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Why President Koroma deserves a second term in Sierra Leone

Sunday, October 30th, 2011

Written by KABS KANU:

The socio-economic and political developments going on in Sierra Leone leave no doubt that the initiator and executor President Ernest Bai Koroma  deserves to be highly appreciated by Sierra Leoneans, whatever their political or regional leaning. As we prepare for the 2012 Presidential Elections, one way Sierra Leoneans can demonstrate that they appreciate what President Koroma is doing for our nation is to vote him  in overwhelmingly for a second term . When a President  sacrifices his time, health and wherewithal to change the face of his nation so positively as President Koroma has done within the short time he has ruled the nation, our appreciation as a people should be seen clearly and unequivocally during the elections.

PRESIDENT ERNEST KOROMA

Sierra Leoneans should give President Koroma a second term to complete the good work he has accomplished in the country. Having demonstrated to us that he is a man of his words who is busy fulfilling his campaign promises , President Koroma deserves to be given the opportunity to continue working  for the Sierra Leonean people and developing  the nation. Even his detractors cannot help conceding the fact that in the four years he has ruled the nation, President Koroma has positively transformed the nation with his development projects covering every sphere of human endeavour–From electricity to water supply, to good roads, to increased agricultural output and creation of a modern nation where the quality of life of the people has been dramatically given a lift.

We have the interest of the nation at heart , unlike those who are only motivated by partisan, tribal and regional considerations . Some people have never spoken anything good about this government. They see all the magnificent developments going on but they only harp on the negative and these misguided people want to be seen as journalists. What a pity.

 Our standpoint that President Koroma deserves a second term is inspired by the socio-economic and political developments the President has accomplished in Sierra Leone since he was democratically voted in in  2007. The developments are there for everybody to see.  There are those who do not want us to say it.  They think that they will silence us by making all kinds of salacious allegations against us and writing all manners of scurrilous articles against us.But let it be said that nothing will discourage us from speaking the truth—highlighting the achievements of President Koroma and the All People’s Congress (APC ) Government.  If the President is doing a marvelous job, why should somebody not say it ? Many well-meaning Sierra Leoneans have gone to Sierra Leone , seen all the good things going on in the nation and reported them faithfully to the diaspora. This is the one  thing that gives us the greatest incentive to continue our positive coverage of the government–  the plurality of consensus among Sierra Leoneans that President Koroma is doing a great job. Everybody who ges to visit Sierra Leone says the same thing we have been saying–That Sierra Leone is undergoing a remarkable transformation under President Koroma.

The latest person to witness with his own eyes how well President Koroma is positively changing the face of the nation  is Mr. Allieu Iscandari, a noted Sierra Leonean attorney who lives in California. Mr. Iscandari is presently in Sierra Leone on a visit and he has sent us a report that commends the government highly for its development projects. The interesting thing is that Allieu was writing from Bo, the heartland and stronghold of the opposition Sierra Leone People’s Party ( SLPP ). The road development projects in Bo are amazing and demonstrate that President Koroma ’s choice of places he takes his development projects  is based on the national interest, unlike the last SLPP  government which concentrated the little development it initiated in its South-Eastern regional stronghold.  WE BRING YOU MR. ISCANDARI’S LETTER TO THE PUBLISHER OF THIS PAPER AND OTHERS, BELOW :

The iinfrastructural development in Sierra Leone  under this government is moving at ‘WARP’  speed. Its is simply incredible that any government in a short period of time.can achieve so much. Put in a nut shell I am impressed and very much so. The major streets of Bo town are all paved with narry a pot hole in sight. The road to Bo from Calabar town through Bo is a first class ride and so beautiful that I had to drive and have my driver take the back seat and sleep. I didnt drive more that 60 miles and I enjoyed it all the way. There were some speed bumps on the road which I didnt think was necessary but in retrospect they are necessary due to the excessive speed of vehicles on the high way. This week alone there have been at least two major acccidents on that highway that resulted in a loss of lives. Awoko lost members of his family to a tragic accident and may God Grant them Janna. There is also the issue of the massive traffic gridlock going from up gun through congocross in the mornings and in the evenings. This is partly due to the fact that construction crews on the wilkinson road axis choose to work during commute hours rather than at night which in my opinion would have been more effective and have contributed less to the traffic jams within that axis. The project however does portend to be a first class job when it would be finished.
WHILE  thanking Mr. Iscandari for his encouraging report, we enjoin all Sierra Leoneans to place value on these good news coming out of our country.  There was a time when the only news they  heard from Sierra Leone were the distressful ones. It came to a time when many Sierra Leoneans said they stopped going to parties, dances, outdooring and funeral occasions because they wanted to stop hearing the bad news from Sierra Leone which were generously revealed at these functions. Thankfully, the situation has changed today. We must be grateful for these wonderful news.
Come 2012, let us vote for President Ernest Bai Koroma . He deserves it. If we are a progressive  people, this is what we will do. We must vote continuity to the heart-warming socio-economic and political changes going on in our country.

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3 Responses to Why President Koroma deserves a second term in Sierra Leone

  1. I do commend the president for the development going in country. The president is the father of the nation, which means that he should enbrace all section of society. To name a few issues has not address:
    Firstly, a balance in the proportion of cabinents ministers from all tribes and regions.
    Secondly he should seek talents from capable citizens with proving track records to help deliver agenda for change irrespective of their political affliliations.

    Thirdly the anti-corruption should not used to prosecute a selected few.

    Fourthly, forieign investment in mining and other areas of the economy should benifit Sierra Leoneans in both the short and long run.

    Adddressing these issues will make it easy to secure a second term

    Ken Ndomahina
    October 30, 2011 at 4:15 pm
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  2. Really what president Koroma is heading to is of very great interest for the etire nation of Sierra Leone and only the selfishly and hatred wont consider his great effort.

    Mohamed Salieu Camara .
    November 8, 2011 at 10:50 pm
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  3. I want to know how we can share an article on Facebook?

    ibrahim
    November 13, 2011 at 9:41 pm
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Why President Koroma deserves a second term in Sierra Leone

Sunday, October 30th, 2011

Filed under: Breaking News,Diaspora,Editorial,Headlines,National News |

Written by KABS KANU:

The socio-economic and political developments going on in Sierra Leone leave no doubt that the initiator and executor President Ernest Bai Koroma  deserves to be highly appreciated by Sierra Leoneans, whatever their political or regional leaning. As we prepare for the 2012 Presidential Elections, one way Sierra Leoneans can demonstrate that they appreciate what President Koroma is doing for our nation is to vote him  in overwhelmingly for a second term . When a President  sacrifices his time, health and wherewithal to change the face of his nation so positively as President Koroma has done within the short time he has ruled the nation, our appreciation as a people should be seen clearly and unequivocally during the elections.

