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Shekou Touray addresses UN General Assembly on post-conflict peacebuilding

Saturday, October 30th, 2010

Shekou Touray addresses UN General Assembly on post-conflict peacebuilding

Published on October 30, 2010 by Cocorioko News   ·   1 Comment

SHEKOUTOURE

It is a pleasure to make a statement on the Review of the Peacebuilding Commission in accordance with General Assembly Resolution A/RES/60/180 as set out in document A/64/868 which is based on extensive consultations with the UN membership and other stakeholders.

STATEMENT  BY H.E. Mr. Shekou M. Touray , Ambassador and Permanent Representative at the 65th Session of the United Nations General Assembly On Post-conflict peace building , New York, Friday, 29th October, 2010

Mr President
Your Excellencies
Distinguished Ladies and Gentlemen

It is a pleasure to make a statement on the Review of the Peacebuilding Commission in accordance with General Assembly Resolution A/RES/60/180 as set out in document A/64/868 which is based on extensive consultations with the UN membership and other stakeholders.

Mr. President,
The path to sustainable peace after violent conflict is an immense challenge that requires the collective and sustained effort of the international community and local stakeholders.  The creation of the Peacebuilding Commission in 2005 during the 60th UNGA is therefore not only very relevant in coordinating and supporting prorammes aimed at preventing relapse into conflict but a laudable initiative by the United Nations.

As recorded in the former UN Secretary General Boutros Boutros-Ghali’s Agenda for Peace, issued in 1992, Peacebuilding largely involves “action to identify and support structures which will tend to strengthen and solidify peace in order to avoid a relapse into conflict”.

It therefore becomes imperative to obtain security and an end to hostilities on one hand, and on the other to engage in the parallel longer term process of consolidating peace – by reconciling people and groups, reforming or rebuilding institutions, structures and economies – to diminish the possibility of a violent relapse.

Mr. President,
The establishment of the Peacebuilding Support Office and Peacebuilding Fund, as well as the selection of Sierra Leone and Burundi as the first two countries together with Guinea Bissau and Central African Republic, and now Liberia, on the peacebuilding agenda, have raised high expectations for peacebuilding. As highlighted in the draft resolution, the peacebuilding work of the United Nations requires sustained support and adequate resources to meet challenges. The comprehensive review of the work of the PBC is very crucial in determining lapses and progress made and what is required to achieve its mandate.

As noted in the Secretary General’s Report S/2010/471 to the Security Council, a delegation of the PBC visited Sierra Leone in March, 2010 and recognized the progress made since the end of the war and cited our experience as a successful example of multilateral peacebuilding. The PBC delegation also reported that significant challenges remained to be addressed before Sierra Leone could fully realize its long-term sustainable development aspirations. International support for overcoming the remaining obstacles is therefore very vital more so as we get closer to the 2012 elections.

Mr. President,
On 28th September, 2010, my delegation submitted to the PBC a joint progress report on the implementation of Sierra Leone Government’s Agenda for Change. The report jointly prepared by the Government in full collaboration with its international partners and civil society acknowledges the steady progress made in the implementation of the agenda for change but equally pointed out serious gaps and challenges owing mainly to the lack of funding and the need to address capacity constraints.  Key among the many outstanding issues that require immediate attention are: youth unemployment; implementation of the recommendations of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission; drug trafficking and transnational organized crime; support to the electoral process; and advancing good governance reform.
Mr. President,
Sierra Leone Government’s Agenda for Change (Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper II) was prepared, adopted and is being implemented through inclusive, broad-based and comprehensive consultations and participation. It received endorsement by the PBC in June 2009, and at that historic meeting, the Commission also called upon its member states and all development partners to accept the Agenda for Change as the core strategy document for Sierra Leone. This, no doubt, implied the compelling need for PBC member states and development partners to support implementation of the Agenda with sufficient resources.

While my delegation continue to express appreciation to the United Nations and our development Partners for support to the implementation of the Agenda for Change, it is regrettable that the Multi-Donor Trust Fund is yet to receive the level of support envisaged when the fund was launched. To date only the Government of Canada has contributed to the trust fund.

Mr. President,
My delegation therefore supports the draft resolution and urges other delegations to join us in doing so.

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Khadija Sesay delighted with success and impact of New York OGI meeting

Wednesday, October 27th, 2010

The Director of the Open Government Initiative ( OGI ), Ms. Khadija Sesay,  has expressed delight with the success and impact of the OGI Town Meeting held in New York last month.   The quick-smiling and beautiful OGI Boss said that the program had a far-reaching effect to the international world and demonstrated that Sierra Leone had mounted the platform of conducting  open and transparent governance.

