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VIDEO : DEPUTY INFORMATION MINISTER THEO. NICOL HOLDS SUCCESSFUL MEETING IN NEW JERSEY

Saturday, August 24th, 2013

 

 The Deputy Minister of Information and Communications, Mr. Theo. Nicol, yesterday held a successful town hall-like meeting and dialogue with Sierra Leonean residents in New Jersey on pertinent governance, social and economic issues in Sierra Leone, especially the constitution review and President Ernest Koroma’s Agenda For Prosperity.

The important meeting drew stakeholders and heads and members of key political and social organizations in New Jersey and one of the organizers of the program, Min. Plenipotentiary ( Your humble servant ) described the attendees as the CREAM OF THE NEW JERSEY SOCIETY . Represented were the umbrella Sierra Leone Community of New Jersey ( SLCNJ ), Sarbeh, Tegloma, and of course the two leading political parties, the ruling APC and the opposition SLPP. Religious leaders were also present.

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THE HIGH TABLE : MINISTER NICOL IS THIRD FROM LEFT. SITTING BY HIM ON THE RIGHT IS KABS KANU AND ON THE LEFY ALHAJI BADARA KAMARA. EXTREME LEFT IS PASCO TEMPLE AND EXTREME RIGHT ALIMAMY TURAY.

Minister Theo. Nicol gave a detailed presentation on the constitution review and the imperative of the exercise which is to make governance and the system more democratic and accountable to her citizens and to correct the many flaws manifest in the constitution . He dispelled the misrepresentation by detractors of the reasons for the exercise. The Minister also took his time to give a comprehensive discussion of the Agenda For Prosperity and Government’s blueprint for the improvement of education, health delivery services , the infrastructure and the welfare of the general populace. New Jerseyans have now been told that there is no iota of truth in the rumors being spread by detractors of the government that President Koroma wants to stay for a third term .

At the end of his presentation, an interesting period of Questions-and-answers followed, during which the Minister addressed attendeees’ questions about burning issues affecting the country .

The meeting was moderated by Min. Plenipotentiary ( Your humble servant ) .

Read Cocorioko later for detailed reports by KABS KANU and Pasco Temple.

MEANWHILE, HERE IS A VIDEO OF THE EVENT BY HAMJAT JOLOMY BAH : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=osY-vi28h14&feature=youtu.be

APC too popular with the people and too confident of supremacy over Bio to try to frame him

Thursday, August 22nd, 2013

By KABS KANU :

Since the news came out that some army officers alleged to have been planning a mutiny had been arrested , one crazy theory has been floating on social media , courtesy of some detractors of the Ernest Koroma Government. The theory is so base that you feel a sense of awkwardness to repeat it .But for the fact that very troubling allegations made on the social media must be addressed speedily with a view to clarifying issues to the thousands on the media, these are the kinds of assertions that would have been fit  only for the dustbin of one’s mind.

President Ernest Koroma and APC Party and Government are still enjoying massive goodwill, popularity and support from the people of Sierra Leone and if an election was held again today, the APC will score another resounding victory over the SLPP. Maada Bio, it has been repeated countless times, is no match for President Koroma or the APC. And even the President’s successor will beat Bio in 2018 because Bio has never been a presidential material or challenger . I know that like in other countries, there are many challenges in Sierra Leone but President Koroma’s earnestness , commitment and genuine efforts to continue transforming the nation for the better and his achievements make the APC for now the preferred party of the people. Call any elections now, the APC will win again as they did in 2012.

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The recent SLPP Convention is not a game-changer. It is not as if anything remarkable happened to suggest that the SLPP are on the upsurge. In fact, the manner the Convention ended should worry any genuine SLPP supporter because the convention left the SLPP more disunited than it was before the event. Therefore, for now the APC sill holds the vital edge and advantage in Sierra Leone.

Given all these facts, why would the government stage-manage a coup attempt to incriminate Bio ? The suggestion sounds so foolish it is demeaning even to the mentality of SLPP supporters touting it. Why would the government want Bio in trouble or jail when first of all, he is not a threat to the LONGEVITY of APC rule ?

During the run-up to the 2012 elections, these same people were full of all kinds of false confidence and the swelling words from them made it seem like the elections would be a mere formality and Bio will march easily to State House. People were even fooling themselves and deceiving Bio by calling him PRESIDENT-IN-WAITING. The genie or Kashilla that gave them such false confidence is the same genie
expatiating such distorted and exaggerated importance of Bio. Let it be known that Bio is not fit and has not reached the level where any serious government will bother itself to try to implicate him in a stage-managed coup plot. Even if he rises to that level, it is not the Ernest Koroma Government’s style to stifle opposition outside the ballot box. If the APC wanted Bio in jail, they would have arrested him long ago. Bio has given enough cause for any government to arrest him.

Secondly, the APC Government is  very democratic. How else must President Koroma prove to his detractors that he breathes and exudes the spirit of democracy. Democracy is the centrepiece of everything that defines President Koroma. This is the first government in the history of African politics that has served five years without having any political prisoner . Not even the humble and tumble and passions of the dirty electioneering campaign provoked the government to crack down on opponents . Even when Bio provides the cause , he does not get arrested because the Government wants to remain democratic and accountable to the people.

Thirdly, this is the most peace- LOVING government that has ever ruled Sierra Leone. President Koroma has ruled so peacefully that he is the toast of the international community . The Government is so peaceful that it will not try to stir chaos in the country by employing such a foolish and worthless strategy.

