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“We Should Give No Room to Complacency” – President Koroma

Tuesday, March 31st, 2015

 

By State House Communications Unit :

Freetown: March 30, 2015 – As government is making continuous progress in the fight against the receding Ebola virus disease, President Ernest Bai Koroma has warned against complacency in enhancing and bolstering the fight against the disease. The president made this call during a meeting at State House with the Special Representative of the UN Secretary General and head of the United Nations Mission on Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER) Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed.

President Koroma pointed out the need for everybody to be on alert with the sole aim of getting everyone onboard the fight in every step of the way. He stated that the just concluded three-day stay at home was necessary to jolt the people out of complacency and intensify efforts at getting to and staying at zero for forty-two days. “The state of alertness has to be sustained and we should give no room to complacency,” he stressed, and said he will continue his social mobilization drive in communities and hotspots with the aim to addressing existing challenges in enforcing bye-laws and ensuring stringent security measures at quarantined homes.

 

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President Korma informed the UN Envoy that government is busy putting together measures for the reopening of schools, adding that school going kids under quarantine would be allowed to go through the period and thereafter facilitate their return to school. He urged the international community to resume air travel because of its importance in rolling out post-Ebola recovery programmes and also rejuvenating economic activities in the country.

Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed disclosed that they will be organizing the board of UNMEER of the frontline directional diplomat level together with the UN special envoy on Ebola David Nabarro that will be meeting twice a month. In Sierra Leone, he said, the board will take stock of the recent situation about the operations while lauding President Koroma’s efforts on the progress made so far. He added that the country is making steady progress and on the right direction of winning the fight, saying that the last surge operation has proved to be helpful in that regard. He commended the president’s social mobilization drive for community ownership of the fight against the virus, saying that it has helped significantly in tackling complacency and getting the chiefs to address the issue of traditional healers involving in unsafe practices. He praised and recognized the efforts of Sierra Leonean health workers in the fight to stop the epidemic.

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Sixty-Five (65) Cuban Medical Ebola Fighters Bids Farewell to MOHS

Tuesday, March 31st, 2015

 

Freetown, Mar. 30, 015 (MOHS) – Deputy Health and Sanitation Minister 1, Mr. Foday Sawi has commended 65 Cuban Medical professionals for their great sacrifice in supporting the fight against the Ebola Virus disease in the country.

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Cross section of Cuban Medical Team

Addressing the team on behalf of the Minister of Health and Sanitation at the Farewell ceremony held at Hotel Mariam, Aberdeen in Freetown, Mr. Sawi described the event as an important occasion that demonstrates the mutual bilateral relationship between the two countries.

 

He reiterated that the occasion also depicts the solidarity and appreciation of the government of Sierra Leone to the President and Government and people of Cuba for the great support at the time they needed them. Mr. Sawi noted the long standing relationship since the 70s, describing it as and it as historic and memorable.

He reminded his audience about the response of the Cuban government to the clarion call of President Koroma to support the fight against the Ebola outbreak by sending 164 Cuban Medics that were deployed in various facilities in the country.

The WHO Representative, Anshu Banerjee described the Cubans support in offering services across the country as a major step that allows other countries to come forward and contribute in the fight.

 

Their last six months stay of 165 Cubans Medics in Sierra Leone in the fight to contain the Ebola disease he said was tremendous and commended them for their great contribution to the country.

Cuban Ambassador to Sierra Leone, Jorge Lefebre Nicolas noted the pressure under which the country find itself during the Ebola outbreak and departure of the Cuban team from their families to join the Ebola fight, hoping that the long standing cordial relationship will continue to grow from strength to strength.

Distribution of Certificates of Appreciation and Merit formed high point of the ceremony.

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100 Beds Paediatric and Maternity Wards for Kailahun Government Hospital

Tuesday, March 31st, 2015

Kailahun, Mar. 30, 015 (MOHS) – The Kailahun Government Hospital is to benefit from a 100 Beds Paediartric and Maternity Project worth $1. 1 Million U S Dollars.

 

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Deputy Health and Sanitation Minister 1, Mr. Foday Sawi Turning the Sod

Addressing the Turning of the Sod ceremony, Deputy Minister of Health and Sanitation Mr. Foday Sawi described the event as an important day for the people of Kailahun, noting that the project when completed will be the second biggest health facility of its kind in the country.

