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New Confidence in IMC by Sierra Leone Citizens as JOB Protects Reputation
After years of dismal output from the country’s Independent Media Commission (IMC), Sierra Leone citizens seem to have developed a newfound confidence in the reconstituted IMC. One such citizen is John Oponjo Benjamin (JOB), a former chairman and leader of the main opposition Sierra Leone Peoples Party (SLPP).
May 29, 2015, 17:08
Ebola: Statements Made One Year On
Statement from DfID/The Rt Hon Justine Greening, Development Secretary on May 25, 12 months on from first confirmed Ebola case in Sierra Leone:
May 26, 2015, 17:04
Sierra Leone’s Foreign Minister poised to boost nation’s pride
The Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Dr. Samura Kamara has expressed confidence that the country will soon be proud to have their son leading an enviable institution should he be elected President of the African Development Bank any time soon.
May 19, 2015, 17:08
Updated with Post-Script: Kahinday Bangura's Passing & the APC
POST SCRIPT: According to her children, less than 72 hours before she passed away, she had of her own accord, spontaneously picked up the phone and called up several of the leaders of the APC, like Osman Yansaneh and Kemoh Sesay, to say she wanted to let bygones be bygones and be at peace with the APC; a party within which she had so many of her friends and relatives. According to her children, she made those calls on Thursday 7th May 2015. She died on Sunday 10th May 2015.
May 15, 2015, 17:17
Sierra Leone Police Must Stand Firm When Anarchy Portends
The Sierra Leone Police walks a tightrope when public pressure emanates from actions that cause attrition and displeasure in the way the force is deemed to execute its authority. In these times of public emergency, the pressure on the police is exacerbated by the strict discipline and rigeur with which the Police has of necessity to act. What is always lost on the public is the stringent parameters within which the Police undertake their mandate o keep the peace, to protect life and property and to remain true to its core values and functions.
May 5, 2015, 17:10
From Zero to Hero: April 29th 1992 to April 29th 2015 - A Reflection!
Today, under Ernest Bai Koroma, the APC has moved from ZERO to HERO. The APC is now known as the party which actively promotes transparency and public audits. The APC-led government is now hailed by Transparency International for being the first MRU country to order an Audit into management of Ebola Funds. This was done by President Koroma with no urgings from anybody. The President has given unprecedented powers to the Audit Service that no other President of Sierra Leone has ever done. Instructing for the Ebola Audit is a source of pride to us APC members.
Apr 29, 2015, 05:05
As Liberia suffers Danger of Survivors’ Transmission: Ernest Bai Koroma Warns Survivors to Delay Having Sex
One of the key messages that the President of Sierra Leone, His Excellency Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma has been taking around the country during his acclaimed social mobilisation efforts, is for survivors of Ebola Virus Disease to refrain from having sex with their partners for at least 3 months after their blood tested negative. In a similar vein, President Koroma has also been advising lactating female survivors to avoid breastfeeding their children. This
Mar 26, 2015, 17:04
This Medical Doctor was Right Afterall as Lawyer Margai Says Section 41 is not only at Election Time
Accompanying this update are scanned pages from the 14th December 1996 Convocation Ceremony of the University of Sierra Leone. On that day, I graduated with my second university degree (Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery). I got my first degree in Basic Medical Sciences in 1993. If you look on the page where my name is listed down, you will see that alongside us six medical doctors who graduated in 1996, the Law Faculty had twelve who graduated with degrees of Bachelor of Laws.
|Inside Pages of 1996 Graduation Page showing the names of Medical Doctors and Lawyers who graduated that year
Mar 25, 2015, 17:12
Women at the Forefront of the African Moment: Strategic Media & Communications Positioning
I want to start by extending my gratitude to the UAF, the Ford Foundation and Harvard Law School for this honour of letting me share my thoughts in the midst of such an amazing galaxy of African and Global women today. The speakers so far have been truly inspiring.
Mar 13, 2015, 17:10
Sylvia Blyden Educates DJ Boxx & Kawusu-Konte
Dr. Sylvia Blyden, currently in New York attending a meeting at the United Nations, has written a stinger to popular socialite Abubakarr Konteh aka DJ Boxx and Jarrah Kawusu-Konte of State House Communications Unit. Dr. Blyden was reacting to an unprovoked attack on her by DJ Boxx and Jarrah Kawusu Konte which they were posting all over social media yesterday morning of February 2nd 2015. The two men has posted from State House that Dr. Blyden did not resign but was sacked for “misbehaviour”.
