POLITICIZING A NATIONAL TRAGEDY FOR WHATEVER REASON IS CRUEL AND UNGODLY
Some of the articles being written by Sierra Leoneans on this Ebola disaster are very unfortunate, especially coming from people you would want to call "educated" , because of the letters behind their names ( Though we know that paper qualifications and education are two different things ). The writers are not expressing any sensitivity to the suffering of our people. This Ebola issue is becoming a political theatre for callous and godless people to expatiate their political proclivities. It is a shame, but also, it is tragic.
I continue to share the grief and sorrow of all citizens hailing from Kailahun. May God intervene once again and deliver the region from evil. They are a hardworking, progressive and productive people. They provide a very significant amount of the food products and cash crops that help to feed our nation and also bring in hard-earned foreign exchange and revenue. They have also provided some of the brightest minds in the nation, people who have contributed immensely to the development of the nation. They are very good and progressive citizens, as well as being among the most peaceful and law-abiding people in the country.
However, because they live by Sierra Leone's borders with Liberia and Guinea, the inhabitants of Kailahun are vulnerable to many dangers. If there is war or an outbreak of any pestilence or deadly disease in our neighbouring countries, they will suffer first, given the heavy volume of cross-border traffic, cross-border human interactions and trade between them and the people of Liberia and Guinea . In all African countries, people who live by the borders take the brunt of unfortunate spillovers of wars, transnational crime and sicknesses from the other side. We have seen it in Central and Southern Africa. We have seen it in East and North Africa. The rebel war and the ongoing Ebola plague hit Kailahun first because of her location on our borders with Liberia and Guinea . Nobody deliberately planted the Ebola virus in their midst.
Bo, July 15 (SLENA) - The Public Financial Management Reform Unit (PFMRU) in the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development (MoFED) has started a two day seminar on the quality and timeliness of in- year report for devolved sector heads and finance officers of Local Councils at the J&E Resort in Bo.
According to Report in 2012, PFMRU in collaboration with key stakeholders including Audit Service Sierra Leone introduced the International Public Sector Accounting Standard (IPSAS), a cash basis reporting to all councils for the production of financial statement.
Today, I am writing a tribute with tears in my eyes and a great sadness in my heart for a dedicated, humble and great journalist who has great respect for elders and colleagues in the field of journalism and Islam in particular.
Her passing is a great lose to the journalism profession in Sierra Leone and to her Islamic brothers and sisters who have had the fortunate opportunity of sharing this great woman’s knowledge and time.
Haja Khadija Savage has left this world for eternity, however, I believe her soul is still with us, and for me, memory of her still lingers in my mind.
In her life, Khadija, as she was known by her numerous comrades, admirers and friends lived a life of piety, wisdom and knowledge. She was a great respecter of people, including the young and old.
The Fight against Corruption Should be the Business of all Sierra Leoneans
The fight against corruption the world over has never been an easy task; it has always been a challenging one especially in Africa where many governments continue to frown on the concept of transparency and accountability which enable the citizenries to hold their authorities accountable for their actions.
And when governments deliberately refuse to open up their day-to-day activities to their citizenries, there is the likelihood that such governments would involve in corrupt practices and their citizenries could not hold them accountable since their authorities are running closed governments.
POLITICAL events in our post-independence history have clearly shown the birth of an unholy pattern. Whenever there is a systematic disintegration of law and order, and a government comes to change hands, there has always been one benefactor – the main opposition!
As we keenly watch the unfolding events over the Ebola devastation, it’s quite likely that the same pattern of misguided eventualities will be allowed to repeat in the land of Siaka Stevens’ ancestors! For anyone with a critical mind, observing the political atmosphere from a distance, Sierra Leone might as well be witnessing the making of heroes – some truly dedicated to a national cause, while others heartlessly pursuing a partisan plot!
Meanwhile, a few good men have refused to embrace the ills of destiny by doing nothing about the gross politicizing of a national disaster! Instead, they have decided to utilize the computer keyboard to explicate the plot that they perceive to have already been set in motion! Admittedly, opinions differ in content and context, but in the age of social media, an outlet is readily available to engage the beautiful minds of our compatriots! It will be up to them to analyze and a judge!
Freetown, July 24, 014 (MOHS) - The Director of Drugs and Medical Supplies and Chairman, Pharmacy Board of Sierra Leone, Mr. Bassie Turay has described the Ebola outbreak as another war that calls for the concerted efforts of all patriotic Sierra Leoneans.
Addressing a sensitization meeting of Pharmacists, Pharmacy Technicians, and Proprietors of Pharmacies organized by the Ministry of Health Directorate of Drugs and Medical Supplies in collaboration with the Pharmacy Board and the Pharmaceutical Society of Sierra Leone at the Y.W.C.A. hall in Freetown, Mr. Bassie Turay called on all Sierra Leoneans including Pharmacists not to under-estimate the reality of the disease.
The new Minister of Energy (Ambassador Henry O. Macauley) and his Deputy (Alhaji Hassan Barrie) on Wednesday 30th July 2014 visited the electricity facilities at Black Hall Road and Falcon Bridge respectively. The reasons included for the Ministers to meet with workers of the two stations of NPA and to assess the facilities and areas of intervention.
At the Black Hall Road station, Ing. Denis Garvie and Alhaji Timbo led the conducted tour moving with the Ministers right round the station. Minor purifier tank and the need for a fuel tank separator were eminent. In the Bumbuna substation, the monitoring system was also down and the Minister asked that these minor problems be amended for effective work.
At the Falcon Bridge Station, the Customer center was examined where in the Minister asked for a proper control ledger for records keeping. He also asked the Permanent Secretary to facilitate and provide an interface phone system at the center so that the center can communicate with all units and departments. The new Test Van or Fault detector was also shown to the Ministers and according to Ing. Edward Parkinson, this vehicle helps them detect faults, network and even in the repair process.
Moyamba district council to account for Le191 million
Moyamba, July 16 (SLENA) - In a hearing carried out by the Parliamentary Committee on Transparency and Accountability which took place at the Moyamba District Council on compliance based on the Local Government Act of 2004 by probing the operation of councils in the country, the committee discovered that one hundred and ninety-one leones (Le191 million) was spent on the rehabilitations of 15 water wells in the district which the committee said was not commensurate to the maintenance cost of the said water wells.
The committee found out that the engineering department was unable to defend the amount for the first, second and third quarter of 2013 for the rehabilitation of the fifteen standard water wells for the Moyamba township and some villages in the district.
Parliament on Thursday 17th July 2014 overwhelmingly approved the new Minister of Energy – Ambassador Henry Olufemi Macauley, his Deputy 2 – Alhaji Hassan Barrie and others to make tremendous and meaningful contributions to Sierra Leone.
Mr. Macauley was recently a High Commissioner to Nigeria with accreditations to the Republics of Angola, Benin, Cameroun, Congo, Equatorial Guinea and ECOWAS. He has a significant experience in corporate business development and International trade in the West African sub-region.
“I count myself lucky to have been given another opportunity after the ambassadorial position by President Koroma to serve my country in a different capacity” were the careful words of the new Minister.