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.
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.
Emauni Foundation - a charitable organization that is based in the United States of America has once again supported the people of Marampa Chiefdom with food and non-food items at the Chiefdom headquarter town on Friday 11th of March, 2016.
The support range to feeding 5000 primary and secondary school pupils of Marampa Chiefdom, checking the blood pressure of the old people and also giving them pain medication, distribution of 48 bags of rice with cooking condiments, given 50 thousand Leones to the old people of the surrounding villages of the chiefdom and the last activity is giving children cloths to lactating mothers for their children.
Giving these gifts to the people of Marampa, Madam Ashmawo Bangurah - a philanthropist and a registered nurse of Neo-natal Intensive Care based in USA and also the founder for the Emauni Foundation, when giving the keynote address to a large number of people who came from the surrounding villages of Marampa Chiefdom, (Matobo, Manso Camp-Mange, Roworreh, Maforki, Mabil, Komrabai and Mafosa-Gbeny etc), the founder said that alleviating the sufferings of the people at Marampa Chiefdom is her main focus when she is in the United States of America.
The Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Food Security has challenged the people of Torma Bum in the Bum Chiefdom, Bonthe District to bring the agricultural rich environment from the darkness to light. Addressing farmers and authorities during his visit on Thursday last week, Professor Monty Jones said there is a multi-million dollars project for Torma Bum.
It can be recalled that the President of the South African Chamber of Commerce in America, Mr. Willem Ellis shew great interest to invest in rice cultivation in the country. Mr. Ellisvisited to Torma Bum to assess the agricultural potential the community has, of which he is ready to bring in farmers to invest.
A total number of 266 people purporting to be Liberian refugees living in Sierra Leone are risking being stateless, according to a statement made by one NaCSA official.
Speaking at a press conference held at the Ministry of Internal Affairs, the representative from NaCSA, Mohamed Bangura said before now there have been cries all over the place by people purporting to be Liberian refugees living in Sierra Leone that they wanted to seek asylum overseas
Mr. Bangura said upon listening to their cries, the office had to write the Liberian Government to come and verify some of their nationals, but to the dismay of the Liberian immigration officials a total number of 266 people did not convince them as they could not produce any Liberian document to ascertain their status, neither could they speak any of the country's languages.
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.
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".
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.