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NEWS
Zainab Bangura gets Honorary Oxford Doctorate
June 28th 2015: Sierra Leone’s internationally acclaimed Iron Lady Zainab Hawa Bangura has once again brought pride to her countrymen after being honoured with a Honorary Doctorate Degree by one of the United Kingdom’s most prestigious universities - Oxford Brookes University, for her contribution towards upholding human rights, and advancing women’s empowerment.
Jun 30, 2015, 17:06

EDITORIALS
Sierra Leone: Ernest Koroma Will Leave a Strong IMC
USA’s first black President has stated that: “Africa doesn’t need strongmen, it needs strong institutions”. Barack Obama meant that if modern Institutions are working well in an African country, that country does not need a Dictator to ensure law and order prevails.
Jun 30, 2015, 17:05

NEWS : Politics
Sierra Leone Politics : APC Chief Whip Will Crack Down so that the Youths can Grow : Over-Aged Civil Servants Must Go..!!!!!
The Chief Whip of the ruling All Peoples Congress in the House of Parliament of the Republic of Sierra Leone, Hon. Claude Kamanda who serves as Chairman of the Transparency and Accountability Committee in Parliament, has said in Freetown that he will write a letter of request to all Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) to give him the correct date of Births, places and tertiary institutions attended by all civil servants in the country.
Jun 30, 2015, 17:04

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News : Fullahs Robe Temne President & Limbas Host Other Tribes
In a bid to promote unity and brotherhood, Members of the Fullah Community on Friday 26th June 2015 dressed the President of the Temne Community Development Council, Alhaji Issa Catco Kamara with their usual Fullah Traditional Dress at a colourful ceremony at the Fullah Central Mosque Magazine Cut.
Jun 30, 2015, 17:02

NOTICES & DOCUMENTS : Legal Matters
Sierra Leone Laws: Taking Emmanuel Saffa Abdulai out of his Ignorance of the Law
Section 36(5): ..“PUBLISHER” means any printer, editor or PROPRIETOR of a newspaper and every agent or employee or other person acting on the instructions of any such editor or proprietor, or any person concerned with the management of a newspaper.
Jun 29, 2015, 12:19

NEWS : Politics
Sierra Leone Politics: APC’s Robin Faley Warns against Politicising Projects
Board Chairman of Sierra Leone Water Company (SALWACO), Hon. Robin Faley, has warned against political interference in implementation of government projects as such politicisation goes against President Koroma’s Agenda for Prosperity. Faley was speaking on Thursday 25th June 2015, during an official Handing-Over Ceremony of about eight vehicles, nine motor bikes and boats to Minister of Water Resources, Momodu E Maligi III for the Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Project.
Jun 29, 2015, 12:18

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News : Col. Bashiru Conteh warns Soldiers off social media Politics
A retired military officer in Sierra Leone, Retired Colonel Bashiru Sahid Conteh has advised soldiers in Africa to refrain from getting involved in social media discussions on politics. The retired Colonel is a Masters degree holder with wide experience in both politics and the military. He once served as a Minister in Sierra Leone’s former NPRC military government and so his words carry some weight as to negative effects of soldiers engaging in political discussions.
Jun 29, 2015, 12:14

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News : NEC Engages Stakeholders for Review of Referendum Laws
Freetown, June 27 (SLENA) - “Apart from the 1991 Constitution from which the National Electoral Commission (NEC) derives its mandate, there is no enabling legislation dealing with the conduct of referenda in Sierra Leone. There will therefore have to be enacted a specific piece of legislation dealing with the conduct of referendum, or perhaps a subsidiary legislation to the Referendum Act.”
Jun 29, 2015, 12:12

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News : Rogue Journalist & alleged Rogue Judge
One of the reasons why Judge Halloway should have recused himself off the matter of Independent Observer Newspaper versus Independent Media Commission is because Jonathan Leigh, a convicted Criminal who edits Independent Observer has been defending alleged criminal behaviour of Judge Allan Halloway for years now.
Jun 29, 2015, 12:10

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News : Lawyer Drags Bar into Filthy Morass
My personal opinion is that the Sierra Leone Bar Association means well for this country in the same way this newspaper means well. I have a lot of respect for those lawyers & judges who contribute tremendously to the development of this country.
Jun 29, 2015, 12:08

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News : Oxfam Hands Over Its Bombali Ebola Response Program To The District Council
OXFAM, s operation on Ebola Emergency Progamme which officially started in November 2014 in Bombali district has been handed over to the Bombali district council. The occasion which took place at the Makeni City Council Hall, attracted Deputy Chairman, Bombali District Council, Paramount Chiefs, Community Health Workers, the District Ebola Response centre (DERC), Women's group, and other partners in the district.
Jun 29, 2015, 12:06

FEATURES
MFWA: JOURNALISM ETHICS: Increasing Incidents of Unprofessional Media Conduct Worrying
Cases of unprofessional media conduct and consequent sanctions by the judiciary or media regulatory bodies have been on the rise in a number of West Africa countries in recent times.
Jun 29, 2015, 12:04