Sierra Leoneans are implored to wait patiently for the investigations to be concluded. If the soldiers planned a coup or insurrection, the facts will come out. The APC Government is a government of laws that respects the Rule of Law. The Government must be trusted to come out with the truth once all the investigations are concluded.

Sierra Leoneans must enjoy the democracy that has become our way of life and join forces with President Koroma to continue rebuilding the nation. This is action time, not time for harbouring outlandish suspicions that are antithetical to the governance style and nature of the Ernest Koroma Government.

Deputy Information Minister Theo Nicol holds meeting with New Jersey Sierra Leone community today

Thursday, August 22nd, 2013

Sierra Leoneans in New Jersey are invited to  the Caribbean Palace Hall on  Hamilton Street, Somerset, at 6 pm today Thursday August 22, 2013  to listen to the Deputy Information Minister Theo Nicol address a number of issues pertaining to governance in Mother Sierra Leone. The Minister has been sent by  President Ernest Bai Koroma to the diaspora to clarify matters pertaining to the constitutional review process , the Agenda For Prosperity and other issues of prime national concern. The meeting will start at 6 pm and end at 10 pm.

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HON. DEPUTY INFORMATION MINISTER THEO. NICOL

You are invited to attend and ask PERTINENT QUESTIONS pertaining to the welfare of our country. Most often, we in the diaspora depend a lot on hear-say and rumours to assess what is happening back home. Because he is a transparent, democratic  and accountable Head of State, President Koroma has decided to have the Deputy Information Minister come to you to bring the true and correct details of national matters and in the process he may be inclined to also  address all the distortions, misrepresentation and rumours about government policies that are circulating in the diaspora. The President is operating on the dictum that a well-informed citizenry is a progressive citizenry .

Please come on time as the rental policy of the Caribbean Palace Administration will not allow us to go beyond the set time of 6 pm to 10 pm.

We hope to see you there.

LEEROY WILFRED KABS-KANU

MINISTER PLENIPOTENTIARY

APC bigwigs meet in China, as Amb. Foh hosts them to a dinner

Tuesday, August 20th, 2013

Present and recent past Secretaries for the governing All People’s Congress in Sierra Leone, Ambassadors Foday Yansaneh and Victor Bockarie Foh, respectively have on Sunday 18th August met in central Beijing and held discussions on ways of not just strengthening the support base of their party back home, but also on how they could further their political ties with the governing Communist Party of China.

Ambassador Yansaneh, leading 10 man delegation, arrived in China, upon the invitation of the Communist Party of China (CPC). The delegation is comprised of Alhaji M S Kargbo Special Adviser to the President on Political Affairs, Kadiatu Mansaray, APC Women’s Koinadugu District, Mohamed Sesay from Port Loko District, Issa Kanu from Bombali District, David Fornah and Abdulrahman Bangura both from the National Secretariat, Rebecca Koroma, Women’s and Leader Kailahun District, Madam Zainab Bangura, APC Women’s Leader southern province, Mohamed Bangura, Youth Leader Tonkolli District.

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Hosting them to a dinner at his residence on Sunday 18th August, Ambassador Foh, who until few months ago was Secretary-General for the party , highlighted how the APC is built and strengthened on the foundation of meeting the needs of the down trodden. The party, he said, is one that is meant for the masses and cares for everyone. “The APC is a mass party and it has always catered for the downtrodden as they are the ones who determine “who win election” Ambassador Foh also paid tribute to the party’s founding fathers and particularly those who have been working in ensuring its continued growth.

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He called for the party to be supported and strengthened by its members and the need for it to be given the respect it deserves, referencing China where “there is great respect for the party’s operation. Everything here is party…” Sierra Leone, Ambassador Foh said, recognized China years back as a sleeping giant and as such “if there is nothing we can give them, let us continue to stand by them at all time ….as they are making head ways” The party’s Secretary-General Ambassador Osman Foday Yansaneh also commended Ambassador Foh for his time and dedication to the values and ideals of the party.

He said at a time people were afraid to be associated with the APC, people like Victor Bockarie Foh and William Juana Smith, amongst others, stood by it and ensured it survival “and that was at a time the NPRC wanted to kill the APC” He encouraged all and sundry to be committed to the party and disclosed, that political payment will not come, the world hereafter. “We are not expecting our political payment next world”, but also encouraged them to work hard for not just the growth of the party, but for the general development of Sierra Leone. Sierra Leone, Ambassador Yansaneh assured, will see more development, with the APC in power.

Talking about alternatives to party politics and national development, Ambassador Foh said “if the SLPP is the only alternative to administer Sierra Leone, then it is a danger” and therefore, assured all present, that they will empower and strengthen the APC which “is the only viable alternative to any party today in Sierra Leone’s development” Since the APC was elected, Ambassador Yansaneh said, there has been no political prisoner and this, he stated is commendable. He said, as a government and party, they have made development possible in every region of the country through the leadership of President Ernest Bai Koroma, leader and Chairman of the APC. He thanked Ambassador Foh for hosting the delegation to a dinner, a decision, which he said, shows the commitment, love and dedication Ambassador Foh has towards the survival of the party back home.

