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United Nations’ SGSR Zainab Bangura visits Canadian College of Modern Technology

Wednesday, December 30th, 2015

By – John Yoni Fofanah

“The quality of any nation’s human capital depends on the nation’s emphasis on education, especially for women”. These were the exact words of the UN Secretary General’s Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict, Haja Dr. Zainab Hawa Bangura, during her visit at the Canadian College of Modern Technology situated at Silicon Hills in Mile 91, Sierra Leone on Sunday 27th December, 2015.

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The UN official who confirmed the authenticity of ISIS’ “price list” for child slave in its caliphate, visited Sierra Leone’s newest and most-equipped college with a high-profile delegation of women groups in Yoni chiefdom. Her mission for this visit was to encourage education and support the vision of the young proprietor of the College Mr. Muckson Sesay and the sponsor Wesley Penner for promoting education in Sierra Leone.

The Human Resource Manager of the college, Mr. Safuan M. Sesay, welcomed Dr. Bangura and her entourage to the college and thanked her for taking time from her vacation to visit the Canadian college of Modern Technology .

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During a brief meeting held at the college’s administrative building, Dr. Bangura applauded the work of the administration for putting together a modern education facility in this remote community of Mile 91. She added that educated people make better choices in life thereby benefiting society in general. Dr. Bangura encouraged the college’s administration to put special emphasis on recruiting qualified female students to enroll into the college.

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Stressing on the importance of education to women, Dr. Bangura stated that: “An educated mother knows without being prodded why her child should be vaccinated against diseases like polio, meningitis and others.” Mr. Sesay, the Human Resource Manager, responded by admonishing the audience that one could not be part of the 21st century knowledge-based economy if he/she has not gone to school.” That is why the Canadian College of Modern Technology is providing an educational environment that prepares students to participate in every workforce”, he added. Mr. Sesay concluded that: “The college aim is to provide quality education and link education to industry in Sierra Leone.”

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Commenting on the enrollment process, the Assistant Director of Students Affairs, Madam Fatmata Rainatu Kamara, claimed that enrollment of students for 2015/2016 has been very encouraging. “We have received an unprecedented number of applicants. We hope to be able to accommodate the entire students that have already applied,” she added. Dr. Bangura toured the college’s campus to have a firsthand look at the Lecture Rooms, Water Reservoir, Student Canteen, Female and Male Hostels, bathrooms and the college’s Solar Harvest Station.

Madam Fatmata R. Kamara presented the college’s t-shirt and a mug to Dr. Bangura as a gift and as a sign of appreciation for her visit to the college.

The college, which has both national and foreign lecturers, is set to begin classes in January 11, 2016. According to its Public Relations Officer, Moses Lamin Kamara, students who meet admission requirements and pay their tuition fees before February 1st will receive FREE LAPTOPS.

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OGI /OGP Director meets Sierra Leone Fashion Week Organizer in New York

Tuesday, December 29th, 2015

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BY KABS KANU :

The Director of the Open Government Initiative/ Open Government Partnership , Mrs. Khadija Sesay, last week held a meeting in New York with the organizer of the upcoming Sierra Leone Fashion Week, Ms. Tia Knox,  at the Permanent Mission of Sierra Leone to the United Nations.

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MS. KHADIJA SESAY : OGI/OGP DIRECTOR

According to Ms. Khadija Sesay  in an interview with COCORIOKO , the Sierra Leone Fashion Week Industry invited the OGI to New York for the Initiative to add value to what the Industry would be doing  with regards to Sierra Leone . “Because of the credibility  garnered over the years by the OGI, the Sierra Leone Fashion Week Industry  wanted us to add value to the talents that Sierra Leoneans would be demonstrating during the Fashion Week”,  she added.

Khadija Sesay said that the invitation of the Fashion Week organizers leveraged on the mandate of the OGI/OGP  to provide a level ground for all Sierra Leoneans. Madam Sesay further stated  that the beauty contest,  being a private sector activity,  also falls within the mandate given  to the OGI  to work with the private sector.

The Sierra Leone Fashion Week will be held in New York on April 20 to 24 , 2016.