COMMENTS & OPINIONS
Uselessness of former IMC now shines so bright
Today I write again about the Independent Media Commission (IMC), Sierra Leone’s media regulator. The Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) which is usually on the side of media practitioners, recently damned the Sierra Leone media. They expressed concerns over increasing incidents of lawless and uncouth behaviour by the local media. They cited “increasing” number of indecent actions by media houses that resulted in fines.
Jun 29, 2015, 12:00

FEATURES
Sierra Leone has Government with National Character as APC Disarms SLPP Political Weapon
It used to be easy for opposition Sierra Leone Peoples Party (SLPP) to demonise ruling All Peoples Congress as so disliking South-Easterners and Mendes that APC never gives appointments or jobs to South-Easterners. It was a potent political weapon for SLPP. During 2012 elections it was the main campaign tool for defeated SLPP presidential candidate. However, that weapon of SLPP no longer works because of unifying leadership skills of Ernest Bai Koroma.
Jun 26, 2015, 17:12

FROM OUR TEAM
APOLOGY FOR DELAY IN WEBSITE NEWS UPDATES
We apologise for the delay in updating our website over the past few days. Our webmaster was unwell and only resumed work today. The other technical staff tried their best to update but could not keep up. Thanks for your patience.
Jun 26, 2015, 17:11

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News : VP’s New Minister of State Sworn In
The newly appointed minister of State in the Office of the Vice President Mr. Mohamed Alie Bah Wednesday 24 June subscribed to the oath of Office before President Dr Ernest Bai Koroma at State House, Freetown.
Jun 26, 2015, 17:10

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News : Port Loko Ebola Response Coordinator Debunks MP
The District Coordinator of the Port Loko District Ebola Response Center (DERC), on Sunday 21st June 2015, has described as “baseless and unfounded” claims which were said by the Member of Parliament for Constituency 53, in Bureh Kasseh Makontheh (BKM) Chiefdom Port Loko District, Hon. Hassan Sheriff, that he is not supplying food to quarantined homes in the District.
Jun 26, 2015, 17:08

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News : MPs Condemn Fraudulent Airports Renovation Contract
The Majority Chief Whip of Parliament who serves as Chairman of the Transparency and Accountability Committee, Hon. Claude Kamanda on Wednesday 24th June 2015 expressed dissatisfaction over the proposal to award a fresh “re-contract” for the rehabilitation of roofing of the Airports Terminal Building. The contract is estimated at four hundred and fifty thousand United States Dollars.
Jun 26, 2015, 17:06

FEATURES
Sierra Leone: A Survivor’s Mission to ‘Revenge’ on Ebola
Twenty-seven-year-old Bintu Massaquoi was cheerfully narrating how she survived the Ebola virus disease until she was asked how much she missed her husband and her five-year-old child, both killed by the disease. Her mood suddenly changed. She paused, stared into the sky, and squeezed her eyes so tightly that tears flowed uncontrollably.
Jun 26, 2015, 17:04

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News : President unveils 100 Buses, 2 Ferries next month – Logus
Honourable Minister of Transport & Aviation (MTA) Leonard Balogun ‘Logus’ Koroma has informed Parliamentarians that next month July 2015, President Koroma will launch the one hundred buses as was promised to the people of Sierra Leone for public transportation and also commission two brand new ferries for Lungi and Freetown. He further informed that plans are on the way to introduce the school bus service system.
Jun 26, 2015, 17:02

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News : President Koroma Awarded for Women’s Empowerment
At the just concluded 25th Ordinary Session of the Assembly of Heads of State and Government of the African Union in Johannesburg, South Africa, President Dr Ernest Bai Koroma was awarded a trophy for his tremendous efforts in promoting women’s empowerment and participation in governance.
Jun 26, 2015, 17:00

EDITORIALS
Sierra Leone: Halloway Saga - Can Anti Corruption Commission help Bar Association?
Initially, I had assumed that the Anti Corruption Commission (ACC) could help Sierra Leone Bar Association in the latter’s quest to blatantly whitewash an infamous member of Judiciary, Allan B. Halloway.
Jun 25, 2015, 14:14

NEWS
Sierra Leone: PPRC Declines to Identify the Contraventions of 10 Parties
The Political Parties Registration Commission (PPRC) has given the ten registered political parties in Sierra Leone (APC, CDP, NDA, PDP, PLP, PMDC, RUFP, SLPP, UDM and UNPP) one month to rectify provisions contravened in the 1991 Constitution and the Political Parties Act of 2002 but is however declining a request from the Awareness Times for it to name the specific contraventions committed by each of the ten parties.
Jun 25, 2015, 13:18

NEWS
MPPA Marks African Civil Service Day in Sierra Leone
The Ministry of Public and Political Affairs has taken the lead to stage a five (5) day celebration in commemorating the 10th Africa Public Service Day.
Jun 25, 2015, 12:57

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone Energy Ministry Launches Segbwema Solar Project
The Deputy Minister 1 – Former Maj. Ismael Sengu Koroma and team has formally launched a solar project in Segbwema on Thursday 18th June 2015.
Jun 25, 2015, 12:55

