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Another Award For President Ernest Bai Koroma PDF  | Print |  E-mail
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Saturday, 21 September 2013 07:45

The winners of this year’s Voice Magazine Achievers Awards have been unveiled.

The 14th edition of the Voice Magazine Achievers Awards will take place from 11th to 13th October 2013 in Amsterdam and The Hague in the Netherlands.

The annual prestigious award ceremony recognizes the hard work of African men and women who have excelled in various fields.

The Voice Magazine Achievers Awards are organised by Pastor Elvis Iruh, the Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of The Voice Magazine.

This year's event will feature Sierra Leone - the beautiful West African country that has shown resilience against all odds and working towards progress.

Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma, President of the Republic of Sierra Leone, will receive the highest honour for his achievements in placing Sierra Leone on the road to progress and his exemplary leadership style in Africa. He is this year's ‘Icon of Democracy in Africa' Award winner.

 Other deserving awardees who will join President Koroma in this classy and tasteful event are five Executive Governors from Nigeria namely: Governor Dr. Godswill Akpabio of Akwa Ibom State; Governor Dr. Jonah David Jang of Plateau State; Governor Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan of Delta State; Governor Comrade Adams Oshiomhole of Edo state and Governor Barr. Sullivan Chime of Enugu State.

The late elder statesman, Chief Anthony Enahoro, has been listed for honour as well and an award will be dedicated to his name at the Voice Magazine Achievers Awards ceremony.

As part of this year's event a business luncheon is being organized for the Dutch/African business community in the Netherlands and those who are already doing business in Sierra Leone to have an audience with President Koroma and Sierra Leonean authorities.


H.E. Mrs. Aanaa N. Enin - Ghana Ambassador to the Netherlands

Adebayo Omipidan - Regional Director of Vlisco group

Akinyi Weiniger von Korinda-Yimbo - African writer from Kenya based in Germany

Caroline Achieng’ Otieno - human rights activist for women and girl child advocacy

H.E. Dr. Dalhatu Sarki Tafida - Nigeria High Commission to UK

Davidson Toussaint - Director of Haiti Tourism Inc

Chief Mrs Ekaette Unoma Akpabio - First Lady of Akwa Ibom state

Fatumo Farah - Himilo Relief and Development Association for Somalia (Hirda)  

Dr. Felix Omobude - President of Pentecostal Churches of Nigeria (PFN)

Gesi Asamaowei - Managing Director of PELFACO Nigeria Limited

Gloria Tosin Sido - Nollywood Actress

Apostle Hayford Ikponmwosa Alike (OFR) – Founder of Hayford Alile Foundation (THAF)

Jeffrey Ekhator - Director at Club D’Afrique

Hon Joel-Onowakpo Thomas, the Chairman - Delta State Board of Internal Revenue

Arch-Bishop Margret Benson Idahosa - Chancellor of Benson Idahosa University

Larry Bate Takang - Executive Director at Africa Press International

Chief Michael Bangura - Managing Director of Modac International, Sierra Leone

Governor Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan of Delta State

Miet Smet – President of the Association of European Parliamentarians with Africa (AWEPA)

Rev Moses Alagbe - preacher/trainer at African school project (Nigeria)

Dr. Mrs. N.N. Akanbi (OON) - the Dean of African Missions in the Netherlands

Dr. Mrs. N.N. Akanbi (OON) - the Dean of African Missions in the Netherlands

Nwanne Campo - Business/entertainment promoter in Spain  

H.E. Odette Melono - Ambassador of Cameroon to the Netherlands

Chief Paulinus Akpeki - Hon. Commissioner for Housing in Delta State of Nigeria

Sarah Bomkapre Kamara - Multi-media Journalist from Sierra Leone

Hon. Sharon Gesthuizen - Dutch MP

Akinyi Weiniger von Korinda-Yimbo - African writer from Kenya based in Germany


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Generally, laws have been known to exist and the essence for that is to regulate human behaviour. Law regulates society and sets standards by which the rights of every individual or creature, their person or property are respected and protected. Sierra Leone as a state is a member of the world community and being such must be governed by certain rules which ensure that society operate regularly like other members of the global community. From that we observe that the law itself forms a social instrument which acts as a lubricating oil for the efficiency of society.


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  • Total Survived and Released Patients  =  629


  • New Confirmed cases  = 39 as follows:

  Kailahun = 0, Kenema = 4, Kono = 0

  Bombali = 0, Kambia = 1, Koinadugu = 0, Port Loko = 0, Tonkolili = 8

  Bo = 3, Bonthe = 0, Moyamba = 3, Pujehun = 1

  Western Area = 19


  • Cumulative confirmed cases = 3,099 as follows:

      Kailahun = 541, Kenema = 463, Kono =34

           Bombali = 435, Kambia = 26, Koinadugu =2, Port Loko = 427, Tonkolili = 146

           Bo = 146, Bonthe = 2, Moyamba = 83, Pujehun = 25

          Western Area = 769


  • Total cumulative confirmed death is 954

·         Probable cases = 37

·         Probable deaths = 164

·         Suspected cases = 426

·         Suspected deaths = 109


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President Koroma noted that the facility will increase the response time in sample throughput, especially during this trying moment of the Ebola outbreak and also create opportunities for capacity development of health workers in the country. With this, President Koroma urged Sierra Leoneans working at the Hospital to exploit the opportunities and develop their various capacities.

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