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Pictorial : President Koroma arrives in New York for UN General Assembly

Tuesday, September 21st, 2010

Published on September 21, 2010 by Cocorioko News   ·   No Comments

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By Leeroy Wilfred Kabs-Kanu :

Sierra Leone’s President Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma arrived in New York late yesterday evening to attend the United Nations General Assembly. The private plane that brought the President and his party landed at Teteboro Airport in New Jersey at exactly 7: 45pm .

The President ’s delegation included  the First Lady, Mrs. Sia Nyama Koroma ; the Minister of Information and Communication, Alhaji I.B. Kargbo ; State Chief of Protocol, Mr. Alusine Sesay; Oluniyi Robbin-Coker ,Private Sector Adviser to the President ; Ms. Razia Bash-Kamara, TV Program producer; Mrs. Yvonne Tagoe, Executive Secretary to the President; Mrs. Musu Dao, Lady-In-Waiting to the First Lady; Mr. Claudius Beckley, TV Cameraman; Mr. Ibrahim Sesay , Security and Ibrahim Grass-Sesay, Head of Operations of the Office of the First Lady.

DIPLOMATS AT THE AIRPORT TO WELCOME PRESIDENT KOROMA : FROM LEFT : AMBASSADOR RUPERT DAVIES; MILITARY ATTACHE RON HARLESTON; AMBASSADOR SHEKOU TOURE AND MINISTER PLENIPOTENTIARY KABS KANU

AT HIS HOTEL, PRESIDENT KOROMA HOLDS CONSULTATIONS WITH HIS TEAM

The President and delegation were met on arrival by Ambassador to the U.S, Mr. Bockarie Stevens; The Permanent Representative to the UN, Mr. Shekou Momodu Toure; Deputy Permanent Representative For Political Affairs, Mr. Rupert Davies; the Minister Plenipotentiary, Mr. Leeroy Wilfred Kabs-Kanu; the Military Attache , Mr. Ron Harleston and Counselor Mannah Kpukumu.

AT THE HOTEL : FROM LEFT : AMBASSADOR TOURE; CHIEF OF PROTOCOL ALUSINE KAMARA ; INFORMATION MINISTER KARGBO AND AMBASSADOR KEH KAMARA

The Presidential motorcade , led by a trail of police and Secret Service cars with lights flashing then drove from New Jersey  through New York’s crowded and traffic-choked  streets to the President’s Hotel.