NEWS
United States Ambassador Visits NATCOM, Sierra Leone
The United States Ambassador to Sierra Leone, John F. Hoover on Wednesday, 24th June, 2015 paid a familiarization visit to the National Telecommunications Commission (NATCOM).
Jun 25, 2015, 12:51

NEWS : Local News
Karate Winners Pay courtesy call on Sports Ministry in Sierra Leone
The Sierra Leone Karate Winning Team has paid a courtesy call on the Ministry of Sports Monday this week at the Ministry of Sports, Bishop House, Skye Street in Freetown.
Jun 25, 2015, 12:49

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone: National Neglected Tropical Diseases and Onchocerciasis Ends Annual Conference with Debriefing
As the National Neglected Tropical Diseases and Onchocerciasis Programme ends its four days Annual Conference, Health and Sanitation Minister, Dr. Abu Bakarr Fofanah has said that neglected tropical disease is still an issue in the country’s health calendar.
Jun 25, 2015, 12:46

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News: Child marriage violates human rights – VP Foh
Vice President, Ambassador Victor Bockarie Foh has emphasized that child marriage is a violation of human rights and that its affects all aspects of the child’s life.
Jun 25, 2015, 12:42

COMMENTS & OPINIONS
Why now? Something to think about in Sierra Leone
On Tuesday morning June 23rd 2015, I listened to Radio Democracy 98.1 breakfast show programme “Good Morning Salone” and one of the items featured in the programme concerned an audio recording of the Minister of Sports, Paul Kamara and the Technical Director of the Sierra Leone Football Association (SLFA) or Coach, Jebor Sherrington.
Jun 25, 2015, 12:25

FEATURES
In Sierra Leone, a Lawyer took Bar Association into the Mud
My personal opinion is that the Sierra Leone Bar Association means well for this country in the same way this newspaper means well.
Jun 24, 2015, 23:22

NEWS
Chevron Briefs Health Ministry on Plans to Support Part of Sierra Leone Post-Ebola Recovery
Chevron Africa and Latin America Exploration and Production Company, a division of Chevron USA has expressed their commitment to assist Sierra Leone with its post Ebola Agenda for Transformation in the health sector.
Jun 24, 2015, 23:07

NEWS
Sierratel is a Success Story for Government of Sierra Leone
The Telecommunications sector represents a central component in the development of any country.
Jun 24, 2015, 23:03

NEWS
The Gbonkolenken Foundation Donates Food & Non-Food Items to Yele Residents in Sierra leone
The Gbonkolenken Descendants Foundation (GDF) in the Diaspora, mainly Holland, on Sunday 21st June 2015 donated a multi-purpose printer, learning materials and cartoons of A-4 size papers to the Seventh Day Adventist Church Secondary School in Yele, Gbonkolenken Chiefdom, Tonkolili District and ninety (90) bags of 25 kilogram Bella Luna Pakistan 25% broken rice, all estimated at Le31 million to 100 Ebola survivors and their dependents at an impressive ceremony at the Yele Court Barry, northern Sierra Leone.
Jun 24, 2015, 23:02

NEWS
Sierra Leone Envoy in China Presents Post-Ebola Recovery Strategy to Chinese Authorities
Chargé D’Affairés, Embassy of Sierra Leone, People’s Republic of China, Madam Kumba Alice Momoh, during the month of June, presented to the China-Africa Development Fund (CADFund) a copy of Sierra Leone’s Ebola Recovery Strategy, with a clear motive of exploring more support towards the country’s post Ebola development period.
Jun 24, 2015, 22:54

NEWS : Local News
Connect Sierra Leone concludes orientation for 45 foster parents
Forty-five People from a total of nine chiefdoms in the Port Loko District have completed an orientation on the care, maintenance and upbringing of Foster Children.
Jun 24, 2015, 22:44

NEWS : Local News
PPASL-CORDAID Boost Health Ministry in Sierra Leone
Planned Parenthood Association Sierra Leone (PPASL) with support from CORDAID has donated a consignment of 274 personal protective equipment kits to the Ministry of Health and Sanitation for distribution to PPASL operational districts.
Jun 24, 2015, 22:41

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News: Mammy Cuss & Slaps take over Football
Since 2013 elections for President of Sierra Leone Football Association, local football has not been pleasant to report on. If two contestants for position of SLFA presidency were not exchanging slaps or verbal insults, their supporters will be fighting at stadium. Now it has reached depths where Minister and coach are exchanging abuses with words recorded.
Jun 23, 2015, 17:17

NEWS
Sierra Leone President Invited President of Women's Forum to African Union Summit
She revealed, “Our President’s African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) report to the AU was commended by several Heads of States, including the Chairman of the APRM, Madam Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, Presidents Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe and Jacob Xuma of South Africa. For the advancement of women in Sierra Leone, foundation has been laid and a lot done. We are most grateful. But Mr. President, we shall not relent!!! We want more!!! The year 2015 is for Women as declared by AU.”
Jun 23, 2015, 17:04