Present also were a cross section of members of the APC Asia Branch and representatives of the Sierra Leone student body in China. The branch’s Chairman, Lamin Turay commended the government for development back home and thanked the party leadership for its commitment to taking the country to the apex of development. John Baimba Sesay Press/Information Attaché-PR China

No Third Term Agenda for President Ernest Bai Koroma” : Deputy Information & Comm. Min Hon. Theo Nicol

Tuesday, August 20th, 2013

BY PASCO TEMPLE AND KABS KANU :

Sierra Leone’s deputy Information and Communications Minister and Co- Government Spokesman Hon. Theo Nicol has described President Ernest Bai Koroma as a highly principled Sierra Leonean with very strong democratic values- which  have restrained him from abrogating any sections of the Sierra Leone Constitution to contest the presidency for a third term.

Speaking to a cross section of Sierra Leoneans including executive members of the All People’s Congress (APC) Washington DC Metro chapter at Lanham in Maryland, Hon. Theo Nicol referred to Sierra Leone’s 1991 Constitution and said, “it has no provision for a third term President.

According to him, “the 1991 constitution stipulates that “no person shall hold office as President for more than two terms of five years each, whether or not the term are consecutive.” Said Hon. Nicol. Adding, “President Ernest Bai Koroma is committed to that part of the constitution.”

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Minister Nicol ruled out conspiracy theory and said, “as a matter of fact, “President Ernest Bai Koroma has repeatedly said, he will go to his village and continue to work as Chairman and leader of the APC after his second and last term in office – by 2018, “It is not a secret about it: he has said it to his Ministers and in public as well that there is no third term Agenda.”

“The Hon Minister made reference to the recently concluded APC Party convention wherein President Ernest Bai Koroma went unopposed and said there is no need for any hype regarding the extension of the tenure of office of the President.” Adding, “It’s a mere assumption by some people”

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Though Hon. Theo Nicol did not accuse any individual, group of persons or institutions for peddling such rumor, he however said the talk about the extension of office of the Presidency started by rumor mongers, when President Ernest Bai Koroma announced that the 1991 Constitution will be a subject of amendment by the people through a referendum.

“The 1991 constitution was drafted during a one Party system of Government during the just concluded decade old civil war.

“Consequently, it not only has some grey areas; but also lacks some key democratic ideals that have to do with modern day democracy. Which is why the amendment.

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“Already, the constitution committee has already been set up and it comprised of eighty (80) people from different works of life including registered political parties, civil society.  “It has a two years mandate and it is headed by a highly – respected Sierra Leonean-former High Court Judge and former Speaker of the House of Parliament, Hon. Justice Edmond Cowan.  “The cost to review the 1991 Constitution is Four Million, Six Hundred Thousand United States Dollars ($4.6 M). “The review Committee is funded by the Sierra Leone Government and its international partners. Already the government of President Ernest Bai Koroma has contributed twenty six percent of the total cost ($1.1M).

The Hon. Minister therefore called on members of the diaspora to contribute to the constitution by making their voices heard. “As I speak to you, the debate is ongoing in Sierra Leone.

Responding to questions, the Hon. Minister abhorred sinister activities by anti – democrats and called for clear-headedness in so far commitment to Sierra Leone is concern.

Reacting, the President of the APC Washington DC Metro Chapter Mr. Ibrahim Kamara heaped praises on President Ernest Bai Koroma for appointing an officer in the person of Hon. Theo Nicol as co-Spokesman for the government. He praised the Minister’s posture, eloquence and frankness and further described the Hon. Minister’s visit to the office of APC in Maryland as an additional blessing and an added mark of importance. “We are now fully abreast with this issue of Constitution review.

He also thanked information attaché Pasco Gerald Temple for facilitating the meetings.

Also in attendance were a Member of Parliament Hon.Tamba Ebba of Tankoro in Kono district, the APC Washington DC Metro Chapter Mr. Ibrahim Kamara, Former APC Northern Chapter Chairman Mr. Osman Kamara, former Member of Parliament Hon. Dauda Tombo Bangura, APC North America women’s leader, Treasurer and a host of others including an aspirant of the APC North America Chair.

 

Deputy Info & Com. Min Hon. Theo Nicol

Sierra Leone’s deputy Information and Communications Minister and Co- Government Spokesman Hon. Theo Nicol has described President Ernest Bai Koroma as a highly principled Sierra Leonean with very strong democratic values- which  have restrained him from abrogating any sections of the Sierra Leone Constitution to contest the presidency for a third term.

Speaking to a cross section of Sierra Leoneans including executive members of the All People’s Congress (APC) Washington DC Metro chapter at Lanham in Maryland, Hon. Theo Nicol referred to Sierra Leone’s 1991 Constitution and said, “it has no provision for a third term President.

According to him, “the 1991 constitution stipulates that “no person shall hold office as President for more than two terms of five years each, whether or not the term are consecutive.” Said Hon. Nicol. Adding, “President Ernest Bai Koroma is committed to that part of the constitution.”

Minister Nicol ruled out conspiracy theory and said, “as a matter of fact, “President Ernest Bai Koroma has repeatedly said, he will go to his village and continue to work as Chairman and leader of the APC after his second and last term in office – by 2018, “It is not a secret about it: he has said it to his Ministers and in public as well that there is no third term Agenda.”

“The Hon Minister made reference to the recently concluded APC Party convention wherein President Ernest Bai Koroma went unopposed and said there is no need for any hype regarding the extension of the tenure of office of the President.” Adding, “It’s a mere assumption by some people”

Though Hon. Theo Nicol did not accuse any individual, group of persons or institutions for peddling such rumor, he however said the talk about the extension of office of the Presidency started by rumor mongers, when President Ernest Bai Koroma announced that the 1991 Constitution will be a subject of amendment by the people through a referendum.

