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Fisheries Minister Updates Journalists on Achievements

2014-11-25 00:19:25

By Mabel Whenzle, Freetown.
Charles Rogers (photo), Deputy Minister of Fisheries and Marine Resources has said his Ministry has made tremendous progress in the area of revenue generation and has facilitated an increase in the supply of fish to the local market.
Addressing journalists at the weekly press briefing organised by the Ministry of Information and Communications, Rogers said, despite the devastating effects of the Ebola Virus Disease on the economy, there has been, for the (...)

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Attacks on the Press in Nigeria (2013)

25 February

Source: Committee to Protect Journalists.
Country ranks among worst for unsolved journalist murders.
Government cracks down on information critical of the administration.
The government of President Goodluck Jonathan used legal tools as well as brutal means to clamp down on media coverage deemed critical of the government. Sensitive and dangerous topics for the press included coverage of high-level public corruption, the government’s war against Boko Haram insurgents, and the (...)

Profile: Nigerian Politician Bola Ahmed Tinubu

21 February

Editor’s Note: Nigerian politician Bola Ahmed Tinubu recently received an honorary doctorate from Sierra Leone’s Njala University. Our curiousity aroused, we decided to do a rudimentary investigation of the man. We note his pro-democracy credentials which are indeed genuine, especially his fight against the Sani Abacha brutal military dictatorship in Nigeria, a fact confirmed by no less a person than the venerable Wole Soyinka in one of his memoirs titled You Must set Forth at (...)

Sierra Care Realizes its Vision and Values

20 February

December 2013 marked their fifth outreach mission to the war-­affected amputees in Sierra Leone, West Africa. Sierra Care was founded with a dynamic vision of sharing Christ­like love to each and every war-­affected amputee around the world, especially in developing countries. Their desire is to give hope and human dignity to all amputees through the loving fellowship in the family of God, providing both spiritual and physical needs.It is stated in the Sierra Care core beliefs that being (...)

Sixth Annual Armed Forces Week in Sierra Leone

19 February

By Dr. Peter A. Dumbuya, Freetown, Sierra Leone.*
Whenever possible, I attend ceremonies commemorating the end of World Wars I and II, and those commissioning newly enlisted men and women in uniform. I do so in memory of my late father (May His Soul Rest in Peace!) who, along with his compatriots, fought as part of the British Empire’s West African Frontier Force in World War II in Burma and Myohaung, among other places. Fast forward to the present; relatives, friends, (...)

World Bank Revamps Communications Strategy

18 February

The World Bank, in partnership with the Government of Sierra Leone through the Ministry of Finance, has started the pilot operational communication endeavor to show- case results of the projects in the World Bank country portfolio.
The exercise started last week with visits to several projects sites under the Rural and Private Sector Development Project (RPSDP) and the West Africa Agricultural Productivity Program (WAAPP) in Kambia and Port Loko, Northern Sierra Leone and in Kono in the (...)

The BECE Saga in Sierra Leone

16 February

By Francis Sowa, Lecturer, Department of Mass Communications, Fourah Bay College, Sierra Leone.
Sometime last year, I wrote an article titled ‘A Call for a National Conference on Education.’ In that article, I raised a number of issues on the state and quality of education in Sierra Leone.
I made reference to the poor performance of pupils in public examinations (National Primary School Examination (NPSE), Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) and the West (...)

University of Makeni Convocation Saturday

12 February

By Our Correspondent
The University of Makeni will observe its third convocation ceremony on Saturday 15th February 2014 at the Fatima Campus in the capital of the Northern region of Sierra Leone, Makeni City.
According to the Director of Development and Planning who also doubles as the Coordinator for the convocation ceremony, Mr. Emmanuel A.B. Turay, about 100 students are to graduate this year from the various faculties and departments.
This year’s convocation, he explained, (...)

Go Green in the City 2014

10 February

A total of 725 African students, representing 24 countries, have already signed up for this 2014 edition of Go Green in the City. These students come primarily from Nigeria (149 applications), Egypt (142 applications), Algeria (29 applications), Morocco (138 applications), Algeria (86 applications), Ghana (43 applications), and Kenya (47 applications).
Students from Engineering and Business Schools, Master’s and MBA Programmes in Africa and from across the globe have until 15 (...)

Which African renaissance are we talking about?

10 February

By Dr. Motsoko Pheko, South Africa.*
Does the African Union confuse the term ‘African Renaissance’ with Pan-Africanism? These terms cannot mean the same thing when the ‘European Renaissance’ brought slavery, colonialism and racism to Africa.
The meaning of the term “African Renaissance” now running parallel with Pan Africanism in the corridors of the African Union must be clarified. It is confusing to people who are rooted in the history of (...)

Tom Nyuma and the Making of the NPRC: In Memoriam to “Ranger”(Part One)

5 February

By Patrick S. Bernard, USA.
It is always tough to write an obituary of a young person who dies too soon. I find myself in that position writing this obituary of Tom Nyuma, a young man who died at 42 years old on January 26, 2014. But what I write here is less about Tom the dead, and more about what he did when he lived.
For those who fought with him—in Liberia when he was among the first group of Sierra Leonean soldiers sent under ECOMOG in 1990, and then in Sierra Leone where he (...)

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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 (...)