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UK Minister briefs President Koroma

Saturday, February 28th, 2015

 

By State House Communications Unithon greeningThe United Kingdom Secretary of State for International Development, the Right Hon. Justine Greening Thursday 26 February paid a courtesy called on President Ernest Bai Koroma at State House, and briefed him about discussions around the ongoing post-Ebola recovery strategy they are working on in partnership with government to ensure that Sierra Leone attain zero new infection.

 

Receiving the delegation in his office President Koroma expressed profound gratitude to the British government for their support towards the fight against Ebola.

He said since their last meeting the situation has improved rapidly, quoting   Wednesday 25 February’s result that recorded seven new confirmed cases for the whole country. He however admitted challenges and cautioned against complacency.

“We must continue to sustain the fight with consistent engagement of communities so that they can maintain ownership of the situation, as everybody is now aware about the disease,” he said and encouraged all to continue to do the right things that will take the country to zero case, especially in areas that are still recording pockets of spikes in new infections.

The president disclosed plans by government for the reopening of schools and colleges; a decision that was reached at the recent Extraordinary heads of state and government Summit of the Mano River Union in Conakry, Guinea as part of a sub-regional approach to defeat the virus in the three worst hit countries.

At the national level, President Koroma said government is also developing an in-house programme which is almost at the final stage, and will be shared with Hon. Greening, adding that they will be making a joint statement at the EU conference in Brussels, which will be delivered by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, as the spokesperson for and on behalf of the three affected countries of Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia.

He said government is restructuring the entire health sector to restore public confidence, noting that a structure has already been put in place in the Office of Chief of Staff for effective coordination of the transition from post-Ebola to normal situation.

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Meet Ismail Sheriff Tarashid Tarawali, new Boss at Office of National Security (ONS).

Saturday, February 28th, 2015
ISHMAEL RASHID TARAWALLI
It has pleased President Koroma to make immediate changes at the helm of the Office of National Security (ONS). According to a release from State House, Mr. Ismail Sheriff Tarashid Tarawali is now the National Security Coordinator. He has replaced his former boss, Mr. Christopher John with immediate effect.According to his profile first released by local journalist Sayoh Kamara, Mr. Ismail Sheriff Tarashid Tarawali has gone through higher education in two of the country’s three prestigious universities, Fourah Bay College and Njala University. He was appointed by President Koroma in September 2013 to be the Deputy to Christopher John. Prior to that, he was Director of the Department of Provincial Security at the ONS.Tarashid Tarawali joined the ONS in 2002 as Assistant Team Leader of the Monitoring and Oversight Department, with responsibility to undertake research on key security issues, collect and analyze data and draft periodic reports.

Since 2002 Ismail Tarawali has served in a number of departments including Team Leader, SSR Working Group (August 2004-February 2005), Coordinator, Provincial Security (March 2005- April 2007), Director, Provincial and Border Security (April 2007-December 2010) and Director, Provincial Security (January 2011-September 2013). From September 2013 until now, he was the Deputy ONS Boss.

Tarawali holds a Master of Arts Degree in Peace and Development Studies, a Master of Education in Community Development Studies from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria, a Bachelor of Arts (General) Degree from Fourah Bay College and a Diploma in Adult Education also from Fourah Bay College.
Mr. Tarawali has specializations in security analysis, governance and security and senior staff mentoring and competences in effective communication skills, analyzing and innovation; he is a strategic thinker and an operational pragmatist and a resourceful team player. He has working academic experiences in civil society operations, governance, safety and security and justice.

His key emphases are in national development, security, people development, innovation and operational effectiveness.
As Team Leader in the SSR Working Group, a multi-agency consultative working group involving representatives of government, civil society, youth groups, community leaders and development partners to engender and enhance local participation and ownership of the security sector reform process produced a report that formed the basis for the security sector reform conducted between 2003 and 2005.

Tarashid Tarawali pioneered the establishment of the Joint Border Security and Confidence Building Committee in line with provisions of the 15th Protocol of the Mano River Union (MRU) aimed at fostering and strengthening peace and stability within the MRU; Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea.

