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Advertising reduces SLBC’s news airtime
Written by Francis Sowa   
Monday, 15 July 2013 18:04

Have you seen this on the Sierra Leone Broadcasting Corporation (SLBC) television news bar, “Viewers are informed that from Tuesday 9th July 2013 to 9th August 2013 some programmes on radio and television will be affected especially the television news bulletin from 9:30 – 10:30 p.m. as the Africell Ramadan Promotion will be aired live. Consequently the 9:00 p.m. news will be run for thirty minutes.” I am asking this question not because I have issues with either the SLBC or Africell. In fact, I will proudly state that I learnt basic broadcast journalism at the then Sierra Leone Broadcasting Service (SLBS) now SLBC and even worked for the institution for over five years. I have enormous respect for the SLBC. I am concerned because I am still convinced and persuaded that the SLBC management got it wrong by deciding to reduce the airtime of its news programme for promotion.

The Hague, Netherlands: World Justice Forum Ends Tomorrow
Written by Bai-Bai Sesay reports from The Hague   
Wednesday, 10 July 2013 20:08

The World Justice Project (WJP), an organization dedicated to working with diverse stakeholders to advance the rule of law around the world, will conclude its fourth World Justice Forum tomorrow July 11, 2013 at the World Forum in The Hague, Netherlands.

WJP organized the world justice forum as a global gathering designed to improve the state of the world by engaging leaders and change agents in business, government, civil society, academia, journalists and other sectors to develop practical, multidisciplinary programmes to strengthen the rule of law.

Sierra Leone Imams Honoured In Kuwait
Written by Alhaji M.B. Jalloh, Information Attaché, Saudi Arabia   
Wednesday, 10 July 2013 18:17

The Ministry of Endowment and Islamic Affairs of the State of Kuwait in collaboration with the Islamic Cultural Centre this week concluded a 3 - month intensive course in Arabic language and other Islamic subjects; with special focus on Islamic Tolerance.

Twenty Imams from different parts of Sierra Leone participated in the 11 Nations Islamic session including, Germany, United Kingdom, Sweden, among many other countries.

According to the Charge D' Affaires at the Sierra Leone Mission in Kuwait, Mohamed Conteh, the training programme of the Imams was successfully negotiated by President Koroma’s envoy to the State of Kuwait, H.E Ibrahim Bakarr Kamara with the Kuwaiti Under Secretary of the Ministry of Emdowment, Dr Adel Al-Fallah.

Sierra Leone’s Trade Minister talks on his visit to China
Written by John Baimba Sesay-Beijing, China   
Wednesday, 10 July 2013 18:06

The name Usman Boie Kamara is not new in Sierra Leone, especially with the framework of party politics. From being a former Mines Director, to a leading figure in the governing All Peoples Congress in Sierra Leone, Usman Boie Kamara has been a key player in that small West African state where he is at the moment serving as Trade and Industry Minister. With a daunting task of addressing street trading, and ensuring more industries into the country, Minister Kamara has seen all of these as refreshing experiences.

Politically, he helped in destabilizing the main opposition SLPP by taking votes from them to the APC when he was denied the party leadership and thus joined the APC. His coming to the APC was seen by many as the right decision he made, given his commitment to seeing Sierra Leone’s growth. Known by many as a respected, quite, hardworking but unassuming statesman, Usman Boie Kamara was in the People’s Republic of China on an official function all gearing towards supporting his country’s drive to prosperity, as contained in the document being used by the country’s President, Dr Ernest Bai Koroma to administer and direct the affairs of the state, the Agenda for Prosperity’.

In this interview, I caught up with him in his hotel room few hours prior to his departure for Sierra Leone. He spoke on a range of issues; from his visit to China; his activities so far as Trade Minister; the issue of street trading and price control since he assumed that office few months ago, and plans on developing Sierra Leone’s local content policy. This was how it all went:

Confucius Institute Summer Camp Program Launched in Chinese Embassy
Written by Credit: Chinese Embassy in Freetown   
Wednesday, 10 July 2013 18:01

On July 9, the Confucius Institute Summer Camp Program 2013 for Fourah Bay College Secondary School was formally launched in Chinese Embassy. Present at the ceremony were Chinese ambassador H. E. Mr. KUANG Weilin, local director of the Confucius Institute Mr. Kenneth Osho, director of the Confucius Institute Prof. Liu Hande, as well as some parents and the 20 students who will go to China for the Summer Camp Program.

