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.
Brussels/Freetown 15 January 2016 - In close cooperation with the Secretary of State for Foreign Trade Pieter De Crem and with the Chamber of Commerce CBL-ACP, Brussels Airlines is organising an exploratory trade mission to Sierra Leone next week. Together with the Belgian government and Belgian companies, Brussels Airlines is keen to support the rebuilding of the country that had suffered from the Ebola crisis and to discuss cooperation opportunities.
Over the last two years, Sierra Leone had been severely affected by the Ebola crisis. Not only did it claim thousands of lives, businesses in both countries also suffered. Business travellers and investors stayed away, the output of (agricultural) goods fell and major infrastructure projects were put on hold. Despite the extremely tough operating conditions, Brussels Airlines remained as the sole European airline connecting the country to Europe and the rest of the world. The flights served as a major supply line for the country that was largely isolated.
Now that Sierra Leone has been declared Ebola-free, Brussels Airlines is keen to also play an active role in the much needed economic and social revival of the country. Last summer, flight frequencies to Freetown had already been increased from two to four times weekly. By organising an exploratory trade mission, Brussels Airlines has now also widened the opportunity for an expansion of trade relations and cooperation with Belgium.
The Editor of Salone Times Newspaper, Thomas Dixon, on Tuesday 8 December2015, apologized to Parliament for publishing a misleading story on the Ministry of Information and Communications’ budget that was before the Sub- Appropriation Committee Three, chaired by Hon. Benneh Bangura.
Presenting his apology at the Conference Room of Parliament, Thomas Dixon, against a backdrop of evidence presented, including sections of the Parliamentary Standing Orders and of the 1991 Constitution premised on contempt of parliament, promised to do a retraction and apologize to Parliament (for failing to follow procedures and presenting inaccurate figures).
Earlier, the Clerk of Parliament, Hon. Ibrahim Sesay, welcomed journalists, describing the meeting as a family discussion.
There is a saying in Journalism that “Big names make news”. But using these names must fall within the context of objectivity, accuracy, balance and crystal.
The time has come for journalists to see themselves not only as Reporters and Broadcasters but also as development activists with a collective concern for development of Sierra Leone. To do this,journalists must not shy away from writing general issues that keep on track distraction. Indeed it is important that journalists are clear about how they see and report issues in the light of truth because as journalists we cannot detach ourselves from society. We must see ourselves as change agents and advocates to see others succeed.
This desire should be reflected in our work. We need to position ourselves as honourable statesmen and women in the media not as black mailers or wizards and witches against the development of the society we live. The desire for positive change must reflect in the way we write or speak. Our duty is to challenge the status quo as advocates for progress and growth not enemies of progress.
ARE THE SIERRA LEONE POLICE COURT PROSECUTORS ABOVE THE LAWS OF THE COUNTRY?
As I used to say in some of my writings, there are lots of issues in the country that need great media attention than APC and SLPP political parties’ issues to write about in our newspapers and to discuss on our radio and TV programs. Such issues like some of the lawless and indiscipline corrupt police prosecutors in the country. And some of the corrupt courts’ clerks, the award of government contracts to corrupt individuals and companies without proper assessment and monitoring systems for individuals and companies performance in the country, business people not selling to customers according to the principle of first come first serve but by big man or status or by coat and tie, lack of maintenance of government vehicles and their misuse by senior government officers, the dilapidated government buildings, the old Daily Mail building at Rawdon Street is a case in point, roads maintenance, the throwing of filthy things or dirty in the streets or roads, lack of road traffic signs, including zebra crossing paint, especially in the provinces, police Osusu that normally lead them into bribery and corrupt activities.
And also how senior police officers bribe taking and corrupt attitudes always lead to the junior police officers, especially those in the police stations, traffic, national borders police, immigration, vehicle licenses police, check points police to a field-day free for all harassments for bribe from the poor vulnerable general public. According to my radar, If you want to prove me right or wrong, ask some of the junior police officers, retired police or the dismissed police officers they will tell you more about such unpatriotic dishonest attitudes and behaviours of some senior police officers in the country. Particularly during police postings and the promotion of junior police officers to places like traffic, customs, national borders, check points and the promotion of them to certain ranks.
Two accused persons, Alpha Kamara, a business man, aged 37 of 8 Deima Road in Kenema and one Mohamed Ellie, Commercial Bike rider of Bunumbu Kpejeh west in the Kailahun District have been sent to jail at the correctional service centre in Kenema by Magistrate Alhaji Sulaiman Koroma of the Magistrate Court in Kenema for unlawful possession of cannabis sativa contrary to section 8 (a) of the National Drugs Control Act No. 10 of 2008.
According to the particulars of offence, the first accused, Alpha Kamara on Saturday, 9 January, 2016 at Bandama security check–point, small Bo chiefdom in the Kenema Judicial District, Eastern province of the Republic of sierra Leone, was found in possession of four (4) big bundles and two (2) small bundles of cannabis sativa without lawful authority. The second accused person, Mohamed Ellie on the same date and at the same place was found in possession of three (3) big bundles and three (3) small bundles of cannabis sativa without lawful authority.
The two accused were charged to court on two counts of unlawful possession of cannabis sativa contrary to section 8 (a) of the National Drugs Control Act No. 10 of 2008.
“No Woman should die giving birth” - Director of Reproductive and Child Health
Freetown, Feb, 4, 016 (MOHS) - The Director of Reproduction and Child Health, Dr. SantigieSesay at the Inaugural meeting of the Ministry of Health and Sanitation Maternal Death Surveillance Response (MDSR) ceremony held in the Ministry’s Conference Hall in Freetown on Wednesday February 3, 2016 remarked that “No woman should die giving birth”.
Addressing his audience, Dr. Sesaylamented the high rate of maternal mortality in Sierra Leone, disclosing that government and its partners are spending huge amount of money in the fight against maternal death in the country.
Inspite of the huge expenses and commitment, “the situation remains very challenging”.
A member of parliament who is also a paramount chief, Hon Bai Kurr Kanagbaro Kasanka III, in his contribution in the ongoing debate of President Koroma’s national address in Parliament, condemned the resurgence of ebola in his native Tonkolili, northern Sierra Leone.
Hon Bai Kurr said the resurgence of ebola is actually an unfortunate situation, something that should be further investigated – to the applause of many in the House.
Hon Bai Kurr also thanked President Koroma for his leadership skills and for being an exemplary president, who has a lot of achievements under his belt.