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UN reaffirms commitment to work closely with the people and the Government of Sierra Leone for realization of SDGs.

Saturday, October 31st, 2015

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The United Nations (UN) Day is commemorated all over the World. On UN Day the Secretary-General, Mr Ban Ki-moon, stated, “Every day, the United Nations feeds the hungry and shelters those driven from their homes. The United Nations vaccinates children who would otherwise die from preventable diseases. The United Nations defends human rights for all, regardless of race, religion, nationality, gender or sexual orientation.” Mr. Ban Ki-moon continues, “Our peacekeepers are on the frontlines of conflict; our mediators bring warriors to the peace table; our relief workers brave treacherous environments to deliver life-saving assistance.”

 

Across the World the UN remains a beacon for all humanity. In Sierra Leone the UN remains a reliable peace and development partner to the people and the Government of Sierra Leone. The contribution of the UN in peacekeeping, providing development expertise and humanitarian assistance in Sierra Leone has been enormous.

 

Since May 2014, the UN agencies, alongside many other multilateral and bi-lateral partners, have been helping the people and the Government of Sierra Leone in their fight against the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD). As a result, the country has entered the last stage of the EVD fight, and the UN would like to congratulate the people and the Government of Sierra Leone for this remarkable achievement.

 

Last month, World leaders, including H.E. President Ernest Bai Koroma, adopted the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at the UN General Assembly in New York. As Sierra Leone is poised to launch the SDGs, the UN reaffirms its commitment to work closely with the people and the Government of Sierra Leone for the realization of the SDGs. There are 17 SDGs that are underpinned by 169 targets, for which the global deadline for completion is set to be 2030. The SDG declaration states that “nations are resolved to free the human race from the tyranny of poverty and want and to heal and secure our planet. We are determined to take the bold and transformative steps which are urgently needed to shift the world onto a sustainable and resilient path. As we embark on this collective journey, we pledge that no one will be left behind.”

 

 

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Diaspora in Holland provides enterpenurship program for Sierra Leone

Saturday, October 31st, 2015

 

By ODA Communications Unit

In a bid to contribute to the country’s post Ebola recovery, the Migration and Development Consultancy headed by a Sierra Leonean Diaspora in the Netherlands and in collaboration with the Network University –Netherlands, the Office of Diaspora Affairs (ODA) and the Institute of Advance Management and Technology (IAMTECH) is providing an e-Learning entrepreneurship programme for entrepreneurs in Sierra Leone.

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MD Consultancy Managing Director and, SLCU chairman Abu Bakarr Bangura is doing great things for his home country

In an interview with this press, the Managing Director of Migration and Development Consultancy, Abubakarr Bangura  who also doubles as the Chairman of the Sierra Leone Central Union in the Netherlands said that the online course would assist fifty prospective entrepreneurs and their recently started businesses in country: to identify opportunities, find a market niche, formulate realistic plans and develop a small or medium size businesses that will create sufficient income for themselves, adding that: “this can also help boost the country’s post Ebola economic development”.

 

According to the National Coordinator of the programme, Mohamed S. Conteh the purpose of the programme is to provide training for Sierra Leoneans with business ideas so that they will be able to manage their own businesses thereby creating employment for themselves. “ This online entrepreneurship programme is hosted by the Institute of Advance Management and Technology (IAMTECH), and we have completed the first phase of the programme which lasted for a period of one year, the second phase will start on the 16th November  and ends in August 2016’’ said Mr. Conteh. He furthered that the e-Learning entrepreneurship programme is a unique blend of distance online coaching and class lessons training programme at the Institute of Advanced Management and Technology.

The Managing Director of Migration and Development Consultancy, Abubakarr Bangura is calling on Sierra Leoneans especially those with small and medium businesses to make use of such opportunity to participate in the online entrepreneurship for Sierra Leone.  “Registration can be done by completing the online registration form and application forms are available online: http://ent.netuni.nl or contact the Project Coordinator, Mohamed S. Conteh at IAMTEC, his phone number is +23277596228/078398782’’ he ended.