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The Deputy Minister on behalf of the Minister of Health expressed thanks to UNICEF for their continued support to the Ministry, and the Italian and German Natcoms of UNICEF for providing the funds.

“This welcome intervention in Kailahun will ensure access to high quality maternal and newborn care to thousands of women and children who would have otherwise been deprive given rise to morbidity and mortality that could easily be prevented,” opined Mr. Foday Sawi

Cross section of audience

The Director of Hospitals and Laboratory Services, Dr. Victor Matt Lebbey commended UNICEF for the bold step in complimenting the efforts of the Ministry, describing the project as an attainment of the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) in reducing the number of child’s death through preventable causes while giving birth.

 

The District Medical officer Dr. James Squire said as they progressively entering the post Ebola phase, the District Health Management Team and hospital have put together immediate, medium and long term as their post recovery plans in rebranding the hospital into a new phase.

He advocated for a 24 hours electricity and water supply in the district and an emergency preparedness programme where staff would be trained for any outbreak.

Giving an overview of the project, UNICEF Construction Manager, Cormac Rooney, said the Paediatric and Maternity hospital when completed will be equipped with 100 beds, 10 Wards, 2 Intensive Care Units, Delivery rooms, Operation theatre, Multi-purpose room, Conference room as well as offices and storage space.

 

The Turning of the Sod for the start of the construction was performed by the Deputy Minister of Health and Sanitation Mr. Sawi on behalf of the Minister Dr. Abu Bakarr Fofanah.

KK/MOHS

Tulane/Lassa Fever Programme hands over Rehabilitated Annex Ward to Ministry of Health

Tuesday, March 31st, 2015

Tulane/Lassa Fever Programme hands over Rehabilitated Annex Ward to Ministry of Health

Kenema, Mar. 30, 015 (MOHS) – The Tulane/Lassa Fever Programme has handed over  the newly rehabilitated and refurbished Annex Ward of the Kenema Government Hospital to the Ministry of Health and Sanitation at a ceremony held at the Hospital premises in Kenema.

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The High table

Officially opening the Ward, Deputy Health and Sanitation Minister1, Mr. Foday Sawi described Tulane Lassa Fever Project team as a positive and valued partner in development.

He observed that the project has been partnering with the Ministry of Health since 2003, adding that as its core function, the project diagnoses, treat and undertakes surveillance of Lassa fever.

The project, Mr. Sawi said has over the years been very supportive to the Ministry by way of procurement of drugs, equipment and medical supplies adding that the institution gave Sierra Leone a good start in the war against Ebola by providing the first sets of training for surveillance staff for the detection of the Ebola virus.

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Mr. Foday Sawi cutting the tape to officially open the Ward

The Deputy Minister on behalf of the Minister, Dr. Abu Bakarr Fofanah and staff of the Ministry thanked the Tulane Lassa Fever project team for the good job in rebranding the Annex Ward, assuring them of the judicious use of the facility.

The Director of Hospitals and Laboratory Services, Dr. Victor Matt- Lebbey said the recent Ebola outbreak has exposed the fragility and systemic weaknesses in the health care delivery in the country as facilities lack infection, prevention and control at the wake of the outbreak, adding that plans are being put in place at national level to improve on infection, prevention and control in the hospitals and Peripheral Health Units.

 

The Director of Hospitals reiterated that about two months back, the Minister, Dr. Abu Bakarr Fofanah shared his Vision for the health sector Post Ebola Recovery Programme, adding that part of the vision was to rebuild the health system based on five pillars including governance, service delivery, drugs and medical supplies, health care financing, surveillance and health information system.

The Deputy Chief Nursing Officer, Matron Haja Fatmata Mansaray commended nurses and other front line health workers for the great sacrifice in the fight to contain the Ebola disease and urged them to do more.

 

She said nurses should be proud of themselves because they constitute about 75 percent of the health work force, and paid tribute to those who lost their lives during the outbreak of the Ebola

Tulane/Lassa Fever Programme Coordinator, Simbirie Jalloh said the Tulane/Lassa Fever project has a long and memorable history with the Ministry of Health in the prevention and control of Lassa fever and other hemorrhagic diseases in Sierra Leone and the West Coast.