 

By Alusine Bangura

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STATE HOUSE PRESS RELEASE
THE GENERAL PUBLIC IS HEREBY INFORMED THAT IT HAS PLEASED HIS EXCELLENCY THE PRESIDENT DR ERNEST BAI KOROMA TO ANNOUNCE THE FOLLOWING APPOINTMENTS SUBJECT TO THE APPROVAL OF PARLIAMENT:

MR. MACKSOOD SESAY – ELECTORAL COMMISSIONER, (NORTH) NATIONAL ELECTORAL COMMISSION (NEC)

MR. ISMAIL TARAWALI – NATIONAL SECURITY CO-ORDINATOR, OFFICE OF NATIONAL SECURITY (ONS)

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STATE HOUSE
FREETOWN
27TH FEBRUARY, 2015.

'Meet Ismail Sheriff Tarashid Tarawali, new Boss at Office of National Security (ONS).<br /><br />
It has pleased President Koroma to make immediate changes at the helm of the Office of National Security (ONS). According to a release from State House, Mr. Ismail Sheriff Tarashid Tarawali is now the National Security Coordinator. He has replaced his former boss, Mr. Christopher John with immediate effect.<br /><br />
According to his profile first released by local journalist Sayoh Kamara, Mr. Ismail Sheriff Tarashid Tarawali has gone through higher education in two of the country’s three prestigious universities, Fourah Bay College and Njala University. He was appointed by President Koroma in September 2013 to be the Deputy to Christopher John. Prior to that, he was Director of the Department of Provincial Security at the ONS.<br /><br />
Tarashid Tarawali joined the ONS in 2002 as Assistant Team Leader of the Monitoring and Oversight Department, with responsibility to undertake research on key security issues, collect and analyze data and draft periodic reports.<br /><br />
Since 2002 Ismail Tarawali has served in a number of departments including Team Leader, SSR Working Group (August 2004-February 2005), Coordinator, Provincial Security (March 2005- April 2007), Director, Provincial and Border Security (April 2007-December 2010) and Director, Provincial Security (January 2011-September 2013). From September 2013 until today, he was the Deputy ONS Boss.<br /><br />
Tarawali holds a Master of Arts Degree in Peace and Development Studies, a Master of Education in Community Development Studies from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria, a Bachelor of Arts (General) Degree from Fourah Bay College and a Diploma in Adult Education also from Fourah Bay College.<br /><br />
 Mr. Tarawali has specializations in security analysis, governance and security and senior staff mentoring and competences in effective communication skills, analyzing and innovation; he is a strategic thinker and an operational pragmatist and a resourceful team player. He has working academic experiences in civil society operations, governance, safety and security and justice.<br /><br />
 His key emphases are in national development, security, people development, innovation and operational effectiveness.<br /><br />
 As Team Leader in the SSR Working Group, a multi-agency consultative working group involving representatives of government, civil society, youth groups, community leaders and development partners to engender and enhance local participation and ownership of the security sector reform process produced a report that formed the basis for the security sector reform conducted between 2003 and 2005.<br /><br />
 Tarashid Tarawali pioneered the establishment of the Joint Border Security and Confidence Building Committee in line with provisions of the 15th Protocol of the Mano River Union (MRU) aimed at fostering and strengthening peace and stability within the MRU; Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea.<br /><br />
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STATE HOUSE PRESS RELEASE<br /><br />
THE GENERAL PUBLIC IS HEREBY INFORMED THAT IT HAS PLEASED HIS EXCELLENCY THE PRESIDENT DR ERNEST BAI KOROMA TO ANNOUNCE THE FOLLOWING APPOINTMENTS SUBJECT TO THE APPROVAL OF PARLIAMENT:</p><br />
<p>MR. MACKSOOD SESAY - ELECTORAL COMMISSIONER, (NORTH) NATIONAL ELECTORAL COMMISSION (NEC)</p><br />
<p>MR. ISMAIL TARAWALI - NATIONAL SECURITY CO-ORDINATOR, OFFICE OF NATIONAL SECURITY (ONS)</p><br />
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<p>STATE HOUSE<br /><br />
FREETOWN<br /><br />
27TH FEBRUARY, 2015.'

In Memoriam : Dauda Sekou Bangura

Saturday, February 28th, 2015

The Friends of Dauda Sekou Bangura wish to remember him with fondness today, the second anniversary of his sudden home calling on February 28, 2013.

May light perpetual continue to shine on him in the life beyond.