The OGI Town Meeting was held at the Riverside Church , Harlem , New York on Saturday September 25, featuring  President Ernest Bai Koroma , who was here to attend the  65th Session of the United Nations General Assembly . During the meeting, President Koroma took the opportunity to tell his jampacked audience about the valiant efforts his government has made to turn the country  around socio-economically and politically .The President also fielded questions from a cross-section of the crowd on matters of national concern. After the meeting, many Sierra Leoneans confessed that President Koroma reawakened hope and national pride in them .

Khadija Sesay stated that having successfully  involved  the executive arm of government in the New York meeting the OGI will be featuring another arm of the government in the town meeting being planned for the United Kingdom, in keeping with the modus operandi of the OGI to bring the three arms of government –The executive, the legislature and the judiciary —to the people.

Ms.Sesay said that she had just returned from Moyamba , in the Southern Province ,where the OGI  had another successful town meeting.

ANOTHER AWARD FOR AMBASSADOR BARNETT

Tuesday, October 26th, 2010

 

ANOTHER AWARD FOR AMBASSADOR BARNETTThe Republic of Sierra Leone’s Ambassador to the Republic of Liberia who is also accredited to the Republic of La Cote D’ivoire has received a religious award from the St. Peter’s Lutheran church in Monrovia.BARNET AWARD 1 

Ambassador Barnett together with three other Pastors from the Lutheran Mission in Monrovia received awards during this year’s Pastors appreciation day at a crowded congregation recently at the Sinkor St. peters’ Lutheran Church in Monrovia. Being the only female pastor for this years’ award, Ambassador Barnett was colourfully decorated and praised by speakers at the ceremony for what many referred to as faithful servant of God. Dr. Barnett was also commended for her relentless role in support of women and bringing peace to not only the Lutheran Family but also other Christian missions and communities within her jurisdiction.

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In a related ceremony, Ambassador Rev. Dr. Marie Jilo Barnett received an award and a gift of recognition from the Sierra Leone Progressive association residing in Liberia. Presenting the award and gift on behalf of the Association at Dr. Barnett’s Chancery were Daniel K. Sesay and Ibrahim Gbla

 

Ms. Mariama Coker

Information attaché

Sierra Leone Embassy/MRU

Monrovia, Liberia

 

 

President Koroma re-awakens hope and national pride in Sierra Leoneans in the diaspora

Monday, October 25th, 2010

Published on October 25, 2010 by Cocorioko News   ·   No Comments

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By Leeroy Wilfred Kabs-Kanu :
Each time President Ernest Koroma had come to America to attend the United Nations General Assembly, he had done all in his power to do what no other Sierra Leonean leader before him had accomplished : President Ernest Koroma had made sure that he met with Sierra Leoneans in jampacked town meetings  that have so far taken place in New Jersey, Staten Island and New York .
In 2008, 2009 and this year, President Koroma made sure that he had  face-to-face town meeting with his people in the Continental United States during which he did not only appraise them with socio-economic and political developments back home but he allowed them to ask him questions about matters of national concern , to which he tried his best to provide suitable answers .
In so doing, President Koroma proved two things; firstly,  that he is a leader who is very much in touch with his people. If Sierra Leoneans in America want to be honest, they will concede that it had been a rarity for them to see their Presidents when they used to come to the U.S.  Ex-President Tejan Kabbah was in power for 11 years but only once did he have a town meeting and that was staged by a Sierra Leonean Organization headed by the then Mass Communications University Lecturer , Professor Richard M’ Bayo, who is now vying for the Sierra Leone People’s Party ( SLPP ) Standard Bearership for 2012. Kabbah and his Vice-President used to come to the U.S. every year but hardly did Sierra Leoneans know that they were here. Sierra Leoneans were never close to the seat of power. State House and the Presidency were distant entities that Sierra Leoneans felt were not designed to be part of their lives.  Anything they learnt about the operations of government were achieved through rumours and leaks. All this has changed since 2007 when Dr.Ernest Bai Koroma became President. Since then, Sierra Leoneans have been brought within touching distance of the seat of power . Secondly, by apprizing his people with developments back home each time he had been in the U.S, President Ernest Koroma has demonstrated that under his leadership, government has become open, accountable and transparent. Unlike other Presidents who had something to hide, President Koroma has proved that this new All People’s Congress ( APC ) has nothing to hide.
The result of these town meetings is that President Koroma has reawakened national pride  in  Sierra Leoneans in the diaspora.  Now, they are proud that they have a country that has not only recovered from war but is now ready to take her rightful place in the community of nations.  Before President Koroma started meeting with them, Sierra Leoneans in the diaspora  had been flowing only with the  negative reports  about their country in foreign newspapers.They had a vey unprogressive  impression about events in their country. The foreign press, which delights only in propagating negativity about third world countries like Sierra Leone,  had a field day in the minds of discouraged Sierra Leoneans.  This has now changed. Today, Sierra Leoneans get objective reports on their country from their President  and now they  now  have confidence that their country is heading towards the right direction.  From the horse’s own mouth, they have heard about the many socio-economic and political developments going on in their country. During the last Open Government Initiative ( OGI ) Meeting in New York, Sierra Leoneans even had the opportunity to watch the turn around in their country through a film played to them before the President arrived at the hall. This was a brilliant public relations work by the Government that provided Sierra Leoneans concrete evidence of developments now going on in their nation.
This change in the perception of Sierra Leoneans underlines the importance of quality communication to the people. As I have been trumpetting recently , to the extent of being misunderstood and misinterpreted by others (Though I am delighted that credible people have come out in support of my proposition ) , the government of Sierra Leone and its supporters do not need to be abrasive , rude  and verbally insulting and annoying to the public for its achievements to be understood and acknowledged by the people. It is only through quality communication that the people will understand the socio-economic and political achievements of their government.
SIERRA LEONEANS JAMPACKED THE RIVERSIDE CHURCH IN NEW YORK RECENTLY TO LISTEN TO PRESIDENT KOROMA
EVEN THE PRESIDENT’S SISTERS (FAR RIGHT ) JOINED THE HUGE CROWD TO COME AND LISTEN TO THE LATEST DEVELOPMENTS ABOUT THEIR COUNTRY
It is hoped that Sierra Leoneans will now use their re-awakened national pride and confidence to  pitch in and help the APC Government promote President Koroma’s Agenda For Change in Sierra Leone. Our beloved Sierra Leone belongs to us all, regardless of our political affiliations and regions of origin. It is therefore the responsibility of all Sierra Leoneans to throw in their support to a President who has proved beyond all reasonable doubt that he is committed and determined to convert Sierra Leone from a failed state to a strong nation deserving of its old-time fame of being the Athens of West Africa and the Beacon of Light of Africa.
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