PRESIDENT ERNEST KOROMA

Sierra Leoneans should give President Koroma a second term to complete the good work he has accomplished in the country. Having demonstrated to us that he is a man of his words who is busy fulfilling his campaign promises , President Koroma deserves to be given the opportunity to continue working  for the Sierra Leonean people and developing  the nation. Even his detractors cannot help conceding the fact that in the four years he has ruled the nation, President Koroma has positively transformed the nation with his development projects covering every sphere of human endeavour–From electricity to water supply, to good roads, to increased agricultural output and creation of a modern nation where the quality of life of the people has been dramatically given a lift.

We have the interest of the nation at heart , unlike those who are only motivated by partisan, tribal and regional considerations . Some people have never spoken anything good about this government. They see all the magnificent developments going on but they only harp on the negative and these misguided people want to be seen as journalists. What a pity.

Our standpoint that President Koroma deserves a second term is inspired by the socio-economic and political developments the President has accomplished in Sierra Leone since he was democratically voted in in  2007. The developments are there for everybody to see.  There are those who do not want us to say it.  They think that they will silence us by making all kinds of salacious allegations against us and writing all manners of scurrilous articles against us.But let it be said that nothing will discourage us from speaking the truth—highlighting the achievements of President Koroma and the All People’s Congress (APC ) Government.  If the President is doing a marvelous job, why should somebody not say it ? Many well-meaning Sierra Leoneans have gone to Sierra Leone , seen all the good things going on in the nation and reported them faithfully to the diaspora. This is the one  thing that gives us the greatest incentive to continue our positive coverage of the government–  the plurality of consensus among Sierra Leoneans that President Koroma is doing a great job. Everybody who ges to visit Sierra Leone says the same thing we have been saying–That Sierra Leone is undergoing a remarkable transformation under President Koroma.

The latest person to witness with his own eyes how well President Koroma is positively changing the face of the nation  is Mr. Allieu Iscandari, a noted Sierra Leonean attorney who lives in California. Mr. Iscandari is presently in Sierra Leone on a visit and he has sent us a report that commends the government highly for its development projects. The interesting thing is that Allieu was writing from Bo, the heartland and stronghold of the opposition Sierra Leone People’s Party ( SLPP ). The road development projects in Bo are amazing and demonstrate that President Koroma ’s choice of places he takes his development projects  is based on the national interest, unlike the last SLPP  government which concentrated the little development it initiated in its South-Eastern regional stronghold.  WE BRING YOU MR. ISCANDARI’S LETTER TO THE PUBLISHER OF THIS PAPER AND OTHERS, BELOW :

The iinfrastructural development in Sierra Leone  under this government is moving at ‘WARP’  speed. Its is simply incredible that any government in a short period of time.can achieve so much. Put in a nut shell I am impressed and very much so. The major streets of Bo town are all paved with narry a pot hole in sight. The road to Bo from Calabar town through Bo is a first class ride and so beautiful that I had to drive and have my driver take the back seat and sleep. I didnt drive more that 60 miles and I enjoyed it all the way. There were some speed bumps on the road which I didnt think was necessary but in retrospect they are necessary due to the excessive speed of vehicles on the high way. This week alone there have been at least two major acccidents on that highway that resulted in a loss of lives. Awoko lost members of his family to a tragic accident and may God Grant them Janna. There is also the issue of the massive traffic gridlock going from up gun through congocross in the mornings and in the evenings. This is partly due to the fact that construction crews on the wilkinson road axis choose to work during commute hours rather than at night which in my opinion would have been more effective and have contributed less to the traffic jams within that axis. The project however does portend to be a first class job when it would be finished.
WHILE  thanking Mr. Iscandari for his encouraging report, we enjoin all Sierra Leoneans to place value on these good news coming out of our country.  There was a time when the only news they  heard from Sierra Leone were the distressful ones. It came to a time when many Sierra Leoneans said they stopped going to parties, dances, outdooring and funeral occasions because they wanted to stop hearing the bad news from Sierra Leone which were generously revealed at these functions. Thankfully, the situation has changed today. We must be grateful for these wonderful news.
Come 2012, let us vote for President Ernest Bai Koroma . He deserves it. If we are a progressive  people, this is what we will do. We must vote continuity to the heart-warming socio-economic and political changes going on in our country.

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Call for adherance to President Koroma’s New Jersey clarion call

Saturday, October 22nd, 2011

Call for adherance to President Koroma’s New Jersey clarion call

Posted by  on October 22, 20110 Comment

During his recent visit to New Jersey at the margins of the UN General Assembly, President Ernest Bai Koroma held an important meeting with the Executive of the All People’s Congress North American Branch. During the meeting, the President called on APC members to unite and sort out their differences. He also called on them to abide by their byelaws and regulations . Now, one of the APC Chapters is calling on all members to adhere to the clarion call of the President.  Here is a letter sent to us by Professor Michael Dilo Sesay for publication :

 

A.P.C. WASHINGTON DC METROPOLITAN CHAPTER
NORTH AMERICA BRANCH
MOTTO: ACTION, PROGRESS, COMMITMENT
October 17, 2011

Comrades,

The APC Washington DC Metropolitan Chapter under the leadership of Mrs. Yabom Thaslim Sesay-Koroma and the entire executive once again takes this unique opportunity to extend a hand of peace and reconciliation to all members in the interest of our chapter and the party to join forces together as we prepare for the forth-coming Presidential and Parliamentary Elections in 2012.  This is in pursuance with and continuation of the decision of the National Advisory Council of the APC Party as prescribed in the letter sent by the Secretary General of the APC Party, Mr. Victor Foe dated February 2, 2011.

We have come a long way to work for lasting peace, unity and tranquility in the chapter with the contributions of everyone. Therefore, we should be relentless in our efforts and commitment to preserve and maintain unity, peace and progress for the furtherance of the goals and aspirations of our chapter and party. We all do have a significant role to play in achieving these goals and objectives.

Let us therefore heed to the clarion call of our Party Leader and President, His Excellency Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma during his last visit to New Jersey to work together in the interest of peace under the one umbrella of the APC party. I sincerely hope this call will be responded to by all members of the chapter by coming together as one family.
With faith in our honest endeavors to work for the ideals of our party, let us all come and work together to continue building a strong and impregnable chapter for the common and greatest good of all its members and the party as a whole.

Thank You.
Mrs. Yabom Thaslim Sesay-Koroma
President, APC WDCMC

Prof. S. Michael Dillo Sesay

Secretary General, APC WDCMC

CC: Mr. Hassan Kamara

Mr. Victor Foe    Secretary General, APC North America Branch  Secretary General, APC Party
H.E. Bockarie K. Stevens        Mr. Gilpin
S.L. Ambassador to the US    State House, Freetown

SENT TO COCORIOKO FOR PUBLICATION BY PROFESSOR MICHAEL DILO SESAY

 

Does the BBC Screen the reporters they hire in Sierra Leone ? Part 5 : How one booze-addicted reporter helped the cause of the rebels and deliberately endangered the lives of people

Wednesday, October 12th, 2011

CULLED FROM THE NEW DAILY NATION :

By Solomon Sesay , Editor of the New Daily Nation :

 

The British Broadcasting Service (BBC ) is highly depended on to provide accurate news information to the world as perhaps the biggest news organization reporting from within Africa.People all over the world depend on the BBC for accurate information about Africa.  It is therefore worrisome that some of the journalists that string for the BBC from Sierra Leone leave very much to be desired. The BBC has produced excellent reporters from Africa who were the envy of journalism professionals .

