4 December 2013
By Alpha Bedoh Kamara, Freetown.
Just a few weeks after the Government of Sierra Leone secured the biggest grant-in-aid loan ever given to an African nation by the Republic of South Korea, the architect behind the scenes, lawyer Omrie Golley, has been appointed as Ambassador to South Korea.
The Government made the appointment public over the weekend, subject to the approval of Parliament.
The grant-in-aid loan agreement between Sierra Leone and the Republic of South Korea was signed on (...)
3 December 2013
London Mining Company has announced that John Bonoh Sisay will join its Board as a Non-Executive Director.
“I am delighted to welcome Mr. Sisay to London Mining Company’s Board,” said Graeme Hossie, CEO of London Mining Plc.
“Not only does John have extensive experience within the African mining and minerals sector, he also has significant experience managing and providing strategic direction to businesses within Sierra Leone,” Hossie continued. (...)
3 December 2013
The activities of the Special Criminal Court in Sierra Leone have been formerly closed down by His Excellency President Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma, according to a State House report.
The court which started operations in 2002 indicted and sentenced those who carried out the greatest responsibilities in the eleven years civil in Sierra Leone, including the former Liberian president, Charles Taylor.
At the special ceremony at State House, attended by the United Nations, ministers, diplomats, (...)
3 December 2013
Mr. Speaker, Honourable Members,
Mr. Speaker, Honourable Members, I rise to move that the Bill entitled, “An Act to provide for the services for Sierra Leone for the Financial Year 2014” be read for the first time.
2. Mr. Speaker, Honourable Members, you will all recall that His Excellency, the President Dr. Ernest Koroma, made a commitment to improve the lots of youths and women of our beloved country, Sierra Leone. Government has therefore dedicated this (...)
2 December 2013
By Anthony Kamara (Snr), Winnipeg, Canada.
On a beautiful Tuesday morning in February 4, 1958, the Catholic Mission in Northern Sierra Leone started its first Secondary school in the North Central city of Makeni with 40 students who became the proud foundation students of the new institution which was to earn the sobriquet of "the School of Modern Languages", thanks to the arrival of a ten-man team of teaching Brothers of the Immaculate Conception from the Netherlands to take over the (...)
2 December 2013
By PV Staff.
President Ernest Bai Koroma has started shaking up his administration as expected by many Sierra Leoneans. Some of the appointments are surprising, others not surprising.
Looking at the new appointments, the President seems to be taking a softer approach, mostly moving people from one position to another, with some promotions. Now let’s do a quick analysis of some of the personalities involved:
Ambassador Andrew Bangali, who was based in Ethiopia as Ambassador (...)
28 November 2013
On 23 and 25 November, London Mining awarded 954 scholarships, worth a total of over US$ 40,000, to primary and junior secondary students in their operating communities of Marampa and Maforki in the Port Loko District. The Company also donated exercise books, school bags and mathematical sets to primary and junior secondary students in neighbouring communities within the district.
During an award ceremony, Mark Somlyay, General Manager, Finance and Administration, London Mining, said, (...)
26 November 2013
President Ernest Bai Koroma has said in Kuwait that government under his administration has initiated many reforms through the Agenda for Change and now progressing forward with the Agenda for Prosperity, which has ushered in a lot of achievements as manifested by a new way of implementing development driven projects.
According to the State House Communications unit, the President appealed for further support towards the implementation of the Agenda for Prosperity, especially to the Lumley (...)
22 November 2013
Editor’s Note:There had been a tumultuous debate in Sierra Leone’s parliament recently as to who is qualified to be Speaker of Parliament. The problem seems to be confusion over the correct interpretation of what the current 1991 Constitution has to say on the matter. The wrangling and noisy vituperation finally led to a very controversial amendment to the Constitution regarding that matter.
Well, legal luminary and former Vice-President, former Attorney-General and Minister (...)
21 November 2013
By PV Staff
The Patriotic Vanguard’s Freetown Bureau Chief Alpha Rashid Jalloh (photo) is in Arusha, Tanzania, representing the paper at a top-notch African Union conference on the media bringing together recognized media practitioners, jurists and legal scholars from around the continent of Africa.
The main focus of the conference will be on the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights whose role and work has not yet been fully understood by people in Africa and around the (...)