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                    Some of the beneficiaries of the e-learning enterpreunership programme

Meanwhile, the Office of Diaspora affairs (ODA)  which is serving as a resource center for the Sierra Leone Diaspora Community has also pledge its commitment in collaborating with Sierra Leoneans in Holland to see that the Country benefit immensely from this entrepreneurship programme. “This is a fantastic initiative coming from our Diaspora constituents, and also this  programme is necessary for our post ebola Private sector development in Sierra Leone’’ said Joseph Lansana, Private sector Manager attached to the Office of Diaspora Affairs.

National Commission For Democracy on 12-day voter education to enhance Constituency 107 bye-election

Saturday, October 31st, 2015

 

In response to calls from the National Electoral Commission and registered political parties in the country, the National Commission for Democracy (NCD) has embarked on a 12 day civic and voter education campaign to enhance the Constituency 107 bye-election.

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The call for NCD’s intervention was done during the usual fortnightly Political Parties Liaison Committee (PPLC) meeting hosted by NEC at their Tower Hill headquarters in Freetown on Wednesday, September 30, 2015. The request was made on the basis that as a civic education outfit, NCD must do everything within the ambit of the law as stipulated in its mandate to create the enabling environment for the by-election in Constituency 107 in particular and the others in general to be conducted in an atmosphere devoid of rancor with the outcome accepted by all and sundry.

 

Noting the urgency of the situation, the senior management of NCD was able to put together a concept note on the issue to include a background and justification followed by the objectives and expected outcomes. Additionally, the concept made room for a communication strategy with room for clear messaging on the successful outcome of the election.

 

The stated activities gave rise to the production and airing of a jingle on elections. The message which was first written in English and translated into Krio, focused attention on peace, non-violence, political tolerance, voter apathy and general voter education.

 

According to the developed work plan, the three man team constituting the frontline workers for the campaign commenced operations on Tuesday, October 20, 2015 with the team visiting Government Wharf, Falcon Bridge and Malamah Thomas Street. The 12 days for the intervention will span from Tuesday, October 19, to Friday, November 13, 2015. Accordingly, each day’s intervention will last for three hours.

 

With a three day working week, the team from NCD is expected to cover the entire Constituency 107 using an Outside Broadcast van mounted with a public address system using the prepared jingle and complemented by a propagator from the NCD Western Region office and a media attaché from NCD Headquarters as they help clarify the issues and respond to the questions posed by the people in the places visited.

 

With this civic and voter education campaign, NCD is looking forward to a successful bye-election in Constituency 107 with polling day slated for Saturday, November 14, 2015.   h

Deputy Minister Theo Nicol urges journalists to make use of Right to Access Information Act

Saturday, October 31st, 2015

 

The Deputy Minister of information and Communications Theo Nicol, has urged journalists to make use of the Right to Access information Act and request for relevant information from public institutions so that they will not dwell on publishing misleading information. He said the Government is willing to open its books because it has nothing to hide and that is the more reason why it has passed the right to access information law.

The Executive Secretary of the Right to Access Information Commission (RAIC) Kwame Yankson has elaborated on the progress the Commission has been making whilst addressing the weekly press conference of the Ministry of Information and Communications on October 29, 2015.

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He noted that a Chairman and four Commissioners and an Executive Secretary has been appointed by the President to run the Commission to ensure that the Commission reflect the purpose for which it was established.

He informed his audience that the Commission has also drafted the RAI regulations which will provide a clear guide on how to go about the process of requesting for information. Whilst encouraging members of the Forth Estate to make full use of the RAI Act and request for relevant information from Public Authorities, Mr. Yankson encourage his audience to also copy the Commission whenever they make a request in order to keep the Commission fully informed.

He said in spite of the calls the media has made for the need for a right to access information law, no journalist has yet made a single request since the enactment of the law in 2013. He noted that only 15 requests have been made so far saying that theses requests are made by Civil Society activists and lawyers.

The Executive Secretary stated that the Commission has been working in close collaboration with the Open Government Initiative (OGI) and the Open Government Partnership (OGP) to create an open data portal which has already been launched and will be adequately monitored by the Commission.

In an attempt to ensuring that information uploaded on the portal is accurate, the Executive Secretary said they have established an Open data Council that will ensure that information posted on the Open Data Portal is accurate. He further stated that the Commissioners and the Chairman of the Commission has been receiving training form the World Bank through video conferencing once every month in a bid to capacitate them for an effective implementation of the work of the Commission.