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26th IPRA Conference in Sierra Leone Ends on a High Note

The International Peace Research Association (IPRA) successfully held its 26th General Conference on ‘Agenda for Peace and Development: Conflict Prevention, Post-Conflict Transformation, and the Conflict, Disaster Risk and Sustainable Development Debate’ in collaboration with the 10TH Dealing With Disasters Series, Northumbria University (UK)and Sakarya University (Turkey) and  the University of  Sierra Leone at the Bintumani Conference Centre in Freetown, Sierra Leone from November 27 to 1st December 2016.


Business News


The Parliament of Sierra Leone on Monday 04th December 2017 debated and ratified two additional agreements aimed at improving and expanding Ports facilities in Sierra Leone to be at par with international best practices.

Presenting both Agreements prior to ratification, the Minister of Transport and Aviation, Balogun Koroma said that the additional Agreements are geared towards addressing some of the concerns raised by MPs, in respect of expanding our Ports facilities to accommodate larger vessels, and the issuance of license with the view of combating money laundering, contra-band goods, and attracting more funds for Government.

Hon. Dr. Bernadette Lahai, Minority Leader of the House, also supported the ratification of the two Agreements, saying if our Ports are not developed, we would not be able to attract huge vessels; thus the need for the continuous improvement of our Ports facilities.


Media News

Two veteran Journalists, now in the United States have paid a courtesy call on Sierra Leone's Ambassador

Two very respected and veteran Journalists who are in the United States of America for various reasons have called on Sierra Leone’s Amr. Bockari Kortu Stevens not only to appreciate the work of the Embassy, but also to pay courtesy as protocol demands.

Mr. Rod Mac-Johnson, former Lecturer Fourah Bay College, former Director of Information Ministry of Information and Communications, Former Director Sierra Leone News Agency (SLENA), Former Chairman Independent Media Commission (IMC) and stringer French News Agency  etc. is on vacation and Mr. Cyril Juxon Smith Director Information and Communications House of Parliament, former Acting Director General Sierra Leone Broadcasting Service (SLBS) and former UNESCO Media Consultant  is in the United States of America to attend the funeral of his father.

Speaking at the Ambassador’s residence on 4821 Colorado Avenue, Washington DC  Mr. Rod Mac-Johnson said “Thank  you Amr. Stevens for accommodating us in the middle of your tight schedule, and also to discuss with us in a homely spirit.



Reasons why Sierra Leoneans Must Think beyond Tribal and Regional Lines Before Casting their Ballots This Time

As the national or general elections loom in Sierra Leone and, as a true citizen, I solemnly pray and hope with all hopes that Sierra Leoneans of the voting age will consider carefully who they would vote for, come March 2018. The divisive and immature nature of politics as it exists in Sierra Leone has, to a greater extent, contributed to the country lagging behind nearly all other countries in terms of progressive development. My readers should be mindful of the fact that certain countries in Africa would rather develop retrogressively than progressively, a situation wherein governments embark on ego-boosting programs that aren’t beneficial to the average citizen.

A government which expends its energy for the benefit of the people is a progressive government and that is what Sierra Leoneans want at this time after being in the doldrums for ages. It is therefore absolutely necessary for fellow citizens to refrain from casting their valued votes in favor of candidates because of tribal or regional affiliations but on how genuine and capable that candidate is, otherwise stagnation in progress is bound to follow.


View Point

Youth Unemployment Is A Killer Virus In Sierra Leone

“I studied Sociology at NjalaUniversity and graduated in 2015 but still unemployed despite several interviews being attended. I am currently awaiting my MSc at Njala University which is to be awarded early next year,” said 29 year old MabintyKamara.

“I graduated in 2012 with Honours from the Department of Accounting, Fourah Bay College, University of Sierra Leone. I have sent several job applications; the only long job I got was with the International Medical Corps during the deadly Ebola virus and since then no job. I was also a volunteer teacher but the Minister of Education, Science and Technology did not approve me and others after almost a year of voluntary service so I quit,” said 31 year old Mohamed LaminKanneh.

