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 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.
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.
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.
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!
? 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
Western Area Urban
- Kamara Town, Calaba Town (1)
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
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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.
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.
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.