Pictorial Display : Sierra Leone collects prestigeous MDG Award

Monday, September 20th, 2010

Published on September 20, 2010 by Cocorioko News   ·   No Comments

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By Leeroy Wilfred Kabs-Kanu
Sierra Leone’s international honour, respect and credibility received the mother-of-all boosts last night when she was given the magnificient  United Nations Millenium Development Goal ( MDG ) Award in recognition of  President Ernest Koroma ‘s remarkable  leadership commitment and progress towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) Goal Six. During a grand MDG Awards Banquet last night at the posh Waldorf Estoria Hotel in New York, Sierra Leone was honoured alongside governments and individuals that have made substantial contributions towards completing  the MDGs.
FOREIGN MINISTER DELIVERING A STATEMENT THANKING THE AWARDS COMMITTEE
The UN MDG Awards Committee determined that  Sierra Leone  took a giant step to complete The MDG Goal Six which is combating HIV/AIDS, Malaria and other diseases and she was adjudged by the world body as having succeeded through political will from the Presidency, and collaborative efforts made by the National HIV/ AIDS Secretariat (NAS) in the Office of the President. These achievements have been arrived at by NAS using multi-sectoral approaches to address the epidemic.
FOREIGN MINISTER ZAINAB BANGURA HOLDING THE MDG AWARD
Last night’s jampacked and colorful Awards Dinner was attended by many Heads of State and Heads of Government who are already in New York to attend the 65th Session of the UN General Assembly as well as Permanent Representatives, ambassadors and  Ministers assigned to the UN and  Foreign Ministers and government officials from a cross-section of the international world. Also in attendance were officials of the UN and stakeholders , members of the business community in the U.S. and civic authorities.
THE FOREIGN MEDIA WERE  ALL OVER FOREIGN MINISTER ZAINAB BANGURA TO SEEK HER EMOTIONS ABOUT THE AWARD
H.E. Kiyo Akasaka ,  the United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Communications and Public Information, who read a statement on behalf of the UN Secretary General, Ban Ki Moon, said that the annual MDG Awards Banquet was staged to recognize those countries and individuals who are helping to bring the MDGs to reality .Assessing overall progress towards the completion of the MDGs before 2015, Mr. Akasaka said that the picture is mixed and that many countries would not be able to complete the targets , their efforts undermined by the global economic downturn and Climate Change. He said that concerted efforts have to be made by the world if the MDGs must be completed by the set year, 2015. He congratulated all those who won awards for helping to make a better world.
FROM LEFT : AMBASSADOR STEVENS, DPR KEH KAMARA AND MINISTER KABS KANU AT THE AWARDS CEREMONY
In his contribution, the Under-Secretary and Special Adviser on Africa and High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States , H.E. Cheick Sidi Diarra , described the MDGs as a global Marshall Plan .He declared that the award winners had shown what could be achieved if “We all”  commit ourselves to developing goals bigger than our own. He disclosed that some progress had been made and that the level of human hunger and poverty have been reduced in the world. Much progress, he went on, had also been achieved in Universal Education and Women’s participation in governance. He also indicated that there are now 12, 000 less deaths daily  of children and mothers across the globe. He called for more action than rhetorics in efforts to complete the MDGs.
FROM LEFT : AMBASSADOR STEVENS, COUNSELOR VICTORIA SULIMANI AND DPR KEH KAMARA
Sierra Leone’s Foreign Minister, Hon. Zainab Bangura , received the MDG Award on behalf of President Ernest Koroma . In her acceptance statement, she thanked  the MDG Awards Committee for organizing this historic event. She told the grand ceremony, among other things  :  ”We are elated by this distinct honour and recognition and wish to assure this august gathering of our continued commitment to the goal of halting and reversing the spread of HIV/AIDS by 2015…..We owe this great achievement to the high political commitment demonstrated by the government and to resource mobilization through partnership with all stakeholders including PLHIV and the civil society. ”
IN THE HOLDING ROOM BEFORE THE PROGRAM STARTED : FROM LEFT : FOREIGN MINISTER ZAINAB BANGURA, MRS. KHADI BASSIR , VICTORIA SULIMANI AND AMBASSADOR KAMARA (STANDING)
Sierra Leone was represented at the Awards Dinner by the Foreign Minister and  the following government officials : Sierra Leone’s Ambassador to the U.S, Mr. Bockarie Stevens; The Deputy Permanent Representative For Legal Affairs, Mr. Osman Keh Kamara; the Minister Plenipotentiary Mr. Leeroy Wilfred Kabs-Kanu ; the Deputy Director General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mrs. Khadi Bassir and Counselor Victoria Sulimani.
GUESTS AT THE BANQUET
Leeroy Wilfred Kabs-Kanu
Minister Plenipotentiary
Permanent Mission of Sierra Leone to the UN
245 E 49th Street, New York, NY 10017
Tel:  (212 ) 688 – 1656 Ext. 18

Wake-keeping Prayer and Vigil for late Dr.Sylvester Nwokedi

Sunday, September 19th, 2010

Published on September 19, 2010 by Cocorioko News   ·   No Comments

Sierra Leone’s  Goodwill Ambassador, Mrs. Isatu Timbo-Nwokedi and family wish to inform all concerned that  Wake-Keeping Prayer and Vigil for the late Dr. Sylvester Nwokedi  will be held on Saturday October 2nd 2010 at the Southend Raquet & Health Club , 2800 Skypark Ave. Torrance , Ca.90505-5136 from 6 P.M to 1 A.M

Dr. Sylvester Nwokedi  passed away on Wednesday August 25, 2010  in California, USA. Dr. Nwokedi , according to the preliminary reports, died of  Pulmonary Edema after suffering a sudden attack while at home with his family. Paramedics summoned to the scene made desperate efforts to save his life but to no avail.