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AT THE SIERRA LEONE MISSION : FROM RIGHT : TIAH KNOX, HOC ALHUSINE SESAY AMBASSADOR KOROMA, OGI DIRECTOR KHADIJA SESAY , MR. SALIFU CONTEH AND MR. FODAY MANSARAY

The meeting was also attended by the Deputy Permanent Representative for Political Affairs, Ambassador Amadu Koroma, the Head of Chancery/ Minister Plenipotentiary, Mr. Alhusine Sesay , Counselor Franklin Fawundu , Mr. Foday Mansaray of New Jersey and a World Bank representative, Mr. Salifu Conteh.

The Fashion organization and the OGI had the meeting  to give Ms. Tiah Knox the opportunity to disclose the aims and objectives of her organization and her future plans.

In another development , Ms. Khadija Sesay , on Christmas Day, visited  New Jersey where she met with a group of Sierra Leoneans whom she acquainted with the objectives  and activities of the OGI/OGP.

During the New Jersey meeting,  which was chaired by Mr.Foday Mansaray, Ms. Sesay said, among other things, that she is non-partisan and works with the media, civil society , women’s groups and all strata of the society to bring the Government  closer to the people.

She highly commended President Ernest Bai Koroma for giving the OGI/OGP  freedom and leeway to conduct its operations, without any interference from the executive branch of the government . The OGI/OGP, she went on,   allows citizens to criticize the government where necessary to help improve its functions .

The OGI/OGP Director said she will be traveling next to Virginia and  that she will be holding meetings  at the White House and the State Department with U.S  officials in Washington DC.

 

President Koroma reshuffles the cabinet

Monday, December 28th, 2015

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State House has announced the following changes in cabinet.

Attorney General and Minister of  Justice is now the ACC Boss Fitzgerald Kamara.

Dr Sam Sesay  has been sent to State House as adviser whilst Dr. Monty Jones takes over his position  as Minister of Agriculture.

Dr. Gibrill Sesay is Minister of State 1 and Honorable Isata Kabia Minister of State 2 at Foreign Affairs.

Patrick Saidu Conteh is the Minister of State , Finance Ministry.

Honorable Justice Abdulai Charm is  appointed as Chief Justice.

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Christmas message from the CEO and Publisher of Cocorioko, Rev. Kabs Kanu

Friday, December 25th, 2015
MERRY CHRISTMAS
  The Cocorioko Newspaper Management and Editorial staff wish to take this opportunity to wish every reader , supporter and fan a very Happy Christmas. We hope that they and their families will enjoy the Yuletide season , a season of love and goodwill to all men and women. May the spirit of Christmas permeate our  interactions with one another.

As we worship in our various churches ahead of that sumptuous Christmas lunch or dinner with loved ones, let us not forget that the very reason for the season is JESUS CHRIST, who was born on this day not only  to bring salvation to mankind but reveal God the Father to man ; preach the kingdom of God ; to bear witness to the truth ; to be a light in the world; to call sinners to repentance and seek and save those who are lost.

The world has subtly taken Jesus Christ out of Christmas. The narcissistic world has turned Christmas into a season of mindless materialism and voracious appetites for carnal pleasures and  cravings. Children are fooled to believe that the focus of Christmas is Santa Claus and his sleigh he arrives in from the North Pole laden with “goodies”  but everyone of us , in our respective ways , through our  redirection of the main focus of Christmas , worship and acts of love and goodwill , can put JESUS CHRIST back  in the season .We can do it also by spreading the GOOD NEWS that at the appointed time, God the Father, sent his beloved Son, Jesus Christ to the lost world to die on the Cross of Calvary , that through his crucifixion , mankind will receive the salvation that comes through faith in Jesus Christ.

As we prepare to herald another new year, we hope all will enjoy the Season and transmit the love of Jesus Christ to all men and women.

MERRY CHRISTMAS.

REV. LEEROY WILFRED KABS-KANU

C.E. O AND PUBLISHER

Welcome To Sierra Leone, The Country Whose Citizens Never Do Any Wrong

Thursday, December 24th, 2015

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GOVERNMENT BLAME

SIERRA LEONEANS, LET us learn to respect and obey the law, then we would not have most of our problems and we will not accuse the government of anything.