He said the Commission will embark on an intensive sensitization drive across the country to educate the public and MDA’s about the relevance of the right to access information and the need for the public to request for information in order to be well informed.

The Director General of the Sierra Leone Broadcasting Corporation (SLBC) Gbanabom Elvis Hallowell has said that SLBC has been desiging programmes that enhance good citizenship and robust and effective civil societies. He said they have current Affairs Programmes and other programmes that will bolster creative talents by broadcasting educative programmes. He said they have also ensure that their services target all the Sierra Leonean cultures across that country. The Director General noted that one of their major challenges is that fact they have still not gone digital but assures the press that they are seriously working on that.

Updating the press on the activities of the Directorate of information, the Senior Information Officer Marian samu noted that the Directorate of information is responsible for providing the public with accurate and timely information from government. She said the Directorate has posted Information Officers in MDAs who perform the function of informing the public about government activities. She further stated that the Directorate has been working on implementing the National Communication Strategy and in that regard has established resource centers in that four regions.

Dozens of Sierra Leonean Medical Experts trained on Disease Control and Prevention in China

Saturday, October 31st, 2015

 

With an apparent end to the Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone, the Chinese Government through the Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM) and the Centre for Disease Control (CDC) on October 29th ended a three week-long training seminar for Medical Professionals from Sierra Leone and Liberia on Public Health Management and Disease Control and Prevention.

The training, which brought together 56 participants from the two sister Republics of Sierra Leone (26) and Liberia (30) was organized at the Academy for International Business Officials (AIBO) of the Ministry of Commerce, People’s Republic of China.

Delivering a statement, Her Excellency Kumba Alice Momoh, Chargé d’ Affairs, Embassy of the Republic of Sierra Leone, referred to the seminar as a   “fundamentally significant health training programme that bothers on public health management and disease control and prevention in Sierra Leone”

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Speaking on training relevance, Madam Momoh said, being in the tropical region, Sierra Leone has a climate that is a suitable habitat for microbes and as such training of Medical Professionals in Public Health Management and Disease Control and Prevention is but a necessity for the country’s growing population.

The training, she went on, could not have come at a more appropriate time than now, when Sierra Leone is still held in  fear, as a result of  the Ebola virus disease outbreak, whilst expressing thanks and appreciation to MOFCOM and “…the management of this training centre for the invaluable work in helping our medical sector.”

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On the long standing bilateral ties between Sierra Leone and China, Madam Momoh said, the Chinese Ministry of commerce has been a great pillar in “fostering our friendship to maturity” as it has often intervened in Sierra Leone to help in her human resource development, including the health sector. “We want to assure MOFCOM of our continued support as an Embassy, in consideration of the immense support it has given on all fronts of the development aspirations of Sierra Leone.”

Sierra Leone, she said, remains grateful to China for the timely intervention following the outbreak of the Ebola as it was “the first country to airlift required medical kit and personnel…boosting the morale of our nation, at a time when other countries were moving out. The Chinese support has remained with us, and continues even as we monitor the non-incident period down to the WHO time frame.”

Madam Momoh called on the 26 Sierra Leonean Medical Professionals to make good  use of the knowledge gained during the training sessions, emphasizing, “…the relevance of this training would be made effective when our people experience the expertise you have received” referring to it as “a privilege we must harness to our advantage as a country.”

 

In his remarks, Head of Sierra Leone Delegation, Rev. Dr. Thomas T. Samba, District Medical Officer, Western Area said, during the training sessions, they had the opportunity of listening to appealing and charming lectures about the Public Health Care Delivery System and cultural dimension in China, and “enjoyed the privilege of learning and understanding a fascinating spectrum of the historical, socio-cultural and socio-economic heritage of China.”

Dr Samba, pledged, on behalf of the Ministry of Health and Sanitation, to assiduously  work towards the establishment of a functional CDC programme for Sierra Leone through various local, bilateral and multilateral initiatives.

 

Also making statements were Zhu Liugui, Vice President AIBO and Ms. Lou Guifang, Director of Executive Department of China-aid Training at AIBO. They all committed their continued support to Sierra Leone.