The late doctor’s death was a blow to Sierra Leoneans and Nigerians living in America. Many of them say that Dr.Nwokedi, like his wife, was a humanitarian and philanthropist .This year, he went to Sierra Leone to explore the possibilities of investing in projects that would have benefitted the poor . His wife, Mrs. Timbo-Nwokedi , has been one of the biggest contributors to efforts by the present government to improve health care delivery in Sierra Leone. Once or twice a year during the past four years, she had been sending containers of medical equipment and other supplies which were distributed throughout hospitals and health care centres throughout the country.

MAY HIS SOUL REST IN PEACE.

Phone # to the Hall (310) 530-0630
For further Information please contact the following.
MR. Alpha Timbo (323) 864-3322
Mr. Gibril Timbo (909) 225-0277
Mr. Mahmood Timbo (818) 693-4189

Foreign Minister Zainab Bangura jets into the U.S. for UN General Assembly Published on September 1

Sunday, September 19th, 2010

Published on September 19, 2010 by Cocorioko News   ·   1 Comment

Sierra Leone’s Foreign Minister ,  Mrs .Zainab Hawa Bangura , arrived this evening in the United States of America to attend the 65th United Nations General Assembly.  The Foreign Minister , who was in high spirit, flew into New York on a Virgin Atlantic Airways flight from London along with the Deputy Director General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mrs. Khadi Bassir.

Apart from taking part in the UN General Assembly , Mrs. Zainab Bangura will also be attending a number of bilaterals and meetings  within the margins of the UN General Assembly .

Tomorrow, the Foreign Minister will deputize President Ernest Bai Koroma at the  Millenium Development Goals ( MDG ) Dinner and Awards Event at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel where  Sierra Leone will receive an MDG Award in recognition of the All People’s Congress ( APC )  Government’s  exemplary  leadership commitment and progress towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) Goal Six. The awards being given out by the UN are in honour of Governments and individuals that have made substantial contributions towards the MDGs.

Another Day of honour for Sierra Leone at the UN, as nation collects MDG Award at prestigious occasion today

Sunday, September 19th, 2010

Published on September 19, 2010 by Cocorioko News   ·   No Comments

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Today September 19, 2010 is another Day of Honour and Victory for Sierra Leone as the nation collects a distinguished  United Nations Millenium Development Goal ( MDG )  Award  in recognition of  President Ernest Koroma ‘s remarkable  leadership commitment and progress towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) Goal Six. The award will be bestowed during a Dinner and Awards Event at the Waldorf Estoria Hotel in New York  this evening at 6 : 30 pm , when  the UN  will honour governments and individuals that have made substantial contributions towards the MDGs.

 According to Ms Suzette C. Limchoc, the  Programme Assistant of the UN Office for Partnerships of  UNAIDS Sierra Leone ,The MDG Awards Committee was particularly impressed by Sierra Leone’s achievements in developing an innovative and comprehensive national strategy.

The Goal Six which is combating HIV/AIDS, Malaria and other diseases have been found out by the world body as successful in Sierra Leone through political will from the Presidency, and collaborative efforts made by the National HIV/ AIDS Secretariat (NAS) in the Office of the President. These achievements have been arrived at by NAS using multi-sectoral approaches to address the epidemic.
The nomination was conducted by a Committee of development professionals within the UN system, with a range of first- hand experiences working towards addressing the MDGs at the ground level. Their efforts are aimed at increasing awareness of the MDGs among the global public and highlighting progress being made by countries towards their achievement, and also showcasing government’s exemplary effort in achieving these Goals by Least Developed Countries (LDC).

The following Heads of State/Governments will attend the dinner :

Confirmed Heads of State

Malawi  – H.E. Dr. Bingu Wa Mutharika –  President

Saint Lucia – Mr. Stephenson King – Prime Minister

Tajikistan – H.E. Emomali Rahmon – President

Nigeria – H.E. Mr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, GCON – President

Somalia – H.E. President Sheik Sherif Sheik Ahmed – President

Heads of Government

Montenegro – Mr. Milo Djukanovic:  Prime Minister
Mauritania – Mr. M. Moulaye Ould Mohamed Laghdaf – Prime Minister

Bangladesh – H.E. Sheikh Hasina – Prime Minister

The Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Mrs. Zainab Hawa Bangura , who arrived in New York yesterday for the 65th Session of the UN General Assembly , will deputize President Ernest Koroma at the prestigious occasion .

