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Momoh Konte Takes Over NATCOM PDF Print E-mail
Written by UPDATE Newspaper   
Monday, 26 January 2015 18:35

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.

 

Editorial

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.

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Business News

Landowners In Sella Limba Pays Courtesy Visit To NMA

Following recent misunderstanding among landowners in Sella Limba Chiefdom, Bombali District, Northern Sierra Leone, family heads have visited the leadership of the National Minerals Agency (NMA) to commend and update them on their peace initiative for peaceful co-existence in their communities.

The delegation for the Samura, Bangura, Dumbuya and Conteh families was led by the Chief of Kathanta who is also the Chairman of the Landowners-Pa Bunduka Conteh.

Giving an overview of the symbolic peace initiative, the Chairman of the Landowners said the fundamental reason for their visit was to thank NMA leadership under the stewardship of Sahr Wondeh and his Deputy Mr. Mathieu Tarawallie for their untiring roles to ensure that the Mines and Minerals Act of 2009 is fully adhered to by all and sundry. He said it was a daunting challenge especially when many who engaged in artisanal mining are illiterates and because they were landowners they thought their action was permissible by law.

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Media News

Suspension of Monologue Program and Democrat Newspaper by IMC

Following the Press Release issued by the Independent Media Commission (IMC) suspending the “Monologue program” broadcast on Citizen Radio and Eagle FM, and also The Democrat Newspaper, the executive of the Sierra Leone Association of Journalists (SLAJ) notes that the Press Release did not state any provisions in the IMC Act under which they took the decision ‘to suspend while investigating’ the Monologue program.

SLAJ frowns at this decision and is concerned that such procedure is an inappropriate precedent, which must not be condoned.

SLAJ therefore calls for a reversal of this decision forthwith and for the IMC to proceed speedily with a proper investigation.

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Commentary

The Deceptive face of Religion in Sierra Leone

Prior to the advent of our current two dominant religions in Sierra Leone, Islam and Christianity, the country’s, inhabitants rested their faith on the African Traditional Religion which is also monotheistic and embraces the omnipresence of God that gives the cause for worshipers to use intermediaries in glorifying the Almighty, God but which was misconstrued by the White man as idolatry because of lack of understanding of the Blackman’s concept of divinity.

Islam gained a foothold in the North of the country prior to the advent of Christianity in the 17th century and it became entrenched during the jihadist period in West Africa. Christianity first gained a foot hold in the West and South of the country and later made inroads into the North where it had been resisted for so long according to my research and investigation or Radar.

According to my Radar today,  Islam stands to be the most dominant religion in  the country winning over  80 % of the population but  in contemporary times it is slowly losing  members to the muscular  churches  characteristic with their singing and  dancing which became  popular through the advent of Nigerian pastors who introduced the concept of “miracles” that sounds so enticing to the  poverty stricken society.

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View Point

Ebola Recovery Plan: A Mockery or What?

I love Sierra Leone for being a place where people are good at drawing up plans and agendas but are often poor in implementation.

  It’s high time we change to the acceptable fashion of being good implementers. Otherwise we will continue to be the remarkable bunglers that we are, merely wasting our lives and our resources.

  After our ten-year war, a lot of money poured in towards our disarmament, demobilization, and reintegration program – all of which ended being poorly managed. Turn around if you can and see the sorry state our former combatants are in, including the war wounded, orphans, and widows. They have become a liability to the state and to our conscience.

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News - Press Release

SSS Pupil Discharged for Lack of Prosecution

After several adjournments, a senior secondary school pupil of the Government Rokel Secondary School, Hassan Bangura, has yesterday 27 August been discharged for lack of prosecution.

  The accused person was before Magistrate Moody of court No. 2 on one court charge of sexual penetration contrary to the Laws of Sierra Leone.

The prosecution alleged that between 1 February 2015 and 2 May 2015, at Morgan Street, the accused sexually penetrated a girl below the age of 18, to wit 16 years. He was denied making plea to the charge. 

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Society -Local News

Embrace Ebola Survivors - President Koroma

As Sierra Leone moves towards a resilient zero for the next 42 days, President Ernest Bai Koroma on Friday 28th August called on the public to support and embrace Ebola survivors as they strive to return to normal life. He made this call during the unveiling ceremony of the anti-stigma campaign billboard (located at Pademba Road-Dwarzack junction in Freetown) to ensure Ebola survivors return and live in their communities without being discriminated against. 

The president emphasized that the anti-stigma campaign focuses on survivors believing they have given hope in the fight against the virus, and noted that the survival rate gave hope not only to the infected but also to the entire country.

President Koroma also said there are over 4,000 Ebola survivors across the country which represents the country's strength and resilience against the virus. He urged the general public to embrace, support and welcome survivors to their various communities, and also explained that government will ensure capacity building and support for all survivors in the implementation of post Ebola recovery programmes. "Government will continue to train you and provide you with free health care," he assured.

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Development

VP Foh in love with new e-passport

Freetown, Sept. 2 (SLENA) - Vice President Ambassador Victor Bockarie Foh has said in Freetown that the e-Passports are the latest generation of passports that combine printing and digital technology and that it is a revamp of the current Machine Readable passport that Sierra Leoneans are using.

The Vice President made this statement on behalf of His Excellency, Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma while launching the e-passport (Biometric) at the Ministry of Internal Affairs Conference Hall at Gloucester Street, Freetown, earlier this week.

VP Foh recalled that his government through the leadership of His Excellency, Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma in 2009 changed the old fashion handwritten passport to ECOWAS Machine readable passport system. The budge, he said, guaranteed the country’s conformity with international best practices, adding that it also made passport management more effectual and improved national and international security systems.

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  In his address Dr Yumkella explained the purpose of visiting the largest districts in the Western Area which constitute 10 constituencies. He thanked supporters and members for the big welcome accorded him on past Monday at the party secretariat in Freetown.

He informed the gathering that the attack on him and his mother, Haja Binta Yumkella was a baptism by fire and stressed that he and his mother has forgiven all those who resorted to violence on that particular day.

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