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News: Volunteers Train on M & R of Health Indicators & PBF Activities
A training session facilitated by the Local Government Finance Department under the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development in collaboration with the Ministry of Health and Sanitation on “Monitoring and reporting of health indicators and Performance Based Financing (PBF) activities” was conducted in Bo and Makeni, at the Sahara Hotels, from Friday 29th May 2015 to Saturday 6th June 2015. The training catered for Chairpersons and Secretaries of Facility Management Committees (FMCs) of all community Health Centres (CHCs) nationwide.
Jun 23, 2015, 17:02

FEATURES
Sierra Leone President returns hale & hearty
Fellow Sierra Leoneans and Friends of Sierra Leone, a very Hale and Hearty President Ernest Bai Koroma has just been warmly welcomed back home at Lungi (by his Honourable Vice President Victor Foh and other officials) upon his return from his routine annual medical check-up with European specialists. An annual trip His Excellency has been privately undertaking now for the last 20 years - since the time he was a highly successful international business executive through his years as Opposition Leader to now he is doing his final term as Head of State.
Jun 23, 2015, 17:00

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News: Internal Affairs seeks to Validate Draft Policy
The Ministry of Internal Affairs has past Friday the 17th June 2015, at the Bank Complex, Kingtom held consultative forum to validate the Internal Affairs Draft Policy. This event attracted the attention of various stakeholders including representatives from UNDP, DfID, Sierra Leone Police to name but a few. Formally launching the policy document, the Honorable Minister of Internal Affairs Joseph B. Dauda said it is imperative to dialogue with stakeholders so to build his Ministry’s capacity to be able to play its constitutional role. He said public safety and internal security are the core mandate of his Ministry, which according to him, has over the year been weak, thus the reason for the for the forum to reverse the trend.
Jun 23, 2015, 16:59

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News: SWASAL Executive Meets Mercury & FANT CEOs
The newly elected National Executive of the Sports Writers Association of Sierra Leone (SWASAL), on Monday June 22nd 2015 in Freetown made a courtesy call on the Managing Director of Mercury International (SL) LTD Mr. Martin Michael, at the Company’s headquarters at Krootown Road in Freetown.
Jun 23, 2015, 16:52

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone Cabinet Secretariat ends Performance Management Training
In a bid to ensure that officers in grade 11 and above are properly appraised, the Office of the Secretary to the Cabinet and Head of the Civil Service has last week Wednesday 17th June, 2015 ended a two day refresher training for its Performance Management Technical staff at its Tower Hill office in Freetown.
Jun 23, 2015, 16:47

FROM OUR TEAM
Rogue Judiciary Catalysed Civil War - Sierra Leone Citizens
Citizens making their inputs on what a new Constitution of Sierra Leone should contain, have been vehemently stating over the radios and during ward level constituency meetings, that the Judiciary catalysed years of brutal civil war. This re-echoes report of the Truth & Reconciliation Commission.
Jun 22, 2015, 17:17

NEWS
Maada Bio to Engage Sierra Leone Citizens in London
The defeated 2012 Presidential Candidate of the SLPP, Mr. Julius Maada Bio will be engaging Sierra Leoneans in the United Kingdom in a town hall meeting scheduled for Saturday 27th June 2015 at the Pentagon Hall, Global Venue, Harper Road, Southwark, SE1 6AG.
Jun 22, 2015, 17:13

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News : Sierra Akker Food Processing Commended by MPs
The Parliamentary Committee Chairman on Agriculture, Forestry and Food Security, Hon. Alimamy G. Kargbo has heaped praises on the Managing Director and highest Shareholder of the Sierra Akker Food Processing Company, Mr. Pakai Kamara for undertaking such a laudable agricultural investment in Sierra Leone.
Jun 22, 2015, 17:10

COMMENTS & OPINIONS
Why Sierra Leone Football is no longer thrilling & Stadiums are empty: Part 1
When you compare the photos of the spectators NOW on the towering terraces of the National Stadium in Freetown with what used to obtain, you notice the unmistakable fact that the passion for soccer (football) is gone in Sierra Leone. People have lost interest in football in Sierra Leone.
Jun 22, 2015, 17:07

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News : Parliament Inspects Water Facilities In Freetown
The Parliamentary Committee on Water Resources, chaired by Hon. Sualiho M. Koroma on the 12th June, 2015 inspected GUMA’s water facilities in Freetown to get a first-hand information about their operations, water quality, and supply to the Western Area and its environs. In this light, the Committee visited GUMA’s facilities at Mile 13, Spur Road, Barbadorie, and Botanical Garden at FBC.
Jun 22, 2015, 17:06

COMMENTS & OPINIONS
Sierra Leone News: President Koroma Cements Legacy; Ignores Idlers
While his idle detractors are busy knocking themselves out with malicious lies that show just their hearts’ intents, President Ernest Bai Koroma continues to endear himself to the hearts of the Sierra Leonean people by engaging in more development projects spread across the broad spectrum of the nation.
Jun 22, 2015, 17:05

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News: President Koroma delivers Joy with nationwide roads
President Ernest Koroma is not only opening up the perceived opposition stronghold of the South-East to good roads and infrastructure; he is also bringing the same joy to his ruling party’s base in the North. What previous governments since Independence 54 years ago have not been able to do for Sierra Leone, the development-oriented President Koroma is accomplishing.
Jun 22, 2015, 17:04