The delegation from Sierra Leone included Pharmacists, District Health Sisters (Kambia, Tonkolili, Pujehun, Adolescent and Child Health, Disease Prevention and Control); District Medical Officers (Kailahun, Pujehun, Bo, Western Area, Bonthe and Kono) and Medical Officers (Kenema Government Hospital and 34 Military Hospital).

The Delegation was hosted by the Embassy on Friday, 30th October where they were commended by the Acting Ambassador for their valuable contribution to Sierra Leone especially during the Ebola outbreak. The team should be arriving in Freetown 1st November, 2015.

 

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Sierra Leone Embassy

People’s Republic of China

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Sierra Leone and India to increase bilateral cooperation

Saturday, October 31st, 2015

 

By State House Communication Unit

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has congratulated President Dr Ernest Bai Koroma for the emergence of Sierra Leone from the Ebola virus disease and for also putting forward a great plan for socio-economic recovery of the country. He made this statement during bilateral talks with President Koroma and entourage at his office in New Delhi, India.

The Prime Minister expressed the need for the two countries to scale up bilateral cooperation in the areas of agriculture, mining and information and communication technology. He promised to ensure Indian model in sugar plantations and cooperatives are introduced in Sierra Leone and also said that India would like to pursue cooperation with Sierra Leone in the Diamond cutting industry.

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Prime Minister Modi went on to inform that Sierra Leoneans will be provided with scholarships to pursue agricultural studies in India as well as the possibility of empowering citizens of Sierra Leone to acquire ICT capabilities in India.

He also canvassed Sierra Leone’s support for Indian aspirations in the United Nations and other multilateral institutions.

President Koroma on his part, congratulated Prime Minister Modi for the successful hosting of the India-Africa Forum Summit and called on him to support the Africa Common Position for the Reform of the UN Security Council.

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The president further thanked India for their support in fighting Ebola in Sierra Leone, saying “Indians have contributed immensely to trade and investment in Sierra Leone and we share lots of ties together,” he said. He explained that Sierra Leone has rolled out the Post Ebola recovery programme in health, education, social protection and private sector development.

He lamented the fact that Sierra Leone was among the fastest growing economies before Ebola struck, and called on the Indian government to support the implementation of the post Ebola recovery plan.

President Koroma also emphasized the need to open a diplomatic mission in India and asked Modi’s government to help in that direction.

Whilst disclosing that Indian companies are doing well in Sierra Leone, he encouraged Indian businesses to make use of investment opportunities in tourism, agriculture, mining and other sectors.

Playhouse and Danké Koroma Foundations in collaboration with GIZ and OSIWA to provide solar electrification in Kono

Saturday, October 31st, 2015

The Energising Development (EnDev) project which is based in Liberia and acts as one of the execution agencies of GIZ’s post-Ebola Recovery initiatives, in collaboration with the Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA), the Playhouse Foundation and the Danké Koroma Foundation have provided solar electrification to primary and secondary schools, a youth centre, a Girls’ Resource Centre as well as to 6 peripheral health units in Kono District.

The beneficiary schools during first phase were R.C. Desembadu, Mafindor Chiefdom, R.C. Koardu and Melliseh, Junior Secondary School in Gbane Kandor Chiefdom, Tamba Songu-Mbriwa Memorial Secondary School in Fiama Chiefdom, U.M.C. Samiequidu, U.M.C. Sukudu, U.M.C. Mayama in Kamara Chiefdom and U.M.C. Kuakor in Gbense Chiefdom.

The Youth Centre in Desembadu, Mafindor Chiefdom was also provided with solar electrification. K.D.E.C. Yardu and Koidu Boys Secondary School in Gbense Chiefdom, U.M.C. Primary and Secondary Schools, Yengema, Nimikoro Chiefdom, Bafinfeh Secondary School, Nimiyama Chiefdom, Gorama Kono Secondary School, Gorama Kono Chiefdom will be amongst the beneficiaries during the second phase.