 

Some  examples I can give are Hilton Fyle ,Winston Ojukutu-Macauley and Sylvester Rogers . However, because of their failure to screen some of the journalists they hire in Sierra Leone, the BBC has used some reporters who brought the institution to disrepute.  Some of the reporters they have used in Sierra Leone are a disgrace to the famous and respected institution. Today, I will continue  my series by looking at one of these BUT Mr.Victor Sylver  is the worst example of a journalist from Sierra Leone.

 

VICTOR SYLVER : THE DESPICABLE FACE OF A DRUNKARD AND A WIFE-BEATER

 

I have produced complaints by peers of Mr.Sylver like Mr. Sullay Adekunle, Dr. Ibrahim Seaga-Shaw, Gibril Koroma, Kanji Daramy etc. who have insinuated that the BBC made a big mistake to hire Victor Sylver .Their reason is that Sylver is a disgrace to journalism since he has no professional ethics and he was guilty of filing fictitious reports and blatant lies from Sierra Leone. During the  most difficult time in Sierra Leone’s history–the  unprofessionalism journalism,  lies and deliberately false reporting  by BBC reporters  impacted on the war and  did not only help the cause of the rebels but endangered the lives of Sierra Leoneans.

 

We will listen to the complaints of the then Minister of Information, Dr. Julius Spencer . Spencer was talking about the menace of these BBC reporters in Sierra Leone ;  ”As far as I know, there are two issues involved,” Spencer told the BBC. “First of all, the accuracy of the reports; secondly, whether it had been cleared with the security forces or myself. Now, if either of those two had not happened, then there’s a problem because, I think, the journalists have been warned enough that we are in a war situation, and that we have pointed it out very clearly. And what has been happening recently, is that people file reports which are inaccurate, which not only create panic, but also in turn will demoralise our own forces. In addition to that, they fuel the crisis. Because there are times when the rebels–in fact even now–they cannot quite communicate with each other. They are broken up into groups. But then some report is put out about some attack somewhere, and about the type of atrocities that have been committed — we think quite a lot of the time it’s not true. And some other group hears it and says, ‘Oh, well let us do the same type of thing’. So that is the problem we’ve been having. There are restrictions placed on reporting in a war situation.” In response to a question as to whether the journalists’ arrest might demoralise people, or give the wrong impression, he replied: “No it doesn’t. Talk to ordinary Sierra Leoneans and find out what they think about the types of reports that are going out. In fact most people are very angry at the types of reports going out, particularly when some people know what is really happening.”

 

 

No BBC reporter was guilty of this unprofessional and false reporting like Victor Sylver .  Gibril Koroma, a newspaper editor in Canada, explains :  Sylver “ got into real trouble when he deliberately falsified a story on the ECOMOG bombing of the Mabayla slum in central Freetown. At that time everybody was glued to a radio and the slum dwellers heard Victor’s report while their loved ones laid in pools of blood. With a loud cry of rage they went on the streets with stones and sticks looking for him. “

 

These were some of the professional atrocities committed in Sierra Leone by a BBC Reporter , which is why the broadcasting institution should have been very careful with their recruitment policies in Sierra Leone. Victor Sylver committed these professional atrocities at a time when Sierra Leone needed professional reporting to the world. Through his lies and concoction , he aided and abetted with the rebel Revolutionary United Front (RUF ) which was guilty of amputating the limbs of young children and women and men. Therefore when people now see Victor Sylver pretending to be a human rights activist, his hypocrisy  riles them more Dr. Shaw takes up the story :  . …. I remember publishing a letter from one frustrated civilian whose relative was among those killed by the Nigerian bombs.

 

The reader merely vented his anger at Victor in the letter….…The truth of the matter is when Seaga Shaw and his colleagues were busy exposing the atrocities committed by both the junta rebels and the Nigerian led ECOMOG troops, as well as pro-Kabbah militias, Victor Sylver was telling the world in his despatches to the BBC Focus on Africa that all the atrocities against innocent civilians in Sierra Leone during the period under review were committed by the rebel junta soldiers. For Victor Silver, the atrocities committed by ECOMOG troops against civilians in broad daylight were not human right abuses because they sought to restore the so-called democratically elected government….Victor was among those few journalists who helped the western media to misinform the world that all the atrocities committed in Sierra Leone were the handiwork of rebels. Thanks to the Sorious Samoura CRY FREETOWN award winning footage, which at least helped to change that perception a little by telling the world that, after all, both sides of the conflict committed violations.

 

At least it’s on record that a journalist was shot to death in broad aye light by an ECOMOG soldier acting under the advice of a local militia was merely trying to settle old scores with the journalist   Unlike the impression he wants to create about himself, Victor Sylver worked closely with the RUF Rebels. His lies and concocted news reports gave the rebels undue advantage in the bloody war. One wonders why the BBC were unable to know that their own reporter Victor Sylver had himself inadvertently joined the rebel forces because he was providing them advantage they were using to hurt Sierra Leoneans. Victor Sylver ‘s employers at the BBC would be interested in knowing the real reason why he fled Sierra Leone. May be, that will help them in future to make sure that they recruit the best minds and professional reporters. This was the real reason that Victor Sylver fled Sierra Leone :    I thought Victor could have been bold enough to include in his letter what finally forced him into exile during the AFRC junta rule. I’m sure he would not want the Freedom Forum and others to know that he was hounded by angry civilians who felt betrayed and frustrated over his report to the world that some 20 coffins, containing people (including their relatives) killed by missiles thrown from ECOMOG’s base in Lungi and displayed at the National Stadium, had no corpses in them but stones.

 

 Those civilians would find it difficult to forgive Victor Sylver for been so heartless as to allow his sentiments to come into naked play into his career as a journalist whose duty it’s to tell it as it is and not as he wants it even when it’s a big terrible lie….. ( Dr.Shaw ). This was how callous and wicked Victor Sylver was to the victims of the war in Sierra Leone.  He has no human compassion  or human decency . It should therefore not be surprising that Victor Sylver has become a celebrated wife-beating drunk in London.

 

 

Neighbours and Sierra Leonean residents in London have been presiding over the steady further deterioration of a self-seeking and avarious man who now has no friend or relative. Even his inlaws despice him because of his drunken stupor daily, his neglect of his  marital home and his abusive conduct to his wife, a very good woman from a very good home ,who finds herself in these straits today because she fell in love with a man who is a monster. Victor accuses my newspaper of Kongosah reporting when I expose his shameful excessive drinking and diamba-smoking as well as his beating of his wife. But I do not consider that Kongosah.