“The 1991 constitution was drafted during a one Party system of Government during the just concluded decade old civil war.

“Consequently, it not only has some grey areas; but also lacks some key democratic ideals that have to do with modern day democracy. Which is why the amendment.

“Already, the constitution committee has already been set up and it comprised of eighty (80) people from different works of life including registered political parties, civil society.  “It has a two years mandate and it is headed by a highly – respected Sierra Leonean-former High Court Judge and former Speaker of the House of Parliament, Hon. Justice Edmond Cowan.  “The cost to review the 1991 Constitution is Four Million, Six Hundred Thousand United States Dollars ($4.6 M). “The review Committee is funded by the Sierra Leone Government and its international partners. Already the government of President Ernest Bai Koroma has contributed twenty six percent of the total cost ($1.1M).

The Hon. Minister therefore called on members of the diaspora to contribute to the constitution by making their voices heard. “As I speak to you, the debate is ongoing in Sierra Leone.

Responding to questions, the Hon. Minister abhorred sinister activities by anti – democrats and called for clear-headedness in so far commitment to Sierra Leone is concern.

Reacting, the President of the APC Washington DC Metro Chapter Mr. Ibrahim Kamara heaped praises on President Ernest Bai Koroma for appointing an officer in the person of Hon. Theo Nicol as co-Spokesman for the government. He praised the Minister’s posture, eloquence and frankness and further described the Hon. Minister’s visit to the office of APC in Maryland as an additional blessing and an added mark of importance. “We are now fully abreast with this issue of Constitution review.

He also thanked information attaché Pasco Gerald Temple for facilitating the meetings.

Also in attendance were a Member of Parliament Hon.Tamba Ebba of Tankoro in Kono district, the APC Washington DC Metro Chapter Mr. Ibrahim Kamara, Former APC Northern Chapter Chairman Mr. Osman Kamara, former Member of Parliament Hon. Dauda Tombo Bangura, APC North America women’s leader, Treasurer and a host of others including an aspirant of the APC North America Chair.

 

No Third Term Agenda for President Ernest Bai Koroma” : Deputy Information & Comm. Min Hon. Theo Nicol

Monday, August 19th, 2013

BY PASCO TEMPLE AND KABS KANU :

Sierra Leone’s deputy Information and Communications Minister and Co- Government Spokesman Hon. Theo Nicol has described President Ernest Bai Koroma as a highly principled Sierra Leonean with very strong democratic values- which  have restrained him from abrogating any sections of the Sierra Leone Constitution to contest the presidency for a third term.

Speaking to a cross section of Sierra Leoneans including executive members of the All People’s Congress (APC) Washington DC Metro chapter at Lanham in Maryland, Hon. Theo Nicol referred to Sierra Leone’s 1991 Constitution and said, “it has no provision for a third term President.

According to him, “the 1991 constitution stipulates that “no person shall hold office as President for more than two terms of five years each, whether or not the term are consecutive.” Said Hon. Nicol. Adding, “President Ernest Bai Koroma is committed to that part of the constitution.”

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Minister Nicol ruled out conspiracy theory and said, “as a matter of fact, “President Ernest Bai Koroma has repeatedly said, he will go to his village and continue to work as Chairman and leader of the APC after his second and last term in office – by 2018, “It is not a secret about it: he has said it to his Ministers and in public as well that there is no third term Agenda.”

“The Hon Minister made reference to the recently concluded APC Party convention wherein President Ernest Bai Koroma went unopposed and said there is no need for any hype regarding the extension of the tenure of office of the President.” Adding, “It’s a mere assumption by some people”

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Though Hon. Theo Nicol did not accuse any individual, group of persons or institutions for peddling such rumor, he however said the talk about the extension of office of the Presidency started by rumor mongers, when President Ernest Bai Koroma announced that the 1991 Constitution will be a subject of amendment by the people through a referendum.

“The 1991 constitution was drafted during a one Party system of Government during the just concluded decade old civil war.

“Consequently, it not only has some grey areas; but also lacks some key democratic ideals that have to do with modern day democracy. Which is why the amendment.

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“Already, the constitution committee has already been set up and it comprised of eighty (80) people from different works of life including registered political parties, civil society.  “It has a two years mandate and it is headed by a highly – respected Sierra Leonean-former High Court Judge and former Speaker of the House of Parliament, Hon. Justice Edmond Cowan.  “The cost to review the 1991 Constitution is Four Million, Six Hundred Thousand United States Dollars ($4.6 M). “The review Committee is funded by the Sierra Leone Government and its international partners. Already the government of President Ernest Bai Koroma has contributed twenty six percent of the total cost ($1.1M).

The Hon. Minister therefore called on members of the diaspora to contribute to the constitution by making their voices heard. “As I speak to you, the debate is ongoing in Sierra Leone.

Responding to questions, the Hon. Minister abhorred sinister activities by anti – democrats and called for clear-headedness in so far commitment to Sierra Leone is concern.

Reacting, the President of the APC Washington DC Metro Chapter Mr. Ibrahim Kamara heaped praises on President Ernest Bai Koroma for appointing an officer in the person of Hon. Theo Nicol as co-Spokesman for the government. He praised the Minister’s posture, eloquence and frankness and further described the Hon. Minister’s visit to the office of APC in Maryland as an additional blessing and an added mark of importance. “We are now fully abreast with this issue of Constitution review.