FULL  LIST  OF SIERRA LEONE’S PARTICIPANTS AT THE OCCASION

H.E. Mrs. Zainab Hawa Bangura

Minister of Foreign Affairs & International Cooperation
Republic of Sierra Leone
H.E. Mr. Shekou M. Touray
Ambassador Extraordinary & Plenipotentiary
Permanent Mission of Sierra Leone to the United Nations
Mrs. Khadi Bassir
Deputy Director-General
Ministry of Foreign Affairs & International Cooperation
Republic of Sierra Leone
Mr. Leroy Kabs-Kanu
Minister Plenipotentiary
Permanent Mission of Sierra Leone to the United Nations
Ms. Victoria Sulimani
Counsellor
Permanent Mission of Sierra Leone to the United Nations

 

 

APC Government’s achievements in only three years have mesmerized the opposition

Wednesday, September 15th, 2010

Published on September 15, 2010 by Cocorioko News   ·   No Comments

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As the Government of President Ernest Bai Koroma stands in the threshhold of triumphantly celebrating the Third Anniversary of its rule in Sierra Leone, the government has achieved so much in three years that the opposition Sierra Leone People’s Party ( SLPP ) is mesmerized and in complete disarray. Not even the Grand, Old Party had expected that the All People’s Congress ( APC )  government would have excelled so marvellously within the short time it has been in power.

The most shameless ,  defeatist and fraudulent  response from the SLPP  to the achievements of the APC Government has been the bland and shameful rationalisation  that the government is completing their projects. What a  disingenious way to cheapen one self -respect and self-worth as well as one’s personality to steal the achievements of one’s rival by lying that they were completing their projects.

The SLPP  can never fool the Sierra Leonean people again. They were given 11 years to show what they can do for the nation but the SLPP  did not achieve anything of note, apart from the fact that it was during the era of a sitting President carrying their banner that the International Community, especially Britain, the UN and Nigeria brought the war to an end in Sierra Leone.  Let us take a journey down memory lane. We want the SLPP  to be honest to point out any socio-economic and infrastructural development in Sierra Leone that does not have the name of the APC written all over it. When the late President Siaka Stevens was infrastructurally developing Sierra Leone, was he completing SLPP projects ?

Some Sierra Leoneans have called this newspaper to say that when the prospective SLPP Presidential candidate , and a member of the corrupt Tejan Kabbah Government, Dr. Kadi Sesay  visited the U.S,  they had wanted to go and listen to her to see if she had anything new and progressive to say, but most of them claimed that they were turned off by the asinine  and foolhardy  remark unbefitting  a whole university Don she made that the APC was completing the projects of the SLPP. The people expected honesty and sincerity from Kadi Sesay but to them she started her sensitization program on the wrong foot by demonstrating that honesty and truthfulness are not the best attributes of SLPP Presidential candidates, whatever their education. Kadi Sesay shot herself in the foot by providing and leaving nothing productive with Sierra Leoneans in the U.S.to chew on. She just demonstrated that she will be mercilessly mauled by President Ernest Koroma during the 2012 Elections. As for Boie Kamara or whatever he calls himself, the least said, the better. He did not come across as anybody worth listening to or being taken seriously.He was just part of the supporting  cast of the clowns of the SLPP Circus. Compare the clowns to President Koroma when he made his first sensitization trip to the U.S in 2005 ,as opposition leader. He was an instant success and wherever he spoke, he struck a chord.In his honesty, frankness  and in the more sensible and more productive things he said, Sierra Leoneans heard the voice of a true leader who had the capacity to transform his country. And after the people demonstrated their faith in him by voting him to power,  President Koroma has not disappointed at all.

In only three years, President Koroma has changed the face of the nation for the better.We don’t expect pro-SLPP journalists to see this because  like their party, they are allergic to progress. When it comes to seeing progress they are blind and dumb like a doorbell. Only SLPP journalists will see all the new things that have transpired in Sierra Leone since 2007 and call President Koroma’s achievements noise.