 

 

You want to sit in judgement of others , make sure that you are living right yourself. But you can’t be a deadbeat father, drunkard, diamba-smoker and wife-beater and you want to be judgemental of others. This is just to let readers know that Victor Sylver is not fit to sit in judgement of others. On Saturday night, we will bring you comments from Sierra Leoneans in London which will reinforce my point that the BBC made the worst mistake hiring a hoodlum like Victor Sylver and owe the Sierra Leonean people an apology.

Deputy Foreign Minister Ebun Jusu addresses the UN General Assembly

Wednesday, October 12th, 2011

 

 Sierra Leone’s Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation , Mrs. Ebun Jusu, has been in New York for the past two weeks attending the various debates  at Commiittee  level of the 66th Session of the United Nations General Assembly . Yesterday, the Deputy Foreign Minister addressed the UN General Assembly at the Joint Debate of The New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD).

READ THE FULL STATEMENT :

Mr. President,

 

 Sierra Leone fully associates with the statements read by Kenya on behalf of the African Group, Argentina on behalf of the G 77 and China and Nepal on behalf of the LDCs.

 

 

DEPUTY FOREIGN MINISTER EBUN JUSU ADDRESSES THE UN GENERAL ASSEMBLY

We join other delegations in thanking the Secretary-General for his comprehensive and forward-looking reports. My delegation further express its appreciation to the Special Adviser on Africa, Under Secretary-General Cheikh Sidi Diarra and his dedicated team for their advisory and advocacy work in promoting Africa’s development agenda.

 

 Mr. President,

 

SIERRA LEONE ‘S DELEGATION AT THE UN GENERAL ASSEMBLY YESTERDAY : FROM RIGHT-FRONT ROW: THE  DEPUTY FOREIGN MINISTER; MRS. FYLE; SHEKU MISALI; BACK ROW FROM LEFT AMBASSADOR RASIE KARGBO BRIAN LOGAN AND MINISTER PLENIPOTENTIARY KABS KANU

We are reviewing reports on the progress of implementation of the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD), the implementation of the recommendations contained in the report of the Secretary general on the Causes of Conflict and the Promotion of Durable Peace and Sustainable Development in Africa, and the Rollback Malaria Programme, at a very crucial and challenging moment in global peace and security, and economic architecture.

 

 

IN THIS PHOTO FIRST FROM RIGHT -SECOND ROW-BRIAN LOGAN.

The tenth anniversary of NEPAD provides an opportunity for deeper reflection on the success and challenges in actualizing Africa’s transformation agenda and how to leverage the various opportunities to advance sustainable development in Africa.

 

 Clearly, the entire global community is grappling with the deepening effect of an unprecedented economic and financial crisis – a crisis that undoubtedly has a much graver impact on the developing world. In particular, the least developed countries’ most of which are in Africa remain challenged with the task of attaining internationally agreed development goals including the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by the target date of 2015.

 

 Despite the gloom, there are visible prospects in the horizon. With the support of the international community, significant progress has been made in fostering the objectives of the New Partnership for Africa’s Development. With accelerated growth over the last decade, improvement in governance, the specter of conflict receding and improvement in leadership, it is clear that Africa is at a critical turning point. Steady progress is also recorded in malaria control and prevention mechanisms with many households sleeping under treated mosquito bed nets. As a further commitment, some African Heads of States, including the President of Sierra Leone, committed to reaching the

United Nations Secretary-General’s goal of ensuring universal access to malaria control interventions launched the African Leaders Malaria Alliance (ALMA) with the goal of ending preventable malaria deaths by 2015.

 Mr. President,

 

 The integration of NEPAD into the African Union is a milestone in advancing the socio-economic transformation agenda of the continent. It provides a window for strategic partnership to explore areas of cooperation to address such global challenges as the debt issue, climate change, trade and regional integration and sustainable development.

 

 We are encouraged by the ongoing implementation of NEPAD projects ranging from the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme, infrastructure, the environment, gender mainstreaming, education and training in information and communication technologies. At the level of governance, advances in the implementation of the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) demonstrate the continent’s resolve and commitment in promoting democracy, good governance, peace and stability in the continent. Worthy of note and commendation is its early warning system of impending threats to peace and stability in Africa.

 

In order to build on these gains and further strengthen our development strides, we urge African countries to increase domestic savings and lessen dependence on foreign aid. In that regard, Foreign Direct Investment, aimed at creating public private partnerships and a vibrant private sector remains a viable option in addressing unemployment and under employment as well as promoting socio-economic development. Among the key strategic issues, it is important to support continental resource mobilization and public-private partnerships to finance the implementation of NEPAD. African governments, national and regional institutions including the Regional Economic Communities need to be strengthened in their developmental role in support of promoting intra-Africa trade and other key objectives.

 

In this regard, my delegation calls upon the NEPAD Agency to focus the next decade on implementation aimed at improving Africa’s global standing and on improving the linkages with the continent’s regional economic communities. The February 2010 14th African Union Assembly decision to integrate NEPAD into the structures and processes of the AU added further impetus to the role of NEPAD as the continent’s flagship development programme. Also the establishment of the NEPAD Planning and Coordinating Agency (NPCA) as a technical body of the African Union to replace the NEPAD Secretariat as the new Agency performing the role of the main institutional vehicle to deliver the vision and agenda of NEPAD is also a significant milestone.

 

 On our part as a country, despite the present food and economic crises, Sierra Leone has made tremendous progress in implementing its Agenda for Change which is aligned with the UN Joint Vision for Sierra Leone.This development and peace building framework sets clear priorities targeting drivers of growth and necessary conditions for human development in key areas such as energy, agriculture, infrastructure, health, youth unemployment and education. The strategies for delivering these priorities include among other things, improving the capacity of the public service, enhancing public and private sector partnerships as well as our domestic financial system. And it is in this regard that we are intensifying our cooperation within the triangular and South-South Cooperation.

 

 Mr. President,

 

 There is an increasing awareness that the responsibility for peace and security in Africa, including the capacity to address the root causes of conflict and to resolve conflicts in a peaceful manner, lies primarily with African countries themselves. The African Union, and the sub regional organizations have undertaken to strengthen their capacity in conflict prevention and resolution. They are also taking the lead in peacekeeping operations in the continent. The peaceful independence referendum in Southern Sudan, the adoption of a new constitution in Kenya, the transition of Guinea and Niger from military to civilian rule, resolving post-elections crisis in Ivory Coast, responding to the humanitarian situation caused by drought in the horn of Africa, actively seeking peaceful resolution of the uprisings in some parts of North Africa and the peacekeeping efforts in Darfur and Somalia are clear indications of the continent’s preparedness to rise to the occasion with the much-needed support from the international community and the United Nations.

 

 Mr. President,

 

 While these efforts are on-going, we are also witnessing a new wave of challenges involving violent protests and uprisings, trans-national organized crime and narcotic drug trafficking, piracy, issues of governance, human rights and corruption. Furthermore, while the reduction of extreme poverty and hunger remains the main development challenge, most African countries are also grappling with the problem of youth bulge and unemployment, climate change, and inadequate productive capacity. These challenges frustrate efforts by African countries to achieve the MDGs.

