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Information Minister Hands Over Holding Centres to Paramount Chiefs

2014-11-21 09:03:08

By Ibrahim Siraju Bah
The Minister of Information and Communications Hon. Alhaji Alphha B. S Kanu has formally handed over two holding centres in the Port Loko district to the Paramount Chiefs of Lokomasama and Kafubulum Chiefdoms to enhance their capacity in the fight against the Ebola virus. The event took place at the Lokomasa holding centre on the 19th November, 2014.
Whilst handing over the centers, he said they are ready for use and will start operations the following day and urged (...)

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NCD Signs MOU with ACC

19 November

By Ibrahim Siraju Bah
The National Commission for Democracy (NCD) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) to forge a collaborative engagement and partnership to complement their efforts in promoting their respective interrelated mandates. The signing ceremony took place at the conference room of the ACC at its Headquarters at Gloucester Street in Freetown on November 18, 2014.
In his statement, the Chairman of NCD, Dr. Abubakar H Kargbo (...)

Sierra Leone: 2014 Budget Speech

18 November

For the Financial Year, 2015
Theme: Restoring livelihoods for Post Ebola Economic and Social Recovery
Minister of Finance and Economic Development in the Chamber of Parliament
TOWER HILL, FREETOWN ON Friday, 14th November 2014 at 10:00 a.m.
Mr. Speaker, Honourable Members, I rise to move that the Bill entitled “An Act to provide for the (...)

Security Council Press Statement on Burkina Faso

18 November

The members of the Security Council welcomed the signing on 16 November 2014 of a Charter for the Transition in Burkina Faso, which provides the legal framework for a civilian-led transition leading to democratic elections in November 2015. They also welcomed the appointment of (Burkinabe diplomat) Michel Kafando (photo) as the civilian President of the Transition. They called on all Burkinabe stakeholders to facilitate the commencement of the work of the Transitional organs without delay. (...)

Mogadishu: SRSG Kay Meets with Somali Leaders

18 November

United Nations Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG) Nicholas Kay has met with Somali political leaders on 16 November 2014.
He was joined by Danish Ambassador Geert Aagaard Andersen, European Union (EU) Special Representative for the Horn of Africa Alex Rondos, EU Special Envoy to Somalia Michele Cervone d’Urso, Italian Ambassador Fabrizio Marcelli, Swedish Ambassador Mikael Lindvall and UK Ambassador Neil Wigan for meetings with His Excellency President Hassan (...)

A Tribute to Professor N.A.W. Cox-George of Sierra Leone

14 November

By Mohamed A. Jalloh (USA)
[Author’s Note: I hereby gratefully acknowledge the immense contribution to this article’s previously unpublished information about Prof. Cox-George’s family life provided by his children, Maynard Cox-George and Zorah Anthony, nee Cox-George].
TEN YEARS AGO, on November 12, 2004, a simple announcement marked the passing away of one of Sierra Leone’s most accomplished and yet unsung heroes. It was altogether a fitting testament to the life (...)

Port Loko District: Information Minister Visits Holding Centres

13 November

By Siraju Bah.
The Minister of Information and Communications Hon. Alhaji Alpha Kanu together with the District Medical Officer, the District Coordinator for NERC and WHO has on a working tour visited almost all the holding centres in the Porto Loko District on Tuesday 11th November, 2014 to assess the status and progress of work on the centres and to provide the necessary support for their speedy completion.
The holding sites the Minister and his team visited included Lokomsama Holding (...)

Spectre of Ebola Protectionism

6 November

By Dr.Yusuf Bangura, Geneva, Switzerland.
A new kind of protectionism is haunting the world: the spectre of ebola protectionism. As the ebola virus disease ravages the societies of the Mano River Union (MRU) states of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, there are increasing calls from conservative politicians, right-wing groups, and sections of the media to prevent people from MRU states from interacting with the rest of the world.
The protectionist measures (...)

Peaceful Ebola Awareness March in New York

29 October

By Amadu Massally, USA.
It was a kind of chilly afternoon in New York City as we congregated on 8th Avenue to begin a peaceful march last Friday of about 12 blocks - one way - to the Daag Hammarskjold UN Plaza.
We did not have thousands of people present, but we had a few hundred who were committed to the cause. What attracted me more than anything is the way people looked at us as to whether they were suspicious of us as carriers of Ebola, or were empathetic to our (...)

Obituary: Arnold R. B. Samuels

by Roland Bankole, Marke, Deputy Editor, Florida, USA. - 27 October

The Samuels families in The United States and Freetown, Sierra Leone are mourning the death of their youngest son/brother: Arnold Reginald Balogue Samuels of Congo Town, who died suddenly in Freetown.
He was snatched at the age of 28 years, by the poisoned arrow of death on October 20, 2014. Samuels was a vibrant member of Saint Peters West African Methodist Church, Congo Town, where he served as Sunday School Superintendent and member of the Youth Fellowship. He was also a member of the (...)

Cremation: A Suggestion for Burial of Ebola Victims

23 October

Cremation: A Suggestion for Burial of Ebola Victims.
By Imodale Caulker Burnett, Virginia, USA.*
Dear Sierra Leonean Friends and Family,
The reports from home, which we get on the internet and Face book as well as from the phone calls we make, are getting worse each day. We are already in serious trouble. If more aggressive action is not taken soon, the situation will be untenable!
In a discussion with some of my family and friends, it became clear that one of the biggest problems, is (...)

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Government Should Investigate Ebola Surge

by Gibril Gbanabome Koroma, CEO/Publisher

It is sad and very unfortunate that while the Ebola scourge seems to be receding in the neighbouring countries of Guinea and Liberia, Sierra Leone is facing a dramatic increase with hundreds of (...)


The Truth About Reporting Corruption

By Abdulai Saccoh, Anti-Corruption Commission, Freetown, Sierra Leone. As a specialized anti-graft agency, the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has been (...)