14 March 2007
By Dr. Abou Bai-Sheka, Vancouver,Canada.
The advent of the 6-3-3-4 implementation date has seen the introduction of four of our indigenous languages in our schools’ curriculum but not without considerable skepticism from some educationists, parents and senior citizens. The fact remains however that for the first time, status, integrity and recognition are being given to our local languages and the yoke of inferiority and (...)
13 March 2007
The National Communications Strategy Project (NCSP) in Sierra Leone has launched a weekly radio talk show, “Development Dialogue”, on UN Radio FM 103. The hour-long interactive programme airs live every Friday at 2:30PM and a repeat broadcast at 11:00PM. The central aim of that platform is promoting stewardship and accountability among policy makers and political leaders to the citizenry of Sierra Leone. The debut programme (23 February) attempted to draw a nexus (...)
12 March 2007
By Alpha Rashid Jalloh,Freetown.
Justice Sidney Warne, the newly appointed Commissioner of the Political Parties Registration Commission (PPRC) in Sierra Leone has said that voters need to know the electoral rules and to follow them.
Speaking during a six -day workshop recently held at Kimbima Hotel west of the capital Freetown , on training of trainers, he said in order to achieve effective voter education , trainers should educate the masses.
He said as the election was now so (...)
10 March 2007
The Government of Japan has announced a US$2.8 million contribution to the 2007 Elections in Sierra Leone. This contribution from the people of Japan will support the National Elections Commission (NEC) in their organisation of the Presidential and Parliamentary Elections, scheduled to take place on 28 July, 2007.
The purchase of vital materials for the smooth operation of voting on polling day and the construction of a warehouse at the new NEC headquarters, are just two areas the Japanese (...)
10 March 2007
A top United Nations official said during a press briefing at UNIOSIL headquarters (in Freetown) on the new United Nations peacebuilding architecture that Sierra Leone has set an example in maintaining peace. And that is after over a decade long conflict that left an estimated 50,000 people dead and thousands maimed.
The Assistant Secretary-General for Peacebuilding Support, Ms. Carolyn McAskie, told a room-full of local journalists and international correspondents that “the war has (...)
9 March 2007
By Alpha R. Jalloh, Vanguard Freetown Bureau Chief.
There has been increasing fear in Sierra Leone that a late judgement in the case between dissidents and the leader of the All People’s Congress (APC) Ernest Bai Koroma(photo) might spark off violence as the date for the country’s parliamentary and presidential elections draws near.
Dissidents that mainly include lawyer Serry Kamal, Mohamed Bangura and others have been engaged in several litigations against Bai Koroma (...)
9 March 2007
By Anthony B. Conteh (Tony Bee), Vanguard Sydney (Australia) Correspondent.
Edison Yongai(photo), Interim Chairman of the Association of Sierra Leonean Journalists in Exile (Australia) says he was the Editor of one of the country’s local newspapers, The Point, which started publication in 1996. He says the war brought him to Australia because of his journalistic role in exposing corrupt politicians and the odds of the war. In other words there was no freedom of speech and (...)
8 March 2007
Freetown, Sierra Leone, 8 March 2007 --- The United Nations in Sierra Leone takes the opportunity of the International Women’s Day, to call for an end to the practice of female genital mutilation (FGM), early and forced marriages, and all harmful traditional practices against women and children.
As part of the efforts towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals, particularly those of improving maternal health and promoting gender equality, the UN considers (...)
7 March 2007
According to a press release received today from the Special Court for Sierra Leone, the body of Sam Hinga Norman was handed over to family members today after being returned to Sierra Leone from Dakar, Senegal.
Mr. Norman’s body was flown by helicopter from Lungi International Airport to the United Nations headquarters in Freetown, arriving just before 1:00 p.m.
In a brief but solemn ceremony, Special Court Registrar Lovemore Munlo, SC and a representative of the family signed a (...)
7 March 2007
By Alpha Rashid Jalloh, Freetown, Sierra Leone.
In the midst of the prevalent poverty and hardship that characterise post-war Sierra Leone, President Ahmad Tejan Kabbah says ‘people should not depend on government’ for all development ventures.
Speaking recently to the people of Kissy in the East of Freetown at the opening of a new school for disadvantaged children, he said the people should embark on development ventures on their own volition without government (...)
This week, we look at tax incentives offered to foreign mining and agribusiness companies operating in Sierra Leone. A report, released today by the international NGO, Christian Aid, has bad news (...)
By Mekki Elmograbi, Sudan.
It is widely well known that the economy of South Africa is the strongest among African economies but some economists say that Nigeria, "not South Africa", is the (...)