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Ambassador Ismael Koroma in New York to attend important meeting at UN Security Council

Sunday, May 22nd, 2016

The Deputy Permanent Representative of the Permanent Mission of Sierra Leone to the African Union  in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia , has arrived in New York  to attend the 10th Joint Annual Consultative Meeting between the Peace and Security Council of the African Union and the United Nations Security Council.

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AMBASSADOR ISMAIL KOROMA

The event, which starts tomorrow,  will commemorate a decade of the joint consultation between the two Councils. It will provide the opportunity for members of both Councils to take a strategic view at their partnership, as well as find ways to strengthen their cooperation moving forward.

Sierra Leone will be participating as a member for the first time in such meeting since it officially became a member of the AU Peace and Security Council in April this year , through the dynamic leadership of His Execellency the President Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma and his team at the AU Mission in Addis Ababa, led by Ambassador and Permanent Representative Osman Keh Kamara.

The Ambassador was met on arrival by the Head of Chancery and Minister Plenipotentiary of the Permanent Mission of Sierra Leone to the UN, Mr. Alhusine Sesay, ESQ.

The Government International Media Network in New York will bring you all the details and photographs.

United States Extends “Food for Education” Project in Koinadugu District

Wednesday, May 18th, 2016

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The Minister of Education, Science and Technology officially launched ‘All Pikin for Learn’, a United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) “Food For Education” program in partnership with Catholic Relief Services (CRS). At a ceremony on May 17, U.S. Ambassador John Hoover spoke about the program in the context of the strong partnership between the United States and Sierra Leone and about the importance of primary education to the country’s development. The ceremony was attended by Senior Officials of the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, the U.N. World Food Program, education development partners, paramount chiefs, students, and teachers from Koinadugu District.

The third phase of ‘All Pikin for Learn’ continues on the work which began in 2008 before expanding to five food insecure chiefdoms in Koinadugu District. The program has provided $19.1 million in support during its first two phases. Through this three year extension, worth an additional $18.2 million, the project seeks to improve literacy of primary-school aged children, reduce short-term hunger, and increase school attendance and the use of improved health and dietary practices.

CRS will provide a daily meal of rice, lentils, and vegetable oil, all U.S. donated agricultural commodities, supplemented by local condiments, to an estimated 14,010 girls, 14,546 boys, 701 teachers, and 498 cooks. USDA is also providing financial and technical assistance for related activities that support the objectives of ‘All Pikin For Learn’ including the construction and rehabilitation of classrooms, latrines, hand pump wells, store rooms, the training of primary school teachers, donation of school furniture and teaching materials, establishment of Savings and Internal Lending Communities (SILC) and Mothers’ Support Groups, and training of officials and supervisors at the national and local level.

The ‘All Pikin for Learn’ initiative is part of USDA’s McGovern-Dole International Food For Education and Child Nutrition Program, an international food assistance and development program that seeks to decrease hunger, and improve the enrollment, attendance and literacy of primary school-age children around the world. Since the program was established in 2002, it has benefited more than 30 million children in 38 countries.

For more information, please contact Lindsay.Carter@fas.usda.gov

Ambassador Alimamy Koroma presents letters of credence to Chinese President Xi Jinping

Tuesday, May 17th, 2016

Sierra Leone’s Ambassador to the People’s Republic of China, His Excellency Alimamy P. Koroma, on 17th May, met with, and presented his Letters of Credence and those of recall of his predecessor to President Xi Jinping at the Great Hall of the People, in Beijing, a week after his arrival.

At a brief ceremony attended by senior Chinese state officials, including the Foreign Minister and Director of Africa of the Chinese Foreign Ministry, both President Xi and Ambassador Koroma discussed issues of mutual interest, especially in lifting the bars of cooperation ties between the two Republics.

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Ambassador Koroma conveyed greetings and felicitations from the Government and people of Sierra Leone to the Chinese people and Government, even as he thanked them, on behalf of His Excellency President Ernest Bai Koroma for China’s support in tackling the ebola challenge in the West African state.

Ambassador Koroma assured the Chinese President of his commitment to lifting the bars of cooperation ties at all levels, further assuring that as a country, Sierra Leone will continue to stand along China, just as the Chinese have always stood by Sierra Leone.

President Xi Jinping in his brief statement congratulated the new Ambassador on his appointment and spoke highly of the long standing ties between the two nations. He committed his country’s determination to always support Sierra Leone’s development drive.

