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Power for All launches in Sierra Leone to drive private sector and civil society engagement in the Energy Revolution PDF Print E-mail
Development
Written by press statement   
Saturday, 28 May 2016 15:24

Freetown, May 12, 2016 —Power for All, a collective voice for businesses and civil society organizations focused on “beyond-the-grid” renewable energy solutions, launched its national campaign last week at an event in Freetown.

In Sierra Leone, only 98% percent of the rural population is un-electrified and the country has some of the most expensive fuel costs on the continent. To address this issue, the President Ernest Bai Koroma launched an Energy Revolution initiative on May 10. In support of this initiative, the Power for All campaign will bring together national and international private businesses and civil society organizations to provide a unified voice for the sector and lay the foundations for a strong, sustainable off-grid market.

In his speech at the Energy Revolution event the President stressed the “key role” of the private sector in achieving energy access goals. At the Power for All launch, Mr. Serry-Kamal, the Renewable Energy Advisor to the President, reiterated the importance of working with private enterprises as well as civil society organizations to achieve electrification targets.

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President Koroma Opens International Conference on Women in Leadership PDF Print E-mail
Development
Written by State House Communication Unit   
Tuesday, 24 May 2016 09:43

FREETOWN, Sierra Leone, May 23, 2016// --President Dr Ernest Bai Koroma opened the International Conference “Women Engineering Change, Accelerating the Peace in Achieving Results, Touching and Changing Lives and Contributing to Sustainable Development” organized by the Ministry of Social Welfare, Gender and Children Affairs in collaboration with UN Women, Plan International, Food and Agricultural Organization and World Food Programme to look into issues of women’s empowerment and gender equality across the globe.

The 3-day event (from 23rd to 25th May) hosted at the Bintumani International Conference Center in Aberdeen, seeks to develop strategies for effectively addressing obstacles in securing and sustaining a critical mass of women in leadership and decision-making positions.

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President Koroma Receives Update on Water Crisis and Report on GAVI Funds PDF Print E-mail
Development
Written by State House Communication Unit   
Thursday, 19 May 2016 09:05

In an effort to seek and promote the welfare of citizens, President Dr Ernest Bai Koroma today Tuesday May 17 2016 summoned the appropriate authorities at State House to update him on the current water situation in Freetown, and also later received an Administrative Inquiry Report on allegations of misconduct in the management of the GAVI Alliance Funds Part 1.

Updating the president on the ministry’s immediate strategies in handling the current water crisis, the Minister of Water Resources Momodu Maligie reported of repairing of leaking scour valve in the Guma dam that had long been plugged and thus reducing the volume of water from the dam; handing over of seven (7) water bowsers to Guma to supply water to communities in the capital; installation/rehabilitation of water tanks and bowser deliveries; network improvement to increase on water pressure to reach communities on the extreme end of the network; construction of bowser collection points for tanks to be installed at Mogegba, Grafton, has been completed and 8000 liters tanks will be mounted and networked on the platform today; special team for leakage detection and fixing is put in place and operating mostly in the western part of the city where leakage challenges are huge; development of smaller sources of water to augment the bigger sources; development/rehabilitation of boreholes which out of the ten existing boreholes only five can be repaired; communications and community outreach for the communication of correct versions as against the propaganda theory on the social media.

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NASSIT showcase investment in London PDF Print E-mail
Development
Written by Sorie Sudan Sesay, London   
Friday, 13 May 2016 09:39

Deputy Director General of the National Social Security Insurance Trust (NASSIT) has said the future of Sierra Leone’s economy is bright with rapid developmental programmes taking place all over the country almost on a daily basis.

Amara Omar Kuyateh was speaking at the Invest Sierra Leone 2016 conference in London recently organized by renowned legal group Herbert Smith Freehills which is in partnership with the Government of Sierra Leone, providing them with legal assistance on a pro bono basis to help build its capacity to manage inward investment into Sierra Leone.

Kuyateh showcased his organisation’s investment potentials not only within Sierra Leone but that which is also attracting Diaspora investment – and believes resilient growth can be achieved through diversifying our economy.

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SLRSA Boss Teaches EBK University Students In Makeni PDF Print E-mail
Development
Written by Mustapha I. kamara   
Wednesday, 11 May 2016 06:39

Sierra Leone Road Safety Authority Executive Director Dr. Sarah F. Bendu has over the weekend delivered a public lecture to Students of the Ernest Bai Koroma University of Science & Technology, Makeni, at the College Auditorium on the theme, “The importance of Sierra Leone Road Safety Authority to socio-economic development of Sierra Leone."

Explaining to students inside the college auditorium through a PowerPoint presentation, Dr. Bendu said that she is very much impressed to know students are ready to know the importance of Sierra Leone Road Safety Authority, and the socio economic development of Sierra Leone.

She said she will be glad to see the college add Road safety topics into their curriculum.

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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

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

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

Malaria continues to threaten more than half of the world’s population - Deputy Health Minister

Sierra Leone has joined other countries in the world to commemorated World Malaria Day on the theme: “End Malaria For Good” with the slogan: “Sleep under a Mosquito net always” on Tuesday April 25, 2017 at the St. Anthony Parish hall Brookfields in Freetown.

Launching the World Malaria Day 2017, the Sierra Leone Malaria Indicator Survey 2016 Report and the Sierra Leone Malaria Business Plan 2016 -2018, the Deputy Health and Sanitation  Minister 1, Madam Madina Rahman said malaria continues to threaten more than half of the world’s population and presents an alarming threat to global development.

She informed her audience that as of 2016, an estimated 3.2 billion people, almost half of the world’s population in 97 countries and territories including Sierra Leone are at risk of being infected with malaria.

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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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