Eddie Turay presents credentials to Norwegian King

Monday, October 25th, 2010

By Sorie Sudan Sesay, just back from Oslo, Norway

 Sierra Leone’s High Commissioner to the United Kingdom has presented credentials to the King of Norway.

At a special one-on-one meeting at the Royal Palace in Oslo, Edward Mohamed Turay said he was delighted to present his credentials to the King on behalf of the Government and people of Sierra Leone considering the long standing bilateral relationship between the vtwo countries.

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The High Commissioner said his country is moving forward under the leadership of President Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma since taking over government three years ago and then called for continued support from the Norweigian government.

“We have a very dynamic and young leader who is very much committed towards the development of Sierra Leone,” Turay said after highlighting some of his government’s achievement during this period.

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The High Commissioner was driven in a royal convoy from the Thon Hotel to the Royal Palace where he was also honoured with an official Guard of Honour.

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Earlier, the High Commissioner met with officials of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and later with Sierra Leoneans where he also informed them about government’s achievement over the past three years.

Accompanying the High Commissioner was the mission’s Counsellor Josephine Marah and Information Attache Sorie Sudan Sesay.

President Koroma re-awakens hope and national pride in Sierra Leoneans in the diaspora

Monday, October 25th, 2010

Published on October 25, 2010 by Cocorioko News   ·   No Comments

PRESIDENTNew-Picture

By Leeroy Wilfred Kabs-Kanu :

Each time President Ernest Koroma had come to America to attend the United Nations General Assembly, he had done all in his power to do what no other Sierra Leonean leader before him had accomplished : President Ernest Koroma had made sure that he met with Sierra Leoneans in jampacked town meetings  that have so far taken place in New Jersey, Staten Island and New York . In 2008, 2009 and this year, President Koroma made sure that he had  face-to-face town meeting with his people in the Continental United States during which he did not only appraise them with socio-economic and political developments back home but he allowed them to ask him questions about matters of national concern , to which he tried his best to provide suitable answers .