NOTICES & DOCUMENTS : Special Messages
In loving memory of our dear Mother, Rtd. Police Inspector Sylvia Oladuni Talleh
In loving memory of our dear Mother, Rtd. Police Inspector Sylvia Oladuni Talleh
Jun 22, 2015, 17:03

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News : Stakeholders Validate UPR of HRCSL
Stakeholders on Friday 19th June, 2015 gathered at the Bank of Sierra Leone Complex, Kingtom to validate the Universal Periodic Review Report (UPR) of the Human Rights Commission of Sierra Leone (HRCSL) that will be submitted to the United Nations Human Rights Council.
Jun 22, 2015, 17:02

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News: Constitutional Review Committee intensifies Public Consultations
Sierra Leone’s Constitutional Review process got off to a promising start in 2013 but was intercepted by the deadly Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) resulting in a year’s extension of the Committee’s mandate. Even with the presence of EVD, the Constitutional Review Committee (CRC) succeeded in consulting a number of stakeholders including Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs); Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) and Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs).
Jun 22, 2015, 17:01

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News : Golley signs for Korea to Construct Medical Centre
Sierra Leone’s Ambassador to the Republic of Korea, His Excellency Ambassador Omrie Michael Golley, today June 18th 2015, signed an Accord with a Korean Charity – the Medical Peace Foundation – for the construction of a medical facility, in Sierra Leone. The Medical Peace Foundation was established in Seoul in 2004, and officially approved as a non-profit juridical Foundation, which establishes and supports medical centres in developing countries.
Jun 22, 2015, 17:00

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone: Religious & Political Tolerance Continue Deepening as Temnes Worship at Mende Mosque
Temnes and Mendes are the largest tribes in Sierra Leone and are usually perceived as being at political loggerheads. However, this month, Muslims from both tribes have engaged in an unprecedented act of unity and tolerance. Legacies of President Ernest Bai Koroma who is serving his final term, are already being cemented. One such legacy is a deepening of tolerance levels; especially in politics & religion.
Jun 19, 2015, 17:12

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News : Muslims to Unite, Fast & Sensitize to end Ebola
The Temne Community Development Council has observed their Jumah prayer on Friday, June 12th 2015 at the Jamieu Sheriff “Mende Central Mosque”. The Delegation which was led by the National President Alhaji Issa Catco Kamara, President of United Council of Imams Alhaji Yayah Deen Kamara, Paramount Chief of Lunsar, Bai Koblo Queen and other key stakeholders in the Temne Community described the courtesy visit of Temnes to a Mende Mosque as historic.
Jun 19, 2015, 17:11

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News : YACAN Engages 60 Children against Early Marriage
The Youth and Child Advocacy Network (YACAN) has partnered with Plan Sierra Leone and UNICEF to commemorate this year’s Day of the African Child, with the theme, “Accelerating our collective efforts to end early marriage in Africa.”
Jun 19, 2015, 17:10

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News : Stakeholders Meeting on Impact of Ebola on Teenage Girls
Freetown, June 18, 2015 (SLENA) - The Director of the Reproductive and Child Health Programme, Ministry of Health and Sanitation Dr. Santigie Sesay has said that the Ebola outbreak has had adverse negative impact on the education of teenage girls due to the closure of schools and other factors.
Jun 19, 2015, 17:06

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News : Mammy Dumbuya at the White House next week
Famed Sierra Leonean Evangelist , Mrs. Dora Dumbuya, popularly known throughout the nation as Mammy Dumbuya, is in the United States to attend the 2015 Caribbean and African Faith-based and Community Leadership Conference.
Jun 19, 2015, 17:04

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News : MPs Approve 10 More Presidential Nominees
The Parliament of Sierra Leone has on the 18th June 2015 through a unanimously decision ratified the fourteenth report of the Committee on Appointments and the Public Service, including 10 presidential nominees, amongst whom were three former Members of Parliament; for various high offices geared towards the development of the country.
Jun 19, 2015, 17:02

NEWS : Local News
Airtel signs MOU with SOS to adopt 50 Ebola Survivor Orphans on the day of the African Child
Funds raised by our sister Opcos last year in support after the outbreak of Ebola in Sierra Leone will cover the first year financial obligation to the kids at SOS.
Jun 19, 2015, 17:00

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News : The President’s Power is to Be Reduced
A news report from the Constitutional Review Committee (CRC) has stated that an engagement of Sierra Leone citizens in Western Area has seen calls to "reduce the powers of the President due to the fact that enormous power is vested in the presidency".
Jun 18, 2015, 17:16

FEATURES
Alleged Rogue Judge Allan Halloway & Boto Bata Ruling
The Independent Media Commission Act is one of the simplest we have in Sierra Leone. It is plain and straight forward.
Jun 18, 2015, 17:14

NEWS
Jamesina King Elected to High Office in Africa
The Permanent Mission of Sierra Leone to the African Union (AU) has successfully won a significant election for the nation at the AU. Madam Jamesina L. King, Chairman the Human Rights Commission of Sierra Leone and candidate for the Republic, is now a member of the African Union Commission on Human and People’s Right after winning elections conducted by the Executive Council of the AU at the ongoing Summit in South Africa.
Jun 18, 2015, 17:12