 

She said over the years, they have demonstrated trust and commitment in ensuring that Lassa fever and other hemorrhagic fevers are prevented and control, adding that the handing over of the rehabilitated Annex Ward is the continued commitment of Tulane’s project to the public health system of the country.

Statements were also made by the Mayor, Kenema City, Joseph Samba Keifala, Chairman, District Ebola Task Force, Joseph Bunting-Graden, Head of Tulane/Lassa Fever Laboratory, Augustine Goba, Chairman, Kenema District Council, Dr. Senesie Mansaray and the Medical Superintendent, Dr. Prince Masuba.

Cutting of the tape and a conducted tour of the facility climaxed the ceremony.

KK/MOHS

Fighting the common enemy

Tuesday, March 31st, 2015
Comrades of the All Peoples Congress (APC) USA let me first of all express my sincere thanks and appreciation to the organizers and to all those who made it possible last Friday at our Embassy in Washington DC to counter the misguided SLPP elements.
The SLPP has lost focus and sense of direction especially the likes of their propaganda secretary and so-called Alpha Saidu Bangura who is getting bitter and frustrated every hour for reasons best known to him. To have joined Saidu Bangura to sing our national anthem would have been a psychological blow and a mockery on us.They had wanted to prove a point and take credit of the demonstration but it turned out to be the opposite. Their national Secretary-General, Banja Tejan-Sie told the world that they were going to demonstrate in Europe and America hijacking the people’s course. Nobody is against any demonstration but it’s the intention and resultant effect as seen in 1991 when their military brothers came from the jungle in the guise of a protest, toppled the APC and completely derailed the democratic process. This is the same intention they had in mind thinking history will repeat it self.
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The SLPP is a party that do not believe in democratic principles or elections especially when the APC is in power and will always go the extra mile to frustrate the good efforts of our party and see it’s demise. In 1967 they lost the elections and there was a coup masterminded by them, in 1991 they used their brothers in the army to kick the party out of power. They also lost the 2007/12 elections and in 2015 in desperation for power calling for a mass demonstration against the APC though the matter between the former VP Samuel Sam Sumana and government is in court. They are crying more than those affected and no matter the situation even within the APC there are people who strongly believe the action against the VP Samuel Sam Sumana was unconstitutional and untimely but that should not warrant a Bokoraham wishful thinking and demonstration. He has his sympathizers and those who believe in him too with in the rank and file of the party.
We must allow the court to decide and should not discredit nor down play the power of the court though we are in the diaspora. In 2007 we saw and heard it all and I was in Freetown when the then SLPP government filed an injunction against NEC not to read the elections results which they suspected was in favor of the opposition APC. The no-nonsense Judge threw the matter out of court whilst officials of NEC were at the British Council that morning to announce the results. It was a surprise to the APC and a moment of shock and disappointment to the SLPP that as a ruling party the court ruled against them. Since then the SLPP is still faced with that Post Election Stress Disorder (PESD) and have refused to this day to accept the defeat in 2007 and 2012 respectively claiming they were robbed of victory.
It shall come to past and nothing last forever therefor we must be united and speak with one voice than ever before to fight the common enemy the SLPP. Following the reinstatement of the SLPP government when the brutal AFRC/RUF junta was ousted out of power there was a serious constitutional breach which saw the killing, amputation and burning of houses in Freetown and its environ. They disbanded the constituted national army and appointed the late General Kobe to head the army whilst Chief Sam Hinger Norman was deputy Defense Minister and head of the “Kamajoh” militia. But this does not mean we should behave same or seen to be doing the wrong things. The Bar Association and civil society groups were there but turned a blind eye and zipped up because they were in support of the decision and against the disgruntled army. The army fought back and only taken seriously and reinstated after the Freetown massacre followed by the Lome peace accord. Though the APC was there it did not raised the alarm bell to the point of calling for a mass demonstration to reinstate the army. Comrades the SLPP have a pattern of orchestrating violence to always see the APC out of power.
Long Live APC
Mustapha Bangura
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The Oswald Hanciles Column is back

Tuesday, March 31st, 2015

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THE OSWALD HANCILES COLUMN
I am Back….!!
Some of the loyal readers of this Column have been calling me, or, sending text messages to me, or, getting to me on social media…. wondering about my five months silence. I have studiously controlled my impulse to comment on emerging events, on even ‘seismic political events’…. I owe my readers an explanation for my long absence.For one, I have been praying and meditating. And reflecting. On God’s essence, and ‘God’s thoughts’. For another, I have been working on a proposal for more governmental emphasis on DEVELOPMENT COMMUNICATION. I have earned my title as “Guru” among my readers in cyberspace. This piece today is typical Oswald Hanciles – provocative; provoking thought. Take this:

‘We can’t be alone in the Cosmos’!!!

