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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

AMR Gold To Employ Over 750 Sierra Leoneans

The Chief Admin and Finance of AMR Gold-Mohamed Sultan Daffae has disclosed that his company is planning to provide jobs for more than seven hundred and fifty Sierra Leoneans from both skilled and unskilled labour.

Mr. Daffae was speaking on Friday, 25th September, 2015 at the Kamakwie Court Barry, Lusania Street, Kamakwie Town where AMR Gold was donating 400 desk and chairs to 8 primary schools in Sella Limba Chiefdom, Bombali District.

In a very overjoyed mood, the Councillor of Ward 111 Constituency 36-Amara Foday Yansaneh said AMR Gold management has never ceased to amaze the people of Sella Limba Chiefdom, noting that the donation is to help contribute to the development of education not only in his Ward but to ensure that Sierra Leone achieve universal primary education for sustainable development.


Media News


The Independent Media Commission (IMC) has concluded ten (10) complaints against media institutions and practitioners. The Board fined eight newspapers and warned two. The matters were inquired into by the IMC’s Complaints Committee. The Board of the IMC at its meeting of Wednesday 23rd September, 2015 endorsed and ratified the recommendations of the Complaints Committee, and imposed different penalties for breaches of the IMC Media Code of Practice, 2007 and the IMC Act of 2000 as amended in 2006 and 2007.

On the complaint of Mrs. Adama Buya-Kamara against the Managing Editor, Trumpet Newspaper, the IMC Board warned the newspaper and endorsed the Complaints Committee’s recommendations. The Committee had recommended that the newspaper publishes another retraction with due prominence and do a good write-up as promised.  Mrs. Buya-Kamara complained that she had been named in a debt scandal, mentioning the name and position of her husband who was not concerned and knew nothing about the said loan. The Managing Editor told the Committee that upon realizing that the publication had offended Mrs. Buya-Kamara and was also not in the public interest, did a retraction.




The name Victor BockarieFoh,really it is not a new name in Sierra Leone, particularly in the political history of the country. It is a renowned name that always sounds in the ears and minds of many Sierra Leoneans both in and out of the country like a school ringing bell. It’s sounds both in good times and bad times, especially in the current ruling APC political party politics and the country’s political systemin general for the love of his country’s peace, progress and development. In view of thathe is always in the centre of the country’s political and socio-economic controversies.

However, Mr Vice President Foh one thing that I would like you to always put at the back of your mind when performing your duties as Vice President is that, a reflection of the circumstances that surrounded yourappointment to that higher office of the land. It is NO secret that many Sierra Leoneans, especially your enemies are still not happy about your elevation to that position. Therefore, many of them will always try very hard by all means to see your downfall if you give them a breathing space towards that.

Some will pretend to be your best friends but at the same time they are agents of your emeries. When your enemies want to destroy you but they find it a bit difficulty to get you by themselves, they will use some of your best or close friends to do their satanic dirty games on behalf of them against you.


View Point

Time with Justice Hamilton at the High Court

The name Justice Patrick Hamilton is synonymous with the judiciary of Sierra Leone and this is what has made him a household name in the country. I first came across the name in 1995 when I ventured into the turbulent world of mainstream journalism with the Liberty Voice Newspaper. Twenty years down the line I only put name to face on September 18 instant at High Court Number One he was presiding over.

This means you are not a regular visitor to the Courts. Yes, I have never been, even as a journalist. On that day, I sat not far away from him on the reserve bench. Thanks to a familiar face in the courts Isaac Koroma a resident of Kissy who assured me it was fine to sit on the reserve bench.

Prior to that, I had wanted to sit in the public gallery because I was not too sure what Justice Hamilton and court staff would make of my sitting on the reserve bench. The least I wanted in an unfamiliar environment was for Justice Hamilton to ask why I was seated on the reserve bench.