Six peripheral health units (PHUs) in Kamiendor, Mafindor Chiefdom, Koardu, Mbane Kandor Chiefdom, Gbetema, Fiama Chiefdom, Samiequidu and Sukudu in Kamara Chiefdom and Kuakor, Gbense Kandor in Gbense Chiefdom received solar freezers for storing vaccines and blood plasma in addition to solar electrification.

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EnDev’s lighting in schools will allow pupils sitting for national examinations such as the NPSE, BECE and WASSCE to prepare for their examinations in the evenings whilst those at junior secondary and senior secondary schools in the most remote parts of Kono District can now study at these facilities when it is dark. In addition, adult literacy classes and community learning, including accelerated learning for teenage mothers and pregnant teenagers, can now be conducted in the evenings at these facilities.

School libraries that were in place in some of these facilities also received solar lighting. At the PHUs, babies can now be delivered safely at night with appropriate lighting and emergencies cases can be attended to at any time of the night. In addition, community health offices do not have to take the long journey to Koidu, the headquarter town or neighbouring chiefdom headquarter towns in search of solar refrigerators to store vaccines and blood plasma.

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This post-Ebola Recovery initiative will be extended to the Western Area, Kailahun, Port Loko and Bombali Districts where other schools and PHUs will receive solar lighting systems. The total donation of solar lighting and equipment for phases one and two is valued at USD$250,000 of which Kono District’s solar lighting amounted to USD$130,000.

Large solar lighting systems are also being donated to girls’ resource centres to commemorate this year’s International Day of the Girl Child which is dedicated to adolescent girls; one of these is the soon-to-be established Danké Koroma Girls’ Academy in Kono District which will serve as a DSTV Resource Centre and will provide ICT, language and science training as well leadership, communication skills development and entrepreneurship training for adolescent girls and young women. Two other centres will be established in the coming months in Kailahun District and in the Western Area in partnership with an international non-governmental organisation.

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The EnDev project is a multi-donor project that has been funded by the Governments of the Netherlands, Germany, Norway, the United Kingdom, Switzerland and Australia and is being implemented by GIZ. The Playhouse Foundation is grateful to the funders of the EnDev project that is led by Mr. Euler Hartlieb, Project Manager and Mr. Freeman Godu, Technical Director. This project has been extended to the Republic of Sierra Leone as a post-Ebola Recovery project.

The Playhouse Foundation remains equally grateful to OSIWA for funding its project of support to border chiefdoms under which youth border patrol teams have been trained in the maintenance of solar lighting systems and for funding the local transportation costs of the solar equipment and accessories under its project. The Playhouse Foundation also extends its gratitude to chiefdom authorities who provided accommodation and contributed to the feeding of the technical team from GIZ Liberia, Barefoot Women College and the military and civilian electricians.

The Playhouse Foundation also owes a huge debt of gratitude to Lieutenant General Samuel Omar Williams, Chief of Defence Staff of Sierra Leone and the military hierarchy at the Republic of Sierra Leone Armed Forces for providing transportation for the solar equipment and accessories and for making available military electricians to be trained in solar electrification. The Chief of Defence Staff has provided his unrelenting support to the Playhouse Foundation’s efforts to keep our borders safe by making available military doctors, nurses and public health specialists to provide infection disease control training for communities and to engage in social mobilisation under the programme entitled ‘Support to Border Chiefdoms in the Design of an Efficient Response System to Tackle the Ebola Virus Disease’ that is being implemented by the Playhouse Foundation with funding from the OSIWA and other partners.

Finally, the Playhouse Foundation remains grateful to H.E. Sia Nyama Koroma, First Lady of the Republic of Sierra Leone and Chairperson of the Danké Koroma Foundation for teaming up with the Playhouse Foundation to make ‘Energising Development’ happen in Sierra Leone. She was gracious enough to provide accommodation and contribute towards the feeding of the 12-man team that included a team of 5 technicians from Liberia, 2 Barefoot Women College electricians, 3 military electricians, civilian electricians and the OSIWA funded youth border patrol teams.

The Playhouse Foundation was co-founded in 2009 by Abu Deedee Koroma and Finda Koroma in memory of their late parents, Abu Aiah Koroma Esq. and Danké E. Koroma.

‘More Time’ is not third term campaign.