In so doing, President Koroma proved two things; firstly,  that he is a leader who is very much in touch with his people. If Sierra Leoneans in America want to be honest, they will concede that it had been a rarity for them to see their Presidents when they used to come to the U.S.  Ex-President Tejan Kabbah was in power for 11 years but only once did he have a town meeting and that was staged by a Sierra Leonean Organization headed by the then Mass Communications University Lecturer , Professor Richard M’ Bayo, who is now vying for the Sierra Leone People’s Party ( SLPP ) Standard Bearership for 2012. Kabbah and his Vice-President used to come to the U.S. every year but hardly did Sierra Leoneans know that they were here. Sierra Leoneans were never close to the seat of power. State House and the Presidency were distant entities that Sierra Leoneans felt were not designed to be part of their lives.  Anything they learnt about the operations of government were achieved through rumours and leaks. All this has changed since 2007 when Dr.Ernest Bai Koroma became President. Since then, Sierra Leoneans have been brought within touching distance of the seat of power . Secondly, by apprizing his people with developments back home each time he had been in the U.S, President Ernest Koroma has demonstrated that under his leadership, government has become open, accountable and transparent. Unlike other Presidents who had something to hide, President Koroma has proved that this new All People’s Congress ( APC ) has nothing to hide.

The result of these town meetings is that President Koroma has reawakened national pride  in  Sierra Leoneans in the diaspora.  Now, they are proud that they have a country that has not only recovered from war but is now ready to take her rightful place in the community of nations.  Before President Koroma started meeting with them, Sierra Leoneans in the diaspora  had been flowing only with the  negative reports  about their country in foreign newspapers.They had a vey unprogressive  impression about events in their country. The foreign press, which delights only in propagating negativity about third world countries like Sierra Leone,  had a field day in the minds of discouraged Sierra Leoneans.  This has now changed. Today, Sierra Leoneans get objective reports on their country from their President  and now they  now  have confidence that their country is heading towards the right direction.  From the horse’s own mouth, they have heard about the many socio-economic and political developments going on in their country. During the last Open Government Initiative ( OGI ) Meeting in New York, Sierra Leoneans even had the opportunity to watch the turn around in their country through a film played to them before the President arrived at the hall. This was a brilliant public relations work by the Government that provided Sierra Leoneans concrete evidence of developments now going on in their nation.

This change in the perception of Sierra Leoneans underlines the importance of quality communication to the people. As I have been trumpetting recently , to the extent of being misunderstood and misinterpreted by others (Though I am delighted that credible people have come out in support of my proposition ) , the government of Sierra Leone and its supporters do not need to be abrasive , rude  and verbally insulting and annoying to the public for its achievements to be understood and acknowledged by the people. It is only through quality communication that the people will understand the socio-economic and political achievements of their government.

SIERRA LEONEANS JAMPACKED THE RIVERSIDE CHURCH IN NEW YORK RECENTLY TO LISTEN TO PRESIDENT KOROMA

EVEN THE PRESIDENT’S SISTERS (FAR RIGHT ) JOINED THE HUGE CROWD TO COME AND LISTEN TO THE LATEST DEVELOPMENTS ABOUT THEIR COUNTRY

It is hoped that Sierra Leoneans will now use their re-awakened national pride and confidence to  pitch in and help the APC Government promote President Koroma’s Agenda For Change in Sierra Leone. Our beloved Sierra Leone belongs to us all, regardless of our political affiliations and regions of origin. It is therefore the responsibility of all Sierra Leoneans to throw in their support to a President who has proved beyond all reasonable doubt that he is committed and determined to convert Sierra Leone from a failed state to a strong nation deserving of its old-time fame of being the Athens of West Africa and the Beacon of Light of Africa.

President Koroma re-awakens hope and national pride in Sierra Leoneans in the diaspora

Monday, October 25th, 2010

Published on October 25, 2010 by Cocorioko News   ·   No Comments

By Leeroy Wilfred Kabs-Kanu :

Each time President Ernest Koroma had come to America to attend the United Nations General Assembly, he had done all in his power to do what no other Sierra Leonean leader before him had accomplished : President Ernest Koroma had made sure that he met with Sierra Leoneans in jampacked town meetings  that have so far taken place in New Jersey, Staten Island and New York . In 2008, 2009 and this year, President Koroma made sure that he had  face-to-face town meeting with his people in the Continental United States during which he did not only appraise them with socio-economic and political developments back home but he allowed them to ask him questions about matters of national concern , to which he tried his best to provide suitable answers .