NOTICES & DOCUMENTS
Ambassador to Kuwait on Recruitment of Sierra Leonean House Maids
The Embassy of the Republic of Sierra Leone in the State of Kuwait was established in 2009 to strengthen the cordial bilateral relations between the two countries.
Jun 18, 2015, 17:10

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News : EMMANS to Launch Operation “Don’t Drop Plastic”
Emmanuel Rogers aka Emmans has told this writer that he is planning to launch ‘Operation Don’t Drop Plastic On The Ground’ as well as put dustbins at strategic places. The business man who is owner of Emmans Transport and General services has been crowned by youths as the poor man’s friend because of his kindness to poor people.
Jun 18, 2015, 17:08

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News : MPs End Probe on Local Councils’ Finances
Freetown, June 16 (SLENA) - The Parliamentary oversight Committee on Local Government and Rural Development, chaired by Hon. Abubakarr Koroma has concluded ten days visit to all local councils in South and Eastern regions of the country in order to investigate finances and projects implemented for the fiscal year 2014 and 2015.
Jun 18, 2015, 17:06

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News : Cabinet Secretariat Ends Training on Performance
In a bid to ensure that officers in grade 11 and above are properly appraised, the Office of the Secretary to the Cabinet and Head of the Civil Service has on Wednesday, 17th June 2015 ended a two day refresher training for its Performance Management Technical staff at its Tower Hill office in Freetown.
Jun 18, 2015, 17:04

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News : More Details on IDB funded $52m NaCSA project
With barely a year ago since the Sierra Leone Community Driven Development Project I (SLCDD I) was successfully implemented by the National Commission for Social Action (NaCSA), the Islamic Development Bank (IDB) has been largely encouraged to scale up the project mainly as a result of the quality of implementation done by NaCSA that had a record disbursement rate of 100% following it design in 2010.
Jun 18, 2015, 17:02

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News : PTN Services awards Scholarships to 36 Pupils
As part of their commitment to complement government effort in promoting education in the country, PTN Services on Tuesday June 16th 2015, provided school materials including bags, books, pens, pencils, geometry sets and one year tuition fees for thirty six (36) pupils of the Thomlison High School worth millions of Leones at a ceremony held at their headquarters, No. 23 Adelaide Street, Freetown.
Jun 18, 2015, 17:00

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News : Margai is Learning which Type of Client he now has
It was a very confident Lawyer Charles Francis Margai who yesterday 16th June 2015 in open court, demanded for transcript of previous proceedings at which Lawyer J.B. Jenkins-Johnston represented the interest of the former Vice-President of Sierra Leone, Alhaji Samuel Sam-Sumana. The reason being that the 14-paragraphed Affidavit sworn to by Mr. Sam-Sumana, Mr. Margai’s newly acquired client, seemingly expressed ignorance of the fact that the now-sacked Jenkins-Johnston Esq., had severally stated in open court, right in the presence of Sam-Sumana, that the Plaintiff did not intend to amend their case.
Jun 17, 2015, 17:14

NEWS
President Koroma Champions Common African Position on UN Security Council Reform
Since the African Union Committee of Ten Heads of State and Government (C-10) on United Nations Security Council Reform presented its last report to the 24th Ordinary Session of the African Union Assembly on 30th January 2015, the Committee has continued to engage in the intergovernmental negotiations (IGN) in New York as well as intensified efforts in advocating, canvassing and promoting the Common African Position.
Jun 17, 2015, 17:12

NEWS
Ramadan Starts Tomorrow in Saudi Arabia
The Holy Month of Ramadan, a period when Muslims fast from dawn to dusk, begins in the Kingdom on Thursday, 18th June 2015, Saudi Arabia Supreme Judiciary Council announced Tuesday, June 16th 2015. “As nobody sighted the Ramadan crescent on Tuesday evening, Wednesday, 17th June is the last day of Shaaban and Thursday is the first day of Ramadan,” the council said in an official statement.
Jun 17, 2015, 17:10

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News : Western Area has Highest Contributors to NASSIT
The Director of Operations at the National Social Security Insurance Trust (NASSIT) Mr. Amadu F Dainkeh has said the Western Area of Sierra Leone has the highest number of contributors to the Trust Fund. He was speaking on Friday 12th June 2015 at the opening of the ne NASSIT West-Western Regional office located at back of the Freetown Supermarket on Wilkinson Road, Freetown.
Jun 17, 2015, 17:08

NEWS
Ambassador clears air on “Sex Slaves” in Kuwait
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary from Sierra Leone to State of Kuwait has debunked a social media report that “the Ambassador is engaging in trafficking female Sierra Leonean teenagers as sex slaves.”
Jun 17, 2015, 17:06

NEWS
NRA Boss Presents Signed Revised Kyoto Convention to WCO
Commissioner-General of the National Revenue Authority (NRA), Madam Haja Kallah-Kamara has on behalf of government presented documents ratifying the Revised Kyoto and Harmonised Systems Conventions to the Secretary General of the World Customs Organisation (WCO) in Brussels, Belgium.
Jun 17, 2015, 17:04