In only three years, Sierra Leone has seen the restoration of electricity and water supply ;the thorough cleaning of the capital city, the construction of new roads, the rehabilitation of our economic and social institutions ; the democratization of Sierra Leone’s politics; the revival of mining activities throughout the country ; the bringing back of the railway and the dramatic progress towards food security and the removal of the stigma of having the highest infant and maternal death rates in the world. If these achievements cannot be acknowledged by a journalist , but can give that journalist   the audacity to accuse the government of making mere noise, one can see why our country cannot break through the barriers of international stigma. Wicked propaganda is delaying international appreciation of the country’s achievements. But the world will learn that Sierra Leoneans are their own executioners, see beyond the unpatriotic propaganda  and come to appreciate the rapid progress being made in Sierra Leone.

The Government has every right to make its Third Anniverary a huge celebration because in just three years, the APC  has achieved what the opposition SLPP  failed to achieve in 11 years of disastrous governance. The APC has the right to paint the nation red because President Koroma has proved that if he is given two terms to rule Sierra Leone, he will leave a strong, progressive , productive and a more advanced Sierra Leone.

We will bring you more achievements by the government tomorrow.

Politics with a new dimension in Sierra Leone : President Koroma brings the government to the people in the U.S.

Wednesday, September 15th, 2010

Published on September 15, 2010 by Cocorioko News   ·   2 Comments

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One of the most important programs that will be held within the fringes of the forthcoming United Nations General Assembly in New York will be the Open Government Initiative ( OGI ) Town meeting on Saturday September 25 at the Riverside Church where President Ernest Koroma–one of the most democratic Presidents of his time in Africa–will bring the Government to the people of Sierra Leone living in the United States.

In what will help to rebrand the country to the international world, President Koroma will perform a rarity in African politics in New York on September 25 when he will field questions from Siera Leoneans belonging to all different shades of political persuasion and civil society groups about governance and other national matters in Sierra Leone. With the OGI  being non-political, members of the opposition Sierra Leone People’s Party ( SLPP ) and the People’s Movement For Democratic Change ( PMDC)  will be there to pose questions to the President about how they are being governed in Sierra Leone.

The OGI Program is being conducted to help promote transparency and accountability in Sierra Leone. The President is desirous of creating a democratic and transparent political climate in Sierra Leone by bringing the government to the people and the people to the government. It is also a creative way of involving the people in the decision-making process in Sierra Leone.

By bringing the OGI to the U.S, President Koroma will be demonstrating not only to Sierra Leoneans living in America but U.S. Congressmen, mayors, decision-makers, Chambers of Commerce members, the Business community and stakeholders that Sierra Leone has surged ahead in creating the right atmosphere for multi-party democracy and open market reforms to flourish. For those wishing to invest in Sierra Leone, the message to them will be that they are taking their monies and resources to a country where transparency and accountability now prevail in every area of civil and political discourse.

We hope the world will look at these happenings and begin taking off their profiling and stigmatizing sunglasses and start evaluating the government in Sierra Leone more correctly and fairly. Given the democratic elections we have held and the manner that press freedom and freedom of the speech prevail in Sierra Leone today, Britain, the U.S. , other Western nations and members of the International Community should begin giving Sierra Leone the credit due to her. It is the opinion of this newspaper that the world, including some of our development partners,  are deliberately blind to the reality of the new Sierra Leone after the war. It is time for them to start putting our nation in its right category as perhaps the most democratic and rapidly advancing nation in West Africa. The next time a Barak  Obama or David Cameron touches down in Africa, they should be expected to visit Sierra Leone to see what a determined , resilient and progressive people have achieved since coming out of a devastating war.  UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon said during his visit to Freetown few months ago that Sierra Leone is a  model for post-war reconstruction and development in Africa.

We do not know for others but we are proud to be Sierra Leoneans.