In so doing, President Koroma proved two things; firstly,  that he is a leader who is very much in touch with his people. If Sierra Leoneans in America want to be honest, they will concede that it had been a rarity for them to see their Presidents when they used to come to the U.S.  Ex-President Tejan Kabbah was in power for 11 years but only once did he have a town meeting and that was staged by a Sierra Leonean Organization headed by the then Mass Communications University Lecturer , Professor Richard M’ Bayo, who is now vying for the Sierra Leone People’s Party ( SLPP ) Standard Bearership for 2012. Kabbah and his Vice-President used to come to the U.S. every year but hardly did Sierra Leoneans know that they were here. Sierra Leoneans were never close to the seat of power. State House and the Presidency were distant entities that Sierra Leoneans felt were not designed to be part of their lives.  Anything they learnt about the operations of government were achieved through rumours and leaks. All this has changed since 2007 when Dr.Ernest Bai Koroma became President. Since then, Sierra Leoneans have been brought within touching distance of the seat of power . Secondly, by apprizing his people with developments back home each time he had been in the U.S, President Ernest Koroma has demonstrated that under his leadership, government has become open, accountable and transparent. Unlike other Presidents who had something to hide, President Koroma has proved that this new All People’s Congress ( APC ) has nothing to hide.

The result of these town meetings is that President Koroma has reawakened national pride  in  Sierra Leoneans in the diaspora.  Now, they are proud that they have a country that has not only recovered from war but is now ready to take her rightful place in the community of nations.  Before President Koroma started meeting with them, Sierra Leoneans in the diaspora  had been flowing only with the  negative reports  about their country in foreign newspapers.They had a vey unprogressive  impression about events in their country. The foreign press, which delights only in propagating negativity about third world countries like Sierra Leone,  had a field day in the minds of discouraged Sierra Leoneans.  This has now changed. Today, Sierra Leoneans get objective reports on their country from their President  and now they  now  have confidence that their country is heading towards the right direction.  From the horse’s own mouth, they have heard about the many socio-economic and political developments going on in their country. During the last Open Government Initiative ( OGI ) Meeting in New York, Sierra Leoneans even had the opportunity to watch the turn around in their country through a film played to them before the President arrived at the hall. This was a brilliant public relations work by the Government that provided Sierra Leoneans concrete evidence of developments now going on in their nation.

This change in the perception of Sierra Leoneans underlines the importance of quality communication to the people. As I have been trumpetting recently , to the extent of being misunderstood and misinterpreted by others (Though I am delighted that credible people have come out in support of my proposition ) , the government of Sierra Leone and its supporters do not need to be abrasive , rude  and verbally insulting and annoying to the public for its achievements to be understood and acknowledged by the people. It is only through quality communication that the people will understand the socio-economic and political achievements of their government.

SIERRA LEONEANS JAMPACKED THE RIVERSIDE CHURCH IN NEW YORK RECENTLY TO LISTEN TO PRESIDENT KOROMA

EVEN THE PRESIDENT’S SISTERS (FAR RIGHT ) JOINED THE HUGE CROWD TO COME AND LISTEN TO THE LATEST DEVELOPMENTS ABOUT THEIR COUNTRY

It is hoped that Sierra Leoneans will now use their re-awakened national pride and confidence to  pitch in and help the APC Government promote President Koroma’s Agenda For Change in Sierra Leone. Our beloved Sierra Leone belongs to us all, regardless of our political affiliations and regions of origin. It is therefore the responsibility of all Sierra Leoneans to throw in their support to a President who has proved beyond all reasonable doubt that he is committed and determined to convert Sierra Leone from a failed state to a strong nation deserving of its old-time fame of being the Athens of West Africa and the Beacon of Light of Africa.

African Minerals to employ over 10,000 people in Sierra Leone

Friday, October 22nd, 2010

Published on October 22, 2010 by Cocorioko News   ·   No Comments

African Minerals last year said it has defined magnetite Iron Ore reserves of 10.5 billion tons with 29 percent ore content and 8 million tons of hematite Iron Ore deposits.
Most Sierra Leoneans are looking up to the company to provide them with great employment opportunity in both phase one and two of the mining project. According to the company’s Social and Community Manager Colin Forbes, African Minerals cannot employ everybody, nor can the company train everybody. “We hope to give maximum training to those that we can employ,” he said, and added that if for example the company employed someone to operate a machine, that individual will gain a classroom training for about a year, serve as an apprentice for about six months, before finally the machine is handed over to him for operation as a national staff. “The qualified person will stand a chance to train others,” Forbes told his audience while addressing the people of Pepel Community on Thursday 13th October, 2010 to mark the fifth Disclosure Meeting of the Environmental, Social Health, Impact Assessment report.

The Social and Community Manager informed his audience that during the construction phase of the project, the company will employ in excess ten thousand men and women, and the operation phase requires three thousand workers to serve for sixty or more years.  “We respected people that are educated. We shall be grateful to employ those that are qualify and possess good characters like honesty, sincerity and trustworthy,” he said.

African Minerals have been carrying on its exploration for four years and discovered a world record deposit of 10.5 billion tons hematite and magnetite ore in Sierra Leone. The company is about to move to its mining phase of hematite that will soon be exported out of Sierra Leone to raise more funds for the construction of a standard rail, port, power plant and processing equipments.