He also thanked information attaché Pasco Gerald Temple for facilitating the meetings.

Also in attendance were a Member of Parliament Hon.Tamba Ebba of Tankoro in Kono district, the APC Washington DC Metro Chapter Mr. Ibrahim Kamara, Former APC Northern Chapter Chairman Mr. Osman Kamara, former Member of Parliament Hon. Dauda Tombo Bangura, APC North America women’s leader, Treasurer and a host of others including an aspirant of the APC North America Chair.

 

Deputy Info & Com. Min Hon. Theo Nicol

Sierra Leone’s deputy Information and Communications Minister and Co- Government Spokesman Hon. Theo Nicol has described President Ernest Bai Koroma as a highly principled Sierra Leonean with very strong democratic values- which  have restrained him from abrogating any sections of the Sierra Leone Constitution to contest the presidency for a third term.

Speaking to a cross section of Sierra Leoneans including executive members of the All People’s Congress (APC) Washington DC Metro chapter at Lanham in Maryland, Hon. Theo Nicol referred to Sierra Leone’s 1991 Constitution and said, “it has no provision for a third term President.

According to him, “the 1991 constitution stipulates that “no person shall hold office as President for more than two terms of five years each, whether or not the term are consecutive.” Said Hon. Nicol. Adding, “President Ernest Bai Koroma is committed to that part of the constitution.”

Minister Nicol ruled out conspiracy theory and said, “as a matter of fact, “President Ernest Bai Koroma has repeatedly said, he will go to his village and continue to work as Chairman and leader of the APC after his second and last term in office – by 2018, “It is not a secret about it: he has said it to his Ministers and in public as well that there is no third term Agenda.”

“The Hon Minister made reference to the recently concluded APC Party convention wherein President Ernest Bai Koroma went unopposed and said there is no need for any hype regarding the extension of the tenure of office of the President.” Adding, “It’s a mere assumption by some people”

Though Hon. Theo Nicol did not accuse any individual, group of persons or institutions for peddling such rumor, he however said the talk about the extension of office of the Presidency started by rumor mongers, when President Ernest Bai Koroma announced that the 1991 Constitution will be a subject of amendment by the people through a referendum.

“The 1991 constitution was drafted during a one Party system of Government during the just concluded decade old civil war.

“Consequently, it not only has some grey areas; but also lacks some key democratic ideals that have to do with modern day democracy. Which is why the amendment.

“Already, the constitution committee has already been set up and it comprised of eighty (80) people from different works of life including registered political parties, civil society.  “It has a two years mandate and it is headed by a highly – respected Sierra Leonean-former High Court Judge and former Speaker of the House of Parliament, Hon. Justice Edmond Cowan.  “The cost to review the 1991 Constitution is Four Million, Six Hundred Thousand United States Dollars ($4.6 M). “The review Committee is funded by the Sierra Leone Government and its international partners. Already the government of President Ernest Bai Koroma has contributed twenty six percent of the total cost ($1.1M).

The Hon. Minister therefore called on members of the diaspora to contribute to the constitution by making their voices heard. “As I speak to you, the debate is ongoing in Sierra Leone.

Responding to questions, the Hon. Minister abhorred sinister activities by anti – democrats and called for clear-headedness in so far commitment to Sierra Leone is concern.

Reacting, the President of the APC Washington DC Metro Chapter Mr. Ibrahim Kamara heaped praises on President Ernest Bai Koroma for appointing an officer in the person of Hon. Theo Nicol as co-Spokesman for the government. He praised the Minister’s posture, eloquence and frankness and further described the Hon. Minister’s visit to the office of APC in Maryland as an additional blessing and an added mark of importance. “We are now fully abreast with this issue of Constitution review.

He also thanked information attaché Pasco Gerald Temple for facilitating the meetings.

Also in attendance were a Member of Parliament Hon.Tamba Ebba of Tankoro in Kono district, the APC Washington DC Metro Chapter Mr. Ibrahim Kamara, Former APC Northern Chapter Chairman Mr. Osman Kamara, former Member of Parliament Hon. Dauda Tombo Bangura, APC North America women’s leader, Treasurer and a host of others including an aspirant of the APC North America Chair.

 

Maada Bio Is So Desperate For Power He Has Become A Danger To Society

Monday, August 19th, 2013

The kind of breathless , blind  and ruthless ambitions defeated opposition presidential candidate, Maada Bio is expatiating makes him a very dangerous man to society. When somebody is so power-conscious to the extent that he loses all reasoning and common decency, it is only a matter of time before he plunges his whole society into chaos .

Maada Bio has never been a presidential material. The crude and uncivilized dwarf  was not even the frontrunner during the contest for the SLPP flagbearership for last year’s elections. It was the very John Benjamin he would not flinch to strangle to death today if they left the two of them in the same room for just one second that helped him bulldozz his way to victory through dirty and corrupt backroom intrigues and arm-twisting of delegates  during the Sierra Leone People’s Party ( SLPP ) Convention in 2011. In this, the SLPP  acted very stupid and their self-destructive idiocy came back to haunt them when the former junta leader turned out to be a very hard sell during the electioneering campaign, leading to their humiliating defeat during the November 17  Presidential Elections.