 

 Thus, the need to forge coordinated partnerships to strengthen capacities to respond to crises and security threats associated with the above challenges, particularly in conflict and post-conflict countries, remain vital in ensuring durable peace.

 

 It is in this respect that my delegation commends the 2010 comprehensive review of the implementation of the 1998 Recommendations of the Secretary General on the Causes of Conflict and the Promotion of Durable Peace and Sustainable Development in Africa, in the light of new and emerging issues affecting human security in Africa. In that regard, my delegation notes the policy proposals and recommendations in the Secretary General’s present report A/66/214 – S/2011/476.

 

 Mr. President,

 

 The Doha Round remains stalled with various international commitments, including those made at Monterrey and Gleneagles, yet to be fulfilled. Slower progress is recorded in addressing poverty reduction, unemployment, environmental sustainability and most health-related goals. And, factors such as the additional burden posed by the adverse impact of the global financial, food, energy crises and climate change; and weak unemployment growth in the continent have constrained achievement of the MDGs. We therefore call upon our partners to intensify efforts in:

 

Eliminating distorting trade barriers by promoting and facilitating market access to developing countries, especially the least developed;

 

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Delivering on their commitment to achieve the ODA target of 0.7% and 0.15% for the developing and least developing countries respectively; and

 

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Addressing the unsustainable debt burden of Heavily Indebted Poor Countries.

 

Mr. President,

 

 

In concluding, allow me to reiterate Sierra Leone’s commitment to furthering the objectives of NEPAD, the promotion of good governance, sustainable peace and development in the continent.

 

 

I thank you for your kind attention.

President Koroma Makes Yet Another History, as fiber optic lands

Wednesday, October 12th, 2011

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By Sallieu Tejan Jalloh :

President Ernest Bai Koroma yesterday 10th October scored yet another milestone goal in the history of Sierra Leone when he officially hooked the country to the under-sea fibre optic cable that could transform its socio-economic landscape forever.
Speaking at the ceremony, the Head of State noted that the Information Communications Technology sector operated via satellite transmission is very much expensive with limited quality, capacity and coverage; adding that with the landing of the fibre optic cable, all of the encountered problems will be addressed and Sierra Leoneans will begin to enjoy affordable, cheapest, reliable, and effective communication facilities.

President Koroma revealed that the fibre optic transformation came through the African Coast to Europe (ACE) project by which he engaged the private sector and the World Bank. He said the process was kick-started with the setting up of the Sierra Leone Cable Company (SALCAB) which is 100% government-owned, adding that with the landing and subsequent operationalising of  the fibre optic cable more employment opportunities will be created in the country.

“Sierra Leone will be opened to the international gateway and will guarantee lots of opportunities that will serve as catalysts for development in various sectors like health, education, and agriculture,” President Koroma informed the audience who responded with thunderous applause, adding that it will also help to reduce the cost of doing business and attract more investments in the country.
“The landing of the fibre optic cable is indeed a great moment in our country’s history and government now has plans to liberalize the country’s national gateway through a program that will be championed by the Minister of Information and Communications, Alhaji Ibrahim Ben Kargbo,” His Excellency maintained, while commending the Minister for championing the project from its initiation to the present moment.
The climax of the occasion was when President Koroma moved to receive and landed the cable. He was accompanied be the Vice President, the Information Minister and other high profiled personalities.
The occasion was marked by fanfare and jubilation at the landing station at Lumley Beach in Freetown, four nautical kilometers from where the ship carrying the transformational cable had docked.

Experts say the landing of the submarine cable can only be a blessing to the already booming economic prospects of the country at a time when investors are clogging to pour in their resources. “Reducing the prices of mobile phone top-ups is in itself a stunner; getting easy access to the internet is by itself a winner; but the fact that the fibre connection comes with the potential of thousands of employment opportunities especially for young people is a mesmerizing success. Sierra Leone is in for a jolly ride to eminence and prosperity. And it could not have been an accident that it is happening under the astute leadership of President Koroma. This is historic. Such events don’t come often,” an ICT specialist told The Torchlight at the ceremony.

It is well known that the leading nations in Africa, including Rwanda and Ghana, have registered success stories primarily because of their early access to the fibre optic cable.

Deputy Information Minister Sheka Tarawalie, who missed the ceremony to attend ICT-related sub-regional meetings in Ghana, Ivory Coast and Senegal, was also upbeat. “We are focused and determined to put our country on the international map. It is victory for Sierra Leone; it is a great reward for the efforts of the President to implement the Agenda for Change.” He said they will now assiduously work towards the terrestrial backbone connection that will interconnect cities, towns and villages not only within Sierra Leone but also with Liberia and Guinea through the Ecowan project. “We are on target; and by early to mid 2012, we would be realizing the full benefits of this fibre optic connection,” he said.

President Koroma recently made history in the United States when he was selected to sit next to US President Barack Obama at a United Nations luncheon. The stock market’s NASDAQ bell was also rung on his behalf in New York, another history for the President and Sierra Leone.

Statement delivered by Deputy Foreign Minister Ebun Jusu during the general debate at the Second Committee of the UN

Tuesday, October 11th, 2011

Mr. Chairman,  Distinguished delegates :
 