African Minerals’ Communication Director, Anthony Junior Navo said the company is in Sierra Leone to help in the development process, and added that the youths should be engaged in learning skills so that they become self reliant.

He warned young people to refrain from violence as it will hamper the ongoing development process. The Youth Ambassador, admonished all and sundry to embrace African Minerals in Sierra Leone to transform the country into a paradise.

The Acting Director of Information and Communication in the Sierra Leone Environmental Protection Agency, Edward Bendu commended AML for a job well done. He noted that Sierra Leoneans should commend the government for establishing SLEPA, which is tasked with the responsibility of making sure that mining companies protect their environment.
“We should support African Minerals for their giant step in managing the environment. I hope the company will make good use of the comments made by the community people,” Mr. Bendu told the people.

However, there is an ongoing significant training opportunities empowering Sierra Leoneans whom will be well prepared to take up duties from foreign experts. The two years training will give national staff the opportunity to learn and compete in the market with other professionals.
The construction of the World’s third largest Port in Sierra Leone by African Minerals will serve as a significant infrastructure development underpinning additional broad spectrum business opportunities. This will be a catalyst project for the country and West Africa as export opportunities will be of a major boost. The current transition into the construction phase will create further substantial training and employment opportunities.

The production phase will create long term professional and skilled training opportunities empowering the Sierra Leone people, developing the skills of Sierra Leoneans, preferential selection of Sierra Leoneans for integration into the Company’s workforce, and acknowledging high achievers with Fast Track promotional opportunities. AML has a demonstrated track record of conducting ongoing “on the job” training for employees in many professional and trade disciplines.

To date, AML has delivered training to many Sierra Leoneans creating employment opportunities in the following disciplines: AML is already one of the largest employers in Sierra Leone and has demonstrated it is committed to its policy of employing Sierra Leoneans wherever possible.
AML values its employees and recognizes that the training and retention of skilled staff is imperative for the growth of the Company. The Company will continue to provide Sierra Leone employees with ongoing technical skills training and personal development.
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ML hopes to provide direct revenue from royalties to Government, direct revenue from company tax payments, direct revenue from employee income tax, direct employment for about ten thousand of Sierra Leoneans.

African Minerals will continue to implement social development programs with specific focus on: Clean Drinking Water, New Roads and Bridges, New Schools, Education Support- as over eight hundred scholarships have been provided in eleven chiefdoms, Pro-Active Medical Programs. There will be more substantial community development projects in health, education and infrastructure.

The Company’s policy is to conform to internationally recognize environmental laws and regulations and to promote the respect of the environment in all of its business activities in compliance to the Equator Principles. Consultants and Contractors are being employed to support the Company’s efforts to protect and preserve the environment.

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SLPP : Sierra Leone’s ‘Gehgeh na Troat’

Friday, October 22nd, 2010

Published on October 22, 2010 by Cocorioko News   ·   No Comments

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By Rev. Kemoh Sulimani

The Dry Eye Crew has done it again. To their many hit songs, add “Gehgeh Na Trot.” Gehgeh Na trot, tells of a lady who scorned the love of her boyfriend and walked away.   She walked off leaving the fellow brokenhearted.  His pleas for patience were ignored. Patience is a virtue most of us do not have. Soon after leaving, fate favored the poor fellow.  Things began happening for him. On the other hand, the lady’s life became wishy-washy. Contrary to her thinking, the grass was not green on the other side.  The fellow, whom she dumped, came to terms with what had happened, and worked feverishly to redefine his life. His achievements grew, as he became a sensation in town. After establishing a genuine relationship with his ‘God’ sent partner, the scorner began troubling his life. Conversely, it was too late. He had moved on and was now in a faithful and stable relationship. For the fellow, infidelity was not an option because he valued his newfound love, as much as she valued him. Consequently, the lady became his Gehgeh Na Trot; his tormentor.

The Creole language is rich with maxims that can say in a word or two, what a thousand words cannot express. Gehgeh Na Trot is one such saying that means a pain in the neck.  Literally, Gehgeh refers to a condition brought on by the overgrowth of the thyroid gland.  It is believed that the lack of dietary iodine result to this condition termed, Goiter (Gehgeh). As an aphorism, Gehgeh Na Trot refers to a persistent source of irritation, a constant snag.  It is similar to the biblical phrase, “A thorn in the flesh.” Some obscurities constantly haunt us. They are a source of misery, pain, and distress.   Unless one is sadistic, we dread anything that makes us feel miserable.