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 THE  MAN WHO WANTS TO PLUNGE SIERRA LEONE INTO CHAOS ONCE AGAIN 

To say that with the ink yet to dry on his ignominious defeat Maada Bio is yet again involved in another break-neck and insane war with members of his party for another shot at the flagbearership beats everybody’s imagination. Why are some people so hungry for power ?  Why are some people so rapaciously desperate for power ? Why does Maada Bio think he is the one person fit to be the SLPP Presidential candidate though he lacks the charisma, personalty, character and support from majority of his part members ? For the past two months or so, Maada Bio has held this whole nation to ransom beating up and inflicting injuries on anybody who does not support his mad drive for power. He has so torn his own political party  asunder that forefathers of the SLPP  like Sir Milton Margai, Sir Albert Margai, Salia Jusu-Sheriff, Taplima Ngobeh, G.S. Panda , Joe Kamanda Bongay, R.E.S . Lagawo , Mannah Kpaka etc .will be turning in their graves in utter disgust at this unbridled  and uncouth midget who behaves like a beast without nature.

Maada Bio is definitely a danger to society and the authorities must not cut him a slack in their determination to protect and preserve the peace and tranquility of the nation. The Government took the right decision today to invoke Military Aid to Civil Power (MAC-P) in Bo and Kenema Districts  WITH EFFECT FROM MIDNIGHT TODAY UNTIL EARLY NEXT WEEK , according to the Special Executive Assistant to President Koroma, Dr. Sylvia Blyden. According to Blyden,  ”This effectively means that as from MIDNIGHT (00:00GMT) of Friday August 16th 2013, well-armed professional soldiers will be conducting joint patrols with well-armed professional police officers in the streets of Bo and Kenema and the two cities’ environs. ”

Though there is a general feeling that the authorities are giving Maada Bio too many breaks with the law and in the process literally pampering an unruly tiger that may break loose one day and wreak woe and grief in his society, the Government should be commended for not taking Maada Bio for granted and for persistently reminding him that Sierra Leone is a country of rules and laws. The Government of Sierra Leone must enforce the laws of the country to protect the lives and properties of the people.

We also hope that John Benjamin and others would not succumb to Maada Bio’s Pa-O- Paism ( It is either me or disaster ) . They must withstand the coward and the bully and stop him from riding roughshod over them. It is time for the SLPP  to rid its vanguard of this   ill-wind that blows nobody any good.

No Third Term Agenda For President Ernest Bai Koroma” : Deputy Information & Comm. Min Hon. Theo Nicol

Monday, August 19th, 2013

 

BY PASCO TEMPLE AND KABS KANU :

Sierra Leone’s deputy Information and Communications Minister and Co- Government Spokesman Hon. Theo Nicol has described President Ernest Bai Koroma as a highly principled Sierra Leonean with very strong democratic values- which  have restrained him from abrogating any sections of the Sierra Leone Constitution to contest the presidency for a third term.

Speaking to a cross section of Sierra Leoneans including executive members of the All People’s Congress (APC) Washington DC Metro chapter at Lanham in Maryland, Hon. Theo Nicol referred to Sierra Leone’s 1991 Constitution and said, “it has no provision for a third term President.

According to him, “the 1991 constitution stipulates that “no person shall hold office as President for more than two terms of five years each, whether or not the term are consecutive.” Said Hon. Nicol. Adding, “President Ernest Bai Koroma is committed to that part of the constitution.”

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Minister Nicol ruled out conspiracy theory and said, “as a matter of fact, “President Ernest Bai Koroma has repeatedly said, he will go to his village and continue to work as Chairman and leader of the APC after his second and last term in office – by 2018, “It is not a secret about it: he has said it to his Ministers and in public as well that there is no third term Agenda.”

“The Hon Minister made reference to the recently concluded APC Party convention wherein President Ernest Bai Koroma went unopposed and said there is no need for any hype regarding the extension of the tenure of office of the President.” Adding, “It’s a mere assumption by some people”

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Though Hon. Theo Nicol did not accuse any individual, group of persons or institutions for peddling such rumor, he however said the talk about the extension of office of the Presidency started by rumor mongers, when President Ernest Bai Koroma announced that the 1991 Constitution will be a subject of amendment by the people through a referendum.

“The 1991 constitution was drafted during a one Party system of Government during the just concluded decade old civil war.

“Consequently, it not only has some grey areas; but also lacks some key democratic ideals that have to do with modern day democracy. Which is why the amendment.

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“Already, the constitution committee has already been set up and it comprised of eighty (80) people from different works of life including registered political parties, civil society.  “It has a two years mandate and it is headed by a highly – respected Sierra Leonean-former High Court Judge and former Speaker of the House of Parliament, Hon. Justice Edmond Cowan.  “The cost to review the 1991 Constitution is Four Million, Six Hundred Thousand United States Dollars ($4.6 M). “The review Committee is funded by the Sierra Leone Government and its international partners. Already the government of President Ernest Bai Koroma has contributed twenty six percent of the total cost ($1.1M).

The Hon. Minister therefore called on members of the diaspora to contribute to the constitution by making their voices heard. “As I speak to you, the debate is ongoing in Sierra Leone.

Responding to questions, the Hon. Minister abhorred sinister activities by anti – democrats and called for clear-headedness in so far commitment to Sierra Leone is concern.

