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For good work done… SLPP MP Commend Salini
Written by Yeabu Sesay & Samuel J. Kargbo, in parliament   
Friday, 24 April 2015 11:40

Hon Mohamed K. Thorley, a Member of Parliament of the main opposition Sierra Leone People Party, who is also a member of the Works Committee, on Wednesday 22 April commended Salini Construction Company for the good work they have done in the country, especially in the construction of roads in the provinces.

  He said the company is doing very good roads which can be compared to other roads in the world, and added that these are the types of companies they should be awarding contracts to in order to achieve the agenda for prosperity of President Koroma.

  He also said all of Salini’s roads in the provinces are standard ones but pleaded with the company to continue maintaining the roads so taxpayers’ money will not go in the drain.

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US$36,312 of unneeded drugs at Health Ministry... Permanent Secretary to explain
Written by Yeabu Sesay & Samuel J. Kargbo, in Parliament   
Friday, 24 April 2015 11:37

The public Accounts Committee yesterday 23 April probed the Ministry of Health and Sanitation on the queries raised in the Auditor General Report for 2013.

  According to the Auditor General’s Report procurement of non-essential drugs valued at $36,312 were procured under the Free Health Care. The report further explained they were not normally prescribed for the free health care patients, it was recommended that in future, all stakeholders and end-user should be involved in the needs assessment process.

  The Report further said the Permanent Secretary should also explain why non-essential drugs costing $36,312 were bought under the free health care and ensure that those drugs were distributed to hospitals and peripherals where needed.

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Parliament disappointed with Gicopress
Written by Yeabu Sesay & Samuel J. Kargbo, in Parliament   
Friday, 24 April 2015 11:33

Parliamentary Oversight Committee on Works Housing and Infrastructure on Wednesday became seriously disappointed with Gicopress Construction Company for non-performance in the construction of the Kabala and Kono roads.

  Acting Chairperson of the Committee, Hon. Jariatu Smith, said she is very dissatisfied with the company because the time of the contract has expired.

  She added they will no longer tolerate any excuse from the company as they will be going on a tour in the provinces to see all the work the contractor has done in their area of work.

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Vice Principal Arrested
Written by Mariama Turay   
Friday, 24 April 2015 11:13

As investigations continue on an alleged rape matter, the vice principal of Baptist Secondary School, Upper Allen Town, Mohamed Turay, alias ‘SuperT’ has been arrested on warrant and detained at the Allen Town police post Family Support Unit for questioning.

   The suspect was alleged to have sexually penetrated (raped) a 13-year old Junior Secondary School pupil, someone he was in a domestic relationship with sometimes last year but he fled police arrest.

  Narrating her ordeal, the 13-year old told this medium that the suspect was her next door neighbour who she always acknowledged as her teacher.

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Sierra Leone Alert: More media organisations fined for unprofessionalism
Written by Media Foundation for West Africa   
Friday, 24 April 2015 11:04

Following complaints by individuals, Sierra Leone’s media regulatory body, the Independent Media Commission (IMC) has sanctioned eight newspapers—Torchlight, Democrat, Africa Youth Voices (AYV), Arigbo, Owl, News Watch, Champion and Nation Business and Finance—and Radio New Song, for unprofessionalism.

The MFWA’s correspondent in Sierra Leone reported that the Torchlight, Democrat, Arigbo and AYV newspapers were each fined three million Leones (about US$675) for breaching the defamation principle and one million  Leones (about US$225) for the breach of the accuracy principle of the IMC Code of Practice.

The commission also fined the New Watch newspaper two million Leones (about US$450)  for breaching the defamation principle while the Owl and Champion newspapers, were each fined one million Leones for breaching the accuracy principle.

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Editorial

2016 Global Peace Conference to be held in Freetown---as IPRA 50th Birthday confab ends in Istanbul

 

The 26th biennal conference of the Internatonal Peace Research Association (IPRA) is billed to take place in  Freetown, Sierra Leone in November 2016, marking the second time Africa has hosted the conference since the founding of IPRA in 1964. This was announced following the re-election of  the two IPRA Secretaries-general, Dr Ibrahim Seaga Shaw (pictured) and Dr Nesrin Kenar, who co-ordinated the 25th  IPRA conference in Turkey,  at the organisation’s administrative meeting on August 14 during the 25th  IPRA  conference in Istanbul  to serve a second term of two years.

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Business News

As Parliament starts to probe MDAs…Le1.6bn in Limbo at Education Ministry

As the Public Accounts Committee in Parliament starts to probe ministries, departments, and agencies (MDAs) Le 1,656,649,251 is in limbo at the Ministry of Education.

  According to the 2013 Auditor General’s Report, “Non-submission of expenditure returns for grant transfers to various institutions were not made available for audit inspection.” The Report said the grant transferred to various institutions amounted to Le1, 656,649,168.

