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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

ACC CAPACITATES SIERRA LEONE COMMERCIAL BANK STAFF ON ANTI-BRIBERY AND ANTI-CORRUPTION ISSUES

The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) on the request of the Management of the Sierra Leone Commercial Bank (SLCB) on Thursday 20th July, 2017 commenced anti- bribery and anti-corruption training with staff of the Bank.

The training which was held in the Bank's Conference Room 9th Floor, Christian Smith Building 29/31 Siaka Stevens Street, Freetown attracted over twenty members of the Executive Management.

Addressing colleagues, the Managing Director, SLCB, Idrissa Aloma Kamara disclosed that the Bank has integrated into the Bank's operations anti-corruption measures, such as the development of anti-corruption policy, anti-graft messages inscribed on Bank Statements and sensitization of staff on the dangers of corruption. With all these, the MD stated, it is the view of the Bank that the ACC which is the statutory body responsible for the campaign against corruption be brought in, to provide awareness training on anti-bribery issues for an efficient and effective banking system.

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Media News

Freedom of Expression Violations Rise Sharply in West Africa

The incidents of freedom of expression rights violations in West Africa more than tripled in the first quarter (January-March) of 2017.

Over the three-month period, a total of 47 violations were recorded as against 14 violations for the last quarter (October-December) of 2016. The violations recorded in the quarter under review range from arrests and detentions to physical attacks, online violations, shutdown of media houses, censorship, seizure and destruction of property and killings. The 47 violations occurred in 10 out of the 16 countries in West Africa.

These findings are contained in the latest edition of the West Africa Freedom of Expression Monitor, a quarterly report by the MFWA which analyses and highlights freedom of expression developments in the sub-region.

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Commentary

REVIEWING THE JUNE 2017 ECOWAS SUMMIT

A PASSIONATE LETTER TO HIS EXCELLENCY THE PRESIDENT:  44TH EDITION

REVIEWING THE JUNE 2017 ECOWAS SUMMIT
 Your Excellency Sir,
 It’s been six months since I subscribed to my usual publications of this piece. And this is primarily because I have been out of the country for the entire period, and as such would not normally objectively tender a subscription. I do apologize to my readers for this. So having being in Monrovia, Liberia for the recently concluded ECOWAS Summit, I would like to do some analysis on such a historic august body and gathering of this sub-Saharan/West African region.
 
In resume, among other crucial achievements, ECOWAS, through its military apparatus, ECOMOG, played very sacrificial and invaluable roles in bringing peace, security and democratic governance to both Sierra Leone and Liberia during their past civil wars, and most recently ensuring that the Gambian people’s democratic change of government from the notorious dictatorial twenty seven years regime of Yaya Jarmeh, to the current government of President Adama Barrow, through their tactical robust intervention, overseen by President Helen JohnsonSirleaf of Liberia and other ECOWAS Presidents/actors, was enforced. Furthermore, ECOWAS has also spearheaded the enactment of several socio-political, advocacy and economic treaties in the sub region.
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View Point

WHY SIERRA LEONEANS HATE PEACE AND DEVELOPMENT

Honestly speaking Sierra Leoneans are well known for their hospitality all over the world, especially in Africa. But ironically many of them hate each other. But they love foreigners. They have high respect for strangers. But unfortunately they do not have respect among themselves. You can attest this to what is happening in the social media. Where they are showing their pull him down (PhD) syndrome. By castigating their compatriots unnecessarily. Some of them just because of jealousy and envious evil spirit they possess. They prefer to promote foreigners than their own brothers and sisters both in and out of the country.

Day in day out they are insulting each other.They are using all sorts of vulgar languages against each other. And even their own highly respected president in the world, President Ernest Bai Koroma they are insulting him openly. Therefore, it is an open secret that many Sierra Leoneans are not well cultured.

