Freetown, Feb. 2 (SLENA) - United States of America Ambassador designate to the Republic of Sierra Leone, His Excellency John Hoover today on Monday February 2, 2015 called on Vice President, Alhaji Chief Sam-Sumana at his Tower Hill office in Freetown.
Welcoming the US envoy, Vice President Sam-Sumana said the presence of the ambassador in the country is reaffirmation of the relationship that exists between the two countries and that the bilateral relationship was manifesting itself as the United States is always by the side of Sierra Leone especially in difficult times, such as the eleven year civil war and the current ebola crisis while at the same accommodating Sierra Leoneans in the USA and other opportunities enjoyed by the country and its people from USAID, etc.
“Your presence in our country, I believe, will make a difference in the lives of the people of this nation,” Hon. VP sam-Sumana reiterated, stressing that the people of Sierra Leone are beneficiaries of America’s good governance system, democratic principles, rule of law, among others.
The VP added that he was confident that the two countries can build on such a relationship and that his presence will continue to enhance it.
Speaking on the present Ebola situation in the country, Hon. Vice President said he was happy for the low number of reported ebola cases which he said was a manifestation of the intervention of international partners including the USA CDC, volunteers and soldiers to end the scourge in the West African sub-region.
On his recent visit to Kono Vice President Sam-Sumana recalled the culture of acceptance by the people in those areas that ebola was real and it was killing people.
He maintained that the indigenes of the chiefdoms he visited have suspended all traditional and cultural activities, refrained from touching one another, stop washing of the dead and handshaking, in addition to the massive ebola education campaign.
He said among those border chiefdoms, only Soa Chiefdom recorded Ebola cases and that the others, Mafidor, Gbaneh Kandor, Lei, Fiama and Toli had no case.
Efforts, he said, has been made by His Excellency, President Koroma in achieving the decreasing ebola figures and for a zero new infection of the scourge in the country.
These challenges, the VP went on, were to prevent and control any other deadly future outbreak and revamp the country’s health system, including education, improvement on infrastructure, provide employment and transform the country into a middle level income country.
In his remarks, His Excellency Ambassador Hoover emphasized on the issues outlined by the Vice President which, he said, were potentially credible.
He assured the Vice President that as an ambassador to this country, this embassy has put in place strategies to wipe out the deadly Ebola scourge, bring back the Peace Corp volunteers, re-open schools, get the economy back on its feet, create job opportunities while strengthening and building the capacity of the country’s health system.
He went on to assure the Vice President of his continuous good working relationship with the government and people of Sierra Leone and also to strengthen the bilateral relationship that exists between the two countries.
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.
By using digital payments to pay Ebola response workers, Sierra Leone massively cut payment times, avoiding large-scale strikes and ensuring a stable workforce to defeat Ebola. Sierra Leone’s experience shows the critical importance of preparing early for digital payments before crises hit.
FREETOWN / NEW YORK, 18 May, 2016 – Mobile phones serving as digital “wallets” for payments to response workers proved an invaluable tool in Sierra Leone’s response to the Ebola crisis, according to a new study from the United Nations-based Better Than Cash Alliance.
With economic instability, natural disasters and political conflict now taking place at unprecedented rates, the new research offers valuable lessons on how to harness the power of technology to help emergency workers reach more people by paying them digitally during crises.The country has been Ebola free since January.
As part of our traditional we are organizing a debate session for candidates aspiring for executive positions, especially for President and Vice President, in the Sierra Leone Association of Journalists (SLAJ), the elections of which is scheduled for this year’s Triennial General Meeting in the Southern city of Bo on June 4th 2016.
This year’s debate, which is supported by the Media Reform Coordinating Group (MRCG) on the theme: SLAJ: The Last Man Standing; How Do We Remain Standing?, is on the 31st May, 2016 at the Miatta Conference Hall Youyi Building Brookfields, Freetown at 12 Midday.
The session will be broadcast live on various radio stations,Star and AYV Television.
A PASSIONATE LETTER TO HIS EXCELLENNCY THE PRESIDENT – 41ST EDITION SALARIES AND WAGES AS THEY BOTHER ON CORRUPTION
Your Excellency Sir,
I am delighted again to do you this piece at this strategic time of a crucial global summit on corruption at Buckingham Palace, United Kingdom, convened by Prime Minister David Cameran of Great Britain. Without controversy, corruption is a global phenomenon that is robbing people and nations of the earth, especially in Africa, of greater opportunities, rapid and sustainable economic development, political stability, equitable society, formidable peace and security.
DID SLPP LEARN GOOD LESSONS FROM ADP FLAGBEARERSHIP CONVENTION?