Ambassador Alimamy Phillip Koroma arrived in Beijing, China Wednesday, 11May, as Sierra Leone’s Ambassador to the PRC, with accreditation to several other nations in the South East Asian Pacific, including Australia, New Zealand, Thailand, Vietnam, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Japan, Indonesia, Singapore, India, Sri Lanka and Malaysia.

Sierra Leone and China established diplomatic ties some 45 years ago and still counting.

John Baimba Sesay
Information/Press Attaché
Sierra Leone Embassy
People’s Republic of China

New Ambassador meets embassy staff, calls for teamwork

Monday, May 16th, 2016

New Ambassador meets embassy staff, calls for teamwork

Sierra Leone’s new Ambassador to the People’s Republic of China, has on Monday, 16 May, 2016, held a maiden meeting with all staff of the embassy as a way of familiarization.

Addressing the meeting, His Excellency Ambassador Alimamy Philip Koroma, made it clear that he was coming to the workforce as a colleague, though he was the overall head. He said he needed support and concerted efforts for success to be achieved.

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The embassy’s success, he said, depended on collective teamwork in the interest of Sierra Leone. He further appealed for cooperation and for all to take responsibility and share the successes that would be achieved, and if any, the failures that may come along the way.

As representatives of Sierra Leone, Ambassador Koroma said, “we do have a big responsibility to seek and protect her interest as well as our nationals and build on the existing ties between the two countries and work towards ensuring that such ties mutually benefit the two countries.”

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He assured all of an open door policy, since he came “with an open mind, not with ideas of my own.”

Ambassador Koroma thanked his Deputy, Madam Kumba Momoh, for having provided the required leadership prior to his arrival, also thanking the President, Ernest Bai Koroma, for appointing him to serve his country.

Deputy Ambassador, Madam Kumba Momoh and the Head of Chancery, Unisa Sahid Kamara, briefed the new Ambassador on a range of issues around the Mission.

Ambassador Koroma is slated to meet with, and present his Letters of Credence and those of recall of his predecessor to President Xi Jinping on Tuesday, 17 May at the Great Hall of the People, in Beijing, a week after his arrival.

He arrived on post, Wednesday, 11May, as Ambassador to China, with accreditation to several other nations in the South East Asian Pacific, including Australia, New Zealand, Thailand, Vietnam , Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Japan, Indonesia, Singapore, India, Sri Lanka and Malaysia.

John Baimba Sesay
Information/Press Attaché (IPA)
Sierra Leone Embassy
People’s Republic of China.

APC, a Party of Values, VP Foh says it all

Sunday, May 15th, 2016

John Baimba Sesay

Loyalty to a political establishment is core in maintaining the very foundation upon which it is built. A loyal membership is the driving force to the rise of a political entity. This is in addition to internal Party unit.


The All People’s Congress (APC) Party has for decades remained a key player in Sierra Leone’s political state of affairs and development aspirations. Be it in the area of development-as in the country’s infrastructural drive, to building solid international image, ties and reputation, it always has been under the APC as a Political Entity.
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The leadership of President Ernest Bai Koroma has not only brought credibility and respectability to the Party, but has also ensured the very foundations upon which the Party stands are sustained and cherished. His leadership has been astute, politically viable and one that could be hard to forget. Difficult to let go!Fact be stated, President Ernest Bai Koroma has positioned the Party in an extremely solid foundation. That should be sustained. Add to that, the Party should work on building on his legacies. That the President remains popular towards elections should make clear what he has been to the Party.

It is good to have Party faithfuls, implicitly or explicitly, making known their intentions to succeed the President. But there is more to it. The Party has structures, laid down rules and above all, the Party’s leadership is still intact, working on its national agenda for country growth. Thus, It would be politically prudent and logically acceptable to support the President in accomplishing his national agenda now than talking about succeeding him. A true party faithful should be thinking along that line.

This is what the Vice President, Victor Bockarie Foh has been calling for. He knows, the Party’s survival rests on its membership, but he has always maintained, the Party cannot allow people with a desire to bring rancor into it, to succeed. This is just acceptable and straightforward.

In Port Loko, on the 13th May, VP Foh called for the Party’s values to be respected. Sure, this is what should happen. The other day, he told a gathering of Party supporters, the Party is not for sale. Fact, also! The APC has ideals, values and traditions that should be respected. They cannot be circumvented. It is not about money; it is about the internal structures that should be respected and maintained. When the Party was dying, it took its current leadership to bring it to life. This should not be ignored. Clamoring to succeed the President now is indicative of desperation. Pure and simple!