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THE LATE DAUDA SEKOU BANGURA

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By :

Alex Mansaray and family

Jonathan Bona and family

Kabs Kanu and family

Abdul Rahman Kamara and family

Bankole Gibson and family

Percy Crowther and family

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SENT BY ALEX MANSARAY

 

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW : APC Secretary General assures partisans all over the world that party is intact , unified and focused on continuing to move the nation forward

Saturday, February 28th, 2015

By KABS KANU :

The Secretary  General of the ruling All People’s Congress ( APC) , Ambassador Osman Foday Yansaneh, has assured partisans all over the world that the party is intact, increasingly unified and focused on bringing the Ebola outbreak to an end so that it would continue rhe implementation of the APC Government’s Agenda For  Prosperity and matters pertaining to the forthcoming Local, Legislative and Presidential elections.

The eloquent APC National scribe gave the assurance during an exclusive interview this evening with the Publisher and CEO of the COCORIOKO Newspaper, Rev. Leeroy Wilfred Kabs-Kanu.

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AMBASSADOR OSMAN FODAY YANSANEH

In recent times , the rank and file of the party has been surprised   by a letter alleged to have been written by a member of the National Executive Council, Dr. Jengo Stevens, to the Secretary General,  which prompted a swift response from the Chair of a disciplinary committee formed within NAC ,  Former Information Minister , Mr. I.B. Kargbo, who is now an adviser to the President on media matters.  Ambassador Yansaneh took the opportunity this evening to allay the concerns of partisans by assuring them that the APC remains a united party focused on moving Sierra Leone forward. He said the exchange of letters between Dr. Jengo Stevens and Mr. I.B. Kargbo was  a  misunderstanding  which the party will resolve.

He said the committee headed by Mr. I.B. Kargbo was formed by members of NAC to handle problems of indiscipline within the party . Ambassador Yansaneh also said that , according to the manner the party was being run , executive members dissatisfied with any matter had the right to summon an emergency meeting of NAC, which would be held as long as there is a quorum. This opportunity granted executive members to summon an emergency meeting negated the necessity of any of them writing a letter to him as Secretary General or the Chair about their grievances , since the NAC was empowered to listen to the concerns of executive members. and act on them

The letter by Dr. Jengo Stevens was not addressed to the Chairman of the party, Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma per se, as being peddled in the social media but to him in his capacity as Secretary General for the attention of the Chairman , but he did not expect  that such a letter  was  meant for public consumption. Ambassador Yansaneh said that he was surprised  to hear that other people received it and when the GLOBAL TIMES  newspaper published it, he was further surprised .  He stated that he asked Dr. Stevens whether he sent the letter to GLOBAL TIMES , and  he denied doing so and therefore when the newspaper called him to interview him  on the matter he told the paper that he had nothing to say about the letter. Ambassador Yansaneh further clarified that his personal assistant responded to Dr. Stevens  on his behalf.

Ambassador Yansaneh assured partisans all over the world that this incident was not indicative of any schism within the APC.  “I want to assure all our supporters all over the world that we remain united and focused on bringing a speedy end to the Ebola outbreak so we can continue implementing the Agenda For Prosperity and plans for the forthcoming Local, Legislative and Presidential elections . Members just have to learn to address their concerns through the appropriate channels  ”

But Ambassador Yansaneh warned strongly that the APC , being a party of  law and order , will not tolerate any divisive acts from any member, high or low. He warned that appropriate action will be taken against acts that threaten the unity and cohesiveness of the party. “We do not want any disunity in the APC. Anybody who sows the seeds of disunity and chaos within the party will be severely disciplined” , he warned . “We will not allow anybody to divert the attention of the party from its lofty goals of bringing socio-economic and political development to the people of Sierra Leone. ”

Ambassador Yansaneh warned  that the committee headed by Mr. I.B. Kargbo will crack down on indiscipline within the party . He admonished members of the party to remain law-abiding and to abide by the constitution and the bye-laws of the party.

WE WILL CONDUCT MORE INTERVIEWS WITH THE MOVERS AND SHAKERS OF THE APC.

Electoral Commissioner pays courtesy call on PPRC

Friday, February 27th, 2015

 

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PPRC News Brief 27th February 2015

The Chief Electoral Commissioner and Chairperson of the National Electoral Commission (NEC), N’fah Alie Conteh, Commissioner Miata French and Commissioner Augusta Bockarie on Friday paid a courtesy call to the Chairman of the Political Parties Registration Commission (PPRC) Hon Justice M.E. Tolla Thompson.

