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Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, receives copies of letters of credence from Four Ambassadors/High Commissioner Designate to the Republic of Sierra Leone PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 04 October 2017 15:56

(MFAIC Press Office, 4th October, 2017). The Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Dr. Samura M.W. Kamara, has today (4th October 2017), received the Ambassador designate of the Republic of Liberia with Residence in Freetown, Mrs. Musu Jatu Ruhle; the High Commissioner designate of the Republic of India to the Republic of Sierra Leone with residence in Accra, Ghana, Mr. Berinda Singh Yadav; the Ambassador designate of the Republic of Hungary to the Republic of Sierra Leone with residence in Accra, Ghana, Mr. Andras Szabo; and the Ambassador designate of the Republic of Vietnam with residence in Abuja, Nigeria, Mr. Pham Anh Tuan; in a ceremony held in the Directors’ conference hall, Tower Hill, Freetown.

The Four Ambassadors/High Commissioner Designate presented copies of their letters of credence separately, in accordance with traditional and diplomatic practice. In their brief statements before presenting their respective letters of credence to the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, the Ambassadors/High Commissioner Designate paid special tribute to the Government, families of victims of the Ebola scourge and the recent mudslide and floods disaster on August 14 in Freetown and its environs.

The Foreign envoys also discussed several issues aimed at enhancing the bilateral and multilateral relations with the Republic of Sierra Leone and further emphasised the need to cooperate on issues of common interest, particularly on political and economic interests. The Foreign envoys thanked the Minister and staff for the reception accorded them and underlined their interest and full availability for further engagements in broadening and scaling up cooperation in areas such as agriculture, sports, education, energy, and trade.

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Wheelchair users call on LAB for protection PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 04 October 2017 11:49

Disabled persons on wheelchairs have called on the Executive Director of the Legal Aid Board, Ms. Fatmata Claire Carlton-Hanciles for protection against thieves. The disabled persons swamped the vehicle of Ms. Carlton-Hanciles on her way to work on Wednesday morning, September 27 to complain about harassment, intimidation and assault in the hands of thieves at Sawpit on Malama-Thomas Street.

According to the chairlady for the group, KadiatuSillah, the thieves destroy their tents and subject them to abuses because they say their presence is bad for their exploits. ‘They accuse of blocking them from stealing from shops and passersby,’ Ms. Silah said. 'They are afraid we would expose them to the police, shop owners and the authorities.'

According to another member of the group, Adamsay Bangura they had brought their plight to the attention of Lawyer Joseph Sesay of the Law Officers Department.

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PARLIAMENT HAS THROWN OUT THE NOMINATION FEES FOR THE 2018 ELECTIONS PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 03 October 2017 18:52
03/10/17: Having listened to the reasons advanced by both sides of the political divide, the Rt. Hon. Speaker of the Parliament of Sierra Leone, Ambassador SBB Dumbuya has ruled in Parliament on Tuesday 03rd October 2017, “that Statutory Instrument No. 115 of 2017 was not properly before the House, because it lacks memorandum of objects and reasons and also fails to include nomination fee for Paramount Chief Members of Parliament”.
 
Deputy Minority Leader of the House, Hon. Ansumana J. Kaikai disclaimed the motion he had earlier moved on the grounds that he did not sign it on submission to the Clerk of Parliament.
 
Hon. Karifala Sheku Conteh of Constituency 098 under the relevant rules of procedures of the House moved for an amendment to the said motion for debate. In effect, the motion was now effectively owned by Hon. Karifala Sheku Conteh for debate, having regard for Hon. Kaikai’s withdrawal.
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Vatican Ambassador to Sierra Leone takes formal leave of the Minister of Foreign Affairs PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 02 October 2017 11:29

(MFAIC Press Office, 27th September, 2017). The Apostolic Nuncio (Vatican Ambassador) to Sierra Leone with residence in Monrovia, Liberia, His Excellency Archbishop Miroslaw Adamczyk, accompanied by the Conference of Catholic Bishops in Sierra Leone, has taken formal leave of the Honourable Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Dr. Samura M.W. Kamara at the Ministry’s Tower Hill Office, Freetown.

His Excellency Archbishop Miroslaw Adamczyk on behalf of the Holy Sea (Pope), extended sincere condolences and solidarity to the Government and people of Sierra Leone following the Ebola scourge, the recent floods and mudslide disaster in the country. TheApostolic Nuncio expressed gratitude for the bilateral cooperation between Sierra Leone and the Vatican.

‘My principal function was to strengthen and deepen the bilateral relations between the Republic of Sierra Leone and the Holy Sea; and to foster close relations with the conference of Bishops by offering assistance in various ways’, His Excellency Archbishop Miroslaw Adamczyk added.

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U.S. President’s Malaria Initiative Expands to Sierra Leone PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 29 September 2017 17:13

On Thursday, September 21, USAID Administrator Mark Green announced that the U.S. President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI)—a U.S. government initiative led by USAID and implemented together with CDC—will launch new country programs in Cameroon, Cote d’Ivoire, Niger, and Sierra Leone, and expand its existing program in Burkina Faso. The Sierra Leone PMI program will receive US$15 million in its first year. Administrator Green made the announcement at a Roll Back Malaria event at the UN General Assembly in New York. 

“No child should die from a disease that is both preventable and treatable,” said Ambassador Mark Green, USAID Administrator. “The Administration and Congress believe in the effectiveness of the PMI program. Expanding further into west and central Africa will save lives, prevent illness and unburden health systems – allowing kids to attend school and adults to work.” Malaria is disease caused by parasites that invade and destroy red blood cells in humans. The parasites are transmitted to persons through the bites of infected Anopheles mosquitoes, but highly effective tools exist to battle this scourge. 

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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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