Last week, on the Al Jazeera channel on DSTV I watched being interviewed a United States former astronaut in charge of a programme on the ‘Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence (SETI)’. On the odds of there being ‘extra-terrestrial’ intelligence in our cosmos? The man said: ‘Our Milky Way Galaxy has an estimated 100billion to 200 billion suns (or, stars). There are an estimated 500,000,000,000 (half a TRILLION) planets in our SINGLE Milky Way Galaxy!!…’ Think, there are an estimated 150 BILLION galaxies zooming in an expansive space… Do your mathematics!! If one galaxy has an estimated half a trillion planets, how many probable planets would there be in 150 BILLION galaxies!! If anyone says only man exists as an intelligent being in the cosmos it would be like an ant trapped on a slice of bread thinking the entire planet earth is that slice of bread….!! So, where is “God” in all of this? How does this relate to us in Africa, in Sierra Leone, caught up in the drama of the former Vice President Sam-Sumana being sacked?

Learned Dr. Abdulai Conteh could be superficial in his analysis
I have read the legal analysis on the ‘Sumana Saga’ by one of Sierra Leone’s greatest intellectual heavyweights, Dr. Abdulai Osman Conteh. For ten years, starting 2000, Dr. Conteh was Chief Justice of Belize. (Belize is off the coast of Central America. ). Dr. Conteh is obviously a star in Sierra Leone’s politics when the first and second presidents of Sierra Leone (and leaders of the APC) were in office: Minister of Foreign Affairs (1977-1984); Minister of Finance (1984-1985); Attorney-General and Minister of Justice (1987-1991) and First Vice-President and Minister of Rural Development (1991-1992).. Dr. Conteh’s legal credentials are intimidating: He was educated at King’s College in London and Cambridge Universities. He obtained a Bachelor’s Degree with honours in law and a Master’s Degree from London University. Read Dr. Conteh: : “ In plain terms, this means that executive power, whatever it may mean or import cannot lawfully be exercised in disregard of the provisions of the Constitution. Executive power is nowhere defined in the Constitution. But the Constitution does clearly provide for the removal of the vice President from office and how this should be done. This clearly puts the issue of the removal from office of the Vice President beyond the exercise of executive power, and cannot, on any view, be subsumed under it…. The removal from office of the Vice President, as stated in the Release from your office, is nothing short of an exercise of power that can find no validation in the text of our national Constitution….”. Dr. Conteh is, awesomely, a learned man in the realm of law, but, he could be shallowly educated in other areas of history, politics, economics, leadership post-conflict countries; and he could have failed to put the action of President Koroma into perspective.

God’s Law of Survival Must Take Precedence over Man-Made Laws
The law which Dr. Conteh refers to there are man-made laws – which have to be subsumed under ‘God’s law’ of HUMAN SURVIVAL. To better survive, God has programmed man to live in societies. To better survive, God has tuned into man’s genetic makeup the need for leaders. Societies better survive when they have decisive leaders. Man-made laws are necessary for human survival, of course. But…. When a leader sees a set of man-made laws threaten to lessen his/her own personal survival, a strong leader exercises his flexibility to introduce flexibility in his interpretation of such laws, within the context of the society he/she lives in – and not take Sierra Leonean laws as if he/she were leading the United States. The late President Tejan Kabbah was a weak leader – that was why he knew there were about a DOZEN coup attempts on his government between April 1996 and April 1997, and he did not take firm action to ferret and snuff out those coup makers. When Tejan Kabbah was told about the May 25, 1997 coup THREE DAYS before it happened he failed to take resolute action. Some Sierra Leoneans in the Diaspora appear to have little knowledge about the history of the countries they live when the ‘National Security’ of these countries would be threatened.