In his statement, Mr Conteh says the visit is to formerly introduce himself as the new Chairperson of NEC and to chat the way forward for continuous partnership with the Commission.

He also informed the Commission that he will be visiting political parties in their respective offices to foster a cordial working relationship with them.

In his statement, the Chairman of the PPRC, Hon Justice Tolla Thompson congratulated Mr Conteh on his new appointment as the Chief Electoral Commissioner and Chairperson of NEC. He also formerly welcomed him to the Commission as a Commissioner of the PPRC.

He further expressed the Commission’s willingness to partner with NEC and to also support NEC in its activities with political parties.

Justice Thompson says his doors are always open for consultations as the NEC Chairpersons is also a Commissioner of the PPRC.

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President Koroma announces additional restrictions and calls for more vigilance to end Ebola

Friday, February 27th, 2015

 

ebk behind quarantine linePresident Ernest Bai Koroma has called on village headmen, fishermen, motor drivers and bike riders to remain vigilant to help give a final push to the receding Ebola virus disease.He made this call during his visit to the Tombo fishing community to intensify efforts in community ownership and vigilance to break the chain of transmission of Ebola.The president explained that the intention to ease inter district restrictions was aimed at enabling people to resume their normal activities. But it was misunderstood, he said, adding that some people are behaving as if the State of Emergency has been lifted. “The law is still in force,” he warned sternly.President Koroma lamented over the fact that the Aberdeen saga had led to the resurgence of the virus in places like Bombali, Kono and Kambia. He also noted that there are still things that people are not doing right, and urged against complacency.”If we discipline ourselves, we can do it within the 60 days we had set ourselves as MRU heads of state to fend off the virus,” said the chief social mobilizer.PRESIDENT MORE RESTRICTIONSThe Head of State announced additional measures to bolster the fight against the virus; no public transportation carrying goods will be allowed in the city after 6:00 pm; no boat (pan pan) will be allowed to operate at night; all bikes shall take only one passenger; all taxis shall return to Ebola restrictions of 3 passengers (1 in front and 2 at the back); all vans (poda poda) shall return to Ebola restrictions of 3 at the back for small vans and 4 at the back for big vans. He also disclosed that checkpoints shall be mounted again to monitor the entire situation, and vowed that these restrictions will only be lifted after Ebola has been defeated.

Minister of Fisheries and Marine Resources Capt. Allieu Pat Sowe making a statement during the visit of President Koroma to Tombo fishing community urged the people to go all out to break the chain of transmission of the disease, saying that if Ebola is not stopped, how can “our children go back to school or university?”

Member of Parliament for Constituency 94 Hon. Kemokoh Conteh described the meeting as a red letter day, saying that it is highly likely that Ebola is on the run. He promised President Koroma of their continued vigilance to ensure no new case is recorded in his constituency, saying that most Ebola cases were imported into the community.

Hon. Conteh lauded the efforts of the president for going on the ground himself rather than sending representatives. This, he said, will give him first hand information of the situation on ground.

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Sheka Tarawalie addresses first meeting of ECOWAS Internal Affairs ministers on Stateless Persons in Abidjan

Friday, February 27th, 2015

SPEECH BY THE DEPUTY MINISTER OF INTERNAL AFFAIRS OF SIERRA LEONE, SHEKA TARAWALIE, AT THE FIRST MEETING OF ECOWAS MINISTERS OF INTERNAL AFFAIRS ON STATELESS PERSONS AT HOTEL SOFITEL, ABIDJAN, IVORY COAST, WEDNESDAY 25 FEBRUARY 2015

Mr. Chairman, Distinguished ladies and gentleman

I bring you greetings from President Ernest Bai Koroma, the Minister of Internal Affairs, the Government and people of Sierra Leone.

This august and momentous gathering – the first of its kind in our sub-region – is a testament to our collective will to remove the cancer of statelessness from the human family.

This fight is not a fight to help others, but a fight for ourselves – for our own integrity, our own dignity, and indeed our humanity.

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We were all emotionally moved by the short video clip shown earlier during the opening ceremony about a man who does not know whether he is Ivorian or Burkinabe. We look at him and identify ourselves with him as a human being. His situation, representative of millions and millions across the world, and thousands and thousands in our sub-region, is a scar to civilization.