Friday, October 30th, 2015

 

Sheriff Mahmud Ismail

I was one of the rapporteurs at the conference of the All People’s Congress (APC) National Youth League. Throughout the two day conference there was no call for President Koroma to continue for a third term (as president). NOT AT ALL. Granted, in one of the resolutions, the Youth League did state that considering his popularity and his astute leadership, they wanted President Koroma to continue as Chair and Leader of the APC for the purpose of keeping the party united especially ahead of the 2018 elections.

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This is clearly in response to the growing competition among party hopefuls to succeed the President. Already, there are several individuals positioning themselves to lead the APC in the next elections. Their activities though peaceful so far have started, as you would expect, to create camps within the party especially among the party’s youth. While campaigning for their favored candidates, supporters have begun making demeaning statements about other aspirants on social media and other fora.

”The Youth League therefore thought it was urgent to bring all its members together to discuss this important and growing issue and what role we (the APC youth) could play to keep our darling party in power. That was the objective for convening the conference and was the bane of its deliberations”, said Alie Conteh, the Secretary General of the Youth League. But it appears that some sections of the media and political opponents of the APC are reading too much into the ‘More Time’ campaign.

Alie went on to say that he has followed the argument in amazement and ”I am still wondering how and why the decision of just one organ of our political party could generate such animated debate for several days”.

Some claim that in his interview with Radio Democracy on theMonday October 26, 2015, the explanation of the President of the Youth League, Bai Mahmuod Bangura about the ‘More Time’ campaign tended to point to a third term bid. Even if this was true, Alie said, ”Bai Mahoud is also on record and in that same radio interview that the Youth League would respect President Koroma’s decision not to run for a third term”.

Dauda Bangura, the Publicity Secretary of the Youth League, say ”it’s intriguing that too many unsubstantiated allegations have been unfairly levelled against the President who happens to be the Chairman and Leader of the APC party. Some have gone as far as accusing the entire APC party of pushing a third term bid”. Dauda avers that “this is a classic case of an outsider assuming expertise over the internal affairs of an organisation and arrogating to themselves the authority to interpret its actions and decision”.

By ALL accounts, there is some amount of overzealousness among some youths, but also among some sections of the media and the opposition because President Koroma has never asked for a third term nor has he countenanced any calls of a third term from any quarter.

Following his re-election in 2012, at the State Opening of Parliament, President Koroma thanked the people of Sierra Leone for electing him ”for the second and final term”.

When some youth came up with ”After U Na U’ campaign during the commissioning of the Regent/Jui Road, he eventually reiterated that he is running his final term. At the youth conference in Makeni, President Koroma extensively used the football metaphor to drive home the point that he is now the ‘Team Manager’ not the ‘Political Messi’ that twice led his team to victory over the SLPP.

”I see a lot of players warming up…We have no problems with that but they must recognise that there is a Manager”, the Chairman and Leader said.

In my view and I am sure for all those many football fans, it is absolutely clear that football managers don’t field themselves in. It therefore stands to reason that President Koroma who now regards himself as the ‘Manager’ of the APC team would certainly not field himself in for the next ‘Champions League’. To reiterate this point, he went further to state that ”however great a player may be, if he does not recognise and operate within the (party) structures, we would put them on the reserve bench”. So the president’s interest is not to ‘play in the next tournament’ rather; he is keen on managing the team and fielding in the best and most disciplined players to ensure victory for the APC (in the next elections).

For Bai Mahmud who is the source of this debate, ”It is bizarre that some opposition activists have, as always, chosen to occupy themselves by attacking our party and its leaders. Instead of spending time sorting their apparently intractable conflict some of them have gone as far as threatening war over what can only be described as their warped interpretations of our benign internal political dynamics”.

A staunch APC Youth League activist was even more direct; ”once again, let it be known that the ‘More Time’ campaign is not asking for a third term for President Koroma, it is a genuine request by the APC Youth League for Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma to continue as the Chairman and Leader of the APC because we believe in his leadership to keep the party together at such a crucial moment. The APC have learned lessons from the past and given the current state of affairs, cannot afford the mistakes of other parties”. The young party activist asserted.

