies in it for shaping an African Renaissance, an African pathway to development.

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SIERRA LEONE WILL RISE AGAIN PDF  | Print |  E-mail
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Written by M C Bah, Atlanta, GA-USA   
Monday, 23 June 2014 17:42

About five hundred and fifty two years ago, a voyager from Portugal sailed along the Atlantic Ocean in the West Africa coast of Africa. Sierra Leone was considered to be a mountainous region inhabited by ferocious lions. The sound of thunder and lightning captivated the inquisitive mind of Pedro da Centra who believed that Lions were roaming and roaring on that beautiful land mass. What he may not have known was that the people of Sierra Leone embodied the undeniable character traits of the African Lion – a fearless and brave people blessed with the unique talent of shaping their own destiny.

In 1844 to 1845, at the Berlin conference in Germany, the British scrambled for and partitioned Sierra Leone along with the Gambia, Nigeria and Ghana respectively. The centralization of colonial administration in Freetown was strategically due to the logistical advantage that Sierra Leone provided to the British colonial government at that time. The Abolitionists like Granville Sharp and William Wilberforce selected Freetown as a sanctuary and settlement resort for freed African slaves from Britain and North America because Sierra Leone had the character to be a defining nation that will protect the freedom and liberty of its people.

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The nemesis of sanitation, hygiene & water supply in post war Sierra Leone PDF  | Print |  E-mail
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Written by Bai-Bai Sesay reports from Freetown   
Saturday, 14 June 2014 15:12

The United Nations' Millennium Development Goals for poverty eradication aim to halve the number of people without access to safe water and sanitation by 2015.

Sierra Leone’s Health and Sanitation Minister Madam Miatta Kargbo recently explained Sierra Leone’s success in combating open defecation at this year’s Ministerial Participation on Thursday April 10, 2014 at the Headquarters of the Pan American Health Organization during the Health Sector Minister’s Meeting, which saw Thirty nine countries represented by their respective Ministers in Washington DC, USA,

During a panel discussion, she shared her Ministry’s experience in changing the behavior of people who were living in communities in Sierra Leone without adequate toilet facilities, and elaborated on the conceptual action implemented to accomplish the task which has seen the West African country making tremendous progress in the increase in toilet facilities in different parts of the country.

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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.

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Business News

Why Parastatals should be Socially Responsible: the Case of NRA

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".

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Media News

Press Freedom under Siege in West Africa: 30 Media Workers Arrested in 38 Days

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.

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Commentary

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.

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View Point

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).

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News - Press Release

LAB resolves dispute over property in Kissy

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.

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Society -Local News

Njala demonstration stretches LAB to the limit

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.

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Development

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.

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Politics

Ansumana Usman Koroma Urges Sierra Leoneans To Support the Registration Process

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.

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