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.
Some people think good things never come from certain entities except frustration and cheating others out of their monies, especially with mobile companies.
The tide or trend seems to change all of a sudden, isn’t it, with the coming of Momoh Konte into the chairmanship of the national telecommunications commission.
We are happy about and for this, really, and we are encouraging them for the camaraderie to continue, so long as the interest of consumers takes first place – yes first place.
But there’s no need to worry because the Chairman Momoh Konte over the weekend engaged the management of the two leading mobile phone companies in the country, Airtel and Africell, at Radisson Blu Hotel, Freetown.
The Majority Leader in the House of Parliament in Sierra Leone, Ibrahim Bundu, representing Constituency 52 in the Port Loko district in northern Sierra Leone has warned journalists to desist from further discussing the country’s Auditor General’s Report on the management of the Ebola Fund.
The MFWA’s correspondent in Sierra Leone reported that Bundu presented a statement to the House of Parliament on February 17, 2015, which said the Auditor General’s Report on the management of the Ebola Fund falls within the provisions of the country’s constitution and Standing Order 75 of the House of Parliament, which states that such reports cannot be discussed in public or published.
TRIBUTE : MY ENCOUNTER WITH TAMBA SAM @ THE SLPP OFFICE
With tears running down my cheeks, I was shocked and became mute after hearing the shocking news about the death of the Sierra Leone People’s Party (SLPP) National Publicity Secretary, Hon. Musa Tamba Sam. Indeed the parameters to measure his deeds is not how he died but how did he live. And not what he gained but what did he give back to society.
As hearing continues on the matter between 16 redundant workers (plaintiffs), and National Power Authority (NPA) now Electricity Distribution and Supply Authority (EDSA), the fifth plaintiff Thomas Farmer has said he worked for the institution for 17 years and was wrongfully terminated.
The plaintiff who was led in his examination-in-chief by their counsel, Shears-Moses, before Justice Patrick Hamilton, said he took up office on 2 September 1987 with an appointment letter as a senior meter reader.
Sierra Leone Approves Oil Spill Sensitivity Map, Marine Report
ABIDJAN, 23 Feb 2015 – Sierra Leone has endorsed two reports that recognize thethreats to its marine and coastal environment, and which would contribute to a future integrated management of its coastal zone.
The Coastal and Marine Oil Spill Sensitivity Mapping for Sierra Leone, and the State of the Marine Environment Report for Sierra Leonewere validated 22 January at a workshop comprising government ministries responsible for marine and coastal zone affairs, the University of Sierra Leone, and non-governmental bodies with environmental and conservation interests.
Freetown, Feb. 27 (SLENA) - Majority leader of parliament and leader of government business, Hon. Ibrahim Bundu has said in the well of parliament that persons entrusted with government properties must take proper care of them by ensuring regular maintenance of such property.
The majority leader was speaking in parliament last week Thursday 26th February 2015 when he noted that most of the OAU quarters at Hill Station were being misused by top government officials who reside in them and urged that the quarters must be maintained.