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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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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.


Business News

“Salone Mobile Tariffs Too High” –World Bank Boss

New World Bank Country Manager for Sierra Leone, Mr. Pamindar Brer, on Friday 13 November expressed frustration regarding the high cost of mobile tariffs, even when the country has moved from satellite to fibre optic.

Speaking to a cross section of newspaper editors, many issues were discussed on which the Bank is currently engaged in as its support to the Government and people of Sierra Leone, whom he praised for their resilience during the ebola crisis.

He said USD126 million has been provided by the World bank to Sierra Leone to help in its post ebola recovery – an amount that should be mainly used to strengthen the health sector.


Media News

Media threatened with defamation suits over judicial scandal publications
A lawyer representing a group of judges implicated in a recent corruption scandal in Ghana has threatened that his clients will sue media organisations which publish the documentary video on the scandal.
The lawyer, Nii Kpakpo Addo, issued the threats on privately-owned Citi FM in Accra on November 18, 2015.
“Monday or Tuesday, you will see that we will be bringing up defamation suits that will touch on every single person that has been associated with the said petition, who has republished the defamatory material,” Addo said. “Republication of defamatory materials itself is defamation, so whether you uttered it or you republished it, you should be prepared to meet us in court.”


Paolo Conteh Must Publicly Apologize For Misusing Tax Payers’ Money

“Paolo Conteh must apologize for using one of his convoy vehicles to campaign for the APC in Constituency 107 ahead of Saturday 14th November 2015 bye election,” said the Program Director-Media Center for Governance Reform. He added that the “act is unacceptable and we are calling on the military authorities to provide an answer for the misuse of tax payers’ money.”

The Voiceless Sierra Leoneans have been following, with keen attention, the debate on what is being called “Alfred Paolo Conteh’s unfortunate abuse of the Republic of Sierra Leone Armed Forces (RSLAF) ethics and the deliberate misuse of tax payers’ money.”


View Point

Reform in Drug Law; Sierra Leone Should Harmonize Drug Policies

   As the world calls for reform in drug laws; Sierra Leone should make use of this window of opportunity to harmonize her drug policies with the West Africa Drug Commission evident based recommendations.

The current universal clarion calls for global reform of drug laws is an excellent opportunity, for our country to harmonize her drug policy with the West Africa Drug Commission evidence based recommendations. 

Drug abuse has a long history in Sierra Leone, however, it was heighten during the 11 years nihilistic rebel war, during which both sides of the conflict excessively used drugs especially on the teenagers and child soldiers. Little wonder the barbaric behavior can never be understood by human minds.


News - Press Release

Koinadugu MP Backs 2016 Budget

As debate on the 2016 Budget came to its conclusion, Member of Parliament representing Constituency 45 Koinadugu District, Hon. Lahai Marah welcomed the initiatives of the government by creating avenue for the development of the country.

In his contribution on the debate, Hon. Lahai Marah said that despite the drop in the iron ore price which resulted in the closure of the mines, the ebola virus disease which had been beaten back, and Government has paid and increased regular salaries for all public sector workers effective July, 2015.

He also spoke about the wastage of Government's resources in the 19 Local Councils because of incapacity and inefficiency in the use of the Petra system.


Society -Local News

Human Rights Commission re-strategizes
The Human Rights Commission of Sierra Leone (HRCSL) is undertaking a two day planning retreat at Ocean View Hotel, Juba on its strategic plan from 2016-2020.
This is the Commission’s third strategic plan in the roll to be formulated by HRCSL since its inception and it is predicated on the statutory mandate of the Commission which of the is to promote and protect human rights in Sierra Leone. It is also significantly drawn on International Human Rights Instruments to which Sierra Leone is a signatory.
Speaking at the retreat, the Chairperson of HRCSL Brima A Sheriff urged the staff to give their best inputs in to the plan. He also said that the plan was to speedily and efficiently address human rights violations and to seek remedies for victims whose human rights have been violated.


WAIFEM Trains 30 NRA Staff

The West African Institute for Financial and Economic Management (WAIFEM) has commenced a weeklong training programme on report writing skills and presentation techniques for 30 NRA staff.

A statement by the Director General of WAIFEM, Prof. Akpan H. Ekpo expressed gratitude to the Management of the NRA for the opportunity given to WAIFEM to facilitate what is described as an important capacity building programme.

Speaking at the opening ceremony on Monday, 23rd November, a representative from WAIFEM Mr. Ousman Sowe said that the institute was established in July 1996 by the central banks of The Gambia, Ghana, Nigeria and Sierra Leone to mainly strengthen capacity on a sustainable basis for macroeconomic, debt and financial sector management in the countries of member banks.



Youth President Call For Change

The president of Youth Affairs, Bai Mahmoud Bangura, has called upon youths to refrain from negative activities and make themselves available to participate in active politics.

He made this pronouncement at a press conference in his office at State House to observe 17 November 2015 as the second term of the election of President Ernest Bai Koroma.

In his statement, Mahmoud Bai Bangura said last year the youths made commitment to help in the fight against Ebola.

He said their intention this year is to continue on the issue of post Ebola.

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