Ambassador Osman Foday Yansaneh, the National Secretary General of the APC rounds it all up: ”The APC, the party of Action, Progress and Commitment remains committed to its democratic credentials and will continue to take actions that maintain the progress, peace and stability of both party and country”. Indeed, by all accounts, ‘More Time’ is not a third term campaign.

President Ernest Koroma’s statement at India-Africa Summit

Friday, October 30th, 2015

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Your Excellency Narendra Modi,
Excellencies Colleague Heads of State and Governments,
Distinguished Delegates,
Ladies and gentlemen

Let me join my colleague Heads of State to express sincere thanks and appreciation to our gracious hosts, His Excellency the Prime Minister, the Government and people of the Republic of India for the warm hospitality since our arrival in this beautiful and historic city of New Delhi, and for the excellent hosting of this third India-Africa Forum Summit.

This Summit offers an excellent opportunity for the Continent of Africa and the Sub-Continent of India to build upon our historic and fraternal South-South Cooperation.

Africa is inspired by India as a great model of technological advancement, research and development. We seek to nurture this inspiration in harnessing our continent’s resources for growth, stability and development. Africa is ready for business, and prepared to build synergies for trade and investment. We seek a win-win partnership based on public sector facilitation and private sector centrality.

We applaud India’s leadership in advancing the cause of the global South within the frameworks of the Group of 77 and China, the Non-Aligned Movement, the Commonwealth, the G-20 and the United Nations.

Today the International community is discussing and acting on climate change, environmental degradation, desertification, light weapons and the fights against terrorism, human trafficking, drugs and piracy. These are critical concerns for Africa and India. Our populations are not only the more at risk, but they are also the least able to weather the devastating effects of these trans-border events. With nearly half the word’s population, India/Africa synergies on these matters is central to the future of humanity. With the biggest youth populations, our people are becoming the mainstay of humanity’s progress, they are the future of our species, and we must cooperate to secure that future. India and Africa must build a great partnership to deliver on the Sustainable Development Goals.

That future must also be based on democratic and inclusive global institutions. It is in this light that we seek India’s support, as the world’s biggest democracy, for Africa’s quest for a more inclusive United Nations.

This is why, Excellencies, as coordinator of the African Union Committee of Ten (C-10) on the Reform of United Nations Security Council, I would like to use this platform to solicit the support of India for Africa’s bid for two permanent seats in the UN Security Council with all the privileges involved, as enshrined in Ezulwini Consensus and Sirte Declaration.

Your Excellency Prime Minister Modi, we applaud India’s support for peace, stability and growth in Sierra Leone. India’s contribution to United Nations Peacekeeping operations helped bring lasting peace to Sierra Leone and many other parts around the globe. Today, my Government contributes troops and supports peacekeeping operations in Africa and other lands. We seek partnerships with India in furthering this important arm of global stability and peace.

Excellency Prime Minister Modi, Sierra Leone and India share great ties. Many persons of Indian descent call our country home, sharing in the successes and challenges of everyone else in Sierra Leone. They have served as great bridges of friendship between the peoples of Sierra Leone and India. Let me take this opportunity to salute them for their immense contribution to Sierra Leone.

We are inspired by India’s adherence to democracy, and its impressive growth in recent years. Your country has been wonderful in sharing the experiences and gifts of that growth with us in the energy, agriculture and other sectors.

Excellency Prime Minister Modi, as you are aware, a little over a year ago the Ebola epidemic struck our region.  The evil virus struck at a time when Sierra Leone was being commended for its remarkable progress in ensuring peace, stability and steady economic growth. The outbreak has taken a heavy toll on the entire socio-economic fabric of Sierra Leone and its neighbors. But with support from our international friends, we fought back. Today, we have almost defeated the evil virus.  We have had no cases of the disease for nearly two months now, and we are just days to Sierra Leone being declared Ebola Free by the World Health Organization. We have designed a Post Ebola Recovery Program prioritizing health, education, social security and economic resurgence through promotion of the private sector. As a great innovator of health products and programs, education, ICT and agriculture in the developing world, we seek India’s support in ensuring success in these areas.

I have come with a delegation comprising members of my government and business executives with a view to harnessing bilateral frameworks for cooperation. Already Indian owned businesses are thriving in Sierra Leone, including our largest Telecoms operator, Airtel. Greater opportunities for excellent returns to investment partnerships between Sierra Leone and India businesses exist in the agriculture, mining, energy and infrastructure sectors.

