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OSIWA grants USD$137,918 to the Playhouse Foundation

2014-12-18 18:31:42

The Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA) has awarded grant funding in the amount of USD$137,918 equivalent to over Seven Hundred and Three Million Leones to the Playhouse Foundation for a project entitled: ‘Support to Border Chiefdoms through the Development of an Efficient Response System to Tackle the Ebola Virus Disease’. The grant covers Kissi Teng, Kissi Tongi and Upper Bambara Chiefdoms in Kailahun District and Mafindor, Gbane Kandor and Soa Chiefdoms in Kono (...)

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President Koroma Hosts UK Secretary of State

16 December

President Ernest Bai Koroma Tuesday 16 December received the United Kingdom Secretary of State for International Development Justine Greening at State House, Freetown. The Secretary of State is in the country on a follow up visit on Ebola and to assess progress made so far to stop the transmission of the disease.
President Koroma informed the British minister that following her last visit, the country had made tremendous progress by increasing its fighting capacity to containing the virus. (...)

Alpha Kanu Commissions Mathaska Treatment Centre

16 December

By Ibrahim Siraju Bah, Freetown.
The Minister of Information and Communications Hon. Alhaji Alpha Kanu (first left in photo) has officially launched the Mathasaka Ebola Treatment Unit in Port Loko on Saturday 13th December, 2014 increasing the number of treatment centres in the district to three with a bed capacity of 203.
The edifice which was constructed by the British under the supervision of GOAL has received its first patient the following day (December 14th) and has the capacity to (...)

President Koroma Tours Western Area: An unprecedented level of engagement

16 December

President Ernest Bai Koroma, Monday December 15 continued his engagement with stakeholders of selected communities in the Western Area. This exercise will last from 15 to 17 December.
The communities include Goderich, Hamilton, Lakka, Ogu Farm, Adunkia, Gbendembu, Regent, Gloucester, Bathurst, Charlotte, Mongegba, Grafton, Kossoh Town, Hastings, Jui, Rickett, Yams Farm, Rokel, Devil Hole, Rogbangba, Tokeh, York, No.2 River, Borbor, John Obey, Black Johnson, Tombo, Bridget, Russel, (...)

Translate The Messages Into Action - President Koroma Insists

13 December

As a way of engendering effective coordination in the fight to end Ebola, President Ernest Bai Koroma Thursday 11th December launched the Ebola Resistant Behaviour Change Initiative at the Bank Complex, Kingtom, Freetown.
The ceremony which was organized by the Office of the First Lady Madam Sia Nyama Koroma (photo) in collaboration with Plan International aimed at strengthening the engagement with traditional and cultural societies to help break the chain of transmission of the disease. (...)

Port Loko Task Force to Eradicate Ebola December

11 December

By Hassan Bruz
The decision to intensify measures, through which the mode of transmission of the Ebola Virus can be stopped and subsequently eradicated from Port Loko district by the district’s Ebola Response Committee without further delay is as a result of a number of reasons.
Prominent amongst such was the level of embarrassment the increasing figures of Ebola related cases that were coming out of the district in the past; but the overriding reason has to do with the fact that (...)

Tourism and Cultural Affairs Minister Resigns

9 December

A State House press release issued today states that Peter Bayuku Conteh (photo), the Minister of Tourism and Cultural Affairs has resigned due to health reasons.
The release added that His Excellency President Ernest Bai Koroma has accepted Peter’s resignation.
Bayuku hails from Koinadugu district, north of Sierra Leone. He was a member of the Koinadugu District Council before his appointment as (...)

President Koroma Satisfied With RSLAF Medical Personnel

8 December

President Ernest Bai Koroma over the weekend registered government’s satisfaction with the response by medical personnel of the Republic of Sierra Leone Armed Forces (RSLAF) among local and international staff at the frontline of the national response to eradicate the deadly Ebola virus disease from the country.
"We are happy with what you are doing here, President Koroma told Col. Dr Foday Sahr, Medical Superintendent at 34 Military hospital."
The president made the commendation (...)

Ebola Cases Dwindle in Port Loko

7 December

By Septimus Kanu, Freetown.
The Chief Executive officer of the National Ebola Response Centre Major (Rtd) Alfred Paolo Conteh (photo) has commended the Hon. Minister of Information and Communications Alhaji Alpha Bakarr Sahid Kanu, and other stakeholders in Port Loko for their zest in the fight against the Ebola virus.
The CEO made the commendation on the popular Good Morning Salone program on 98.1FM while updating listeners on the current status in the fight against the dreadful Ebola (...)

Angelique Kidjo Criticizes Western Media Coverage of Ebola

2 December

On this weekend’s episode of Talk to Al Jazeera, Benin’s Grammy-winning singer Angelique Kidjo criticized the Western media’s depiction of Africa, particularly since the Ebola outbreak.
Do you think everybody in Africa has Ebola?, she asked presenter Barnaby Phillips. That’s the image you give to people.
"We didn’t invent Ebola. It’s just a disease that exists there. Like, are we going to be blamed for inventing malaria too?
If there is an Ebola (...)

Célestin Monga Appointed UNIDO Managing Director

27 November

A leading member of Swiss based Quantum Global group’s Advisory Board has today accepted a key UN post based in Vienna.
Célestin Monga (photo), a Cameroonian national, an internationally recognized economist and currently Director of the Oxford University Press Handbook of Africa and Economics, has accepted the post of Managing Director at the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), the UN body mandated to promote and accelerate inclusive and sustainable (...)

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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 (...)