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News : President Reaffirms Commitment to African Peer Review
President Dr Ernest Bai Koroma has reaffirmed his government’s unwavering commitment to successful implementation of African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) National Programme of Action (NPOA) in the Republic of Sierra Leone. He made the pledge on June 13, 2015 in Johannesburg, South Africa during his presentation of the 1st and 2nd APRM NPOA of Sierra Leone spanning January - December 2013 and January to December 2014 at African Union Summit of Heads of State and Government participating in the APRM.
Jun 17, 2015, 17:02

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News : NaCSA, set to implement over USD 51 million IDB funded project
With barely a year ago since the Sierra Leone Community Driven Development Project I (SLCDD I) was successfully implemented by the National Commission for Social Action (NaCSA), the Islamic Development Bank (IDB) has been largely encouraged to scale up the project mainly as a result of the quality of implementation done by NaCSA that had a record disbursement rate of 100% following it design in 2010.
Jun 17, 2015, 17:00

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News : Hearty President Jets In & Out of Lungi Airport
For many years now, whenever the Sierra Leone Head of State is flying out for his annual routine medical check-ups, rumours would be spread by his detractors that he was seriously ill. This year is no different. However, whilst it had always been difficult to pinpoint the source of the mischievous false rumours in the past, this year was starkly different.
Jun 16, 2015, 17:06

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News : Former NPRC Minister Idriss Kamara joins Fight to Zero Ebola Infection
Freetown, June 15, 015 (MOHS) - Chief Executive Officer and Founder of the organization ‘White Angels’ and former Secretary of State South in the National Provisional Ruling Council (NPRC) Military government Lt. Col.(Rtd) Idriss Kamara has expressed his commitment to compliment government’s efforts in improving environmental health and sanitation programme in the country.
Jun 16, 2015, 17:04

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News : Local Councils And DSDP Team Hold Deliberations At Hill Valley Hotel
On Friday 12th June 2015, the visiting World Bank supervision Mission for the Decentralized Service Delivery Programme (DSDP), met with representatives of Local councils and the devolved sector of health at the Hill Valley hotel in Freetown.
Jun 16, 2015, 17:02

NEWS
NRA Boss Excels at WCO in Brussels
Mr. Mohamed Bangura, the Head of Corporate Affairs, National Revenue Authority has said the Commissioner General of NRA, Madam Haja Kallah Kamara has again excelled and given a positive imagery of Sierra Leone in Brussels. He was speaking of her presentation of Sierra Leone’s ratified documents to WCO (World Customs Organisation). According to Bangura, the ratified documents aim to “reduce administrative bottlenecks, challenges and obstacles faced by NRA in doing business”.
Jun 16, 2015, 17:00

FEATURES
Sierra Leone : A Presidency, Wives & Minister in Presidency
I heard a Kono gentleman over a radio programme on Saturday June 13th 2015, describing a former Vice President as “His Excellency Sam Sumana”.
Jun 15, 2015, 12:12

NOTICES & DOCUMENTS
International Paper Whips Sierra Leone's Alleged Rogue Judge Halloway
8th June 2015: The Independent Media Commission stands by its decision taken four months ago to fine the Publisher of the INDEPENDENT OBSERVER , Mr. Jonathan Leigh, a total of Le 16,500,000 (Sixteen Million, Five Hundred Thousand Leones) .... It can be recalled that when the alleged rogue Judge Halloway was arrested for corruption in 2009, Mr. Jonathan Leigh was one of the journalists who vigorously supported him. This leaves many questions hanging about whether Mr. Halloway was bribed to render such an outrageous ruling.
Jun 15, 2015, 12:10

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News: Re-Emergence of Ebola Threatens Port Loko Vaccination
Mr. Mohamed Sesay, the District Monitoring & Evaluation Officer of Ministry of Health and Sanitation for Port Loko district has said the re-surfacing Ebola virus disease in Port Loko has threatened an otherwise smooth success of ongoing Polio and Measles vaccination campaigns. Mr. Sesay said they have however made progress as a ministry in response to the campaign of polio and measles in the district.
Jun 15, 2015, 12:08

NEWS : Local News
Queen Honours British Citizens who turned Ebola Heroes in Sierra Leone
William Pooley, the British male nurse who got infected in Sierra Leone with Ebola last year 2014 and Oliver Johnson, programme director in Sierra Leone for King’s Partnership, the charity for whom Mr Pooley worked, have both been honoured by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth in her annual Queen’s Birthday Honours List.
Jun 15, 2015, 12:06

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News : NaCSA to Scale-up Economy of 6 Chiefdoms with $52M
An almost 52 million dollars Loan Agreement has been signed on 8th June 2015 between Islamic Development Bank (IDB) and Sierra Leone government. This was during the 40th Annual Meeting of the IDB in Maputo, Mozambique from 3rd – 13th June, 2015.
Jun 15, 2015, 12:04