This meeting therefore cannot be more appropriate in charting the way forward in seeking measures to ensure that, in accordance with our collective desires, the issue of statelessness becomes a thing of the past.

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Mr Chairman, this conference has come at a time when Sierra Leone has initiated a constitutional review process, which means it is an opportune time to deal with issues relating to statelessness. All sections of our society are being given an opportunity to make proposals to changes in the Constitution. Issues relating to statelessness and gender inequality are certainly going to be addressed.

Concurrently, Sierra Leone is in the process of formulating its national migration policy within the framework of the European Union Migration plan. We are also embarking on a civil registration programme that will certainly capture all persons within Sierra Leone, stateless or not.

Other policy measures are also being taken in addressing the issue of statelessness and by making the necessary revisions to the Sierra Leone Citizenship Act, the Births and Deaths Registration Act and the National Registration Act.

As a country, we have all along been guided by the 1969 OAU Convention governing specific aspects of refugee problems in Africa, while we have also been operating within the ECOWAS protocol of free movement of persons and the Mano River Union protocols on migration. On top of that, Sierra Leone has been making conscious efforts at observing the principles of the 1951 Convention relating to the status of refugees and the 1954 Convention relating to the status of stateless persons.

To this end, as at today, Sierra Leone is officially hosting 35 asylum seekers, 40 refugees, and has locally integrated 2,713 Liberian refugees.

Mr Chairman, I certainly can’t end my statement without making mention of a deadly monstrous disease called Ebola, which has been ravaging this region for the past year or so. I want to use this opportunity to thank all those who have been fighting hard in helping us in finding a permanent solution to Ebola, so that what we have experienced cannot be experienced by other countries.

The fight against Ebola is related to the fight against statelessness. Ebola threatens the very functional existence of the state. Therefore, while we are fighting statelessness, stateless people will have nowhere to live if the state disintegrates.

There was a time when we were not even allowed to attend conferences abroad, with the suspension of many flights to and from our country. Thank God the tide is turning; thank God we are in Ivory Coast today.

It is therefore heartening to re-join the human family on the level of equality, as our brothers and sisters in West Africa and beyond can now feel comfortable to shake our hands.

It is therefore with great pleasure that I stand here today to re-affirm Sierra Leone’s determination to continue with the fight against statelessness through the ratification of the relevant conventions and their domestication.

Invariably, distinguished ladies and gentleman, I would like to underline and reiterate Sierra Leone’s commitment to all that this gathering aspires to achieve. We remain committed – in collaboration with our partners, including in particular the UNHCR, UNOWA, IOM, the AU, ECOWAS, and MRU – to the fight to state the statehood of stateless persons.

We thank President Alhassan Ouatarra, the government and people of La Cote D’Ivoire for the great hospitality.

Merci beaucoup!

(Photos – shaking hands with UNHCR High Commissioner Antonio Guterres, signing declaration on behalf of Sierra Leone)

Dr Samura Kamara – an excellent pedigree for AfDB Presidency

Friday, February 27th, 2015

Africa’s premier Bank – the African Development Bank, will soon be appointing a new president and the race is on for the best and the most astute to take over the huge governance responsibility that comes with the job.

Sierra Leone’s foreign minister and former finance minister – Samura Kamara is pinning his colour on to the mast, and is looking ever increasingly the best candidate.

Africa’s development has come a long way, especially socio-economically and politically, and now rated as having some of the world’s fastest growing economies.

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Seen here is Dr Samura Kamara and the author…during an interview in 2012 during the FOCAC Ministerial meeting in China)

Much has also been achieved from the perspective of social development, as the quest for infrastructural growth has taken centre stage in most if not all nations in the continent.

At the political front, the holding of regular elections and ensuring smooth transition of power is loftily promoting Africa’s democratic credentials.

Ensuring these successes has seen the apparent and well positioned involvement of major multilateral development partners like the World Bank, International Monetary Fund, amongst others. For example, the Forum On China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC)  is playing a lead role in driving development cooperation between the two-China and Africa.

That said, and within the reach of the African Continent, a multilateral development finance institution like the African Development Bank (AfDB) cannot be ignored, when it comes to promoting Africa’s growth.

