By Titus Boye-Thompson, Strategic Media & Development Communications Unit, Freetown, Sierra Leone.
The contention about moving traders from Sani Abacha Street is slowly being molded into a kindred struggle to expunge the ghosts of Freetown’s past. In such an exercise, it becomes easily clear that this city, once referred to as the Athens of West Africa, is taking some time to get to grips with the harsh outer realities of its forced growth without proper planning, resource and (...)Read the full story »
22 February 2007
By Ishamel Taylor-Kamara, USA.
I consider myself to be a pretty charitable person; so I can forgive anyone (except a lawyer, I suppose) who attempts to read a 307 page trial transcript and ultimately “cries uncle”. However, as with most things in life, even generosity must have some limitations. This brings me to the analysis from Messrs. Abdul Karim Bangura and Sami Gandy-Gorgla of the Sierra Leone Working Group (“The Special Court’s Push for an Unfair Advantage (...)
31 January 2007
By Karamoh Kabba
Sierra Leone’s decade-long war is over at last, but the new coalition of detained former members of warring factions says the awkward combination of Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) and Special Court (SC) of Sierra Leone is the detractor of the provisions of the Lome Peace Accord of 1999 and TRC’s imperative recommendations.
The Lome Peace Accord, which was ratified by the government of Sierra Leone Parliament grants pardon to all combatants of the (...)
17 January 2007
Solid waste management in Freetown poses costly and vexing problems. Included are low service coverage-averaging 40%, insufficient budgets, highly inadequate equipment, substantial inefficiencies such as high costs, low quality service, low labor productivity, poor public attitudes, and widespread illegal dumping. In addition, the long domestic insurgency heavily damaged or destroyed the existing infrastructure, and also, significantly contributed to the more than (...)
14 October 2006
By Oswald Hanciles, Freetown
Dr. Peter Tucker, the Chairman of Salone’s Law Reform Commission was head of the civil service in Sierra Leone about forty years ago. In the 1970’s, he was Chief Executive of Race Relations in the British government. He was Chairman of the commission that authored the 1991 Constitution Sierra Leone now uses...Above all his laurels, Dr. Peter Tucker has balls!!. Balls enough to publicly condemn his ‘son in law’, (...)
2 October 2006
Kofi Akosah-Sarpong, in Ottawa, Canada, believes Ghanaian youth can best accelerate Ghana’s pace of development, as Vice President Aliu Mahama urges, if they are oriented heavily in Ghanaian/African values first, in a country where the younger generation appear directionless.
Ghana’s Vice President Alhaji Aliu Mahama(photo) is good at raising pressing development issues that are at the country’s soul. Since becoming Ghana’s number two man, he has tried to tackle (...)
21 September 2006
Adrian Q. Labor, Civil Engineer
Corruption cannot account for the future
Almost every conversation among ourselves on the blackout issues and low energy supply in the country generally concludes with the word "corruption". This one word seems to explain it all. In actual fact, it never really gets us to look seriously at the other reasons. Just saying the word, sounds the bell for endless anecdotes on how corruption came, it stayed; it conquered and enslaved three generations of Sierra (...)
29 August 2006
"What however makes the August 18 anniversary tormenting is the fact that the promises made by the Kabbah government to erect a bust in memory of those fallen students and other pro-democracy demonstrators killed at the hands of the nefarious junta have not been fulfilled. This is not a novelty though as the SLPP government is notorious for making empty promises..."
By Abdulai Bayraytay in Washington DC, USA
August 18 2006 marked the 9th anniversary of the famous nation-wide protests (...)
20 August 2006
Kofi Akosah-Sarpong(photo), in Ottawa, says the reason why African values and experiences have not gained prominence in the continent’s policy making and development process is that her elites do not know what progress means.
It’s not for nothing that Dr. Raphael Odom, a Nigerian-Canadian former policy planner with Human Resources Canada and currently assistant professor of public service at America’s DePaul University told me that Africans don’t want to be (...)
13 August 2006
Kofi Akosah-Sarpong, back in Ottawa, Canada after spending six months in developmental work in Ghana, says the Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II(photo), should go beyond the talk of preserving African customs and traditions and use his immense influence to let policy makers appropriate African customs and traditions in policy development in Africa’s emerging new development thinking
By Kofi Akosa-Sarpong
While there is nothing new in the Asantehene (King of the Ghana’s Asante (...)
11 August 2006
By Alpha Saidu Bangura, Atlanta, Georgia
I wonder why Hon. Ernest Koroma,(leader of the A.P.C.) and other opposition leaders are displeased with Paramount Chiefs meeting with Vice President,Solomon Berewa.
Politics is a social science that deals with people(their welfare, interests and all that affects them). Paramount Chiefs are elected by their people to lead in pushing their chiefdoms forward, therefore, chiefs are also politicians.
It will best for Mr. Koroma and others (...)