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LAB pledge to work with SEAG to promote Electoral Justice
Written by Expotimes   
Thursday, 05 October 2017 15:38

The Executive Director of the Legal Aid Board, Ms. Fatmata Claire Carlton-Hanciles has welcomed an invitation from the Consortium - Strengthening Electoral Accountability and Governance (SEAG) to work on promoting Electoral Justice in the March 18 Elections.

This follows a meeting representatives of the consortium had with Ms. Carlton-Hanciles and other staff of the Legal Aid Board in the conference room of the Ministry of Justice on Wednesday, 4 October 2017. The Board will be part of the Electoral Platform that will be put together by the Consortium.

Ms. Carlton-Hanciles said overcrowding in cells and prisons around the country is a serious problem. She added that election related cases could leave cells and prisons in a very desperate situation in which they may not have space to accommodate more people into an already overcrowded prisons.

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Dr. Tam Baryoh’s Only Crime!
Written by John Baimba Sesay   
Thursday, 05 October 2017 15:33

Boris Johnson as a Journalist worked at The Times and Daily Telegraph newspapers. He edited The Spectator newspaper between 1999 and 2006. He was Member of Parliament for Henley from 2001 to 2008 and was also Mayor of London. He is a member of the Conservative Party and the current UK Foreign Secretary.

Nnamdi Azikiwe was to serve as the first president of independent Nigeria from 1963 to 1966. He opened and edited a number of newspapers in Ghana and Nigeria and later became an active politician. Obafemi Awolowo was a great Nigerian politician. He also was an active journalist and edited The Nigerian Worker, amongst other publications.

There is a clear link between politics and journalism though, there seems to be a very thin boundary, or perhaps, “a reflective door in the firewall, such that with time, politicians and journalists cross the line changing roles and moving from side to side,” argues Aminat Afolabi in a piece, titled ‘Politics and Journalism, the Interwoven Relationship between Them.”

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The Ajisafe Problem And Religious Tolerance
Written by Yusuf Bangura 42C Chemin de Prélaz 1260 Nyon, Switzerland Bangura.ym@gmail.com (4 October 2017)   
Thursday, 05 October 2017 12:43

Victor Ajisafe’s sermon of 25 September 2017 in which he denounced Islam as a religion of terror and denied Islam’s existence in Sierra Leone has infuriated the nation, with many calling for a complete shutdown of his church, an apology, and his deportation. The government acted swiftly by arresting Ajisafe, temporarily suspended all activities in the six branches of his church (Christ Revival Evangelistic Ministries), and closed down his radio station.

As Andrew Keili observed in his usually razor-sharp reflections, Ponder My Thoughts, even though our politics is often highly divisive, Ajisafe’s despicable comments and gross ignorance about our history and society generated a level of unity (wan word, as Keili puts it) we have not seen in peace time.

Unfortunately, this is the second time Ajisafe has offended the nation. During the military’s usurpation of power in 1997 that aggravated Sierra Leone’s civil war, he is reported to have sided with the coup, defying resolutions of the international community, and proclaimed in his sermons that the elected leader, Ahmad Tejan Kabbah, would never return to power.

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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
Written by press releaase from foreign affairs   
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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AS SPECIALIST MEDICAL TRAINING TAKES HOLD WEST AFRICAN COLLEGE OF PHYSCIANS ACCREDITATION TEAM VISITS SIERRA LEONE
Written by Expotimes   
Wednesday, 04 October 2017 11:53

A three-man team from the West African College of Physicians (WACP) who are in country to assess our readiness to commence specialist medical training in medicine have paid a courtesy call on the Hon. Minister of Health and Sanitation Dr Abu Bakarr Fofanah at his Youyi Building office.