When the West faces existential threats…..
On December 7, 1941, the United States was attacked by Japanese planes at Pearl Harbour in the Pacific. It rattled the US. Reaction? US President Franklin D. Roosevelt issued on February 19, 1942 Executive Order 9066 which led to the internment of about 120,000 Japanese-Americans. This power was used to declare that all people of Japanese ancestry were excluded from the entire West Coast of the US, including all of California and much of Oregon, Washington and Arizona…. And they were ‘imprisoned’ in camps.

After the famous 9/11 (in 2001) attack on New York by Osama Bin Laden-led Al Qaeda, the US detained suspected terrorists in a prison they control off US jurisdiction – famously known as Guantanamo.. In this hell hole of a prison, the United States would arbitrarily hold a large number of people in a legal black hole for a period of years, with no access to attorneys, no access to families, and no charges. Britain has had the IRA, Spain has had the ETA…. . None… did anything that is comparable to Guantanamo in the manner that they dealt with terrorism.

Britain’s David Cameroon on ISIS
UK citizens have been leaving the UK and going to fight with ISIS in Syria over the past year . And some have been returning to the UK. The reaction of the UK government as published in Britain’s THE INDEPENDENT newspaper of March 30, 2015: “…..A temporary ban on British-born jihadists in Iraq and Syria returning to the UK will be announced by David Cameron tomorrow ……. ……Talks between the Prime Minister and his deputy today failed to reach agreement on a plan by Mr. Cameron to beef up Tpms (Terrorism Prevention and Investigation Measures)…. Mr Cameron wants to strengthen Tpms by bringing back restrictions on where extremists can live…. A government source said the range of measures being considered include ‘making it harder for potential foreign fighters to travel abroad by making it easier to remove their passports through additional temporary seizure powers at the border.’ He added: ‘We are also looking at stopping British citizens from re-entering the country if they are suspected of terrorist activity abroad…’” (http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/british-jihadists-cameron-considers-ban-on-uk-fighters-in-syria-and-iraq-returning-home-9702108.html)

No one country can be compared exactly with another country – there are significant differences even between Sierra Leone and Liberia, where I lived and worked for 12 years. There appears a general tendency by too many Sierra Leoneans in the Diaspora to compare Sierra Leone and the United States/UK in all spheres. Yes, we must emulate the rapid development, the science and technology in those parts of the world. But, in the organization of societies in those countries and Sierra Leone, there are scary differences. Sierra Leone has a tertiary level citizenry of about 1% – the US has 41% of its citizens with tertiary level qualifications. The number of doctors per population (UK and US have on average 2.4 doctors per 1,000 people – and Sierra Leone has on average 160,000 people per one doctor), lawyers per population, science professors per population would make a Negroid blush with embarrassment if the US and Sierra Leone are compared. Even then, when there appears to be an existential threat in those developed countries, their leaders would dispense with the niceties of Human Rights, and the fine points of the law. I would not discuss here the legal details on whether President Koroma acted constitutionally in sacking his Vice President (Prof. Sydney W. Marcus-Jones, in teaching me Constitutional Law in FBC, University of Sierra Leone, in 1977, inculcated into me that there are almost always a thousand ways laws can be interpreted in their nuances) , what I argue here is that there are wider considerations in providing leadership in a small country like ours that has slide down the sloop to complete anarchy just two decades ago. I praise President Koroma for being tough and firm in his decision to sack the former Vice President – in spite of his legendary forbearance which he exercised with the former Vice President for over three years.
God’s Law of Nature: Predator Versus Prey

In ‘God’s law of Survival’ for nearly all species, there is generally a law of predator against prey. The lion does no evil when he uses stealth and brawn to track down and kill a deer. Man, with his intelligence, can ‘mutate’ and take on the predatory stance of a lion or a snake – in man’s quest for survival. If I am the leader of a country, and I select another person to be an assistant to me, and I sense that that person wants me dead by all means, I would be a fool to wait – hemmed in by laws that can be widely read – until that person kills me. If I am a leader and I have evidence that a person close to me set fire to a forest, and is pouring fuel to it, and this threatens my country, I would not wait until there is conflagration in my country. Think on my analogies.
I am back in this Column. To guide you to think!!! To use your God-given intelligence – so that man would not become extinct like dinosaurs; so that Sierra Leone would not explode again.