News - Press Release


Sierra Leone's Ambassador to the Republic of Korea, H.E. Ambassador Omrie Michael Golley, on Monday 14th September 2015 met and held discussions with Korea's Minister for Oceans and Fisheries, The Hon Kijune Yoo at the Government Administrative Complex at Sejong City, near Seoul, the South Korean Capital.

The Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries is a cabinet level division of the Government of South Korea and covers a variety of maritime and fisheries affairs including ports, shipping, logistics and fisheries. The Ministry has in recent times been actively pursuing cooperation projects with developing countries around the world, by tapping into Korea’s infrastructure, construction and information technologies.

Welcoming Ambassador Golley to his Ministry, Minister Yoo indicated that Korea shared the Ambassador's desire for close bilateral cooperation in the maritime and fisheries sector between the two countries, and highlighted a number of projects that the Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries had already concluded with other countries including overseas port development, fisheries protection, and maritime education.


Society -Local News

NPSE Exams in Robuya Quarantined

As the sun rose into a clear blue sky over the quarantined village ofRobuya, just outside Makeni, an unusual sight greeted the members of the community.  22 children who are under quarantine were escorted out of their houses in their beautiful blue and pink uniforms and trouped up to the village school so that they could take their vital NPSE exams.  This was all made possible following the decision by the District Coordinator (Dr Emanuel Conteh) to make a plan and do as much as possible to facilitate the children taking their important examinations despite being in quarantine.  This decision was fully supported by the Honourable Minister of Education as these children had already missed taking the examination for over a year due to the Ebola outbreak.

This is the first time that quarantined children have been able to attend public examinations and is one of the many challenges the affected populations have had to endure over the last year, particularly involving any activities that require outside support.  Following careful consultation by the DERC with the Ministry of Education a plan was devised.  The Deputy Director for Education personally oversaw the academic arrangements and the DERC Pillars led the arrangements with UNICEF, WHO and others in support.

The District Medical Officer (Dr Brima Asaio Kamara said “I knew that there would be technical challenges around moving lots of children from quarantine to school however I was confident in the ability of the DERC IPC Pillar with support from Social Mobilisation, UNICEF and WHO that this could all be done safely.  The main goal was to ensure that the children were supported and could continue with their education.”



“A dignified Childhood is about getting the best possible start in life” -Deputy Health Minister, Madina Rahman

Freetown, Sept. 11, 015 (MOHS) - Deputy Health and Sanitation Minister II has told the National Children’s Summit in Freetown that learning and development of children to their full potential is a dignified approach for the start in life.

Addressing the Forum at the Hill Valley Hotel in Freetown on Thursday September 10, 2015 on the theme: “:Children’s Vision- A child Centred Development Agenda 2015-2030” Nothing about us, Without us, Madam Rahman reiterated that the best possible life for a dignified childhood is surviving, thriving, being safe, healthy and protected, well fed, going to school and learning and developing to full potential. Every child she said must have the protection and support of a loving and caring family, adding that children who end up on the streets are having their childhood dignity taken away from them.

The Deputy Minister told her audience that as a nation, they all have the responsibility to help vulnerable children by giving them their rights to live and grow with dignity. She encouraged parents to learn and support children in the process of self-reliance, noting that the family is the foundation of cultural values and best practices which allows the children to grow up in dignity and develop into self-reliant adults.



Vice President Foh Speaks On Supreme Court Verdict

The Supreme Court of Sierra Leone on Wednesday 9th September ruled that the President of Sierra Leone has the power under the 1991 constitution to remove the country’s Vice President.

In the ruling, the Supreme Court stated amongst other things that, the President has powers to remove his Vice under section 40 since the requirement on section 41 is continuous. The provisions in section 55 of the 1991 Constitution, the court  said, are by implication modified by the provisions in sec 54 (5).

This verdict came following the sacking of former Vice President Sam Sumana in March of this year, after the governing All People's Congress had earlier expelled him following accusations of fuelling violence, and trying to form a breakaway party in his home district of Kono, amongst others.

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