APC Government’s achievements in only three years have mesmerized the opposition

Wednesday, September 15th, 2010

Published on September 15, 2010 by Cocorioko News   ·   No Comments

As the Government of President Ernest Bai Koroma stands in the threshhold of triumphantly celebrating the Third Anniversary of its rule in Sierra Leone, the government has achieved so much in three years that the opposition Sierra Leone People’s Party ( SLPP ) is mesmerized and in complete disarray. Not even the Grand, Old Party had expected that the All People’s Congress ( APC )  government would have excelled so marvellously within the short time it has been in power.

The most shameless ,  defeatist and fraudulent  response from the SLPP  to the achievements of the APC Government has been the bland and shameful rationalisation  that the government is completing their projects. What a  disingenious way to cheapen one self -respect and self-worth as well as one’s personality to steal the achievements of one’s rival by lying that they were completing their projects.

The SLPP  can never fool the Sierra Leonean people again. They were given 11 years to show what they can do for the nation but the SLPP  did not achieve anything of note, apart from the fact that it was during the era of a sitting President carrying their banner that the International Community, especially Britain, the UN and Nigeria brought the war to an end in Sierra Leone.  Let us take a journey down memory lane. We want the SLPP  to be honest to point out any socio-economic and infrastructural development in Sierra Leone that does not have the name of the APC written all over it. When the late President Siaka Stevens was infrastructurally developing Sierra Leone, was he completing SLPP projects ?

Some Sierra Leoneans have called this newspaper to say that when the prospective SLPP Presidential candidate , and a member of the corrupt Tejan Kabbah Government, Dr. Kadi Sesay  visited the U.S,  they had wanted to go and listen to her to see if she had anything new and progressive to say, but most of them claimed that they were turned off by the asinine  and foolhardy  remark unbefitting  a whole university Don she made that the APC was completing the projects of the SLPP. The people expected honesty and sincerity from Kadi Sesay but to them she started her sensitization program on the wrong foot by demonstrating that honesty and truthfulness are not the best attributes of SLPP Presidential candidates, whatever their education. Kadi Sesay shot herself in the foot by providing and leaving nothing productive with Sierra Leoneans in the U.S.to chew on. She just demonstrated that she will be mercilessly mauled by President Ernest Koroma during the 2012 Elections. As for Boie Kamara or whatever he calls himself, the least said, the better. He did not come across as anybody worth listening to or being taken seriously.He was just part of the supporting  cast of the clowns of the SLPP Circus. Compare the clowns to President Koroma when he made his first sensitization trip to the U.S in 2005 ,as opposition leader. He was an instant success and wherever he spoke, he struck a chord.In his honesty, frankness  and in the more sensible and more productive things he said, Sierra Leoneans heard the voice of a true leader who had the capacity to transform his country. And after the people demonstrated their faith in him by voting him to power,  President Koroma has not disappointed at all.

In only three years, President Koroma has changed the face of the nation for the better.We don’t expect pro-SLPP journalists to see this because  like their party, they are allergic to progress. When it comes to seeing progress they are blind and dumb like a doorbell. Only SLPP journalists will see all the new things that have transpired in Sierra Leone since 2007 and call President Koroma’s achievements noise.

In only three years, Sierra Leone has seen the restoration of electricity and water supply ;the thorough cleaning of the capital city, the construction of new roads, the rehabilitation of our economic and social institutions ; the democratization of Sierra Leone’s politics; the revival of mining activities throughout the country ; the bringing back of the railway and the dramatic progress towards food security and the removal of the stigma of having the highest infant and maternal death rates in the world. If these achievements cannot be acknowledged by a journalist , but can give that journalist   the audacity to accuse the government of making mere noise, one can see why our country cannot break through the barriers of international stigma. Wicked propaganda is delaying international appreciation of the country’s achievements. But the world will learn that Sierra Leoneans are their own executioners, see beyond the unpatriotic propaganda  and come to appreciate the rapid progress being made in Sierra Leone.

The Government has every right to make its Third Anniverary a huge celebration because in just three years, the APC  has achieved what the opposition SLPP  failed to achieve in 11 years of disastrous governance. The APC has the right to paint the nation red because President Koroma has proved that if he is given two terms to rule Sierra Leone, he will leave a strong, progressive , productive and a more advanced Sierra Leone.

We will bring you more achievements by the government tomorrow.