The big problem with Sierra Leoneans is that we like to test the law. We know that something is a crime but we go on and do it and when the law arises to punish us, we claim political persecution and witch- hunting. Did we forget that we caused whatever befell us because we did not respect the law?

Should we allow lawbreakers to get away with it because when an offender is touched, people will start agitating that it is political persecution and witch hunting ?

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We must try to be objective. If somebody raped a woman or assaulted somebody, whatever that person’s position in the society, he must face the consequences . If I know that I am legally married to somebody , why go and marry somebody else when I know it is bigamy and that bigamy is a crime ? The question that Sierra Leoneans never ask is, did the person commit the crime ?

To us, everything is so politicized that anything that happens to us is political persecution. Nobody seeks the welfare of the victim. The public does not care for the raped and sexually abused woman pining in her corner; The public does not care for the man who has been badly beaten and dragged through the streets. The public does not care for the person whose home has been broken into by a thief ; the public does not care for the poor mother whose son had been killed by the drunk driver. If the perpetrators are politically connected to the opposition Sierra Leone People’s Party ( SLPP), ANY ATTEMPT BY THE LAW TO BRING THEM TO JUSTICE IS POLITICAL PERSECUTION AND WITCH-HUNTING.

Interestingly, if the perpetrator belongs to the ruling All People’s Congress ( APC ),  he is guilty as accused . He is always guilty even if he is later found not to have been culpable.

Two attitudes we have to get rid of are shielding and defending criminals and the “Nar Do Den Do Am” syndrome when somebody dies. In Sierra Leone, nobody dies naturally. Anybody who dies was done in through voodoo and fetish. Anybody who falls sick is being spiritually attacked by his enemies.

In Sierra Leone, everybody is a victim. Nobody is a perpetrator of crime. The rapist blames the law for bringing him to justice. The corrupt official blames the ACC and the government for prosecuting him . The careless driver blames the Police for arresting him for causing an accident in which precious lives were lost because of his recklessness. The journalist who writes a very defamatory report about an innocent individual blames the government for not practicing democracy when the law takes its course.

We have to decide in Sierra Leone if we are interested in nation-building. If we are interested in building our nation , then we have to allow the Rule of Law to operate and prevail. I am very sick of hearing all this rubbish about political persecution and witch hunting when a criminal is being prosecuted by the law.

Nar updat sweh we country ba  ?

Nobody did. The citizens of the country are just not serious about nation-building. All that bothers them is the APC/SLPP  dysfunction . Everything that happens, even when people commit crime, is an APC/ SLPP issue. And we complain that our country is backward.

We are masters of our own fate.

WHAT A SHAME  ! ! !

Welcome to Sierra Leone, the country whose citizens never do any wrong

Thursday, December 24th, 2015

SIERRA LEONEANS, LET us learn to respect and obey the law, then we would not have most of our problems and we will not accuse the government of anything.

The big problem with Sierra Leoneans is that we like to test the law. We know that something is a crime but we go on and do it and when the law arises to punish us, we claim political persecution and witch- hunting. Did we forget that we caused whatever befell us because we did not respect the law?

Should we allow lawbreakers to get away with it because when an offender is touched, people will start agitating that it is political persecution and witch hunting ?

GOVERNMENT BLAME

 

We must try to be objective. If somebody raped a woman or assaulted somebody, whatever that person’s position in the society, he must face the consequences . If I know that I am legally married to somebody , why go and marry somebody else when I know it is bigamy and that bigamy is a crime ? The question that Sierra Leoneans never ask is, did the person commit the crime ?

To us, everything is so politicized that anything that happens to us is political persecution. Nobody seeks the welfare of the victim. The public does not care for the raped and sexually abused woman pining in her corner; The public does not care for the man who has been badly beaten and dragged through the streets. The public does not care for the person whose home has been broken into by a thief ; the public does not care for the poor mother whose son had been killed by the drunk driver. If the perpetrators are politically connected to the opposition Sierra Leone People’s Party ( SLPP), ANY ATTEMPT BY THE LAW TO BRING THEM TO JUSTICE IS POLITICAL PERSECUTION AND WITCH-HUNTING.

Interestingly, if the perpetrator belongs to the ruling All People’s Congress ( APC ),  he is guilty as accused . He is always guilty even if he is later found not to have been culpable.

