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Ambassador Alimamy Koroma Signs Tripartite MoU with Chinese Firms for Long-Term Cooperation and Mutual Development PDF Print E-mail
Development
Written by John Baimba Sesay   
Monday, 26 September 2016 10:00

Sierra Leone’s Ambassador to China on Monday 26th September, 2016, signed a tripartite Memorandum of Understanding with Henan Guoji Industry Group Co. Ltd and China Development Bank, Henan Branch, on the establishment of long-term cooperation with the primary objective of complementary advantages and mutual development.

The cooperation is expected to focus on, but not limited to housing projects, industry and trade zone, infrastructure projects and other engineering projects like energy and water in Sierra Leone.

The tripartite MoU requires the China Development Bank to provide funding, Guoji playing the coordinating role whilst the Sierra Leone Government is to provide the enabling environment for effective project execution.

The signing on the part of Henan Guoji Industry Group Co. Ltd and China Development Bank, Henan Branch, is in direct response to, and implementing their national strategy call of ‘Going Out’.

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Legal Aid and YWCA discuss training for prisoners PDF Print E-mail
Development
Written by Expotimes   
Friday, 23 September 2016 07:33

The Executive Director of the Sierra Leone Legal Aid Board, Ms. Fatmata Claire Carlton-Hanciles has discussed a proposal fortraining and counselling for prisoners at a meeting with staff of the Young Women’s Christian Association (YWCA) on Friday, 23 September 2016. Ms. Carlton-Hanciles was meeting with staff of YWCA for the first time after the two institutions agreed to work as partners.

Ms. Claire Carlton-Hanciles saidthe Board wants to tap into the experiences and expertise of the YWCA to transform prisoners so that they do not revert to crime when they return into mainstream society.

She wants to see prisoners trained in skills like dress making, food processing and home decoration. ‘We want you to train women and children prisoners in livelihood skills and to also provide counselling services to them,’ she said.  ‘Ex-prisoners face daunting challenges because they do not have any sustainable source of livelihood. We want to see how we can smoothen the transition into mainstream society for ex-prisoners. ’

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ACC SENSITIZES INHABITANTS OF KAMABAI PDF Print E-mail
Development
Written by Expotimes   
Monday, 19 September 2016 03:34

The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) remains resolved to heighten public awareness on corruption related issues; for which ACC Northern Regional Office has on Tuesday 6th September 2016 engaged inhabitants of Kamabai, at the Kamabai Multipurpose building in Kamabai town, Biriwa Chiefdom.

Explaining the purpose of the meeting, ACC Public Education Officer Abdulai Saccoh said, taking corruption fight to rural communities demonstrates ACC's willingness to join forces with every citizen to combat corruption. Saccoh stated that the engagement was intended to open their eyes and ears on some of the corrupt practices that continue to hold back the progress of the communities; enlighten them on the Commission's app roach to the fight and enlist their support in the fight against corruption.

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Chinese Billionaire and Philanthropist visits Sierra Leone PDF Print E-mail
Development
Written by Kadrie Koroma   
Thursday, 15 September 2016 19:21

Chinese Billionaire and Philanthropist, Mr. Niu Gensheng who funded some of Tony Blair’sAfrica Governance Initiative (AGI) work during the Ebola has ended a one-day working visit to Sierra Leone to have first-hand knowledge of area of possible assistance to Sierra Leone.

This is Mr. NiuGensheng’s first visit to Africa and an opportunity to also share experiences from people affected with the Ebola virus disease during the outbreak, and how Sierra Leone is poised to grow in the near future.

At the Connaught hospital, Mr. NiuGensheng and team was received by the Deputy Minister of Health and Sanitation 1, Madam Madina Rahman, the Deputy Chief Medical Officer 1, Dr. Sarian Kamara and senior Ministry officials who led them on a conducted tour of the various units of the hospital. The team met with one of the Ebola survivor, a nurse who briefed them on how she contacted the disease and how she survived.

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Justice Kamanda grants injunction on Sylvia Blyden case PDF Print E-mail
Development
Written by Mariama Turay   
Tuesday, 13 September 2016 21:53

High Court Judge, Justice Komba Kamanda has on Tuesday 13th September 2016 granted an interim injunction on behalf of the plaintiff Mohamed P. Fofanah restraining the first defendant Minister of Social Welfare, Gender and Children’s Affairs, Sylvia Edith J. Blyden and others their workmen, relatives among others from entering with the plaintiff’s pieces of land situated of Peninsula\ Circular Road, Hamilton Village.

Both parties sometimes this year surfaced in court to seek redress on the said property.

Delivering this ruling shortly after the matter was mentioned Justice Kamanda said before him was an application of a notice of motion slated 6th August, 2015.

He said the plaintiff seeks for an interim injunction to be granted retraining the 1st and 2nd defendants herein their workmen, assigns privates, relations, heirs servants and agent from entering upon, occupying, constructing any structure or in any way interfering with the plaintiff’s pieces of land situated off Peninsular /Circular Road Hamilton Village.

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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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