NOSLINA wants Sierra Leoneans to maintain peace and give justice a chance

Monday, March 30th, 2015

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Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC, MARCH 26, 2015 : In view of recent developments in Sierra Leone relating to the removal from office of the Vice President, Alhaji Samuel Sam-Sumana by the President, Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma, the National Organization of Sierra Leoneans in North America (NOSLINA) calls for the maintenance of peace and calm in our homeland.

The matter is now in the hands of the Supreme Court, the highest court in the land. NOSLINA joins the nation; Sierra Leoneans in the Diaspora; and friends of Sierra Leone in waiting for the decision that will uphold the constitutional laws of Sierra Leone.

ABOUT NOSLINA
Since March 1998, NOSLINA has served as the leading Sierra Leone Diaspora organization in the US. Its core values and operational code are based on the unique diversity of its membership. Accordingly, it promotes the interconnectedness of its members within the US and strengthens links between the Diaspora and homeland. Specifically, the group has been supporting community projects and other initiatives at home in such areas as education; health and sanitation; cultural arts; advocating good governance and citizenship; and publicly recognizing Sierra Leoneans and individuals of Sierra Leone descent or parentage, friends of Sierra Leone and related entities in the Diaspora for their professional accomplishments and distinctive contributions to Society .

President Koroma’s Envoy Presents Letters of Credence to OIC Secretary General

Monday, March 30th, 2015

 

By M.B. Jalloh, Press Attaché, Saudi Arabia

The Secretary General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), Dr. Iyad Ameen Madani, on Thursday, 12th March, 2015 received at the OIC headquarters in Jeddah, H.E. Alhaji Mohamed Sillah Kargbo, Ambassador of the Republic of Sierra Leone to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

The Sierra Leone envoy was there to present his Letters of Credence as Sierra Leone’s Permanent Representative to the OIC. It could be recalled that Ambassador Kargbo assumed duty as Ambassador in April, 2014 and presented his Original Letters of Credence to the former Saudi Monarch, King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud in August of the same year. The envoy is also accredited to the Gulf States of Qatar, Bahrain, Arab Republic of Egypt and the Syrian Arab Republic.

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OIC Sec. Gen. (right) receiving Amb.

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During the presentation, the Ambassador conveyed fraternal greetings and felicitations from His Excellency President Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma to the Secretary General. About his appointment by H.E. President Koroma as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Permanent Representative to the Saudi based organization, Ambassador Kargbo said that it is a demonstration of the importance Sierra Leone attaches to the already existing cordial ties between the two countries and the 57 member States organization.

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 Amb. Kargbo presenting Letters of Credence to OIC Sec. Gen.

Ambassador Kargbo promised to work towards strengthening the relationship between Sierra Leone and the OIC.  He also used the occasion on behalf of President Koroma to thank Dr. Madani, his predecessors and the entire membership of the OIC for their support to Sierra Leone over the years; especially in the areas of  Health, Education, Agriculture, to name but a few.

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About the Ebola virus currently challenging Sierra Leone and the West African Sub-Region, the Ambassador also on behalf of the President, Government and people of Sierra Leone thanked the OIC Scribe for the joint resource mobilization conference for Sierra Leone and other Ebola affected countries organized by the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) and the Islamic Development Bank (IDB) in November 2014, at the OIC Headquarters.

The envoy gave an update of the disease and its debilitating effect on Sierra Leoneans and the country’s economy. He highlighted the efforts being made by President Koroma, the Government of Sierra Leone, its International Partners, NGO’s, Civil Society and the people of Sierra Leone in the fight against the Ebola Virus Disease and appealed to the OIC to continue its support and solidarity in the fight against the deadly scourge, in order to eradicate it once and for all.

In conclusion, the Ambassador conveyed the appreciation and satisfaction of his country with the leadership of the Secretary General and assured him of their continuing support.

On his part, Dr. Madani whilst welcoming the envoy; congratulated him for his appointment as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the Kingdom and Permanent Representative to the OIC. He also wished him success in the discharge of his assignment.

The head of the 57 member states organization commended the excellent relations between Sierra Leone and the OIC. He also commended the active role of Sierra Leone at the OIC and hoped it will continue its effective and active role within the organization. He also promised to visit Sierra Leone in the not-too far distance future. Other issues of mutual interest were also discussed during the presentation of credentials.