Reacting, the President of the APC Washington DC Metro Chapter Mr. Ibrahim Kamara heaped praises on President Ernest Bai Koroma for appointing an officer in the person of Hon. Theo Nicol as co-Spokesman for the government. He praised the Minister’s posture, eloquence and frankness and further described the Hon. Minister’s visit to the office of APC in Maryland as an additional blessing and an added mark of importance. “We are now fully abreast with this issue of Constitution review.

He also thanked information attaché Pasco Gerald Temple for facilitating the meetings.

Also in attendance were a Member of Parliament Hon.Tamba Ebba of Tankoro in Kono district, the APC Washington DC Metro Chapter Mr. Ibrahim Kamara, Former APC Northern Chapter Chairman Mr. Osman Kamara, former Member of Parliament Hon. Dauda Tombo Bangura, APC North America women’s leader, Treasurer and a host of others including an aspirant of the APC North America Chair.

 

Deputy Info & Com. Min Hon. Theo Nicol

Sierra Leone’s deputy Information and Communications Minister and Co- Government Spokesman Hon. Theo Nicol has described President Ernest Bai Koroma as a highly principled Sierra Leonean with very strong democratic values- which  have restrained him from abrogating any sections of the Sierra Leone Constitution to contest the presidency for a third term.

Speaking to a cross section of Sierra Leoneans including executive members of the All People’s Congress (APC) Washington DC Metro chapter at Lanham in Maryland, Hon. Theo Nicol referred to Sierra Leone’s 1991 Constitution and said, “it has no provision for a third term President.

According to him, “the 1991 constitution stipulates that “no person shall hold office as President for more than two terms of five years each, whether or not the term are consecutive.” Said Hon. Nicol. Adding, “President Ernest Bai Koroma is committed to that part of the constitution.”

Minister Nicol ruled out conspiracy theory and said, “as a matter of fact, “President Ernest Bai Koroma has repeatedly said, he will go to his village and continue to work as Chairman and leader of the APC after his second and last term in office – by 2018, “It is not a secret about it: he has said it to his Ministers and in public as well that there is no third term Agenda.”

“The Hon Minister made reference to the recently concluded APC Party convention wherein President Ernest Bai Koroma went unopposed and said there is no need for any hype regarding the extension of the tenure of office of the President.” Adding, “It’s a mere assumption by some people”

Though Hon. Theo Nicol did not accuse any individual, group of persons or institutions for peddling such rumor, he however said the talk about the extension of office of the Presidency started by rumor mongers, when President Ernest Bai Koroma announced that the 1991 Constitution will be a subject of amendment by the people through a referendum.

“The 1991 constitution was drafted during a one Party system of Government during the just concluded decade old civil war.

“Consequently, it not only has some grey areas; but also lacks some key democratic ideals that have to do with modern day democracy. Which is why the amendment.

“Already, the constitution committee has already been set up and it comprised of eighty (80) people from different works of life including registered political parties, civil society.  “It has a two years mandate and it is headed by a highly – respected Sierra Leonean-former High Court Judge and former Speaker of the House of Parliament, Hon. Justice Edmond Cowan.  “The cost to review the 1991 Constitution is Four Million, Six Hundred Thousand United States Dollars ($4.6 M). “The review Committee is funded by the Sierra Leone Government and its international partners. Already the government of President Ernest Bai Koroma has contributed twenty six percent of the total cost ($1.1M).

The Hon. Minister therefore called on members of the diaspora to contribute to the constitution by making their voices heard. “As I speak to you, the debate is ongoing in Sierra Leone.

Responding to questions, the Hon. Minister abhorred sinister activities by anti – democrats and called for clear-headedness in so far commitment to Sierra Leone is concern.

Reacting, the President of the APC Washington DC Metro Chapter Mr. Ibrahim Kamara heaped praises on President Ernest Bai Koroma for appointing an officer in the person of Hon. Theo Nicol as co-Spokesman for the government. He praised the Minister’s posture, eloquence and frankness and further described the Hon. Minister’s visit to the office of APC in Maryland as an additional blessing and an added mark of importance. “We are now fully abreast with this issue of Constitution review.

He also thanked information attaché Pasco Gerald Temple for facilitating the meetings.

Also in attendance were a Member of Parliament Hon.Tamba Ebba of Tankoro in Kono district, the APC Washington DC Metro Chapter Mr. Ibrahim Kamara, Former APC Northern Chapter Chairman Mr. Osman Kamara, former Member of Parliament Hon. Dauda Tombo Bangura, APC North America women’s leader, Treasurer and a host of others including an aspirant of the APC North America Chair.

 

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The First Phase of Agenda for Prosperity on Course : Says Deputy Info. Min &Govt. Spokesman Hon. Theo Nichol

Saturday, August 17th, 2013

 By Pasco Temple &  Kabbs Kanu :

Sierra Leone’s Deputy Information and Communications Minister Hon. Theo Nicol has categorically stated that the first phase of the Agenda for prosperity has begun and work has started in earnest geared towards its success.

Speaking to Ambassador Ibrahim S. Conteh Charges’d Affairs (a: I) and members of his administration at the Embassy of Sierra Leone in Washington DC USA Friday August 16th, 2013 the Hon. Minister said the Agenda for prosperity that was recently launched by President Ernest Bai Koroma in Freetown, is the third phase of the Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper (PRSP) with eight pillars – scheduled to be executed in phases. “The first phase of the “Agenda for Prosperity” is going to last for five years.