In Sierra Leone, despite the numerous promises made by President Ernest BaiKoroma to figuratively ‘lay his life for the youth,’ unemployment among youth is one of the highest with no end in sight to reduce the spate of this social menace. According to the United Nations Development Program, approximately 70% of youth are underemployed or unemployed and an estimated 800,000 youth today are actively searching for employment.


News - Press Release

Sierra Leone receives US$10 Million Supplemental Financing from World Bank as support to Landslide and Flooding

FREETOWN, December 13, 2017 —The World Bank Group has approved aSupplemental Financing (SF) in the amount of US$10 million to help the Government of Sierra Leone meet immediate needs associated with the landslide and flooding disaster that struck Freetown on August 14, 2017.The SF is a grant, provided as a supplemental budget support operation that will flow directly into the Government’s budget.

The funding, under the First Productivity and Transparency Support Credit (PTSC-I), will ensure that the reforms supported under thisoperation remain on track and are implemented without the risk of delays due to competing capacity or budgetary priorities arising from the post-disaster recovery. It will also help with the rebuilding of critical infrastructuredestroyed during the landslide and flooding.

Since the end of the Ebola epidemic, the Government of Sierra Leone (GoSL) has initiated substantive reforms to boost productivity, restore fiscal stability, and gradually rebuild buffers. The Government initiated substantive reforms, focusing on agriculture, fisheries and energy, supported by the First Productivity and Transparency Support Credit (PTSC-I), to boost productivity and start rebuilding the country's buffers.


Society -Local News

John Baimba Sesay: The Diplomat who Deserves Parliamentary Representation

John Baimba Sesay is a native of Kapethe Village, Safroko Limba Chiefdom, with chiefdom headquarter town of Binkolo, in Constituency 034, Bombali District. The Constituency covers Safroko Limba and Pakimasabong Chiefdoms in the same district.

Born in the early 1980’s, he holds Bachelor of Arts (BA) Mass Communication, with Hons, 2004-2008 from Fourah Bay College, University of Sierra Leone. He also holds a post graduate Master of Arts (MA), Mass Communication (2009- June 2010) degree from the same university.

John Baimba is my colleague based in Beijing. Having worked for a number of daily newspapers, including, Independent Observer, For Di People and Awoko, he has a wealth of experience in journalism.



World Bank Group Boosts Financing for West African Power Pool Regional Power Transmission Project

FREETOWN, December13, 2017 —The World Bank Group on November 17, 2017 approved Additional Financing in the amount of US$59.57 million to West African Power Pool (WAPP) - Côte d’Ivoire, Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea (CLSG) PowerInterconnection Project, which aims to increase electricity supply in the four participating countries.

The project will interconnect the four participating countries into the 225 kV (kilo volt) regional energy market in West Africa, and will also enable the connection to the WAPP of the planned hydropower plants in Bumbuna Extension, Yiben and Bekongor in Sierra Leone and Mount Coffee in Liberia and other future generation projects.

The Project will provide residents of Greater Monrovia Area in Liberia; Bo, Kenema and the Western Areas in Sierra Leone; and the Forest Region of Guinea, with improvements in power supplies in the short-term. It also pursues a regional infrastructure developmental approach that will provide over the medium- to long-term adequate electricity to the people of the four countries in a more efficient and cost effective way, boosting economic and social development.



It will not be Business as Usual…Bio assures Diaspora

He was passionate, confident and assuring as he addressed hundreds of Sierra Leoneans at the prestigious Royal Regency Hall in London on Saturday 9th December 2017 with a very simple message that as the next President it will not be business as usual. For a man who has a solid track record as a disciplinarian, Rtd. Brigadier Julius Maada Bio continues to attract many voters who feel the country needs a strong and disciplined leadership.

Cataloguing the current state of the country, Bio spoke about a divided country, the poor drowning in poverty, rich swimming in affluence, poor governance, battered economy, high public debt, third hungriest country, high inflation among others . He also reminded his audience that many of the things which necessitated the war such as bad governance, mismanagement of the economy, injustice have been the features of the current APC Government.

However, Bio's message was not just about the doom and gloom but also making a case why he is the right choice that the country needs. He spoke about his track record, experience and how he has always put his country first. "Some have come with slogan, country first, but I served my country first at a very tender age. I did not go around the world to work and come back old to say country first. When I was young I gave my life to our country," a passionate Bio said.

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