At the outset, let me join previous speakers to congratulate you and members of the bureau on your election to steer the work of the Second Committee during the 66th session of the UN General Assembly and at the same time, thank your predecessor for her outstanding leadership leading to remarkable progress during the 65th  session.  You are assured of our full cooperation and support towards a successful conclusion of the business of this committee.
Sierra Leone aligns itself with the statement made by the distinguished representative of Kenya on behalf of the African Group, Argentina on behalf of G-77 and China and Nepal on behalf of the LDCs.
Mr. Chairman,
The Tenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 10) the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) to be held this month in Republic of Korea, 17th Conference of the Parties (COP 17th) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) to be held in South Africa later in the year and the Rio+20 Summit to be held mid-next year in Brazil will occur during this session. The importance of the work of this committee in providing the much-needed political momentum for these conferences cannot be over emphasized.
 Mr. Chairman,
Sierra Leone is concerned about the seeming lack of political will and commitment for the implementation of internationally agreed development goals including the MDGs and the systematic attempt to renegotiate these commitments. In this regard, we urge the international committee for the urgent and full implementation of all the commitments particularly those contained in the United Nations Millennium Declaration, the Declaration on the New Partnership for Africa’s Development, the Monterrey Consensus of the International Conference on Financing for Development, the Plan of Implementation of the World Summit on Sustainable Development (Johannesburg Plan of Implementation) and the 2005 World Summit Outcome as well as the 2008 Political Declaration on Africa’s development needs.
Mr. Chairman,
The multiple and interrelated crises, particularly those of volatile energy and food prices,  the adverse effects  and impacts of climate change, the continuing impact  of the recent global economic and financial crisis continue to undermine the development efforts of developing countries, especially LDCs, conflict and post conflict countries, majority of whom remain off track in achieving the MDGs by 2015.
In this regard, we emphasize the indispensable role that Official Development Assistance (ODA) plays in catalyzing economic and social development as well as poverty eradication and to that end, urge for the fulfillment of commitments to double the ODA by 2010 as agreed during the Gleneagles Summit of 2007 in a timely fashion. We reiterate that South-South cooperation is a complement to North-South cooperation rather than a substitute.
Mr. Chairman,
Strong and sustainable growth is critical for developing countries to meet the internationally agreed development goals. A strengthened United Nations framework for enhancing coordination and complementarities should be at the centre of efforts to bridge existing gaps, build consensus on efficient and effective solutions for global economic, social and environmental issues.
We remain committed to sustainable development and the eradication of poverty which is well articulated in our Agenda for Change aligned with the Joint Vision of the United Nations Country Team in Sierra Leone.
There is however, greater need to enhance efforts to mobilize adequate high-quality technical support, as well as to promote the development and dissemination of appropriate, affordable and environmentally friendly and sustainable technologies, and their transfers to developing countries on mutually agreed terms. In line with the Istanbul Programme of Action, we call for the implementation of targeted, predictable and sustainable productive capacity building programmes.
Mr. Chairman,
The effects and impacts of climate change are already evident in Africa and all over the world yet the level of commitment towards a global deal on emission reduction is still low. We must bear in mind that this negatively affects the extent to which poor countries can adapt as the cost becomes prohibitive. Adaptation needs essentially remain central to a global regime on climate change.
As presently evident in the horn of Africa, Desertification poses serious challenge to economic growth and efforts towards achieving the MDGs. Food prices have nearly tripled in some regions since last year, worsening the crisis. According to the United Nations University’s Institute for Natural Resources in Africa report if desertification is not given due attention and addressed,  Africa may only be able to feed 25 percent of its population by 2025. This abundantly reflects the severity of the problem of drought and desertification and the imperative for action.
Clearly, there is a need to enhance the implementation of the UNCCD as a global policy and monitoring framework to address issues of soil and land degradation. There is therefore a growing need for the UNCCD to strengthen its preventive role not only in dry lands but also in other ecosystems.
We attach utmost importance to the Rio+20 Conference to be held next year in Rio de Janeiro and look forward to a successful and fruitful outcome, which we believe constitutes an important opportunity to reaffirm and renew political commitment to implement the previous engagement, in accordance with the Rio Declaration, Agenda 21, the Johannesburg Plan of Implementation and the relevant outcomes of the major conferences on sustainable development.
In conclusion, Mr. Chairman, let me add my voice to call on the developed countries to show flexibility and political will that is necessary to resolve the present impasse in the Doha Round of trade negotiations; and to take into account the urgent need for a rules –based, open, non discriminatory and equitable multilateral trading system that contributes to growth, sustainable development and employment.  Additionally, we encourage all of our development partners to promote Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) which remains catalytic in augmenting domestic savings, employment generation, technology transfer and entrepreneurship in developing countries especially LDCs.
I thank you.



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

Statement Before the Third Committee At the 66th Session of the United Nations General Assembly by the Deputy Foreign Minister Mrs. Ebun Jusu

Tuesday, October 11th, 2011

The delegation of Sierra Leone is pleased to join this debate on these crucial issues of drug and crime, issues that have continued to pose serious challenge to our peace consolidation efforts. As this is the first time my delegation is taking the floor, I would like to congratulate you and members of the bureau on your election to direct the affairs of this Committee for the 66th Session of the UN General Assembly and to assure you of my delegation’s fullest support and cooperation.

We appreciate the Secretary-General’s tireless efforts to put together all the reports before the Committee on the two agenda items under consideration. We take note with appreciation of the conclusions and recommendations contained in the various reports.  READ FULL STATEMENT BELOW :

STATEMENT  BY

MRS. EBUN ADEBOLA JUSU

 

DEPUTY MINISTER OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS AND INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION

Before the Third Committee

At the 66th Session of the United Nations General Assembly

On Agenda Item 107 “Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice” and 108 on “International Drug Control”

 

 

New York, Thursday, 6th October, 2011

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Mr. Chairman,

The delegation of Sierra Leone is pleased to join this debate on these crucial issues of drug and crime, issues that have continued to pose serious challenge to our peace consolidation efforts.

 

As this is the first time my delegation is taking the floor, I would like to congratulate you and members of the bureau on your election to direct the affairs of this Committee for the 66th Session of the UN General Assembly and to assure you of my delegation’s fullest support and cooperation.

We appreciate the Secretary-General’s tireless efforts to put together all the reports before the Committee on the two agenda items under consideration. We take note with appreciation of the conclusions and recommendations contained in the various reports.

 

Mr. Chairman,

 

Our countries are vulnerable to drug traffickers because of the porous nature of our borders. This phenomenon could disrupt the security and socio-economic stability of post-conflict countries. For instance, cocaine trafficking is one of the biggest threats, especially when it is accompanied by illicit arms and human trafficking, corruption and subversion of legitimate state institutions. Concerted effort must therefore be made to respond to the threats it poses.

 

Mr. Chairman,

 

In spite of the many constraints; most of which could be attributed to the current global economic and financial crisis and the lingering impact of the rebel war, Sierra Leone is making steady progress in its efforts to combat the problems of illicit drug trafficking, organized crime and corruption.

 

For example, we have established a Joint Drug Interdiction Force (JDIF), to strengthen our anti-drug law enforcement capacities. We are pleased to announce to this Committee that the Force has now been upgraded to a fully operational Transnational Organized Crime Unit (TOCU).  The Unit, which is stationed at the international airport and the main seaport, brings together all competent agencies to ensure greater coordination and efficiency in the fight against drug trafficking.

 

Another demonstration of our commitment to tackling organized crime and drug trafficking was the hosting in Freetown of a Ministerial Conference in February, 2010The outcome was the adoption of what came to be known as the “Freetown Commitment”, which provides for the establishment of a Transnational Organized Crime Unit and the development of a national assistance programme in La Cote D’Ivoire, Guinea Bissau, Liberia and my own Sierra Leone.

 

Other practical measures worth mentioning include steps to revise our national legislative framework on terrorism, drug trafficking, migrant smuggling and corruption. We are trying to align them with the international commitments we have made so far. With assistance from our international partners, we are training more law enforcement agencies and improving relevant infrastructure. We are also improving our law enforcement patrolling capacities and have enhanced our intelligence and information gathering, analysis and exchange capacities. Our Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU) is being strengthened and all relevant actors are being sensitized on Anti-money Laundering (ALM) and Combating the Financing of Terrorism (CFT).