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He said the “Agenda for Change” had five pillars: it started in 2007 and ended in 2012. “Apparently it some – how metamorphosed into the Agenda for prosperity.”

Though Minister Theo Nicol acknowledged some challenges in the water, Electricity, Health, Communications, Education and other sectors to name but a few: that notwithstanding, the Government is making a lot of progress in many areas including the very areas with the challenges.

He said the Government of President Ernest Bai Koroma does not believe in “quick fix” Solution; this is a government that believe in lasting solution.”

“Government is of the opinion that many people out of the country are not well informed about activities of the government in so far as the current Constitutional review and the Agenda for prosperity is concern: Even though, Newspapers radio stations and the Social Media Network exists, there is need for this type of interaction that can enable us find a common ground regarding our weaknesses and strength and also explore ways for participation in the processes. Said the Hon.Minister . Adding, “people in the diaspora are asking many questions regarding the review and amendment of the 1991 constitution.

“The Chairman of the Committee is a person with very strong character – former High Court Judge, former Speaker of the House of Parliament and Ombudsman, Justice Edmond Cowan.

“ I will also discuss with members of the diaspora, ways to facilitate their participation.

“Therefore, I will have to hold meetings with some organizations and there members in Washington DC, Maryland, Virginia, New York, New Jersey, Boston and Philadelphia.

“Already the information attaché Mr. Pasco Gerald Temple has tidied the arrangements.

“So, I am here to report my presence as protocol demands and to brief His Excellency and his staff about some of my activities while here.”

In reply Ambassador I. S. Conteh welcomed the Hon. Minister and briefed him about the functions of the embassy and further expressed delight in working with him.

The Ambassador said one of his belief in so far as work is concern is “collectivism”. He said a unifying force can produce very positive and rapid results.

Present were the Counselor/Head of Chancery Mrs. Isatu Sillah, First Secretary Edward Kawa and 3rd Secretary Ms. Fatmata Dao.

In an interview with Minister Plenipotentiary Rev. Leroy Wilfred Kabbs Kanu, Hon. Theo Nicol disclosed that the committee that is spear heading the constitution review process has been set up and it has been subsequently inaugurated.

They are now collating input from various sectors from different parts of the country: and all parties including political parties and civil Society are members of the 1991 Constitution Committee.

The First Phase Of Agenda For Prosperity On Course : Says Deputy Info. Min &Govt. Spokesman Hon. Theo Nichol

Saturday, August 17th, 2013

 

 

 

By Pasco Temple &  Kabbs Kanu :

Sierra Leone’s Deputy Information and Communications Minister Hon. Theo Nicol has categorically stated that the first phase of the Agenda for prosperity has begun and work has started in earnest geared towards its success.

Speaking to Ambassador Ibrahim S. Conteh Charges’d Affairs (a: I) and members of his administration at the Embassy of Sierra Leone in Washington DC USA Friday August 16th, 2013 the Hon. Minister said the Agenda for prosperity that was recently launched by President Ernest Bai Koroma in Freetown, is the third phase of the Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper (PRSP) with eight pillars – scheduled to be executed in phases. “The first phase of the “Agenda for Prosperity” is going to last for five years.

THEOEMBASSY1 (600 x 399)

 

He said the “Agenda for Change” had five pillars: it started in 2007 and ended in 2012. “Apparently it some – how metamorphosed into the Agenda for prosperity.”

Though Minister Theo Nicol acknowledged some challenges in the water, Electricity, Health, Communications, Education and other sectors to name but a few: that notwithstanding, the Government is making a lot of progress in many areas including the very areas with the challenges.

He said the Government of President Ernest Bai Koroma does not believe in “quick fix” Solution; this is a government that believe in lasting solution.”

“Government is of the opinion that many people out of the country are not well informed about activities of the government in so far as the current Constitutional review and the Agenda for prosperity is concern: Even though, Newspapers radio stations and the Social Media Network exists, there is need for this type of interaction that can enable us find a common ground regarding our weaknesses and strength and also explore ways for participation in the processes. Said the Hon.Minister . Adding, “people in the diaspora are asking many questions regarding the review and amendment of the 1991 constitution.

“The Chairman of the Committee is a person with very strong character – former High Court Judge, former Speaker of the House of Parliament and Ombudsman, Justice Edmond Cowan.

“ I will also discuss with members of the diaspora, ways to facilitate their participation.

“Therefore, I will have to hold meetings with some organizations and there members in Washington DC, Maryland, Virginia, New York, New Jersey, Boston and Philadelphia.

“Already the information attaché Mr. Pasco Gerald Temple has tidied the arrangements.

“So, I am here to report my presence as protocol demands and to brief His Excellency and his staff about some of my activities while here.”

In reply Ambassador I. S. Conteh welcomed the Hon. Minister and briefed him about the functions of the embassy and further expressed delight in working with him.

The Ambassador said one of his belief in so far as work is concern is “collectivism”. He said a unifying force can produce very positive and rapid results.

Present were the Counselor/Head of Chancery Mrs. Isatu Sillah, First Secretary Edward Kawa and 3rd Secretary Ms. Fatmata Dao.

In an interview with Minister Plenipotentiary Rev. Leroy Wilfred Kabbs Kanu, Hon. Theo Nicol disclosed that the committee that is spear heading the constitution review process has been set up and it has been subsequently inaugurated.

They are now collating input from various sectors from different parts of the country: and all parties including political parties and civil Society are members of the 1991 Constitution Committee.