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Ebola: President Koroma Issues Stern Warning

2014-10-28 23:16:01

On a working visit to Port Loko, Bombali and Tonkolili districts over the weekend, President Ernest Bai Koroma issued a stern warning to traditional and religious leaders to take responsibility to halt the spread of the virus in their chiefdoms and districts.
According to a State House report the President said the country has a crisis that should be handled with all the seriousness it deserves and added that government in its efforts to improve the efficiency of handling the outbreak (...)

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World Bank Approves $52m for Sierra Leone

18 January

Following the approval in December by the World Bank Board of Directors of the USD 40m Energy and
USD12m for the Public Finance Management Improvement and consolidation Projects, the Sierra Leone
Government through the Minister of Finance- Dr Kaifala Marah (photo), and the World Bank Country Director for Sierra Leone- Mr. Yusupha Babatunde Crookes recently signed the two agreements taking the final steps in making the projects effective.
“Electricity reaches less than 10 percent of (...)

Sierra Leonean Academic Excels in Canada

16 January

By Abdulai Bayraytay, Freetown, Sierra Leone.
Sierra Leonean born-academic, Zubairu Wai (aka Zuba) has again made history in the field of academia. Merely four years after completing his doctoral studies and joining the Department of Political Science at one of Canada’s prestigious tertiary institutions, Lakehead University located in Thunder Bay, Northern Ontario, he has been tenured and promoted to Associate Professor.
Dr Wai’s tenure and promotion is the result of his (...)

ACC Presents Monies Recovered in 2013

15 January

The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has on Tuesday 14th January 2014 formally presented to the Minister of Finance and Economic Development, Dr. Kelfala Marrah, the sum of One Billion Three Hundred and Twenty Four Million, Four Hundred and Sixty Seven Thousand, Two Hundred and Eighty One Leones (Le 1,324,467,281) as monies recovered from individuals and institutions in 2013, according to an ACC press release signed by Shollay Davies, Director of Public Education and Outreach.
The money (...)

Another APC Giant Falls

14 January

Another APC giant, the Honourable Dr. Idriss Fofanah who held several positions including Minister of Trade and Industry in the 80s, has passed away.
Quiet and unassuming but very loyal, the late Dr. Fofanah hailed from the Tonkolili district, the same district the late Mohamed Suffian Kargbo who also passed away a few days ago, hailed from.
The ruling APC thus has two big funerals to deal with this week. We shall bring you details of Dr. Fofanah’s funeral arrangements when we (...)

State Funeral for the late Honourable Suffian Kargbo

12 January

There will be a State Funeral for the late APC strong man Honourable Mohamed Suffian Kargbo according to his son Claude Meama-Cajue, the administrator of the famous Leonenet-UMBC, a forum for the discussion on Sierra Leonean issues.
Here are the details from Claude:
Open book of condolence APC Secretariat Tuesday - The family will be there.
Lay in state at the APC secretariat on Thursday morning. Family members may speak.
Civic Service at Miatta Conference Hall Thursday afternoon. (...)

What Now, Sierra Leone?

12 January

By Granville Jones, Virginia, USA.
What Now, Sierra Leone? What is in Store for 2014 and Beyond?
State Of Hardship
My first visit to Sierra Leone after almost twenty-six years abroad was filled with a lot of surprises, to say the least. I was very fortunate not to have witnessed the Rebel War in person, for which I will be forever thankful. I also sympathize with those who did. When one talks to people, invariably they attribute the current conditions in Sierra Leone to the (...)

Honourable Suffian Kargbo Passes On

9 January

By Joseph Sherman, Editor, Salone Monitor newspaper, USA.
Reports reaching the Salone Monitor from APC Headquarters in Freetown confirmed this morning that former Minister of Agriculture, Food and Security until 2012 and a Member of Parliament representing Tonkilili district, Hon. Alhaji Mohamed Sufian Kargbo has died.
Honorable Mohamed Suffian Kargbo (photo) was Chairperson, Agriculture and Food Security. He holds a Bachelor’s degree (Hons.) and MSC in soil fertility and plant (...)

Musician Emmerson Bockarie and Tribalism

6 January

Culled from the Torchlight newspaper, Freetown, Sierra Leone.
By Mohamed Sankoh (One Drop), Freetown.
My comment on Emmerson Bockarie’s new album and its theme song—“Kokobeh”—will take the form of a mini-skirt: very short but it will cover the essentials.
If Emmerson Bockarie (photo) is inferring that President Ernest Bai Koroma is only employing Temnes and also subtly implying that the President is sacking Mendes (which he undertones in his song (...)

Freetown: Beltship Should Compensate Victims

6 January

By PV Staff.
A speedboat belonging to a company in Sierra Leone called Belstship recently collided with a passenger boat causing the death of several people (we do not have the correct number of casualties yet).
There has been a lot discussions on this issue but our take is that Beltship is clearly responsible for this mishap which is not intentional. Beltship could have avoided this accident as their own press release suggests. But this is not the time to analyze the issue (...)

President Ernest Bai Koroma’s New Year Message

1 January

New Year Message to the Nation
By His Excellency
Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma
President of the Republic of Sierra Leone,
January 1, 2014.
Fellow Sierra Leoneans,
This is the season of goodwill; the season for resolutions, and the season for leaving behind old habits that hinder growth. It is the season for continuing with and embracing habits that move us forward with grace, with success, with positive changes in our lives, our communities and our nation.
Let us then, not only wish (...)

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Sex in the Time of Ebola

By Alhassan Fouard Kanu, Guest Writer, Freetown, Sierra Leone. The Ebola-stricken nation of Sierra Leone is employing whatever means possible, from individual to state level, in response to (...)


Television and Learning

By Arthur Ramo, Madrid, Spain. Television is a technological medium of great importance in the lives of people, because it provides information and entertainment, among other things. However, (...)