Amb. Victor Bockarie Foh has no desire to offend anyone. This should be known. But he also has the moral duty, as a major player in the Party, one that has seen it all, to make things clear and bring to light those factors that may have the potentials to undermine the very survival of the Party. He will never ridicule anyone within the Party. His statement that the Party was not for sale was within an acceptable framework, given that, as it is at the moment, there is only ONE LEADERSHIP and again it is not about money. The general ambition should be to ensure the Party wins pending elections and to work in tandem with the president’s agenda. Anything beyond that should not be accepted.

Victor Bockarie Foh has always seen the APC as a grassroot Party. One that is built around the masses. He has continued to use his humility to persuade the grassroots to think and vote for the Party, as one that cares for them. He is a loyalist, a trusted lieutenant of the President. His views also matter when it comes to the party growth. He would rather have the APC win elections than see it go into political oblivion but that can only happen when we support the President today, tomorrow and until the Party arrives at a decision on succession.

Famous Sierra Leonean clergyman Rev. Francis Nabieu dies in a ghastly accident

Thursday, May 12th, 2016

By KABS KANU

Famed Sierra Leonean clergyman, Rev. Francis Nabieu, lost his life in a ghastly motor accident on the Bo-Kenema Highway on Tuesday.

According to news from Freetown, the Man of God died alongside his driver and a lady named Sarah Johnson a former employee of RCB.

He was the former President of Conference of ministers of the  Methodist Church of Sierra Leone (MCSL) and hailed from Bunumbu , in the Eastern Province.

Rev. Nabieu was the famous minister who refused to run away during the war .

 

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 REV. FRANCIS NABIEU

According to THE PRESS, a community newspaper in York, England , in 2012 :

He is in the second year of a five-year secondment to Clifton Moor Church and enjoying the calm after a terrible storm.

Back home, in Sierra Leone, Mr Nabieu, 54, is revered for his loyalty and courage. When civil war erupted in 1991 others fled, but he flew into the warzone and stood by his people.

“He lost friends and family in the conflict, his own father dying in a refugee camp in Guinea, and he was placed on a rebels’ arrest list.

But he remained in the country and then, when the war was over, helped to set up a life-saving project that is bringing fresh hope to devastated communities.

All over Britain this week, Christian Aid campaigners are raising funds for the Bonthe Food Security Project, which is funding long-lasting improvements for farmers and fishermen in the remote, rural south of Sierra Leone. Few will know that one of the architects of the project is right here in York.

As president of the Methodist Church of Sierra Leone (MCSL), Mr Nabieu felt compelled to do more to secure a better future for the country’s poorest people – not by throwing money at poverty, but by giving communities the tools they needed to help themselves.”

“He said: ‘We had been running a number of projects with Christian Aid and we thought we should identify a particular deprived community.

‘Also, the European Union put out a tender and we applied and won funding.

“Bonthe was one of the most deprived areas even before the war. Then when the war came, it became more deprived.’

“We still need help from governments outside Sierra Leone, but we need them to not just give money.

There is hope of a new Sierra Leone if we keep building and maintaining democratic structures. What the international community needs to do is to watch that we build those.”

Having seen the war out and served 11 years as president of the MCSL, Mr Nabieu moved to pastures new, to give his successors space to work. He was placed in York, as minister for the church at Clifton Moor and New Earswick, and says he is enjoying the relative tranquillity.

“I enjoy it, he said.

“It is not the same as I have been doing. This is different and a bit quieter.”

 

 

Ambassador Alimamy Koroma arrives in Beijing

Thursday, May 12th, 2016

Honourable Alimamy Philip Koroma has today, Wednesday, 11 May 2016, arrived in Beijing, China’s capital, as Sierra Leone’s Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to The People’s Republic of China. He also comes with accreditation to several other counties in the South East Asian Pacific.

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He was received at the airport by Sierra Leone’a Deputy Ambassador Madam Kumba Momoh and staff over a dozen other colleague ECOWAS Ambassadors.

In his capacity as ECOWAS Dean, Benin Ambassador to China, welcomed the new Sierra Leone Ambassador and assured him of their unflinching support. He said Ambassador Koroma’s success would be the success of all ECOWAS Ambassadors.