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Media News

ACC Versus Update Newspaper

Staff of the Anti-Corruption Commission media outreach section yesterday 31 March visited the Update Newspaper to build a friendly working relationship.

  Head of the delegation who is also the head of the ACC’s Outreach Department, Glennis Fraser, said they are happy to build and foster a good working relationship with Update newspaper, including the entire media in Sierra Leone.

  Teaming up with the media makes sense and brings meaning to the fight against corruption, she said, and this teamwork is what they are trying to uphold and nurture.

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Commentary

AS SCHOOLS AND COLLEGES REOPEN, SECURITY AGENCIES SHOULD BE ALERT

In as much we are advocating and at the same time creating awareness in connection with good health condition in the country.Especially in terms of good hygiene, including the provision of clean environment, enough clean drinking water and electricity supply to the diverse communities, schools, colleges and universities, we should not also forget to pay special attention in the security of the country.Because enemies of peace, progress and development are not sleeping to see that they succeed in executing their unpatriotic satanic diabolic plans at the expense of the poor Sierra Leoneans precious lives in the country.

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View Point

Agric Ministry Spends Money Recklessly?

The Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Food Security will this morning face the Parliamentary Public Accounts Committee regarding issues raised in the 2013 Auditor General’s Report.

  The ministry, according to the Report, does nothing to remedy the issues raised, year in year out – even with Parliament’s intervention, the same recurring malfeasance continues with reckless abandon.

  “Cash and bank controls are weak with many bank statements not presented for verification as well as missing documentary support for expenditure,” states the Report.

 More than that, the Report also states that Audit Service Sierra Leone has noted “Serious record-keeping problem with reforestation assessment fee, export clearance and collections.” Think of that, if you can, and see unaccountability at its best!

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News - Press Release

EBOLA OUTBREAK UPDATES---March 31, 2015

? DISCHARGED CASES
? Total Survived and Discharged Cases = 3,344
? NEW CASES
? New Confirmed cases = 2 as follows:
Kailahun = 0, Kenema = 0, Kono = 0
Bombali = 0, Kambia = 0, Koinadugu = 0, Port Loko =0, Tonkolili = 0
Bo = 0, Bonthe = 0, Moyamba = 0 Pujehun = 0
Western Area Urban = 1, Western Area Rural = 1, Missing = 0
Hot Spots:
District
Chiefdom
Community
Western Area
Western Area Urban
- Kamara Town, Calaba Town (1)
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Western Area
Western Area Rural
- Kissy Town, Waterloo (1)
? CUMULATIVE CASES
? Cumulative confirmed cases = 8,547 as follows:
Kailahun = 565, Kenema = 503, Kono = 253
Bombali = 1,049, Kambia = 206, Koinadugu = 108, Port Loko = 1,442, Tonkolili = 454
Bo = 314, Bonthe = 5, Moyamba = 209, Pujehun = 31
Western Area Urban = 2,231, Western Area Rural = 1,162, Missing = 14
National Ebola Response Centre (NERC)
Media and Communications Office
Block 1 Former Special Court Complex
Jomo Kenyatta Road
FREETOWN

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Society -Local News

Blunder…NPA Witness Denied Knowing the Matter

As the plaintiff counsel closes his case on the matter between Mathew Foday and 14 others and the defendant National Power Authority (now EDSA), the witness brought in by the defence has told the sitting judge of the Industrial Court, Justice Patrick Hamilton that he did not understand the grievance of the plaintiffs.

At the opening of the defence case shortly after the matter was mentioned by the court Clark, the witness Idriss Musa Sumaila confirmed making statement in respect of the matter which he identified and was marked as exhibit F.

  Upon reaching this stage counsel for the defendant Tamba Kelly applied under order 30 rule (1) sub-rule(1) for the statement of his witness to form part of the defendant’s case.

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Development

LIVELIHOOD SUPPORT TO EBOLA SURVIVORS IN KENEMA

A local non-Governmental organization, Brighter Future Sierra Leone with funds from Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA) has distributed livelihood support to Ebola survivors at their Sombo Street Office in Kenema.

  The livelihood support includes 50kg bags of rice, vegetable oil, tomatoes, a bag of cooking salt, and school materials for the orphan children.

  The Executive Director for Brighter Future, Philip Masago, told the beneficiaries that the livelihood support targeted 75 Ebola Survivors from Heigbama Section in Kenema City.

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Politics

For good work done… SLPP MP Commend Salini

Hon Mohamed K. Thorley, a Member of Parliament of the main opposition Sierra Leone People Party, who is also a member of the Works Committee, on Wednesday 22 April commended Salini Construction Company for the good work they have done in the country, especially in the construction of roads in the provinces.

  He said the company is doing very good roads which can be compared to other roads in the world, and added that these are the types of companies they should be awarding contracts to in order to achieve the agenda for prosperity of President Koroma.

  He also said all of Salini’s roads in the provinces are standard ones but pleaded with the company to continue maintaining the roads so taxpayers’ money will not go in the drain.

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