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U.S. Ambassador Hoover calls on VP Sam-Sumana PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alimatu Fofanah   
Monday, 02 February 2015 16:34

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.

Credit SLENA



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.


Business News

POLICE BOSS SPEAKS IN MAKENI… “Allegations Against AMR Gold is Baseless”

Following recent allegations made by some unidentified landowners claiming that AMR Gold Exploration Company has hired police and military officers to beat them up, the Deputy Regional Commander of Police, Northern Region, FrancisNyumaBundor has described the allegations as baseless and untrue.

The Chief Superintendent of Police told journalists in Makeni that, “the police are there to protect every one including AMR Gold exploration company and the landowners.”

He queried, how can the police, who is there to protect lives and property be violent against the people its provide security for. He said the allegation made by the self-styled landowners is not true, adding that his personnel are not violent and the people making the allegations have never approached the police management regarding unfair treatment by the police or hiring of police by AMR Gold


Media News

34 Organisations Join MFWA to Demand Justice for Murdered Sierra Leonean Journalist

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Thirty-four prominent freedom of expression organisations around the world have joined the Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) to demand justice for the murder of a Sierra Leonean journalist Ibrahim Foday.

Foday was murdered four years ago, on June 12, 2011, when he was covering a violent clash over a land dispute between Grafton Town and Kossoh Town for the privately-owned Exclusive Newspaper. In November 2012, a suspect, Tunde Williams, was arrested and charged with Foday’s murder; however, the trial has not progressed since then. Williams is currently out on bail, and the judiciary has yet to select a panel of jurors to hear the case.

Foday’s family has waited four long years for justice. His children Joyce Foday and Joseph Dianni Foday have lamented to the MFWA how difficult their lives have been following their father's murder. “We need help,” said Joseph. “I need justice to prevail for my late father and we are calling on the human rights and media rights groups to come to our aid.”



CPIE Holds 2nd Annual Teachers’ Workshop

Center for the Promotion of Inclusive Education in Sierra Leone (CPIE) was on Wednesday 22nd July 2015, held their 2nd Annual Teachers Training Workshop at the St. Anthony Catholic Church Conference Hall at Syke Street in Freetown.

The purpose of the workshop among other things geared towards the right of children with disabilities continues to be trampled upon and disregarded around the world.

CPIE is a registered non-profit entity that focuses on issues pertinent to inclusive education for students with disabilities such as the physical and epistemic accessibility of schools for the advocacy, parental orientation, teachers training development, collaboration with government and non-governmental agencies, and the provision of community education through the media and other forms of public engagement.


View Point


Sometimes one may not want to dwell much into the current political situation in the country at this point in time, because there is time for every purpose. Therefore, some of us have made up our minds to put down our political pens and laptops for the time being and wait for time to come, especially who SLPP is going to choose as party presidential candidate. To challenge President Ernest Bai Koroma APC presidential choice comes 2018 presidential and parliamentarian elections.

Because there are many issues in the country that worth talking or writing about for now rather than politics, such asEbola survivors issue, how we as Sierra Leoneans will immensely contribute in rebuilding their lives, how we can also contribute to the agricultural sector in order to increase agricultural productivities in the country, how we can give our personal contributions to rescue the poor health care system in the country and our role in the country’s national security, howwe should also remind government about the reconstruction or maintenance of the dilapidated or unpainted governmentbuildings in the country, especially buildings like daily mail building, law court building, treasury building, police headquarters buildings, hospital buildings, ministerial building at George Street, old Foreign Affairs building and the streets with potholes and the cleaning of them and also the painting of ZEBRA CRSSING, traffic signs byauthorities concerned and how the corruption fight should not be a matter of government alone.


News - Press Release

Okada rider saves colleague from murder

Koya, Aug. 1 (SLENA) -The circumstance that surrounds the eventual rescue of a commercial motor bike rider otherwise known as an Okada man from instant death can be better referred to as a ‘miraculous miracle’. There would have been no other way through which Mamadu Barrie the ‘Orkada Man’ could have survived from the cruel hands of his Pelion Rider. He was already helpless and bleeding profusely from the stab wounds that have been inflected on him. This is an incident that occurred in broad daylight, precisely at about 11 AM on Sunday 19th of July 2015, along the Songo / Mabang Highway.

What seemingly started as a kidnap plot by23- year old Musa Jalloh, resident of 57 Kissy Brook in Freetown, ended up in the rescue of an okada bike ride, Mamadu Barrie, from possible death.

According to report reaching the Sierra Leone News Agency, Musa Jalloh, now suspect in the matter, had hired the services of Mamadu Barrie to take him on his motor bike somewhere in Waterloo. MusaJalloh posed as a businessman who was going to conduct some transactions. They bargained for seventy thousand Leones (Le70,000.) for the trip and left.


Society -Local News

HRCSL engages MEST on Leone Prep School closure

The Human Rights Commission of Sierra Leone (HRCSL) yesterday engaged the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology (MEST) on the closure of Leone Preparatory School.

The HRCSL received a letter from the proprietor of Leone Preparatory School alleging that he received a letter from the Acting Chief Education Officer of the MEST dated 2nd July 2015, ordering him to close down school operations for contravening sections of the Education Act 2004. Also that he was accused of making public pronouncements that his school had nothing to do with government and therefore not answerable to government.
HRCSL was concerned about the alleged violations of the 350 children enrolled in the school and as a way of protecting their right to education, the MEST was engaged in their conference room.


Media Organization Puts Feather on Cap of NCD and Leader
  It was a historic moment in the history of the National Commission for Democracy (NCD) when its erudite Chairman Dr. Abubakar H. Kargbo,  who has tutored in several universities in the country, on  Wednesday,  July  29  2015,  received  a  certificate  of  merit  from  the Media  Alliance  for  Business Administration  and  Development.
  The organization comprises   journalists from both the print and electronic media in Sierra Leone.  According to the citation on the Certificate of Merit, the award was “for Outstanding Performance in the Rebranding Process: in Democracy Development and for Remarkable Contribution to the Promotion of the Agenda for Prosperity in Sierra Leone”. The Agenda for Prosperity is a poverty reduction strategy aimed at human development which was introduced by President Ernest Bai Koroma during his two terms of reign in the poverty- stricken West African state.
  The award ceremony took place on the 9th Floor of Youyi Building hosting the office of the NCD.  Youyi Building hosts most of the ministerial offices in Freetown, the capital and seat of government. 
  The Media Alliance for Business Administration and Development was represented by its Coordinator Melvin S. Kargbo, Secretary Alfred James Dumbuya and two members; Julian Faux and Osman Kamara. The NCD was represented by the Chairman himself, Dr. Abubakar H. Kargbo, Western Region Commissioner Georgette L.  O. de  Marke,  Executive Secretary, Abu  Bakarr  S.  Yillah, Special Executive Assistant to the Chairman Kallie Sillah, Human Resource and Administration Manager Mark A. Tholley, Finance Manager Moses A. Kamara, Communications and PR Manager Rev. Gibrilla Kargbo and Assistant Public Education Officer Edward B. S. Dumbuya. 





A little over a year ago, we were attacked by an evil new enemy called Ebola. We did not understand this enemy, most of the world did not understand this enemy, and all of us did not see it coming to this part of the world. This vicious enemy brought about the death of over 3500 of our compatriots, stopped our economic growth, and reversed many of our gains in the health system. Farms were neglected; markets abandoned; trade and travel contracted; fiscal balances weakened; revenue decreased; and expenditure shut up to combat the disease.

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