Two attitudes we have to get rid of are shielding and defending criminals and the “Nar Do Den Do Am” syndrome when somebody dies. In Sierra Leone, nobody dies naturally. Anybody who dies was done in through voodoo and fetish. Anybody who falls sick is being spiritually attacked by his enemies.

In Sierra Leone, everybody is a victim. Nobody is a perpetrator of crime. The rapist blames the law for bringing him to justice. The corrupt official blames the ACC and the government for prosecuting him . The careless driver blames the Police for arresting him for causing an accident in which precious lives were lost because of his recklessness. The journalist who writes a very defamatory report about an innocent individual blames the government for not practicing democracy when the law takes its course.

We have to decide in Sierra Leone if we are interested in nation-building. If we are interested in building our nation , then we have to allow the Rule of Law to operate and prevail. I am very sick of hearing all this rubbish about political persecution and witch hunting when a criminal is being prosecuted by the law.

Nar updat sweh we country ba  ?

Nobody did. The citizens of the country are just not serious about nation-building. All that bothers them is the APC/SLPP  dysfunction . Everything that happens, even when people commit crime, is an APC/ SLPP issue. And we complain that our country is backward.

We are masters of our own fate.

WHAT A SHAME  ! ! !

Christmas in Sierra Leone : Cocorioko out on the streets to bring you the highlights

Wednesday, December 23rd, 2015

The city of Freetown is filled with Christmas shoppers as the nation celebrate this year’s season without the harrowing spectre of Ebola, which is gone from our shores. Shoppers looking for last-minute bargains are out there , with only two days left for the big day. It is also reported that there are many JCs from the diaspora to celebrate Christmas.

Some have been going around singing Christmas carols to spread the festive cheer.

ANN-MARIE KAMARA, one of our photo reporters in the capital, was busy today capturing the festive shopping.

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Allie Kabba arrested for alleged Bigamy

Wednesday, December 23rd, 2015

Politician  Allie Kabba has been arrested. The flamboyant politician, who wants to contest for the presidency under the banner of the opposition Sierra Leone People’s Party ( SLPP ) , was arrested this morning by the Sierra Leone Police for alleged  bigamy.

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ALLIE KABBA (SECOND FROM RIGHT ) BEING FROGMARCHED TO THE CID 

Kabba was one of the students of Fourah Bay College expelled  by the college administration in the mid-1980s for rebellion against the college authorities .He fled Sierra Leone and together with the late Sierra Leone rebel leader, Foday Sankoh, formed the Revolutionary United Front ( RUF),  which waged an 11-year war on the people of Sierra Leone from 1991 to 2002.

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THE CID INVITATION MR. KABBA ALLEGEDLY SNOBBED

Two years ago, Kabba , who had been living in the United States, broke his silence and declared his intentions to contest the 2018 Presidential elections. From his safe haven in the U.S, Kabba has been launching a vicious propaganda of lies and defamation against President Ernest Bai Koroma.

According to reports , Mr. Kabba married Madam Diana Konomanyi and another lady in the U.S.

Social media commentator, Abdul Kabba , writes :

“Comrade Alie Kabba has signed the Registry Register 3 times and has never respected any one of them.
He dumped his first wife with a 17yr old boy. He has not been in talking terms ever since. It was Diana that brought the boy home and prevailed on Alie to support the boy.

The 2nd wife also has two kids. She has also been dumped with her kids. She is there struggling with the kids…….and waiting for a divorce…….

The most interesting drama here is that these 3 women are in good talking terms…and they have all realized that Alie Kabba is a deceitful husband…….”

The Criminal Investigations Department ( CID )  invited Mr. Kabba to the Police, but according to allegations he snobbed the invitation.

We will keep you updated on this big news.

President Ernest Koroma launches EVD Lessons Learned Report

Tuesday, December 22nd, 2015

By Annans Sesay (Intern MOHS)

Freetown, Dec. 22, 015 (MOHS) – The President, Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma has officially launched the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) Lessons Learnt Report at the Miatta Conference  Hall, Youyi Building, Freeto

The Result came out from a study initiated and conducted by the National Ebola Response Centre (NERC), with support from FAO, Focus 1000, UNAIDS, UNFPA, UNICEF, UNOCHA, UN Women, WFP and WHO.