Comparatively, SLPP is Sierra Leone’s Gehgeh Na Trot.  The SLPP has set as their main agenda making life miserable for the people of Sierra Leone. Sierra Leone was in love with them, but they scorned the affections of the people. The SLPP walked away leaving unbearable conditions in the nation. The SLPP were living off the fat of the land, while hunger, poverty, joblessness, darkness, and rot overpowered ordinary Sierra Leoneans. The SLPP were “High on the Hog” and were completely detached from the struggles of the masses. The SLPP scorned the love of the nation and walked away living Sierra Leoneans despondent, and bankrupt. The SLPP basked in luxury and arrogance, while Sierra Leone was in a socio-economic mess.

Knowing that the SLPP had neglected their devotions to the nation, God gave the nation an empathetic and wise leader, President Ernest Bai Koroma of the All People’s Congress. If the SLPP walked away thinking the nation will never flourish, they got it all wrong.   Issues that the SLPP ‘abandoned’ are now being resolved by President Koroma and his All People’s Congress. The deplorable conditions and filth, the SLPP left behind, President Koroma and his APC are robustly resolving. SLPP came close to starving Sierra Leoneans to death with their lampoon promise of food security in 07. President Koroma and the All People’s Congress are providing “bread and butter” for the nation. Additionally, they have set the nation on the path to concrete food security in the near future. President Koroma is demonstrating to the nation that, “The roots of happiness grow deepest in the soil of service.” Since restoring the nation’s pride, Sierra Leoneans are pleased with President Koroma. The majority are content with the services of President Ernest Bai Koroma. The SLPP on the other hand, have sanctioned the furtive plan to become Sierra Leone’s Gehgeh Na Trot. Their objective is to harass and torment Sierra Leoneans.

The nation is enjoying a greater satisfaction as it triumph over what once mired its evolution. All patriotic Sierra Leoneans should tell the SLPP “Stop being a pain in the neck of Sierra Leone’s development.” After completely closing their eyes to infrastructural development in the nation, now they want to come back. After assuming that Sierra Leone would perish with misfortunes and unhappiness, now they want to come back. After neglecting the calls from the masses to CHANGE, now they want to come back. After keeping the nation in total darkness, now that President Koroma has brought the nation out of darkness to LIGHT, they want to come back. SLPP wants to return Sierra Leone back to the DARKNESS. They were content with misery in Sierra Leone, which is why they did nothing to CHANGE the plight of Sierra Leoneans. The SLPP is Sierra Leone’s Gehgeh Na Trot. They are a pain in the neck of the nation, as they frivolously try to obstruct the nation’s growth.

            Notwithstanding the pestering from the SLPP, the motherland through President Koroma and the All People’s Congress, is on the way to affluence, and prominence. Regardless of the irritation from the SLPP, Sierra Leone is on her way to socio-economic development.  Therefore, the SLPP should stop being a nuisance. Progressive minded Sierra Leoneans rail against troublemaking, and value Sierra Leone’s desire to move forward without distractions from SLPP. As long as President Koroma effectively leads the way forward, there is nothing in the SLPP’s cache to substantiate their pain in the neck.   Let them “tote den tote,” and be miserable all by themselves. Sierra Leoneans will show fidelity to the leader (EBK) and party (APC) that transformed their lives from wretched conditions to higher standards.

For this reason, the next time you listen to Gehgeh Na Trot, think of SLPP as Sierra Leone’s pain in the neck. Think of the SLPP as Sierra Leone’s thorn in the flesh.   Think of the SLPP as Sierra Leone’s Gehgeh Na Trot. Sierra Leone looks more attractive in the loving care of President Koroma. The nation needs no meddling from the Gehgeh Na Trot party, SLPP.

Blessings & Peace

 Kemoh M. Sulimani Jr.

SLPP : Sierra Leone’s ‘Gehgeh na Troat’

Friday, October 22nd, 2010

SLPP : Sierra Leone’s ‘Gehgeh na Troat’

Published on October 22, 2010 by Cocorioko News   ·   No Comments

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By Rev. Kemoh Sulimani

The Dry Eye Crew has done it again. To their many hit songs, add “Gehgeh Na Trot.” Gehgeh Na trot, tells of a lady who scorned the love of her boyfriend and walked away.   She walked off leaving the fellow brokenhearted.  His pleas for patience were ignored. Patience is a virtue most of us do not have. Soon after leaving, fate favored the poor fellow.  Things began happening for him. On the other hand, the lady’s life became wishy-washy. Contrary to her thinking, the grass was not green on the other side.  The fellow, whom she dumped, came to terms with what had happened, and worked feverishly to redefine his life. His achievements grew, as he became a sensation in town. After establishing a genuine relationship with his ‘God’ sent partner, the scorner began troubling his life. Conversely, it was too late. He had moved on and was now in a faithful and stable relationship. For the fellow, infidelity was not an option because he valued his newfound love, as much as she valued him. Consequently, the lady became his Gehgeh Na Trot; his tormentor.