 

Concerning corruption, we have taken bold steps by arresting and convicting both low-ranking and senior government officials engaged in corrupt practices. We have also adopted strategies to further decentralize the efforts of the Anti-corruption Commission (ACC), build the capacities of Government Ministries, Departments and Agencies, and to sensitize the community such as working with schools to make sure the population fully understands what constitutes corruption.

 

Mr. Chairman, distinguished delegates,

 

With international drug trafficking posing a threat not only to the stability of our country but the sub-region at large, there is need for our collective action to ensure the security and socio-economic stability we have all worked hard to build is not reversed.

 

The Secretary-General in his report contained in document A/66/131 underscores the relevance of international cooperation to meet the challenges posed by crimes, which he maintained “move and inflict harm across boundaries”. We must collectively work to address this issue before it takes root and pose even greater dangers.

 

Mr. Chairman,

 

Sierra Leone believes that to effectively combat illicit drug trafficking and transnational organized crime requires enhancement of law enforcement agencies through training opportunities, provision of the necessary logistics and reducing corruption. Moreover, monitoring financial transactions to ensure funds accrued from the drug trade are not utilized to promote criminal activities such as terrorism. In this regard, sustained international cooperation and assistance are critical. We appreciate UNODC’s support with implementing projects in the areas of money-laundering and trafficking in persons and migrant smuggling.

 

We thank the various UN agencies and other international and bilateral partners that are currently helping with the operationalization of our Transnational Organized Crime Unit (TOCU). Let me specifically highlight efforts by the UNODC, DPKO, DPA, UNOWA, and INTERPOL, particularly for their joint action to enhance the implementation of the West African Coast Initiative (WACI).

 

I thank for your attention.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Koromanomics created jobs and jobs : It allows SLPP no gains approaching 2012 elections

Monday, October 10th, 2011

By Arolyn I. Koroma, Washington, DC-USA :

October 8, 2011 :

The opposition Sierra Leone People’s Party (SLPP) is making no gains despite price increases on rice, Gas (petrol) and other commodities. This is because comparatively, the electorate prefers a down-turn Koromanomics as opposed to an SLPP in the State House that will derail both national development and international gains made by Dr. Ernest Koroma’s administration.  Even more so, the electorate is more participative and educated now more than ever before. Most Sierra Leoneans are aware of the general state of the world economies. The high cost of oil (gas) in the world market has forced both the producers and suppliers to pass their added expenses to the end users, the consumers.  Up till now the opposition SLPP has no coherent platform, but good on rhetoric’s filled criticisms. They have nothing to offer the Sierra Leone electorate and hard working men and women.

AROLYN KAMARA

The president’s hard work hasn’t gone unnoticed. In January 2011, President Ernest Koroma was cited as 9th out of 52 most progressive African leaders, which also translated as Sierra Leone is 9th in overall world standings in terms of good governance in the Africa continent.

He was also chosen by the American Medical and Educational Services (AMES) for recognition amongst about one hundred African leaders during the Celebration of Distinguish Africans in America, and around the World. That is quite significant, looking back at 2007 when he took over leadership at a time when the country was last in every human advancement numerical listing (108 out of 108) with the World Bank, United Nations (UN), World Health Organization (WHO) and other reputable international agencies.

In his speech the Executive Director Dr. Albert M. Randall referred to President Koroma as one of Africa’s most industrious and visionary leaders to emerge in Africa in the 21st century. His implementation of the partially free Health Care, is unprecedented and worth emulating by both industrialized and third world nations. Dr. Koroma’s achievements in the three years he had served as Head of State in the not too long ago troubled nation is quite huge, added Mr. Randle

His Koromanomics policies are being vindicated by recent chaos taking place in Industrialize nations in Europe. For example; America is hit hard with a stubborn 9.2% inflation that is considered to be very high, and currently America is fighting to avoid default on its loans. The ugly economic issues in Greece, Cyprus, Italy and most recently the August 2011 riot in Britain, where the chickens came home to roost (Nations that engineer unrest in other countries got a taste of their making) , London was taken by surprise. The economic hardship took people to the streets, looting all the way to the city center. These internationally wide spread and unavoidable events are creating situations for critics to think twice in blaming president Koroma for the rise in commodity prices in a consumer nation like Sierra Leone. The previous Dr. Ahmed Tejan Kabba’s SLPP administration had a stagnant agricultural budget of about 2% for ten years for a nation that cannot sufficiently produce its staple food.  This department has experienced a modest budget increase of about 15% in three years, but only to be stifled by horrendous world economic events.

In retrospect, President Ernest Koroma’s Koromanomics policy brings more money in people’s pocket than any other period in Sierra Leone. His concentration was in creating jobs, jobs and jobs so that people can provide for their households despite collapsed world economies.

In the Northern Province, the Koroma administration once again gave life to the Iron Ore Mines that has been laid idle for more than three decades. The African Minerals and other mining companies operating the lucrative mines are now employing Sierra Leoneans irrespective of regional or ethnic origin. Soon the ministry of Health will be the highest government employing entity in the nation. With its many branches around the country, the A.P.C. government’s job creation policy cannot be compared and cannot be challenge by the opposition (S.L.P.P.) party’s miserable ten years rule.

Since the closure of the National Public Works Department (P.W.D.), the health department field is taking the slack. Thus, making the Sierra Leone Health Department probably the second largest employer after the mineral mining companies.

The Bread Basket of the nation, the Kono District’s diamond deposit is for the first time in decades bringing profit not only to the government, but also to the Kono District natives in the form of infrastructural development which benefit the local population.

Work on laying fiber optics cables beneath the Atlantic Ocean to facilitate Internet efficiency in the nation was completed earlier last month. This in itself is a step forward in assuring international investors that the country is ready to accommodate every type of investment.

Thanks to president Koroma’s visionary and able leadership. The nation is witnessing progress in all basic human needs including education and health care. Most cities which were out of reach from local commerce are now within easy reach or motorable. The president’s agenda for change is working. His vigilante in promoting accountability and transparency is producing positive results and it is attracting quality investors to the nation.

Currently Sierra Leone is attracting the rest of the world for a different reason. Which is the exploration of crude Oil, that for many years has been known to abundantly exist has began. It is steadily drawing another set of investors and it is creating employment as well.  This is in addition to the decades long many mineral resources that range from Diamond and Gold, Iron Ore, Chromites, Rutile, and Piassava.

President Dr. Koroma’s administration’s commitment to fight bribery and corruption, and the formation of the Anti Corruption Commission (ACC) is significant. Additionally, his nationwide inclusion of Transparency and Accountability in both the public sector and the Government establishment is luring quality investors from around the world. The Koroma administration’s action shows that the country is serious in safe-guarding the interest of the investors.

With these many endowed mineral resources Sierra Leone is vying for the region s position of being not only the Sub-Saharan gateway to the minerals, but of Africa.