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Meanwhile, Ambassador AP Koroma, in a brief statement thanked his colleagues for their warm reception, also assuring them of his commitment and will to learn from them as this was his first entrance into the field of diplomacy. As such, he said, he sees himself as an apprentice. At the regional level, he said ECOWAS Ambassadors should continue to push for the region’s common position and its agenda.

On Thursday, 12 May, he will present copies of his Letters of Credence and those of recall of his predecessor to the African DepaAmb. AP Koroma Arrives in Beijing

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Honourable Alimamy Philip Koroma has today, Wednesday, 11 May 2016, arrived in Beijing, China’s capital, as Sierra Leone’s Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to The People’s Republic of China. He also comes with accreditation to several other counties in the South East Asian Pacific.

He was received at the airport by Sierra Leone’s Deputy Ambassador to China, Madam Kumba Momoh, embassy staff and over a dozen other colleague ECOWAS Ambassadors.

In his capacity as ECOWAS Dean, Benin Ambassador to China, welcomed the new Sierra Leone Ambassador and assured him of their unflinching support. He said Ambassador Koroma’s success would be the success of all ECOWAS Ambassadors.

Meanwhile, Ambassador AP Koroma, in a brief statement thanked his colleagues for their warm reception, also assuring them of his commitment and will to learn from them as this was his first entrance into the field of diplomacy. As such, he said, he sees himself as an apprentice. At the regional level, he said ECOWAS Ambassadors should continue to push for the region’s common position and its agenda.

On Thursday, 12 May, he will present copies of his Letters of Credence and those of recall of his predecessor to the African Department, Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He is slated to present original letters to the Chinese President in a few days time.

John Baimba Sesay
Press and Information Attaché
Sierra Leone Embassy
People’s Republic of China

Foday Mansaray, another Cocorioko member , wins the prestigious NOSLINA Award

Wednesday, May 11th, 2016

COCORIOKO  had yet another glittering feather to its cap  when another member of Sierra Leone’s biggest and most widely read newspaper, Mr. Foday Mansaray, the Assistant  Chief Executive Officer ( 1 ) of the paper,  was given the prestigious NOSLINA Award during the 2016 Annual NOSLINA Awards Gala and Independence Day celebration in Silver Spring, Maryland, last Saturday.

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FROM RIGHT : MRS. PATRICIA MANSARAY, HON. MADINA RAHMAN AND MRS. NAMINA KOSSAY

He is the second member of the COCORIOKO  newspaper to have won the award. In 2008, the owner, Chief Executive Officer and Publisher of the newspaper, Rev. Leeroy Wilfred Kabs-Kanu , was also given this major NOSLINA Award , largely referred to as Sierra Leone’s Academy Awards , for outstanding Journalism , community development and helping to rebrand Sierra Leone to the international world.

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The NOSLINA Award in 2008 was followed by many more major awards , including  Sierra Leone 50th Independence Anniversary Award in 2011 and the Hall of Fame Award , given by the Save Sierra Leone Foundation in 2012.

Mr. Mansaray won the NOSLINA award “for relentlessly and persistently spearheading efforts in the Franklin Township of New Jersey to declare Sierra Leone ‘s Independence Day in the Township as well as for helping to promote and mentor Sierra Leoneans interested in serving as commissioners , councilpersons, and in other city government positions that ultimately lead to positive change in their communities. ”

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MR. MANSARAY AND AMBASSADOR STEVENS

According to the NOSLINA Awards brochure , Mr. Foday Mansaray is a “highly acclaimed community organizer and has been commended by many municipalities in New Jersey, governments and agencies around the world for his work and involvement in enhanced community relations and development. ” He is also Interim Chairman of the West African Community in New Jersey.

A total of seven other individuals and four organizations won the NOSLINA Awards in 2016.

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MR. MANSARAY (RIGHT ) AND PROFESSOR PAVI JALLOH

The Deputy Minister of Health (1), Ms. Madina Rahman , who had arrived in the U.S. on official duty , The Assistant Chief Executive Officer ( 2) of COCORIOKO , Professor Pavi Jalloh of Essex County College, and top-ranking community leaders and activists from New Jersey , members of the ruling All People’s Congress ( APC ) from New Jersey and the Washington DC Metropolis, family of Mr. Mansaray, including his devoted wife, Mrs. Patricia Mansaray, friends and well-wishers were present at the program to provide moral support to Mr. Mansaray.

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The grand occasion was also attended by Sierra Leone’s Ambassador to the United States , H.E. Bockarie Kortu Stevens, high-ranking U.S.  officials and heads and representatives of many U.S. and Sierra Leonean community-based organizations.

