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ACC WARNS TEACHERS AND PARENTS AGAINST BRIBERY PDF Print E-mail
Development
Written by SAMUEL TAMBA IN BO   
Sunday, 24 July 2016 15:22

The Regional Manager of the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) in Bo has warned teachers and parents against bribery in schools.

Mr. Samuel Marah made this statement on the 14th July, 2016 at the Sierra Leone Muslim Brotherhood Primary School, Dodo Section in Bo whilst addressing teachers, parents, pupils and school management committee (SMC) of the school.

In his opening remarks, the manager of the commission south noted that any country where corruption is prevalent in the educational sector it will be difficult to have quality education and a strong human resource base.

He stated that collective effort is required to eradicate this malaise as the academic year has come to an end, pointing out that most schools, teacher are now cling on to collecting monies from parents for report cards and promotion.

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Legal Aid secures 3 releases on Saturday PDF Print E-mail
Development
Written by Expotimes   
Tuesday, 12 July 2016 01:30

It was all smiles for Legal Aid Board clients Mohamed Sufiyan Sesay, Daniel Bangura and Abu Bakar Samura as they had their first taste of freedom in monthsfollowing their discharge by the court on Saturday, July 9.

Mohamed Sesay, 36 was charged with obtaining money by false pretences, Daniel Bangura with robbery and Abu Bakar Samura with sexual penetration. 

Court records indicate that between September to November 2014, Sesay obtained the sum of $11,500 from an American citizen Lawrence Fredrick Blob by falsely claiming that the money will be used to prepare documents for the export and shipment of precious minerals.

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Legal Aid to register NGOs in August PDF Print E-mail
Development
Written by Expotimes   
Tuesday, 05 July 2016 06:42

The Sierra Leone Legal Aid Board will embark on accrediting legal aid providers in the country as provided for in the Legal Aid Act 2012. The nation-wide exercise will start in August.  ‘We will spend the whole of July in engaging providers, relevant non-governmental organizations and civil society groups so that they have a very clear idea of what our mandate is on this issue,’  Madam Fatmata Claire Carlton-Hanciles said. ‘For a start, we will be engaging the Sierra Leone Association of Non-governmental Organizations (SLANGO) and the Ministry of Society Welfare, Gender and Children’s Affairs amongst others. They register these organizations and deal with them on a regular basis.’

The Legal Aid Board will publish the criteria service providers will have to meet to be accredited.  ‘We will discuss these criteria in our engagements,’ she said. ‘They will be given enough time to prepare the necessary documents including report on their activities. We do not intend to deny any organization the right to operate. ’

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World Bank: Sierra Leone Gets US$45.5m PDF Print E-mail
Development
Written by Moses A. Kargbo   
Monday, 04 July 2016 01:01

Sierra Leone’s Minister of Health and Sanitation has praised the World Bank’s continued support towardthe country’s recovery efforts after the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) epidemic; support he said will help define and shape the nation’s health sector landscape and improve on health outcomes.

Dr. Abu Bakarr Fofanah was speaking today at a press conference jointly organized by the World Bank and the Ministry of Health to appraise the media of the outcome of the Bank’srecent Board meetings on Sierra Leone and its decision to approve a total funding of US$45.5 million to support two new projects in the health sector.

“The involvement of the World Bank in the development of Sierra Leone is an open secret. When the Ebola struck, the Bank was very flexible and quick to reprogram funds from the [Reproductive and Child Health Project (RCHP)] to support the response. Hence the first source of external funding for the response came from the Bank,” noted the Health Minister.

Dr. Fofanah lauded the Bank’s introduction of a “zero dollar component” to each new project in the health sector. “What this means is that both the Ministry and the Bank are now in a better position to support the government in the event of any unforeseen public health emergency, either of the same or a similar nature,” he added.

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*IMF Approves US34.12Million For Sierra Leone* PDF Print E-mail
Development
Written by _By IMF Press Unit_   
Saturday, 02 July 2016 09:05

The Executive Board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) on July 1st 2016, completed the fifth review of Sierra Leone’s performance under the economic program supported by an Extended Credit Facility (ECF) arrangement.

Completion of the review enables the disbursement of about US$34.12million, bringing total disbursements under the arrangement to US$226.45 million.

In completing the review, the Executive Board also approved the authorities’ request for an extension of the ECF arrangement by about two months until end-December 2016.

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Editorial

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

44 Journalists in Beijing for China Development Studies and Media Exchange

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.

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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

LAB secures discharge of ‘violent’ youth

As the Legal Aid Board prepares to provide legal assistance to indigents and children engaged in election related violence, it has successfully secured the discharge of a twenty-five old from Wilberforce in the West of Freetown charged with violence.

The Legal Aid Defence Counsel Hadiru Daboh secured the discharge after drawing the court’s attention to the failure of the complainant to attend court sittings for seven consecutive adjournments. What’s more, the complainant has not furnished the court with any reasons for his absence. Magistrate I.S. Bangura agreed with the Defence Counsel and discharged the matter. He noted that discharge would not stop the prosecution from reinstating the matter in future.

The accused, Alpha Kanuwho plied his trade as driver and apprentice at the Wilberforce lorry park got involved in a fight with his boss Michael Aruna in February 2017. He was arrested and taken to the Congo Cross Police station following a complaint by his boss. According to Alpha Kanu, his injuries were ignored by the police even though they were more serious. He spent fifteen days at the Congo police station before the matter was charged to court.

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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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