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President Koroma launching the report

Addressing the Launching ceremony on Monday December 21, 2015, President Koroma described the event and the document as very important and resourceful, urging every Sierra Leonean to make good use of the Report.

 

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President Koroma maintained that the Ebola spilled over the country through Guinea when Sierra Leoneans were less prepared for it, creating a situation that enable the country move forward as a result of lessons learned.

He reiterated that the nation knew nothing about Ebola but was very fast to learn about the disease and apply unique corrective measures to combat it. This move, he said ‘’clearly indicates that there is something in us we have to develop, as it was demonstrated in the fight against Ebola’’.

President Koroma entreated community members to accept and champion issues affecting their communities rather than relying on outsiders.

‘’We succeeded in the Ebola fight because communities took ownership, they accepted it as a challenge and they also took innovative actions that saved us at the end of the day,’’ he said, adding that all of these actions acknowledged shared responsibilities and support from stakeholders.

He said his government imposed stringent measures that were necessary to curb the disease, thereby putting customs and traditions to test.

He noted that the Lessons Learnt Report was commissioned because they wanted to know how it all happened, noting that there are lots of rooms for improvement in certain areas especially collaboration amongst partners at the national and districts levels.

He hoped the collaboration, shared responsibilities, and actions manifested during the fight against Ebola would continue.

‘If we succeeded in defeating Ebola, there are no other development challenges we cannot defeat,’ he maintained.

President Koroma furthered that they still have the problems of getting back to business, as it would be a disappointment to him if they allow themselves to reverse again the gains they have made in the Ebola fight, encouraging ministers not to work in isolation but to collaborate with other ministries to sustain the progress made in the Ebola fight.

He cautioned Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) and donor partners that in work on their own, pointing out that government’s activities means working as a team to achieve the desired goal.

‘’There has to be collaboration, alignment, transparency and accountability to the people,’’ opined President Koroma.

The National Ebola Response Center (NERC) Chief Executive Officer Rtd Major Paolo Conteh in his statement recalled that 18 months ago the country was confronted with the deadly Ebola Virus Disease and after initial stumbles they had to run fast and learned their Lessons very fast.

 

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NERC Chief Executive Officer, Rtd. Major Alfred Paolo Conteh

The information, he said brought them knowledge of command and control and coordination in the fight.

The Chief Executive Officer explained that they saw improvement in many of the technical areas, such as treatment facilities, laboratories, surveillance, case management and logistics, adding that psycho-social support brought empathy and understanding to the response.

Their innovations, he told his audience responded to human needs and suffering as it was difficult if not impossible to achieve lasting solution to their problems by becoming full ownership of mobilizing communities.

He furthered that they were at their best in fighting the Ebola when they worked with the existing community leadership structures and Paramount chiefs, including youth leaders, women, traditional and religious leaders.

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Liberia’s President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf vows that she will not be deterred by critics

Tuesday, December 22nd, 2015
By Decontee M. Wesseh, LINA

MONROVIA, December 21 (LINA) – President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has reiterated that the Government of Liberia (GoL) will not be deterred by the negative criticisms of some Liberians.

The Liberian leader’s statement comes against the backdrop of criticisms by some Liberians that the Unity Party-led government is not doing much to move the country forward.

“We will remain focused in rebuilding Liberia and bringing the much needed development and social services to the people of Liberia,” Madam Sirleaf said at the weekend as she dedicated the NASSCORP Village Estate constructed by National Housing Authority (NHA) in Brewerville, outside Monrovia.

“If undertaking the many on-going national development projects is what some Liberians refer to as ‘doing nothing’ then I am pleased to have spent my days doing nothing by dedicating these units,” Pres. Sirleaf said.

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She expressed joy that five Liberian contractors – Amo, Cusmos, Gleewills, Kasthon and CJ Constructions – undertook the project satisfactorily with 436 jobs created for residents of the communities and beyond.

Meanwhile, the Liberian leader has urged residents and citizens of the benefitting community to help safeguard the project from criminals and other destructive elements.

The units were built by the NHA with funding from the National Social Security and Welfare Corporation (NASSCORP).
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