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In his message to NOSLINA on the 18th Anniversary and Awards Gala, Ambassador Stevens congratulated the organization on behalf of President Dr. Ernest Koroma and the Embassy Staff. and hailed NOSLINA  for recognizing hard-working citizens and friends of Sierra Leone for their contribution to the nation’s development. He assured the organization that the Government has every confidence in the laudable work that they are doing .

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In receiving the award, Mr. Foday Mansaray thanked NOSLINA  for recognizing his efforts . He thanked the organization for the worthy causes it is promoting in the U.S and beyond. He also thanked NOSLINA  on behalf of the CEO of Cocorioko, Rev. Kabs-Kanu , who was unavoidably absent and outlined the tremendous job the newspaper was doing for the nation in educating, informing and entertaining readers all over the world, in addition to rebranding the country .

Mr Mansaray thanked the Sierra Leonean community of New Jersey, the religious organizations and actions groups such as the soccer club, Hope for Salone and the West African community  in Franklin for working with him to build the strong bond and working relationship with the township and officials , especially the current administration and  Mayor of Franklin, Dr Kramer , Deputy  Mayor Dr Ted Chase, Councilman James Vasanella,   Councilwomen Kimberly François and Roselyn Sherman and the newest council members, Hon Charles Oneyjiaka  and state Assemblyman Joe Donaldsen.

PRESIDENT KOROMA VOWS TO MAKE WESTERN RURAL DISTRICT A MODEL DISTRICT IN THE COUNTRY

Tuesday, May 10th, 2016

 

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President Koroma-Western Rural District in general and Tokeh in particular have always been close to my heart.

Tokeh village, along the Peninsula, in the Western Area was the scene of drumming and jubilation on Friday, 6th May, when residents from the entire Tokeh village and its environs, some coming from as far as Tombo, Bridgett, Kent and Russell Town settlement areas converged at the legendary tourist friendly village to witness   the commissioning of the newly constructed  ultra-modern health centre, the TOKEH-HAN Health Center.

The Minister of Health and Sanitation, Dr Abu Bakarr Fofanah told the community that when he received the request from the Tokeh people sometime last year for support with an ultra-modern health care facility to complement the existing one which has become too small for the needs of the community, he discussed the issue with His Excellency the President Dr Ernest Bai Koroma. At the same time that the Tokeh people placed their request, there were several other such requests on the table of the President. But because of the special affection that the President has for the Western Rural District and his intention to make the district a model one by the time he leaves office, the President directed that the request from the Tokeh community should be prioritized amidst thunderous applauses. His Excellency the President personally instructed Ambassador Omrie Golley, our Ambassador to the Republic of South Korea to exploit the possibility of attracting funding for the project. Ambassador Golley wasted no time in putting across the very compelling case for supporting this initiative to the Medical Peace Foundation in Korea.

The Minister further went on to say that when the Ministry of Health and Sanitation realized that the funding from our benefactors, the Medical Peace Foundation need augmenting, the Ministry was thinking of requesting for a community kind of levy to fund the gap. President for the second time intervened by saying that the construction of the facility should come at no cost to the Tokeh people and requested the Finance ministry to work with the Health ministry and close the gap. The Minister further told the crowd that H.E. the President recognizes the fact that the Western Rural District is the fastest growing district in the country and that the Health Ministry is actively working towards ensuring the district have it own District health Management team with a resident District Medical Officer in Waterloo among cheers from the buoyant crown.

 

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The High Table: Front Row – L-R: Dr. Abu Bakarr Fofanah, Ambassador Omrie Golley, Dr. Kwang Eun Park and Chairman Alhassan Cole

As a result of the laudable and exemplary leadership of President Koroma, today, just two weeks after the ‘MUNKU’ launch of a four lane Wellington – Masiaka Highway project, and one week after another ‘MUNKU’ commissioning of the Sierra Akeer Food Processing plant in Grafton, we are witnessing another ‘MUNKU’ commissioning of an ultra-modern health center in Tokeh. From here we are driving straight to Gbabai Village in Koya Chiefdom to inspect the site for another ‘MUNKU’ construction of a similar ultra-modern health center. In a few weeks from now the people of the Western Rural will converge at Waterloo again for another ‘MUNKU’ ground breaking ceremony for a 100 bed hospital fully equipped with two (2) operating theatres amidst deafening applauses.

