President Ernest Bai Koroma last Friday appointed the Chief Executive Officer of Transtech International, Momoh Kemoh Konte, as the new Chairman of the country’s telecommunications industry, the National Telecommunications Communications.
Along with him, Mr. Mohamed N’fah-Alie Conteh has also been appointed as Chairperson of the National Electoral Commission, subject to parliamentary approval.
Another nominee is Justice Valesius Thomas to act as Chief Justice starting 6 February 2015 when the current Chief Justice Umu Hawa Tejan Jalloh proceeds to leave to retirement in accordance with the provisions of section 136 (1) (b) of the constitution of Sierra Leone.
Mr. Konte replaces Mr. Tom Obaleh Kargbo who has served that place for one year. Mr. Nfa Conteh replaces Dr. Christiana Thorpe who has served that Commission for two terms. President Koroma also removed all Commissioners at NATCOM.
Momoh Konte holds a Master’s degree in Economics from the University of Toledo, Ohio, Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Economics in Howard University, Washington DC and a Certificate in Investment Banking and the Stocking Market, Penn Jersey Executive Session, Philadelphia, USA.
The business guru is a member in several institutions including the Society for the Advance of Management, American Society for Public Policy and World Internet Society. He also served as lead consultant for the privatization of SIERRATEL.
Mr. Konte worked at the MCI World.com, a renowned technology business plan in Baltimore, Maryland. He served as consultant to the Minority Media and Telecommunications Council in Washington DC and also as Consultant to the SPECTRONICS Corps in Atlanta, Georgia.
His Company Transtech International operates in Sierra Leone, Liberia, Ivory Coast, Ghana and the United States of America.
Mr. Konte will always be remembered for his valuable contributions in the education sector, where he constructed four classrooms building each at Feredugu, Heremakonor and Kabala town respectively, all equipped with furniture and teaching materials; and the awarding of scholarships to vulnerable pupils in that part of the country.
In 2013 alone he awarded 30 million leones scholarships to pupils of the Kabala Secondary School and the Catholic Mission in the district.
He is also remembered by the Muslims for rehabilitating the central Mosque in Kabala town, where he is presently constructing a clock tower in the heart of the township.
Finally, his huge role in eradicating the deadly Ebola virus in his district cannot be overemphasized. All nominees will face Parliamentary scrutiny before they can resume their respective positions.
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.
As government is putting together a robust post-Ebola recovery plan, the Ministry of Mines and Mineral Resources together with Shandong Steel and Mining Company have expressed strong commitment and willingness to recommence mining operations in the country by mid-April, 2015.
This expressed commitment was made during a meeting with Executives of Shandong Steel Company, the Ministry of Mines and Mineral Resources and representatives of the Tonkolili Iron Ore Mines at State House, Freetown.
The attention of the Independent Media Commission (IMC) has been drawn to a series of publications and broadcasts on issues relating to the Vice Presidency of Sierra Leone.
The IMC, an institution that promotes a free and responsible media, would like to remind the media institutions that while they are at liberty to source and determine their contents without any interference, they must do so within the set standards and ethics of the profession.
LIVING IN POVERTY WITH PEACE AND HARMONY AND LIVING IN WAR WITH RICHES WHICH ONE IS BETTER?
The above question is a question that I would like every individual or group of Sierra Leoneans, including cleaners, messengers, secretaries, clerks, students, nurses, doctors, civil societies, youth groups, politicians, journalists, lawyers, magistrate or judges should ponder upon. I would like them to think about this question very seriously before they will make up their minds to jump into the Streets of the country in the name of demonstration, if they have toleap. Any one of the alternative above that they will decide to choose the destiny of their precious lives, the country’s progress and development are in their hands. Therefore, I would like them to carefully and wiselylook before they will leap if they have to.
I decided to ask the question because it seems as if many Sierra Leoneans are still sleeping in their wings because of their political egos. Therefore, they don’t want to know about our past and present predicament that the poor people are facing in the country. The poor innocent and defenceless masses were been subjected to uncivilized brutal war for the past 11 years through the causes of some of these same selfish unpatriotic sycophant politicians and their blind tribaiist and regionalist supporters in the count. Now Ebola is destroying thousands of our poor brothers and sisters’ lives in the country. Power hungry wicked politicians and their aides do not just want to know about that. Their business is to get power by any means possible at the expense of the poor masses valuable lives.
We are living in fascinating times, something the quick-witted will dub as troubling or the time we made history in Sierra Leone regarding the replacement of vice president Sam Sumana.
I care less about it but as I am made to care more for it, I wonder about how Time will adjudge us on this matter, and whether we will rejoice or be sorry for it.
But it is really a sad affair, all of it, including the divisive position it has placed us in – those who support the vice president’s replacement, and those who didn’t. What’s now the remedy to all of that?
An Open Letter to HE The President of the Republic of Sierra Leone, Ernest Bai Koroma, State House, Freetown, Sierra Leone.
18th March, 2015.
Please permit me to write on a matter of grave national constitutional, legal and political concern that has come to engage the attention of our compatriots both at home and abroad. I have accordingly taken the liberty to make the format of this letter an open one, as its contents address matters of public national interest.
Sierra Leone Government, (Ministry of Transport and Aviation) is finalizing arrangement for the shipment of 100 Buses to Sierra Leone, following last year’s signing of a contract between the ministry and China Poly Group Corporation for the supply of the said buses.
The (100) one hundred Buses, which have been manufactured by Zhongtong Buses, in the People’s Republic of China, are expected in Sierra Leone at anytime from now, as arrangements are now being made by China Poly Group Corporation, with shipping agencies for possible shipment to Sierra Leone.
The chairman of Political Parties Registration Commission has warned political parties to wait for the verdict of the Supreme Court instead of going ahead to demonstrate.
Justice Tolla Thompson gave this warning at a press conference held at their Tower Hill office yesterday, where he stated PPRC’s position on the All People’s Congress Party (APC) saga which has turned into a national issue of constitutionalism vis-à-vis removing the elected Vice President of the Republic from office, a matter which is presently before the Supreme Court of Sierra Leone.
The PPRC chair warned political parties not to turn the issue into a personal political matter as it requires national attention.