APC Germany Chapter show draws three Sierra Leonean ambassadors

Tuesday, September 14th, 2010
By Chernor Ojuku Sesay, Brussels, Belgium –
Three Sierra Leonean Ambassadors in Europe, their Excellencies Jongopie Stevens (Germany), Dr. Christian Kargbo (Brussels/EU) and High Commissioner Edward M. Turay (UK/Ireland) on Saturday stormed the city of Frankfurt in Germany to attend a Fund Raising and Cultural show organised by the German Chapter of the All People’s Congress party.The occasion eventually turned out to be a huge social gathering of Sierra Leoneans from Berlin, Stuttgart, Munich, Bonn, London, the Netherlands and Brussels.In his welcome address as host, Ambassador Stevens praised the APC members in Frankfurt for the remarkable work in not only assembling a large number of party members in Germany but bringing together three reputable Ambassadors in one social gathering.

He admonished the APC members not to relent but to build on this achievement and continue to strengthen the party in that part of Europe.

He gave a brief rundown on the achievements of both the past and present APC governments.

“The APC you all know is a party renowned for infrastructural development and that policy has not changed up till today”, he said whilst narrating the numerous ongoing and completed infrastructural developments undertaken by the government of President Ernest Bai Koroma.

Hon. Eddie Turay informed the gathering about the planned Golden Jubilee celebrations in which Britain has agreed to hold a joint parade with members of the Sierra Leone Army on Independence Day in Freetown. The President, Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma, according to HC Turay, is expected in London in January as a special guest of the Queen.

CULTURAL DANCING

Dr. Christian Kargbo called on his fellow Sierra Leoneans to always think about Sierra Leone and not allow themselves to be carried away by the beauty of the West. The president of the APC Chapter in Germany, Mohamed Bangura in his address, said throughout his 25 years’ stay in Germany, last Saturday was the first time three Sierra Leonean Ambassadors had assembled to attend a party gathering in Mainland Europe.

He promised to redouble efforts in their contributions towards the development of the country and the APC party.

The three Ambassadors partied with the hundreds of Sierra Leoneans and other nationals throughout the night to the astonishment of most people present.

“This is exceptional. I am proud of these people-Ambassadors. This is my first time to publicly rub shoulders with our Ambassadors”, said Dura Turay who drove all the way from Stuttgart to attend the party.

A cultural performance climaxed the occasion.

PHOTO : Ambassador Jongopie Stevens and  Christian Kargbo  ( Far left and right  and High Comissioner Turay in the middle ).

Scoop : Yabom Koroma wins Washington DC APC Chapter elections

Monday, September 13th, 2010

Published on September 13, 2010 by Cocorioko News   ·   1 Comment

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Cocorioko has just learnt that Yabom Thaslim Sesay-Koroma won today’s do-or-do elections for the presidency of the Wahington DC Chapter of the ruling All People’s Congress ( APC ), beating former party scribe, Abdul Bero Kamara. We will bring you more details later.

Who is Yabom Thaslim Sesay-Koroma ?

This is her profile given by her own self when she declared her candidacy months ago :

My name is Yabom Thaslim Sesay-Koroma. I was born in Bumbuna in the Northern Province of Sierra Leone. I attended the Roman Catholic Primary School, in Bumbuna and the Government Secondary School for Girls, Magburaka. After the completion of my High School education, I proceeded to the Magburaka Secondary School for Boys to pursue my sixth form studies. I taught at the Services Secondary School in Freetown from 1979-1980 after passing my GCE Advance Level Examination. I was then awarded a scholarship to study at the Odessa Institute of National Economy in the former Soviet Union, where I graduated with a Master of Science degree (MSc) in Finance and Credit in 1986. Answering to the call for national duty, I returned home in 1988 and was gainfully employed as an Assistant Manager in the Management Account Office at the Sierra Leone Produce Marketing Board (S L P M B) from 1988-1992.

I immigrated to the United States of America in 1993 and entered into the nursing field career. The genesis of my career change was humbling, as I started from the grass root level as a Nursing Assistant, walked through the stages until I graduated with a Master of Science degree specialized as an Advanced Nurse Clinician