The Bank is a multilateral development finance institution established to contribute to the economic development and social progress of African countries. Established over six decades ago, it has continued playing this critical, but not-to-be-ignored role when it comes to the development aspirations of the continent. And this is out of the conviction, that when it comes to world development Africa has not reached her apex.

The Rwandan born Dr Donald Kaberuka has effectively and ably managed the affairs of the Bank for ten years as president. Whatever success stories that shall be discussed regarding the Bank shall surely be in line with the leadership he has so profoundly provided.

And by May this year, his term as president shall come to an end, after overseeing the affairs of the Bank for two consecutive terms, five years of each term.

And as would be expected, on 20th February, the Steering Committee of the Bank’s Board of Governors, officially announced the names  of candidates, for the job of president, and in  alphabetical order, they are:

Akinwumi A. Adesina– Nigeria;

Sufian Ahmed-Ethiopia;

Jaloul Ayed-Tunisia;

Kordjé Bedoumra -Chad;

Cristina Duarte -Cabo Verde;

SAMURA M. W. KAMARA– Sierra Leone;

Thomas Z. Sakala-Zimbabwe; and

Birama Boubacar Sidibe -Mali.

My interest here is the candidature of Sierra Leone, through her erudite and articulate Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Minister, Dr. Samura Matthew Wilson Kamara.

Sierra Leone is a good example when it comes to issues of development and especially post war reconstruction and economic growth.  Our economic turnaround, through the roadmaps of ‘Change’ and ‘Prosperity’ should better serve as reference point for development within the Continent.  Dr Samura Wilson Matthew Kamara is a lead player in his country’s drive to economic growth and post war development efforts with his background in finance and development cooperation for decades.

Sierra Leone, prior to the outbreak of the Ebola Virus Disease in the three (Guinea, Liberia Sierra Leone) of four (first three plus Ivory Coast) Mano River Union countries, was moving towards a resounding economic standing. Her economy was amongst the fastest growing ones in the continent with lots of economic reforms.

Development and economic stability cannot be achieved without peace and security. At the international scene, Sierra Leone is also a leading player in peace keeping. From Darfur, Sudan, to Somalia, Sierra Leone has helped ensure stability in those parts of the continent.

Sierra Leone, as chairman of the African Union Committee of ten on the reform of the Security Council, led negotiations on the issue of fair global representation.  During Dr Samura’s tenure as Finance Minister, Sierra Leone hosted the African Union Caucus of Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors for the second year running in Freetown.

Dr Samura Kamara, the country’s current foreign chief and who, throughout his years in public life has been a development economist, is a man with “strong foundation in diplomacy, macroeconomic, public finance, central banking and financial sector policy analyses and reforms”.

With his wealth of experience in development cooperation and finance, he served Sierra Leone as Finance Minister, prior to his appointment as Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation. He also was Governor-Bank of Sierra Leone; and Financial Secretary -Ministry of Finance and Economic Development.

Dr Kamara, is an articulate, unassuming Diplomat, who also served the International Monetary Fund as Alternate Executive Director for Africa Group I Constituency- Commonwealth Secretariat as Senior Economic Officer (Economic Affairs Department) and as Chief Programme Officer between.

Given Samura’s years of experience in International Economic Cooperation, and Partnership Agreements with bilateral and multilateral development agencies, he has successfully positioned his country’s international profile for years to come. And as Finance and Foreign Minister, he succeeded in lifting  the bars of cooperation ties between his country and her development partners and friendly nations.

Africa today needs someone with vast experience in economic development and one that can open doors of international cooperation, especially with Africa’s multilateral agencies and friendly nations.

Dr. Samura Kamara has got all that is required. The Board of Governors of the African Development Bank (AfDB) should with prudent attention look at the chances of having Dr Samura Kamara as president for the Bank.

 

Sierra Leoneans mourn man who gave his life for Ebola orphans

Friday, February 27th, 2015

AUGUSTINE BAKER

Sierra Leoneans are mourning one of their citizens who had been working relentlessly to help children orphaned by Ebola. Augustine Baker himself died of Ebola this week. He was diagnosed with Ebola and was admitted at one of the country’s ebola treatment centres in the capital of Freetown.

Mr. Baker was an employee of the  UK charity-run St George Foundation Orphanage . He is credited for scouring communities to find orphans whom he will then bring to the orphanage. Thirty-three children and seven staff of the  orphanage are on quarantine presently.