Sierra Leone is ripe for recovery and growth; we urge India’s participation in the immense possibilities of our recovery. Africa is taking off; we applaud India’s partnership in Africa’s re-emergence. Africa is now a champion of reforms, inclusion and growth at continental, sub-continental and global levels; we seek India’s continued cooperation in these worthy causes.

I thank you for your kind attention.

President Ernest Koroma calls for intensification of South-South cooperation

Thursday, October 29th, 2015

 

By State House Communication Unit

President Dr Ernest Bai Koroma has described the third India-Africa Forum Summit as an excellent opportunity for the African continent and the sub-continent of India to build upon the historic and fraternal South-South cooperation that exists between developing countries.

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He made this statement during the second plenary session of the Summit currently underway in the historic city of New Delhi today Thursday 29 October, 2015.

“Africa is inspired by India as a great model of technological advancement, research and development,” he said.

President Koroma further noted that Africa seeks to nurture this inspiration in harnessing the continent’s resources for growth, stability and development, saying that Africa is ready for business, and prepared to build synergies for trade and investment. “We seek a win-win partnership based on public sector facilitation and private sector centrality,” he stressed.

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The president commended India’s leadership in advancing the cause of the global South within the frameworks of the Group of 77 and China, the Non-Aligned Movement, the Commonwealth, the G-20 and the United Nations.

“Today the International community is discussing and acting on climate change, environmental degradation, desertification, light weapons and the fights against terrorism, human trafficking, drugs and piracy. These are critical concerns for Africa and India,” he pointed out, and emphasized the fact that Africa’s population is not only the more at risk, but also the least able to weather the devastating effects of these trans-border events.

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With nearly half the word’s population, India/Africa synergies on these matters, President Koroma said, is central to the future of humanity.

He went on to explain that because Africa has the biggest youth populations and the people are becoming the mainstay of humanity’s progress as well as the future of the world, he called for cooperation to secure that future. “India and Africa must build a great partnership to deliver on the Sustainable Development Goals,” he urged.

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Sierra Leone’s President Koroma also urged that the future must be based on democratic and inclusive global institutions. “It is in this light that we seek India’s support, as the world’s biggest democracy, for Africa’s quest for a more inclusive United Nations,” he underscored amidst rapturous applause.

“This is why, Excellencies, as coordinator of the African Union Committee of Ten (C-10) on the Reform of United Nations Security Council, I would like to use this platform to solicit the support of India for Africa’s bid for two permanent seats in the UN Security Council with all the privileges involved, as enshrined in Ezulwini Consensus and Sirte Declaration,” he reiterated.

President Koroma also lauded India’s support for peace, stability and growth in Sierra Leone, and noted that India’s contribution to United Nations Peacekeeping operations helped bring lasting peace to Sierra Leone and many other parts around the globe.

“Today, my Government contributes troops and supports peacekeeping operations in Africa and other lands. We seek partnerships with India in furthering this important arm of global stability and peace,” said the Head of State.

On the issue of the devastating effects of the Ebola outbreak, President Koroma informed that Sierra Leone was being commended for its remarkable progress in ensuring peace, stability and steady economic growth when Ebola struck a little over a year ago. The outbreak, he said, has taken a heavy toll on the entire socio-economic fabric of Sierra Leone and its neighbors. He however informed that with support from international friends, the country fought back. “Today, we have almost defeated the evil virus. We have had no cases of the disease for nearly two months now, and we are just days to Sierra Leone being declared Ebola Free by the World Health Organization,” he confidently explained. He therefore called on India as a leading innovator of health products and programs, education, ICT and agriculture in the developing world to support Sierra Leone in ensuring success in these areas.

In conclusion, the president noted that Sierra Leone is ripe for recovery and growth and urged India’s participation in the immense possibilities of the recovery. “Africa is taking off; we applaud India’s partnership in Africa’s re-emergence. Africa is now a champion of reforms, inclusion and growth at continental, sub-continental and global levels; we seek India’s continued cooperation in these worthy causes,” he emphasized.