Every day we learn to live and we live to learn, particularly from both present and past events, be they good or bad. But looking at things, it seems as if the Sierra Leone People’s Party (SLPP) deliberately refusing to learn from both present and past happenings in the world, especially in the country’s political activities. They seemingly refusing to learn good lessons from the world’s every day events, especially political events, including Europe, America and African politics.
In view of that they also seems not to learn from their present and past mistakes for the success of their party in the country. Therefore, I am constrained to say that they seemingly failed to do that because of their personal prides and political egos of some of their members. They (SLPP) know why they are losing elections to APC, but they always turn blind eyes to that pretending not knowing anything about that at their own expense.
The SLPP know that they normally lose elections to APC because they do not believe in working very hard with honesty for the people in the country like what APC is currently doing. They spent complete 11 years in power but they did very little for the country and for its people, particularly in terms of the improvement of electricity (Kabbah tiger), good hospital facilities, good roads etc.
FREETOWN, Sierra Leone, May 26, 2016/ -- Crises of all sorts, from conflicts to natural disasters to health emergencies, are happening at unprecedented rates around the world – so much so, that the United Nations is convening the first ever World Humanitarian Summit this month. There is increasing recognition that the sheer scale of the humanitarian challenges facing the world today means that governments like ours have to be prepared for future shocks, by laying the groundwork for more inclusive and resilient economies.
In our experience battling the Ebola virus in Sierra Leone, one solution saved lives, delivered major cost savings, and continues to help the economy rebuild and recover. For many, this solution is so simple and logical it is almost unexpected: digital payments.
When we digitized Ebola Response Worker payments, we reduced payment times from a month to a week, as a new study by United Nations-housed Better Than Cash Alliance has revealed (http://www.apo.af/Deh1qI). Getting payments to workers on time reduced fraud risks and increased efficiency and transparency.
The Executive Director of the Legal Aid Board Ms. Fatmata Claire Carlton-Hanciles and the Minister of Lands, Housing and Country Planning Ms. Diana Konomanyi have discussed a proposal for a consultative meeting that will set the stage for a conference on issues around land ownership.
Ms. Carlton-Hanciles who was meeting Ms. Diana Konomanyi for the first time following her recent appointment to that ministry explained that the consultative meeting she is proposing will bring together the Office of the Attorney-General and Minister of Justice, Office of the Chief Justice, the Judiciary and relevant government departments and agencies that will determine the scope of a very big conference.
Speaking on the rationale for her initiative, Ms. Carlton-Hanciles noted that her organization is overwhelmed with complaints bothering on land issues. ‘We have received over 500 complaints relating to land’ Ms. Carlton-Hanciles told the Minister. ‘Also, the Police in the Western Area charge 50 cases involving land to court every week.’ She added that cases involving land are right at the top of the National Crimes Statistics.
The Director of the Legal Aid Board, Ms. Fatmata Claire Carlton-Hanciles has called on the Republic of Sierra Leone Armed Forces (RSLAF) to establish a desk which her organization can contact on matters relating to military officers seeking legal assistance from the Scheme.
Speaking to an audience of senior military officer at the Military Headquarters at Cockeril on Tuesday, May 24 she said her organization is providing assistance to army officers in matters which fall under General Law. She was quick to point out that these matters do not fall under the purview of Legal Office of the RSLAF.
‘We have provided legal assistance to military personnel at the Pademba Road Correctional Center,’ she told her audience. ‘We have provided legal assistance on matters relating to maintenance, marital issues, domestic violence, child benefit, rape, threats and assault.’
In its continuous drive to seek for investment opportunities into the country and funding for the ongoing road infrastructure projects of the Government of His Excellency, Dr Ernest Bai Koroma, President of the Republic of Sierra Leone, the Sierra Leone Mission in the State of Kuwait led by Ambassador Ibrahim Bakarr Kamara, after a series of engagements with senior Management of the Kuwait Fund for Arab Economic Development, has succeeded in getting the Board to approve a Loan for the completion of the Hill Side Bye Pass Road Project in Freetown.
The signing of the said loan agreement was done on behalf of the Government of the Republic of Sierra Leone (GoSL) by the Honourable Dr. Patrick Saidu Conteh, Minister of State in the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development. The signing ceremony took place on the side lines of the just concluded African Development Bank (ADB) Meeting, held in Lusaka, Zambia on Tuesday 24th May 2016.
In addition to the Hillside Bye Pass Road, the Embassy is also working vigorously with the Kuwait Fund to conclude the signing of the loan for the completion of the Tokeh/Lumley road project which has already been appraised by the Fund.