The visiting team includes Professor Abel NzeOnunu, a consultant Dermatologist and Head of the Department of Internal Medicine at the University of Benin Teaching Hospital in Edo State, Benin City, Nigeria, Dr Bernard Nkum, a consultant cardiologist from the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital in Kumasi, Ghana and Dr Maclean Akpa, a consultant cardiologist from the University of Port Harcourt in Nigeria.

Accompanying the visiting team were, Dr NemataMarjex-Walker who is the Chair of the Teaching Hospital Board, the Chief Medical Director Professor Jesse Otegbayo, the Deputy Chief Medical Director Dr Gibril Fadlu-Deen and the Chairman of the Council for the Postgraduate Colleges of Health Specialities Professor D.R.Lisk. The Chief Medical Officer Dr BrimaKargbo was also at hand with the Minister.

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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

Managing Director of Rokel Commercial Bank, speaks to The Worldfolio about the investment opportunities in Sierra Leone

John D. Okrafo-Smart, Managing Director of Rokel Commercial Bank, speaks to The Worldfolio about the investment opportunities in Sierra Leone and gives his insight into the banking landscape.

Excerpts shared by Sheriff Mahmud Ismail

The Government of Sierra Leone is placing great priority in improving the business climate, enhancing infrastructure and support to private sector development. In line with the government focus, the Central Bank is targeting price stability in support of economic recovery, enhancing monetary policy instruments and liquidity management and also limiting intervention in the foreign exchange market, which will be important to preserve foreign exchange reserves.

The above measures will help in the strengthening of the banking system to support financial intermediation. Commercial banks are thus poised to benefit and take advantage of the improved economic and business environment by offering better services to their customers, including loans and overdrafts and forex to import, thereby creating wealth and boosting government revenue.

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Media News

Two veteran Journalists, now in the United States have paid a courtesy call on Sierra Leone's Ambassador

Two very respected and veteran Journalists who are in the United States of America for various reasons have called on Sierra Leone’s Amr. Bockari Kortu Stevens not only to appreciate the work of the Embassy, but also to pay courtesy as protocol demands.

Mr. Rod Mac-Johnson, former Lecturer Fourah Bay College, former Director of Information Ministry of Information and Communications, Former Director Sierra Leone News Agency (SLENA), Former Chairman Independent Media Commission (IMC) and stringer French News Agency  etc. is on vacation and Mr. Cyril Juxon Smith Director Information and Communications House of Parliament, former Acting Director General Sierra Leone Broadcasting Service (SLBS) and former UNESCO Media Consultant  is in the United States of America to attend the funeral of his father.

Speaking at the Ambassador’s residence on 4821 Colorado Avenue, Washington DC  Mr. Rod Mac-Johnson said “Thank  you Amr. Stevens for accommodating us in the middle of your tight schedule, and also to discuss with us in a homely spirit.

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Commentary

Dr. Tam Baryoh’s Only Crime!

Boris Johnson as a Journalist worked at The Times and Daily Telegraph newspapers. He edited The Spectator newspaper between 1999 and 2006. He was Member of Parliament for Henley from 2001 to 2008 and was also Mayor of London. He is a member of the Conservative Party and the current UK Foreign Secretary.

Nnamdi Azikiwe was to serve as the first president of independent Nigeria from 1963 to 1966. He opened and edited a number of newspapers in Ghana and Nigeria and later became an active politician. Obafemi Awolowo was a great Nigerian politician. He also was an active journalist and edited The Nigerian Worker, amongst other publications.

There is a clear link between politics and journalism though, there seems to be a very thin boundary, or perhaps, “a reflective door in the firewall, such that with time, politicians and journalists cross the line changing roles and moving from side to side,” argues Aminat Afolabi in a piece, titled ‘Politics and Journalism, the Interwoven Relationship between Them.”

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View Point

How and Why I endorse Julius Maada Bio for President?

I have

I have endorsed Retired Brigadier Julius Maada Bio for the SLPP presidential ticket in the March 7 2018 elections because I strongly believe in his project and ability to succeed as our next president if given the opportunity.  Perhaps I need to provide  some context as to how, when and why I took this decision.