 

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The Newly Constructed Tokeh – Han Health Centre

Among the dignitaries that graced the occasion are the Western Rural District Chairman Alhassan Cole, the Honorable Member of Parliament for the constituency (Constituency 093), the Tokeh tribal Chief Alhaji James Slowe, the Councillor for the area who described himself as a ‘MUNKU PLUS’ among roaring laughter.

 

President Ernest Koroma commended in South Africa

Monday, May 9th, 2016

By Our South African Bureau Correspondent

Sierra Leone’s President Dr Ernest Bai Koroma was on Wednesday, May 3, 2016, commended by participants attending this year’s Africa Regional Open Government Partnership (OGP) meeting in Cape Town, South Africa for his leadership role in promoting transparency and accountability as encapsulated in the Open Government Initiative (OGI).

The commendation was made following an impressive presentation made by the Executive Director of the Open Government Initiative/Partnership in the Office of the President, Ms. Khadija Sesay on the progress report of the operations and activities of the OGP in Sierra Leone.

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Speaking on the topic “Why Coordination And Monitoring Is Important”, Ms. Sesay elaborated on the unique model President Koroma envisaged and actualized by first establishing the Open Government Initiative and the recognition of the invaluable role civil society and the media have been playing in promoting transparency and accountability through a unique participatory model.

Highlighting the values of a participatory model, Ms. Khadija Sesay cited the establishment of mutual cooperation between government and civil society that eventually led to the formation of a steering committee with equal numbers of seventeen each representing government and civil society. Ms. Sesay further stated that whilst the OGI continues to serve as the coordinating team role for the OGP, civil society on the other hand continues to monitor the process in a complementary role so that government continues to be held accountable to the process. “This has been the magic for us in Sierra Leone and if today we are a proud member of the OGP, it is because of the vision of President Koroma who continues to provide the political leadership,” Khadija said beaming.

Giving an overview of the status report of the OGP activities in Sierra Leone, Ms. Khadija Sesay stressed that civil society remains an integral and important component for the overall success of the program, stating that the vision of the country is to institutionalize the OGP. “In fact, I am pleased to report that civil society has even presented a position paper to the Constitutional Review Committee, a body charged with the responsibility of reviewing the country’s 1991 constitution, so that the institutionalization of the OGP be included”, Ms. Sesay said.
She concluded by indicating that President Koroma remains unswerving when it comes to issues of good governance and democracy. “His commitment is demonstrated in the fact that he could approve for his Spokesman who directly reports to him, Mr Abdulai Bayraytay, to attend this all important session speaks volumes of government’s renewed support to the general principles and values of the OGP, Ms. Sesay said amidst rapturous applause.
In his contribution, Abdulai Bayraytay stated that President Koroma came into office in 2007 on a platform of improving the overall governance system of the country. He cited key recommendations of the country’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission following the devastating conflict endured in the late 1990s in which an inextricable link was established between citizens’ disconnect with the government thereby leading to alienation hence the recipe for chaos. “It is for this, among several reasons, that President Koroma, a year into his Presidency, established the OGI so that citizens can have a voice in the governance of the country”, Bayraytay said.
The Presidential Spokesman leveraged on the passing of the Right to Access Information and the launching and operationalization of the e-governance as pointers to how the president continues to believe that good governance could only be attained when citizens have access to quality information.

It was during contributions from representatives from Ivory Coast, Tunisia, Burkina Faso, Kenya, Malawi, Ghana and the Deputy Minister for Administration I in the Ministry of Information, Cultural Affairs and Tourism of the Republic of Liberia, Andrew G. Tehmeh, all endorsed the structures the OGI/P Sierra Leone put in place and singled out Sierra Leone’s President Koroma for his profound commitment to furthering transparency and accountability in government with the active participation of civil society.

The session was moderated by Abhinav Bahl, head of the OGP Support Unit based in Washington D.C.

Sierra Leone joined the Open Government Partnership (OGP) in 2013 after meeting the eligibility criteria of fiscal transparency, access to information, income and assets declaration and, above all, citizens’ engagement.

The two-day OGP Africa Regional Meeting held in Cape Town, South Africa from May 5-6, 2016 at the Century City Conference Centre brought together civil society actors, NGOs, senior government officials, Ministers, international bi and multilateral organizations and the private sector including the Mo Ibrahim Foundation for Good Governance. The theme for this year’s conference is “Open Government for Sustainable Development in Africa”.