The Creole language is rich with maxims that can say in a word or two, what a thousand words cannot express. Gehgeh Na Trot is one such saying that means a pain in the neck.  Literally, Gehgeh refers to a condition brought on by the overgrowth of the thyroid gland.  It is believed that the lack of dietary iodine result to this condition termed, Goiter (Gehgeh). As an aphorism, Gehgeh Na Trot refers to a persistent source of irritation, a constant snag.  It is similar to the biblical phrase, “A thorn in the flesh.” Some obscurities constantly haunt us. They are a source of misery, pain, and distress.   Unless one is sadistic, we dread anything that makes us feel miserable.

Comparatively, SLPP is Sierra Leone’s Gehgeh Na Trot.  The SLPP has set as their main agenda making life miserable for the people of Sierra Leone. Sierra Leone was in love with them, but they scorned the affections of the people. The SLPP walked away leaving unbearable conditions in the nation. The SLPP were living off the fat of the land, while hunger, poverty, joblessness, darkness, and rot overpowered ordinary Sierra Leoneans. The SLPP were “High on the Hog” and were completely detached from the struggles of the masses. The SLPP scorned the love of the nation and walked away living Sierra Leoneans despondent, and bankrupt. The SLPP basked in luxury and arrogance, while Sierra Leone was in a socio-economic mess.

Knowing that the SLPP had neglected their devotions to the nation, God gave the nation an empathetic and wise leader, President Ernest Bai Koroma of the All People’s Congress. If the SLPP walked away thinking the nation will never flourish, they got it all wrong.   Issues that the SLPP ‘abandoned’ are now being resolved by President Koroma and his All People’s Congress. The deplorable conditions and filth, the SLPP left behind, President Koroma and his APC are robustly resolving. SLPP came close to starving Sierra Leoneans to death with their lampoon promise of food security in 07. President Koroma and the All People’s Congress are providing “bread and butter” for the nation. Additionally, they have set the nation on the path to concrete food security in the near future. President Koroma is demonstrating to the nation that, “The roots of happiness grow deepest in the soil of service.” Since restoring the nation’s pride, Sierra Leoneans are pleased with President Koroma. The majority are content with the services of President Ernest Bai Koroma. The SLPP on the other hand, have sanctioned the furtive plan to become Sierra Leone’s Gehgeh Na Trot. Their objective is to harass and torment Sierra Leoneans.

The nation is enjoying a greater satisfaction as it triumph over what once mired its evolution. All patriotic Sierra Leoneans should tell the SLPP “Stop being a pain in the neck of Sierra Leone’s development.” After completely closing their eyes to infrastructural development in the nation, now they want to come back. After assuming that Sierra Leone would perish with misfortunes and unhappiness, now they want to come back. After neglecting the calls from the masses to CHANGE, now they want to come back. After keeping the nation in total darkness, now that President Koroma has brought the nation out of darkness to LIGHT, they want to come back. SLPP wants to return Sierra Leone back to the DARKNESS. They were content with misery in Sierra Leone, which is why they did nothing to CHANGE the plight of Sierra Leoneans. The SLPP is Sierra Leone’s Gehgeh Na Trot. They are a pain in the neck of the nation, as they frivolously try to obstruct the nation’s growth.

Notwithstanding the pestering from the SLPP, the motherland through President Koroma and the All People’s Congress, is on the way to affluence, and prominence. Regardless of the irritation from the SLPP, Sierra Leone is on her way to socio-economic development.  Therefore, the SLPP should stop being a nuisance. Progressive minded Sierra Leoneans rail against troublemaking, and value Sierra Leone’s desire to move forward without distractions from SLPP. As long as President Koroma effectively leads the way forward, there is nothing in the SLPP’s cache to substantiate their pain in the neck.   Let them “tote den tote,” and be miserable all by themselves. Sierra Leoneans will show fidelity to the leader (EBK) and party (APC) that transformed their lives from wretched conditions to higher standards.

For this reason, the next time you listen to Gehgeh Na Trot, think of SLPP as Sierra Leone’s pain in the neck. Think of the SLPP as Sierra Leone’s thorn in the flesh.   Think of the SLPP as Sierra Leone’s Gehgeh Na Trot. Sierra Leone looks more attractive in the loving care of President Koroma. The nation needs no meddling from the Gehgeh Na Trot party, SLPP.

Blessings & Peace

Kemoh M. Sulimani Jr.