Maada Bio is the second presidential candidate I have ever endorsed in Sierra Leone. The first was late president TejanKabbah during the campaigns in the 1996 general elections, which he won. I was then publisher and Editor-in-Chief of Expo Times, which won the best-selling newspaper award from the National Vendors Association that year. At the time, my newspaper was the largest circulation and most widely read newspaper in the country and my nearest competitors were For Di People and Concord Times. When the presidential election campaigns became heated and the battle lines were clearly drawn with the three front-runners, TejanKabbah of the SLPP, Karefa-Smart of the UNPP, and Thaimu Bangura of PDP (SORBEH), For Di People declared for and endorsed Karefa-Smart and the UNPP while Concord Times declared for and endorsed Thaimu Bangura and the PDP. Dr Prince Harding and Banda-Thomas then approached me to endorse and help TejanKabbah of the SLPP, who was then the clear frontrunner according to Opinion polls, to win the elections. 

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News - Press Release

CrPcEPd Life-saving jingle hits the airwaves

Freetown- 9 October 2017 – A new jingle that forewarns Sierra Leonean about the dangers of residing in disaster-prone communities will be released on 10 October 2017.

The 1:30-second radio jingle, aired twice daily for 70 days will be aired on seven major radio stations across the country.

The radio announcement is in Krio, the country’s Lingua Franca, and Mende, Themne and Kono- the widely spoken languages in Sierra Leone.

When radio-lovers tune in on Tuesday morning and evening for the next 70 days they will be informed about the changes in the weather.

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Society -Local News

ACC SPEAKS TO MAFFS ON THE PAY NO BRIBE CAMPAIGN

'A nation cannot progress when its citizens allow bribery to prevail over their sense of patriotism', says Simeon D. Sam Crop Officer, Tonkolili Agriculture Office. He made this statement at an awareness raising engagement organized by the Northern Region Office of the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) on Wednesday 4th October 2017.  

Addressing staff of the Ministry of Agriculture Forestry and Food Security (MAFFS) at their Post Office Road Office in Magburaka, ACC Public Education Officer Abdulai Saccoh said, the Pay No Bribe (PNB) campaign is a sustained approach which gives opportunity to ministries, departments and agencies to deal with bribery issues from within their institutions.

Mr. Saccoh stated that the PNB has enabled citizens to interact with the reporting platform, report incidents of bribery using the PNB channels. Saccoh noted that though Tonkolili is not a PNB district, citizens in that part of the country should be aware of the campaign and could use the platform equally.

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Development

THE CASE FOR REFORM OF THE UN SECURITY COUNCIL
  1. In recent years many UN member States have begun urging a change of the Security Council more so by demands of African states led by Sierra Leone.
  2. The main argument for reform is that change is necessary to make the Security Council more reflective of today’s International realities.
  3. Since the Council was created in 1945 more than a hundred and ninety two nations have come into existence and former defeated states in the last World War such as Germany, Japan and Italy have rejoined the World Community. While many developing states have become economic and trade dynamos yet the Security Council still operates on the same basic principles and with the same P5 (permanent Five) UK, USA, CHINA, FRANCE and USSR.

 

Sierra Leone has consistently and with farvour put the case for Africa at every fora upto some weeks ago in New York but it is difficult to assess the response of the UN or the P 5 respectively.

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Politics

PRESIDENT KOROMA SAYS… “I am very proud of Ansumana Usman Koroma”

President Dr Ernest BaiKoroma has informed Sierra Leoneans that, “I am very proud that we have people like Ansumana. We need many more Ansumana Usman Koromas that will go out there as Ambassadors of our country, showing and telling a good story about Sierra Leone.”

Whilst speaking at his Presidential office in Freetown, President Koroma affirmed that, “I am very proud of Ansumana and I am encouraging him to do more by helping his people.”

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