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PRESS RELEASE ON THE KIDNAPPING NELSON WILLIAMS PDF  | Print |  E-mail
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Written by press statement   
Tuesday, 05 July 2016 23:04

GOVERNMENT OF SIERRA LEONE
PRESS RELEASE
FOLLOWING CONFIRMED REPORTS OF THE KIDNAPPING OF SIERRA LEONES DEPUTY HIGH COMMISSIONER TO THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA, MAJOR
GENERAL (RTD) ALFRED CLAUDE NELSON-WILLIAMS ON 1ST JULY, 2016, THE GOVERNMENT WISHES TO INFORM THE GENERAL PUBLIC THAT:
GOVERNMENT IS WORKING WITH THE COMPETENT AUTHORITIES IN THE GOVERNMENT OF THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA WITH A VIEW TO SECURING THE RELEASE OF THE DEPUTY HIGH COMMISSIONER;
THE NIGERIAN GOVERNMENT HAS ASSURED THE GOVERNMENT OF SIERRA LEONE THAT IT IS DOING EVERYTHING POSSIBLE TO ENSURE THE DEPUTY HIGH COMMISSIONERS SAFE RETURN;
GOVERNMENT CONTINUES TO MAINTAIN DIRECT CONTACT ON THE MATTER WITH OUR HIGH COMMISSION IN ABUJA AS WELL AS THE FAMILY OF THE DEPUTY HIGH COMMISSIONER IN FREETOWN;
GOVERNMENT IS DISPATCHING A HIGH-LEVEL DELEGATION TO NIGERIA LED BY THE MINISTER OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS AND INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION, FOR THE PURPOSE OF PURSUING COLLABORATIVE EFFORTS WITH THE GOVERNMENT OF THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA IN RESOLVING THE PROBLEM.
PLEASE BE ASSURED THAT GOVERNMENT WILL ENDEAVOUR TO UPDATE THE GENERAL PUBLIC ON NEW DEVELOPMENTS CONCERNING THE SITUATION AS THEY UNFOLD.
END
STATE HOUSE
FREETOWN 4TH JULY, 2016

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Her Majesty The Queen honours the achievements of The Queen’s Young Leaders Award winners 2016 PDF  | Print |  E-mail
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Sunday, 26 June 2016 17:06

On Thursday evening, 23 June 2016, The Queen presented an award to the 2016 Queen’s Young Leader from Sierra Leone in a special ceremony at Buckingham Palace. His Royal Highness Prince Harry attended the event in support of The Queen, which recognised exceptional young people from across the Commonwealth who are making lasting change in their communities.

Former Prime Minister and Chairman of The Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust, Sir John Major, David Beckham and Sir Lenny Henry were also in attendance.

Speaking at the ceremony, Prince Harry said: “The Queen’s Young Leaders award recognises what you have achieved, not for yourselves, but for your communities, for your peers, and for those less fortunate.

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Ahead of By-Elections: Violence in Lunsar and Kaiilahun PDF  | Print |  E-mail
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Thursday, 23 June 2016 01:24

The Political Parties Registration Commission (PPRC) wishes to express repugnance over the level of repeated violence and intolerance in the build-up towards the By-Elections in Constituency 050 in Port Loko District and Contituency 001 in Kailahun Distict.

The Commisison vehemently condemns such dastardly actions by political party supporters/members as it will daunt the growth of democracy and the country as a whole. Such conduct by party members/supporters are superfluous, unacceptable and very much against the tenet of good governance and democracy. Politics should be devoid of violence, thuggery and unpatriotic activities.

The Commission also notes with grave concern the unfortunate incidences in Lunsar and Kailahun Districts. The Commission is of the view that use of thugs in our political scene is counterproductive and will mare our quest for peace in Sierra Leone.

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ACC ENGAGES LOCAL COUNCILS AND CSOs ON THE MONITORING OF GoSL PROJECTS PDF  | Print |  E-mail
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Sunday, 19 June 2016 21:08

The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) on Friday concluded a two-day advocacy engagement for local councils, civil society organizations and community stakeholders in the Northern Region and Kono District. The European Union (EU) funded programme was part of the advocacy campaign for the monitoring of Government of Sierra Leone projects.

Speaking at the opening session, in the Abbati Hall, Fatima Campus, University of  Makeni (UNIMAK), the Director of Public Education and Outreach ACC, Koloneh Sankoh, said the fight against corruption should not be seen as the sole responsibility of the Commission. She said all citizens must come on board and take ownership of the fight if we want to attain a prosperous nation.
Miss Sankoh said it is also important for Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) of Government to demonstrate accountability in the use of Government and donor funds at all times.
She maintained the advocacy was to empower participants to know what is expected of them in the monitoring and evaluation tasks, adding that they should always be attentive in the monitoring and evaluation of public projects.

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Easier Said Than Done: Sierra Leone at the Human Rights Council PDF  | Print |  E-mail
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Written by Trinanjan Radhakrishnan is a Research Officer at Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative (CHRI) Delhi   
Thursday, 16 June 2016 13:44

In less than a fortnight, when the Human Rights Council (HRC) convenes in Geneva for its 32nd session, Sierra Leone’s Universal Periodic Review (UPR) outcome report will be discussed and adopted by the Council members. Since its establishment a decade ago, the HRC is tasked with protecting and promoting human rights across the globe, as well as addressing emerging violations. In this endeavour, the UPR has become one of the cornerstones of its efforts to strengthen human rights on the ground, in all 193 member-states of the UN.

Interestingly, while Sierra Leone was engaged in the UPR process, the country also stood for HRC elections. Based on its pre-election pledges, Sierra Leone became a member of the 47 nations strong Council in 2013, for a period of three years.  With its membership expiring, at the end of 2015, it is time to evaluate Sierra Leone’s performance in the HRC.

The formulation of the UPR is based on the extent of the member-state’s respect for its human rights obligations, contained in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights; the various human rights treaties that the state is a part of, and the voluntary pledges made by the country prior to its election to the HRC.

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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

John Baimba Sesay: The Diplomat who Deserves Parliamentary Representation

John Baimba Sesay is a native of Kapethe Village, Safroko Limba Chiefdom, with chiefdom headquarter town of Binkolo, in Constituency 034, Bombali District. The Constituency covers Safroko Limba and Pakimasabong Chiefdoms in the same district.

Born in the early 1980’s, he holds Bachelor of Arts (BA) Mass Communication, with Hons, 2004-2008 from Fourah Bay College, University of Sierra Leone. He also holds a post graduate Master of Arts (MA), Mass Communication (2009- June 2010) degree from the same university.

John Baimba is my colleague based in Beijing. Having worked for a number of daily newspapers, including, Independent Observer, For Di People and Awoko, he has a wealth of experience in journalism.

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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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