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News - Press Release

Regent village head calls on LAB to tackle domestic violence

The village head for Regent, Ms. Jokomie Browne has called on the Legal Aid Board to help curb the increase in incidence of domestic violence in the Regent Community in the outskirts of the capital Freetown.

Ms. Browne wants the Board to hold outreach events in the village to educate the people on issues of law relating to domestic violence, gender, women’s rights, redress mechanisms and support services for victims.

‘We want to benefit from the Legal Aid Board’s Legal Empowerment Programme because there is an urgent need for one in the community,’ Ms. Browne told the Executive Director of the Board, Ms. Fatmata Claire Carlton-Hanciles on the phone. ‘The situation is desperate. I am afraid if you do not come in now the situation could spiral out of control.’

The call follows series of referral of victims of domestic violence to the Legal Aid Board office in Freetown. The latest victim sent to the Board is one Baindu who was battered by her boyfriend Borbor Abu in the presence of their one year old son.

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Society -Local News

China-Aid Agricultural Technical Cooperation Project hand over Agriculture Materials to the Ministry of Agriculture

On  21st July ,2017 at a handing over ceremony held at Ogoo Farm in Freetown, China-Aid Agricultural Technical Cooperation Project Team handed agricultural materials to the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Food Security (MAFFS). 

The items include seed rice, maize, agro chemicals, fertilizer, pesticides and power tillers for farmers within the western area district. Dignitaries present included The Minister of Agriculture, Forestry, and Food security Prof. Monty Jones and his entourage ,  Mr Shen Xiaokai, the Economic and Commercial Counsellor of the Chinese Embassy in Sierra Leone, the District agricultural officer, the Chinese technical team, National federation of farmers Sierra Leone representative and lot of farmers in the western Area.

During his statement, Mr Shen said for over 40 years China has been fulfilling its commitment to Sierra Leone with regard the agricultural technical cooperation project.

He said China will continue to assist Sierra Leone in its developmental strides by providing technical support and assistance and by also providing training to help develop the human resource capacity of the workforce.

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Development

30 Staff of the Ministry of Finance & Economic Development will go China for Seminar on Economic Planning

Thirty (30) staff of the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development will depart the shore of Freetown to China on 14th August 2017. The purpose of their trip is to attend a seminar on Medium and Long-Term Economic planning for Sierra Leone. The National Development and Reform Commission of China will organize the seminar from 16th August to 7th September 2017 in the capital city of Beijing, People’s Republic of China.

The Economic and Commercial Counsellor of the Chinese Embassy in Freetown, Mr. Shen Xiaokai met with the 30 participants at the Conference Room of the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development (MOFED) on 2rd August 2017. In his remarks he told the participants that in December 2016, His Excellency the President Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma and the Minister of Finance and Economic Development, Mr. Momodu Kargbo visited China, where they had high level bilateral meetings with Chinese Government Officials. 

He said this seminar is as a result of those meetings. “When China makes a commitment, China will fulfil it” he reiterated. He said The Ministry of Finance is one of the most important ministries in this country, therefore this seminar was designed specifically to meet the needs of the ministry.

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Politics

News from China, June 28th: Youth Affairs Minister addresses 2017 Ministerial Workshop on International Cooperation in Capacity Development in Beijing, China
Sierra Leone’s Minister of Youth Affairs has said, the 2017 Ministerial Workshop on International Cooperation in Capacity Development hosted by the Chinese government should help enhance the ties of friendship and foster the wheels of bilateral cooperation between the two nations and particularly strengthen cooperation in the field of human resource development.
 
Hon. Bai Mamoud Bangura spoke on Wednesday, 28th June, 2017, at the start of the week long Ministerial Workshop on International Cooperation, which has brought together participants from various countries, including eight (8) from Sierra Leone.
 
According to minister Bangura, in line with the spirit of friendship and cooperation, the event could serve as an opportunity to jointly define new strategic directions in Sierra Leone’s ties with China and in opening up another episode of friendship and cooperation between the two.
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