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.
As the Public Accounts Committee in Parliament starts to probe ministries, departments, and agencies (MDAs) Le 1,656,649,251 is in limbo at the Ministry of Education.
According to the 2013 Auditor General’s Report, “Non-submission of expenditure returns for grant transfers to various institutions were not made available for audit inspection.” The Report said the grant transferred to various institutions amounted to Le1, 656,649,168.
Staff of the Anti-Corruption Commission media outreach section yesterday 31 March visited the Update Newspaper to build a friendly working relationship.
Head of the delegation who is also the head of the ACC’s Outreach Department, Glennis Fraser, said they are happy to build and foster a good working relationship with Update newspaper, including the entire media in Sierra Leone.
Teaming up with the media makes sense and brings meaning to the fight against corruption, she said, and this teamwork is what they are trying to uphold and nurture.
AS SCHOOLS AND COLLEGES REOPEN, SECURITY AGENCIES SHOULD BE ALERT
In as much we are advocating and at the same time creating awareness in connection with good health condition in the country.Especially in terms of good hygiene, including the provision of clean environment, enough clean drinking water and electricity supply to the diverse communities, schools, colleges and universities, we should not also forget to pay special attention in the security of the country.Because enemies of peace, progress and development are not sleeping to see that they succeed in executing their unpatriotic satanic diabolic plans at the expense of the poor Sierra Leoneans precious lives in the country.
The Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Food Security will this morning face the Parliamentary Public Accounts Committee regarding issues raised in the 2013 Auditor General’s Report.
The ministry, according to the Report, does nothing to remedy the issues raised, year in year out – even with Parliament’s intervention, the same recurring malfeasance continues with reckless abandon.
“Cash and bank controls are weak with many bank statements not presented for verification as well as missing documentary support for expenditure,” states the Report.
More than that, the Report also states that Audit Service Sierra Leone has noted “Serious record-keeping problem with reforestation assessment fee, export clearance and collections.” Think of that, if you can, and see unaccountability at its best!
? DISCHARGED CASES
? Total Survived and Discharged Cases = 3,344
? NEW CASES
? New Confirmed cases = 2 as follows:
Kailahun = 0, Kenema = 0, Kono = 0
Bombali = 0, Kambia = 0, Koinadugu = 0, Port Loko =0, Tonkolili = 0
Bo = 0, Bonthe = 0, Moyamba = 0 Pujehun = 0
Western Area Urban = 1, Western Area Rural = 1, Missing = 0
Western Area Urban
- Kamara Town, Calaba Town (1)
Western Area Rural
- Kissy Town, Waterloo (1)
? CUMULATIVE CASES
? Cumulative confirmed cases = 8,547 as follows:
Kailahun = 565, Kenema = 503, Kono = 253
Bombali = 1,049, Kambia = 206, Koinadugu = 108, Port Loko = 1,442, Tonkolili = 454
Bo = 314, Bonthe = 5, Moyamba = 209, Pujehun = 31
Western Area Urban = 2,231, Western Area Rural = 1,162, Missing = 14
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As the plaintiff counsel closes his case on the matter between Mathew Foday and 14 others and the defendant National Power Authority (now EDSA), the witness brought in by the defence has told the sitting judge of the Industrial Court, Justice Patrick Hamilton that he did not understand the grievance of the plaintiffs.
At the opening of the defence case shortly after the matter was mentioned by the court Clark, the witness Idriss Musa Sumaila confirmed making statement in respect of the matter which he identified and was marked as exhibit F.
Upon reaching this stage counsel for the defendant Tamba Kelly applied under order 30 rule (1) sub-rule(1) for the statement of his witness to form part of the defendant’s case.
A local non-Governmental organization, Brighter Future Sierra Leone with funds from Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA) has distributed livelihood support to Ebola survivors at their Sombo Street Office in Kenema.
The livelihood support includes 50kg bags of rice, vegetable oil, tomatoes, a bag of cooking salt, and school materials for the orphan children.
The Executive Director for Brighter Future, Philip Masago, told the beneficiaries that the livelihood support targeted 75 Ebola Survivors from Heigbama Section in Kenema City.
Hon Mohamed K. Thorley, a Member of Parliament of the main opposition Sierra Leone People Party, who is also a member of the Works Committee, on Wednesday 22 April commended Salini Construction Company for the good work they have done in the country, especially in the construction of roads in the provinces.
He said the company is doing very good roads which can be compared to other roads in the world, and added that these are the types of companies they should be awarding contracts to in order to achieve the agenda for prosperity of President Koroma.
He also said all of Salini’s roads in the provinces are standard ones but pleaded with the company to continue maintaining the roads so taxpayers’ money will not go in the drain.