23 December 2013
The World Bank’s Board of Executive Directors last Wednesday approved a US$40 million credit from the International Development Association (IDA) to help Sierra Leone reduce poverty and expand economic growth by establishing a strong national electricity distribution utility with better technical performance, financial viability, and improved electricity delivery to the country’s 6 million residents.
Electricity reaches less than 10 percent of the population in Sierra Leone. (...)
21 December 2013
Editor’s Note: The following is a Christmas message from Mustapha Bangura (photo), Chairman, APC-Australia, to Gibril Koroma, CEO of the Patriotic Vanguard newspaper.
On behalf of APC Australia Branch, I would like to wish you the best for the festive season and a safe and relaxing holiday period. May the magic of Christmas bring you Happiness, cheer and fun.
It has been a big year for us in Australia, with much growth and special moments for all our comrades. Thanks for (...)
19 December 2013
By Leeroy Kabs-Kanu, New York.
On Thursday, 12th Dec. 2013, the 9th Round of the Intergovernmental Negotiations in the informal plenary on the question of the equitable representation on and increase in the membership of the Security Council and other matters related to the Council, was held at the UN Headquarters in New York.
A statement on behalf of the African Group was read by Sierra Leone, the Coordinator of the African Union Committee of 10 ( C-10 ), which is mandated by the (...)
18 December 2013
London Mining is pleased to announce that, on 14 December, it was awarded the “Most Compliant Taxpayer of 2013” by Sierra Leone’s National Revenue Authority during its Annual Awards Ceremony at the Family Kingdom Hall. The Award recognizes the Company’s “timely filing of returns and prompt payment of taxes”. Dan Desjardins, Managing Director, London Mining Company, said, “As one of the largest investors, employers and tax payers in Sierra Leone, (...)
18 December 2013
President Dr Ernest Bai Koroma has assured the visiting MCC Acting Vice President for Compact Operations, Jonathan Bloom, that government is committed to the fight against corruption not just to qualify for the MCC, but to ensure it impacts positively on the development of the country.
"I am happy that you have time to come immediately after your Board meeting and to know that you have decided to continue the engagement with us", he said, and added that their arrival in the country is in (...)
16 December 2013
By Jarrah Kawusu-Konte, State House Communications Unit, Freetown.
Their Excellencies, the outgoing Chinese Ambassador to Sierra Leone Kuang Weilin and outgoing Nigerian High Commissioner to Sierra Leone, Eyo Asuquo have this morning officially taken leave of President Dr Ernest Bai Koroma at State House, Freetown.
Ambassador Weilin is fourth from right in photo.
Both envoys paid their farewell courtesies to President Koroma in separate ceremonies which were done consecutively. (...)
16 December 2013
Fellow APC supporters in North America and around the world,
The Past Struggle
Comrades, for a branch I led for almost four years) as Chairman, I realize a two to thirty minutes statement is not enough to say good bye to the fine men and women I served; as such, I decided to make this statement to the branch and the wider world.
The past four years have been charged with tension, disagreements and challenges within the APC North America branch. Many people expressed different passions (...)
9 December 2013
Fellow Sierra Leoneans,
Today, the 9th of December, is International Anti- Corruption Day. This day was set aside by resolution 58/4 of the United Nations Security Council in 2003 to raise awareness about the evils of corruption and to foster public support against the scourge.
As we all are aware, corruption is one of the biggest challenges of our time. It slows down development, distorts trade, undermines the security of our state, and weakens the economy and social fabric of our (...)
9 December 2013
London Mining and its General Manager of Human Resources and Community Relations, Mr Barry Honnah, have announced that Mr Honnah will be leaving the company.
In his time with the company, Mr Honnah was instrumental in assisting the company assimilate into Sierra Leone and promoted cultural awareness across the workforce.
London Mining wishes Barry (photo) well in his future endeavours. Barry appreciates the opportunity to have worked with a leading company in Sierra Leone, and looks (...)
5 December 2013
By Osman Benk Sankoh, Monrovia, Liberia.*
It was probably around 7:30am. Owing to the snail pace of the traffic particularly from the west end of the city, his wife and kid had already left home for school and work respectively. Then, I woke up. The light in his bedroom was off and so too was the one in the living room. Strangely though, the kitchen was alight. It was busy and an aroma that could make the hungry much more famished with a very strong desire for a taste of whatever it was (...)