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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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Sierra Leone - Renewable Energy: Three African Renewable Energy Projects Announced as Winners of the US$7million Access Co-Development Facility Prize PDF Print E-mail
Development
Written by press statement   
Sunday, 26 June 2016 17:18
  • Three winners to share US$7million prize and deliver 100 MW of clean energy to 340, 000 homes
  • Record breaking participation – 96 entries spanning 25 countries across Africa

LONDON, United Kingdom, June 24, 2016/ -- Access Power (“Access”) (www.Access-Power.com), a developer, owner and operator of renewable power projects in emerging markets, is delighted to announce the winners of the 2016 US$7 million Access Co-Development Facility (ACF), a financial support mechanism for renewable energy projects in Africa.

Three projects from Nigeria, Madagascar, and Sierra Leone, fought off fierce competition from almost 100 entries to win a share of US$7million prize. The prize also includes a package of technical support designed to bring their renewable energy projects to life.

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PRESIDENT KOROMA, CHIEF OF STAFF, HEALTH AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT MINISTRIES VINDICATED!! PDF Print E-mail
Development
Written by press statement   
Saturday, 25 June 2016 19:24

When His Excellency, the President Dr Ernest Bai Koroma was launching his Presidential campaign as far back as 2007, he told the entire nation that he will be running the country using a ‘’business’’ approach if the people elect him into the highly coveted office of President of the Republic of Sierra Leone, Grand Commander of the Republic, Fountain of Honour and Commander of the Armed Force.

Many people at that time interpreted the his words in the most literal sense of the word business; buying and selling, and could not think beyond that to figure out the message he was actually trying to convey. You can buy and sell and make a loss in the process. In that case you are still doing business but not a profitable and therefore a sustainable one. This is not the type of business that the President was talking about. He was talking about a sustainable business model that will bring about positive change in the lives of his countrymen.

The Service Level Agreement (SLA) launched by His Excellency the President on the 3rd July 2015, strongly supported by the Office of the Chief of Staff, and jointly implemented by the Ministries of Health and Local Government is an example of the business model of governance that the President was talking about and continues to champion as Head of State. As with any transformative initiative, it was not easy for the President’s initiative to be embraced. Some saw it as a way for the government to police the Implementing Partners (IPs) commonly known as Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), while others saw the initiative as an attack on their usual way of doing things and hence their livelihoods. So they did everything under the sun to discourage the initiative from ‘’holding water’’.

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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

Four illegal fishing cases found in Sierra Leone in four days

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.

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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

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.

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View Point

ELECTION IS A TESTIMONY TO PEOPLE’S SOVEREIGNTY

(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.

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News - Press Release

Police reject security for Alternative Peoples Independence Procession and Rally

April 24th 2017: On the occasion of the 56th anniversary of Sierra Leone’s independence, Movement for Social Progress (MSP) had requested the Sierra Leone Police to provide the necessary security for a peaceful Alternative Peoples Independence Procession and Rally that was planned to coincide with the official celebrations. The procession was planned to start from Clock Tower to Brima Atouga Stadium in the East end of the city while the official events are scheduled to take place in the West end of the city.

In a meeting with senior members of the Sierra Leone Police at the SLP headquarters, on Monday 24th April attended by the Inspector General, Francis Munu, the Head of Police Operations, Assistant Inspector General (AIG) Al-Sheikh Kamara, AIG Memuna Konteh Jalloh, AIG FUK Dabor, among others, the police top brass told members of MSP that they would not be able to provide security for the procession and rally.

The Inspector General of Police, Francis Munu, informed the meeting that they were overstretched with covering the official events, the traditional masquerade (or Odele) parade as well as the Lantern Parade on the eve of Independence.

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Society -Local News

AG to launch LAB in Waterloo

The Executive Director of the Legal Aid Board, Ms. Fatmata Claire Carlton-Hanciles has told the people of Waterloo that the Attorney General and Minister of Justice (AG), Hon. Joseph Fitzgerald Kamara will serve as the keynote speaker at the launch of the Legal Aid Board in Waterloo in the Western Area Rural District on 6 May 2017.

Ms. Carlton-Hanciles pointed out thatHon. Joseph Fitzgerald Kamara has served as keynote speaker in all the launches the Board has had around the country. He noted that the Office of the Attorney General and Ministry of Justice is the supervisory ministry for the Legal Aid Board and further underlined the importance of having the holder of the office at such events in terms of availing himself with the challenges ordinary people face in accessing the justice system. More importantly, it provides an opportunity for these issues to be discussed by the cabinet.

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Development

LAB wants transports to allocate seats to the blind

The Executive Director of the Legal Aid Board, Ms. Fatmata Claire Carlton-Hanciles has disclosed plans to launch a White Cane Campaign in the coming weeks.

Ms. Carlton-Hanciles made the disclosure while addressing a cross section of the Waterloo Community including stakeholders at the District Council Hall on Monday, 24 April 2017 in a meeting to plan the launch of the Legal Aid Board in Waterloo in the WesternArea Rural District on 6 May 2017.

She noted that the campaign will seek to address the challenges faced by blind people in using public transport. ‘Blind people have been suffering in silence for far too long,’ she said. ‘They have been discriminated against because of their disability and this cannot be tolerated.’

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Politics

SAM SUMANA TRAVELS TO GHANA ON "EMERGENCY TRAVEL CERTIFICATE"
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".
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