Feb 3, 2015, 17:06
Britain to give extra 586 billion Leones for Ebola fight
Britain’s Department for International Development (DFID) will provide an extra £92.5 million (586 billion Le) in support of the fight against Ebola in Sierra Leone and the region, it was announced today. The extra funding takes Britain’s total support to £325 million (2 trillion Le).
Jan 28, 2015, 17:16
Sierra Leone Youths & the Ebola Crisis: Sylvia Blyden’s Presentation to Chatham House
"Clearly, as shown in their sense of responsibilities emerging, the youth can no longer afford inaction from our generation of adults. They are taking up responsibilities themselves without any funding. They are proving they have the power and skills to shape history of Sierra Leone and so the World needs to now step up and support them. The time for waiting is over. The days of our unproductive commitment must come to a close. The need to bring this Ebola to an end is here and the signs are very clear that the outbreak is drawing to a slow but sure end. And we must all together with youth and women, come to plan ahead and be prepared to tackle the challenges posed in the Post Ebola era." CLICK ABOVE LINK TO READ THE FULL STATEMENT.
Jan 23, 2015, 17:17
Dr. Blyden Thrills Chatham House; Speaks to BBC tomorrow
Numerous reports monitored from London, United Kingdom indicates Dr. Sylvia Olayinka Blyden, the former Special Executive Assistant (SEA) to President and recognised Youth Rights Activist, has thrilled audience of Sierra Leonean and foreign nationals at a jampacked event hosted yesterday January 20th 2015 at Royal Institute of International Affairs, Chatham House.
Jan 21, 2015, 17:10
Ebola in Sierra Leone: Monday May 26th 2014 OR from between February to March 2014?
Today, Ebola is slowly but surely burning itself out of our cities and towns through concerted efforts of our beloved President and the citizenry; all ably assisted by our international friends. A lurking danger is that after Ebola eventually is cleared from our region, it might try to resurge itself as it has done in other countries it affected.
Jan 9, 2015, 17:18
Quotable Quotes - From the President's Recent Address to Sierra Leone
“I know that this is the festive season where Sierra Leoneans often celebrate with families in a flamboyant and joyous manner, but all must be reminded that our country is at war with a vicious enemy that is still taking the lives of our brothers, sisters, mothers, fathers, children and friends. Let me also remind the general public that the Public State of Emergency is still in place and that my government will implement its measures to the letter during this festive season.
Dec 24, 2014, 17:08
Sierra Leone: Ernest Koroma Speaks on Youths
December 2014 State of Nation Address (YOUTHS): Our country is a nation of young people. Youths, defined as those between ages 15 and 35, comprise about a third of the country’s population. Without their participation, their health, and their positive role, our nation is doomed; there would be no present and no future.
Dec 17, 2014, 17:09
Sierra Leone: Celebrating a Survivor; Mourning Lost Souls : Aye Ebola!
Our National Hero, Captain Dr. Komba Songu-M'briwa (aka Kay-Song) who, in September 2014, bravely stood up to lead the all-Sierra Leonean Clinicians Team fighting Ebola in Freetown, has been discharged from Hastings Ebola Treatment Center. He is now physically fit and well, back at his residence with his family.
Dec 8, 2014, 12:16
Sierra Leone Journalism: For Preaching Hate & Tribal Incitement, David Tam Baryoh Apologises to the Nation & President
Tribal hate & unwarranted incitement which local journalist David Tam Baryoh has been preaching on widely listened radio programmes got to be so terrible on November 1st 2014, that for peace, unity & stability of nation, President Ernest Bai Koroma was forced to use his rarely-utilised powers under the State of Emergency, to have Tam Baryoh arrested and kept away from perpetuating such mischief.
Nov 24, 2014, 12:18
References to Oswald Hanciles in the New York Times Article on Ebola Donation Container
The government official (Oswald Hanciles) who pleaded for the shipment to come in said that the political tensions may have contributed to the delay, to prevent the opposition from trumpeting the donations. Mr. Bah said he thought the equipment would be welcomed by the struggling authorities, and he said he expected the shipping fee of $6,500 would be a small detail for Sierra Leone. According to the official (Oswald Hanciles), the government has already received well over $40 million in cash from international donors to fight Ebola.
Oct 23, 2014, 17:12
Sierra Leone Politics : APC Mouthpiece Wades into the Matter
One of perceived ills for which senseless war was orchestrated is ‘political intolerance’. The APC of late Joseph Saidu Momoh was wrongly accused of being politically intolerant. Since his election to governance in 2007, President Koroma’s APC government has espoused, demonstrated and practice political tolerance more than any previous government and in an unbelievable manner not akin to African politics.
Oct 20, 2014, 12:10