Many Sierra Leoneans were saddened by the news of Mr. Baker’s death .

Ebola has also killed nearly  a dozen doctors .

 

NCD Pays Courtesy Call on Newly Appointed Elections Chief

Friday, February 27th, 2015

 

A high powered delegation from NCD, comprising the Chairman, the Four Regional Commissioners, the Executive Secretary and Five Managers, has on Wednesday, February 25, 2015 paid a courtesy call on the newly appointed Chief Electoral Commissioner of the National Electoral Commission (NEC) at his Tower Hill office in Freetown.

The delegation was received in audience by the newly appointed Chief Electoral Commissioner, Mr. N’fa Allie Conteh, the NEC Western Region Commissioner, Mrs. Miatta French, the Southern Region Commissioner, Mrs. Augusta Bockarie, the NEC Executive Secretary, Mr. William Addo Davies and two personnel from the Outreach and External Relations Unit of NEC.

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The meeting which ensued was held in the Conference Room of NEC with pertinent issues, ranging from congratulating the newly appointed Elections Chief to talking about signing an MOU, constituted major highlights of the deliberations.

In his welcome statement, the newly appointed Elections Chief, Mr. N’fa Allie Conteh, noted that a change of leadership is not synonymous with a change of mandate acknowledging that his institution has to work in concert with other governance institutions like NCD in the interest of democracy in Sierra Leone.
He further intimated his audience about the recent activities of his Commission to include the completion of the annual report and a clear focus on the new strategic plan. He also emphasized the need to collaborate with sister institutions and civil society.

He then broached the subject of the postponement of the census that has far-reaching implications for the delimitation of ward and constituency boundaries that is a pre-requisite for the conduct of free and fair elections in the Country. “On this very important issue, there is need to meet with NCD to look for the way forward”, he noted.

He also stated that the last time constituencies and wards were delimited was in 2006 and 2007, respectively. He urged that going by that the next set of elections are to be conducted on the basis of newly delimited boundaries of both wards and constituencies with such a process to be hindered by the current postponement of the census.

The Chairman of NCD, Dr. Abubakar H. Kargbo, wasted no time in extending fraternal greetings and congratulations to the newly appointed Elections Chief. He went on to describe governance as a system that should ensure that state institutions team up to move forward the governance process. In summing up the motive of the visit, Dr. Kargbo emphasized the need to sign an MOU with NEC to further consolidate and enhance the operations of both institutions as democratic good governance is promoted in the length and breadth of the Country.

On the issue of the postponement of the census, Dr. Kargbo was of the view that something concrete can be done to ensure that the issues are amicably resolved by way of involving every stakeholder in order not to stall the democratic processes that are duly connected to the census results. He mentioned the pivotal role of Statistics Sierra Leone in resolving the impasse. He then pledged the solid support of NCD in promoting the mandate of NEC and encouraged periodic meetings to further cement the bond between the two institutions.

All the Regional Commissioners of NCD joined the NCD Chairman in congratulating the newly appointed Elections Chiefs for the new office with a strong desire to see him succeed expressed. The NCD Commissioner Eastern Region, Alhaji Sheku Kamara, lauded the collaborative work between the two institutions in the Eastern Region as it relates to the operations of the Institute for Electoral Administration and Civic Education (INEACE). The INEACE partnership was also commended by the NCD Southern Region and Western Region Commissioners, Mr. Jonathan Menjor and Mrs. Georgette L. O. de Marke with the latter introducing Mr. Idris Din-Gabisi, NCD Research and Project Coordinator, as standing in her stead for future INEACE engagement even as room is made for succession planning on the basis of old age. She also requested on behalf of NCD to be considered for the Electoral Basket Fund in the provision of civic education to the people of Sierra Leone. The NCD Northern Region Commissioner, Mr. Bai John Conteh, emphasized the need for a good governance unit to be formed to think through the various good governance processes with the need for the governance institutions to have a meeting point to deliberate on related issues.

The high point of the visit was a photo opportunity of all present starting with the Commissioners of both Commissions as initiated by the NEC Chief of Outreach and External Relations, Mr. Albert Massaquoi ably supported by Assistant Electoral Officer, Mr. Emmanuel Lavalie.