FEATURES
Parliament Ratifies Public Emergency Regulations for Another 90 Days
The Parliament of Sierra Leone, after a protracted debate on the 11th June 2015 through a collection of voices; passed the extension of the Public Emergency Regulations (PERs): Constitutional Instrument No. 5 which was laid before Parliament on the 21st August, 2014; by majority of the Members present and voting with some dissenting views; that the regulations be continued and extended for another period of 90 Days; starting on the 11th June, 2015; pursuant to Section 29 Subsection 10 of the 1991 Constitution of Sierra Leone.
Jun 15, 2015, 12:02

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News: Media Alliance For Business Administration And Development Honours The Chief Executive Of The National Public Procurement Authoirty
Officials of the Media Alliance for Business Administration and Development including A J Dumbuya, Secretary, Julian Faux and Osman Kamara, led by the Alliance Coordinator Melvin S Kargbo, on Friday 5th June paid a courtesy call on Brima Bangura, Chief Executive, National Public Procurement Authority at his Tower Hill office. According to the team leader, Mr. Kargbo, the purpose of the visit was to present the NPPA Chief Executive a plaque in recognition of his outstanding performance towards the realization of the Agenda for Prosperity.
Jun 15, 2015, 12:00

NEWS : Politics
Sierra Leone Politics: APC Improvement On Education is in Numerous Sectors
...So a method was devised that was to the agreement of the students and also was within the international anti money laundering laws which the Government of Sierra Leone has to abide by when doing money transfers. Whilst members of the Opposition SLPP and irrational critics of the President were lambasting President Koroma in print media, on social media and over the local radio stations, the truth was that the President, through a designated liaison, was ensuring all stops were pulled to resolve the crisis his citizens found themselves out there in Venezuela.
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Jun 12, 2015, 17:12

NEWS
Sierra Leone envoy Lectures NATO troops
Sierra Leone’s Ambassador to the Kingdom of Belgium and Head of Mission to the European Union, Hon. Ibrahim Sorie is a trained and qualified teacher, but had abandoned the classroom almost four decades ago.
Jun 12, 2015, 17:10

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News : Lumley Police Board on Community Sensitization
Establishing & maintaining mutual trust is central goal of Community Policing as it allows law enforcement men to get wide access to valuable community information thus leading potentially to the prevention and resolution of crimes.
Jun 12, 2015, 17:08

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News : Former SEA is not still collecting a Monthly Salary
With reference to a certain post now spreading on Whatsapp & Facebook, I, Dr. Sylvia Olayinka Blyden, am NOT collecting $5,000 per month from State House. In fact, before my resignation, my salary was never paid to me by hand but into my bank account at Rokel; that account has not received any salary since Oct. 2014.
Jun 12, 2015, 17:06

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News : President to attend African Union Summit
President Koroma will today Friday June 12th 2015, depart Sierra Leone to attend the 25th Ordinary Session of the Assembly of Heads of State and Government of African Union (AU) in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Jun 12, 2015, 17:04

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News : Finance & Health Ministries train on Health Indicators
Bo/Makeni, June 11 (SLENA) – The Ministry of Finance and Economic Development in collaboration with Ministry of Health and Sanitation has concluded a training session facilitated by the Local Government Finance Department on the topic “Monitoring and Reporting of Health Indicators and Performance Based Financing (PBF) activities”.
Jun 12, 2015, 17:02

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News : Parliament probes both Local Councils in Bonthe District
As Parliamentary Committee on Local Government and Rural Development continues its investigation on councils in south and east of the country on projects implemented and funds allocated to councils, the committee on 10th June 2015 engaged both District and Municipal councils in the Bonthe District for funds allocated project implementation by the two councils for the fiscal year 2014.
Jun 12, 2015, 17:00

NOTICES & DOCUMENTS
Sierra Leone Students in Venezuela are very Grateful to President Koroma
Your Excellency Sir, it is with the highest respect and profound admiration that we, Sierra Leonean students in Venezuela, write to express our sincere gratitude for your service and the care you have shown to the general populace within Sierra Leone and out in the Diaspora, especially to students pursuing university studies.
Jun 11, 2015, 17:08

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News : World Bank Supervisory Mission On The Decentralised Service Delivery Programme Visits Sierra Leone
A World Bank Supervision Mission for the Decentralised Service Delivery Programme (DSDP) is making its first visit to Sierra Leone since the outbreak of the deadly Ebola Virus disease a year ago. The visit lasts from 8th to 18th June, and is led by Task Team leader, Randa El-Rashidi, The Mission is following up on implementation progress of DSDP and is also discussing the implementation arrangements for the Japan Social Development Fund Grant (JSDFG) Strengthening Capacity of Local Councils for the Delivery of Basic services in the Post-Ebola Context.
Jun 11, 2015, 17:06

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News : Margai Starts Sam-Sumana’s Case with a Bang & Calls for Adjournment
The newly appointed lawyer for former Vice President Alhaji Sam Sumana in the Supreme Court’s constitutional matter of his loss of Office of Vice-President is Charles Francis Margai Esq. Mr. Margai, a lawyer with decades of experience who is also very intelligent and a noted expert in legal tactics of delaying a case in court, had his first day as Sam-Sumana's new lawyer to be yesterday June 10th 2015. The new lawyer started off with a big bang that caused his new client some embarrassment.
Jun 11, 2015, 17:04


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