The OIC, which was established in 1969, is the second-largest inter-governmental organization after the United Nations and has 57 member states spread over four continents. The organization is the collective voice of the Muslim world and it safeguards and protects the interests of the Islamic world in the spirit of promoting international peace and harmony among various people of the world. Sierra Leone became a member of the OIC in 1972 under the Presidency of Dr. Siaka P. Stevens.

 

Ambassador Omrie Golley actively engages KOICA leadership and other government institutions in Seoul , as Post-Ebola recovery efforts take centre stage in Korea

Monday, March 30th, 2015

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H E AMBASSADOR GOLLEY WITH KOICA PRESIDENT KIM YOUNG-MOK

As Sierra Leone  now recovers  from the effects of the  deadly ebola virus disease outbreak that has afflicted our Country for nearly a year, the efforts of the Government  are now being focussed on post ebola recovery with various programmes being put in place to reinvigorate the economy and engaging our international partners in these efforts.

Our newly established Mission in Korea have been very busy engaging various Government institutions in the country  highlighting the main priority areas for recovery and development in the wake of successes in the battle against ebola.  In recent weeks, our Ambassador  in Korea His Excellency Ambassador Omrie Golley has concluded meetings with Korea Eximbank, the Green Climate Fund, the Korea Foundation, and most recently with the President of the Korean International Co operation Agency (KOICA). At a visit to their main offices outside the Korean Capital Seoul on the 9th March, the Ambassador, accompanied by other officials of the Embassy including Minister Plenipotentiary James Sawi and Second Secretary Steven Levey visited the Headquarters of the Korean International Co operation Agency and held discussions with the President of KOICA Ambassador Kim Young-Mok. KOICA was founded as a Government Agency in Korea in 1991, to maximize the effectiveness of their Grant/aid programs for developing countries, by implementing the Korean Government’s grant aid and technical co operation programmes.

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 AMBASSADOR GOLLEY AND TEAM  WITH THE PRESIDENT OF KOICA AND STAFF OF TVE WEST AFRICAN DEPARTMENT

At this meeting  Ambassador Golley took the opportunity to thank KOICA for its own efforts in assisting Sierra Leone in its battle against Ebola by contributing administrative personnel to the Korean medical teams that have recently been working with other medical staff at the various ebola treatment centres in Freetown. He also underscored the importance to the Government of Sierra Leone of sustained assistance in the health sector particularly.

President Kim Young Mok assured the Ambassador of Korea’s continuing collaboration and assistance with the national development efforts of the Government of Sierra Leone, as the country emerged from the ravages of this deadly virus.

Statement by the APC- United Kingdom and Ireland Regarding the Appointment of Vice President, HE Victor Bockarie Foh

Monday, March 30th, 2015
Statement by the APC- United Kingdom and Ireland Regarding the Appointment of Vice President, HE Victor Bockarie Foh
The APC-United Kingdom and Ireland Branch heartily congratulates HE Comrade Victor Bockarie Foh on his appointment as the Vice President of the Republic of Sierra Leone. His appointment will bring in the desired experience and maturity, and will provide the final cog in the President’s drive towards accomplishing the Agenda for Prosperity. Simply, Comrade Foh is an epitome of the national cohesion and inclusiveness a striving Sierra Leone needs at this time.
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The Branch also acknowledges the decision taken by National Advisory Council of the Party in relation to the former Vice President, Alhaji Samuel Sam-Sumana. To this end, the Branch wishes to reiterate its enduring policy of upholding and abiding by the decisions of National Party and its related bodies on issues of national and party concern.
Finally, as the matter relating to the constitionality of the President’s action is already sub judice, the Branch enjoins all sierra Leoneans, at home or abroad, to be law-abiding and respect the rule of law. Sierra Leoneans therefore, must resist any unlawful incitements from unpatriotic individuals whose singular aim is to bring anarchy in our country and reverse gains already achieved by the Government of Sierra Leone in its bid to enhance the lives of Sierra Leoneans.   Fiat justitia ruat Caelum  
Long live Sierra Leone
Long Live the APC
 
Signed for and on behalf of the APC-UK/Ireland Branch
Alpha Bai-Kamara
Interim Secretary