 

 

The ringing of the NADAQS closing bell signaled the beginning of Sierra Leone’s PROSPERITY

Monday, October 10th, 2011

The naysayers of the rebranding of Sierra Leone may look at the  ringing of the closing bell at NADAQS as a mere publicity stunt pulled off by the APC Government while in New York for the recently held UN General Assembly meeting. But it is not. As a servant of God, I write to inform the worldwide body of Sierra Leoneans that the act has Heavenly ramifications; it is symbolic of things to come as it sets in motion God’s goodwill for our rebranded nation. It is not by accident that our time conscious and internationally acclaimed President Ernest Bai Koroma was unable to make it to the stock exchange building on time. President Ernest Bai Koroma has determinedly led the drive to restructure and reconstruct the socio-economic yarn of Sierra Leone.
REV. KEMOH SULIMANI JR
However, one individual cannot do it all. As the leading administrator he made the wise choice of selecting able individuals who are charged with specific functions in areas where they are proficient. Before undertaking his current duties, Rev. Kanu constantly interceded before God in behalf of Sierra Leone. Say what you may, God listens to his faithful servants even when they are not perfect more than just ordinary individuals. There are spiritual blockades with nationwide effects which everyday people cannot implore God to remove in the Heavens. It takes the spiritual strength of devoted servants to push wide the gates of Heaven and let the blessings of God flow freely on individuals, societies, regions, and nations. This was what the Hon. Rev. Kabs Kanu did by the act of ringing the closing bell at NADAQS. After petitioning God all these years to pour out PROSPERITY on Sierra Leone, his action at NADAQS closed the chapter on the lean history of Sierra Leone. By the same token, it opened the book of the era of affluence for the entire Sierra Leone.
 Sierra Leone’s misanthropists would ask, “Who gave the fallible servant Rev. Kanu such authority to push out of the way the brace setbacks to overflowing wealth in Sierra Leone?” It is the God that owns every beast of the forest and the cattle on a thousand hills.  It is the God who controls the resources of the universe in which our world’s economy is just a scrap. It is the God that gave Elijah the supernatural power to pray for and against rain. It is the God that has blessed countless nations through the flawed hands of lowly individuals. It is the God who empowers believers to call things that are not as though they are. It is the God who promised abundant blessings for obedient and faithful servants and their nations. It is the God of Mother Teresa, Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King, and Desmond Tutu.  The Bible has several narratives of common people doing uncommon things on behalf of the God of everyday people. In our times, there are also incredible stories of regular people doing extraordinary things. The act of ringing NADAQS’ closing bell was a directive from heaven as the REBRANDING of Sierra Leone enters the PROSPERITY phase.
“Come on” my critics would say, “This is preposterous, misleading and slandering.” “How does an insignificant event that took place on the rich side of the Atlantic change the lives of the poor people on the south side of the Ocean?” As a servant of God, my fear is never the inability to convince doubters’ and haters. Because in the face of the truth, both groups will conjure reasons to markdown the facts. My concern has always been the failure to articulate the rare moments God has allowed me to sneak a look at events in heaven and their subsequent occurrence on earth. Any servant of God that says they constantly hear from God is a liar and the truth is not in them. Read the Book of Psalm and you will discover that despite the overbearing lament of the people, God only spoke seven times. More than anything, God listens as we present our human and societal complains. Often than not, God allow us to sought through our issues although we plea directly for divine answers. I do not want to mislead you by providing answers I do not have. However, allow me to share this with you before closing.
Who would have thought that the collapse of the housing market in America was part of a perfect storm that would lead to a global recession? Why the opening and closing events on Wall Street do affect money markets everywhere in the world? How sand storms that begin in the Sahara somehow reach the Americas? How do volcanic eruptions that occur under the sea cause Tsunamis with rippling effects thousands of miles away? Why did the Red Sea create a pathway for God’s people simply by the stretch of the rod? How did Jesus turn water into wine and save a wedding party from becoming a livid crowd? Why President Obama did invite President Koroma to join the head table although what ill-willed Sierra Leoneans expected for our leader was shunning and scolding at the UN? If you can figure the answers to all these questions then maybe you will understand that the Hon. Rev. Kabs Kanu ringing of the bell has a Divine Dimension connecting Heaven’s Glory with Sierra Leone’s PROSPERITY.
 In October of 2009 when I revealed that I see a New Sierra Leone, some thought I was crazy and others accepted it as a prophetic revelation. Two years later, the theme for the nation’s Golden Jubilee Independence was “Celebrating a New Sierra Leone.” Like you, I ask God why me? I wish I knew. However, to hold back revelations from God because of my failings is to be of disservice to humanity. Moreover, the God who powerfully touched me several years ago said ‘His grace is sufficient’ as I share with my countrymen/women what is revealed. So fellow Sierra Leoneans, allow me to say:-
Although we have been thinking sad thoughts, God has not forgotten about Sierra Leoneans. Although there is suffering, discomfort, grief, pain, and abject poverty in the land, God has not forsaken our nation. As we honestly express our human emotions because of the hard and hash conditions in Sierra Leone, God heard our complaints. The afflictions of Sierra Leoneans have produced a supernatural affection from Heaven. Our days of sorrow are ending as our brighter days of JOY are just beginning. Our moments of adversity are coming to an end, as our season of PLENTY is set in motion.  There is a shifting in the Heavens for Sierra Leone. Sierra Leone is no longer next in line for blessings from God. The discharge of God’s outline for the nation is now the topmost item on God’s to-do list.  BLESSINGS for Sierra Leone are now the highest priority directly in front of God, and directed with urgency toward Sierra Leone. God has searched the hearts of our leaders and examined the soul of our nation. God’s conclusion is that our leaders are sincere and the soul of the nation is committed to God. Therefore, it is time for Sierra Leone and Sierra Leoneans to PROSPER.  As the nation fixes what was broken, God will move SIERRA LEONEANS FROM RAGS TO RICHES.
From the fruits of the land, Sierra Leone shall prosper. Through the resources of the Sea, Sierra Leone will prosper. Through the grains in the ground, Sierra Leone will prosper. From the natural resources currently mined and yet undiscovered, prosperity is coming. The Lion Mountain shall no longer be the place where there are scarcities. The thousands that now go to bed hungry will soon wakeup with a full stomach and lots of leftovers in days to come. From being categorized as an underdeveloped nation Sierra Leone will soon fall in the grouping of a DEVELOPING nation.  Beyond the clamor about what the current government has failed to do, lay the concrete measures our leaders have taken to swing the PROSPERITY pendulum Sierra Leone’s way. There’s a CHANGE in fortune for Sierra Leoneans that will rain OPULENCE on the nation.  The sound economic policies of the government will bring good dividend for the entire nation. From the oil at sea to the diamonds in Kono, Sierra Leoneans will begin to benefit from her blessings. From the ores in the north to the fertile soils of the south, the nation will soon forget about deprivations. From the factories in the west to investments all around the nation, it’s time for rejoicing because God has opened the gates of Heaven to pour out PROSPERITY on Sierra Leone.  Affluence shall blanket the nation like Manna from Heaven and Sierra Leoneans shall tell of the goodness of God.
Blessings and Peace
Rev. Kemoh M. Sulimani Jr.