This year’s World Water Day, on March 22, provides an opportunity to highlight what in many countries has become a grim reality: The availability of fresh water is increasingly a defining strategic factor in regional and global affairs. Unless water resources are managed with extraordinary care, the consequences could be devastating.
Last year, the United Nations World Water Development Report once again highlighted how the growing gap between supply and demand could create conflict. The World Economic Forum has ranked water crises as the most worrying global threat, more dangerous than terrorist attacks or financial meltdowns, and more likely to occur than the use of weapons of mass destruction. And research by the Strategic Foresight Group has shown the importance of wise management: Countries engaged in the joint stewardship of water resources are exceedingly unlikely to go to war.
This major event is a catalyst for ideas focused on farm mechanisation as key a driver for growth in African agriculture,” says Thierry Lhotte, Massey Ferguson Vice President Marketing, Europe/Africa/Middle East (EAME). “With up to 100 machines on show, this will be the biggest spectacle of MF farm machinery and agricultural services staged in Africa for many years. Our emphasis is firmly on the new generation of farmers, farm workers and agribusinesses and their vital role in advancing the future of African farming. We have planned a really dynamic and thought-provoking experience with plenty to inform, inspire and entertain our guests.”
Ebola survivors remain grateful for the support of Pink Cross Sierra Leone, and pray that they continue to help them especially with livelihood support. According to Abdul Kamara the coordinator for the Sierra Leone Ebola Association, Pink Cross Sierra Leone and partners have given them hope for a new beginning in addition to the Psychosocial counselling, sanitation and hygiene support.
Despite some success by Africa in achieving much of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), improved maternal heath has proved the hardest to deliver. The fifth development goal sought to reduce the maternal mortality ratio by three-quarters between 1990 and 2015. Despite modest improvements in some areas, Africa falls short of the set targets. The continent still has the highest number of maternal deaths in the world. In 2013, for example, of the total 289,000 maternal deaths reported worldwide, 62% of these occurred in Africa, according to the World Health Organisation. This is about 800 women dying each day due to complications from pregnancy or childbirth.
The phrase, ‘Beauty and the Beast’ may sound cliché in the ears of story listeners, tellers and readers. But will it, when it is being compared to the two personalities in question (Ambassador Moseray Fadika and John Sisay)?
The proverbial beauty has not to do with appearance and cuteness. The proverbial beast has nothing to do with looks. Many Sierra Leoneans who have been following the trend of events in both cooperate and political world would know among the two who is the beauty and who the beast is. The phrase as well could be linked to the theory of McGregor (the ‘X’ and ‘Y’)
Architects at the drawing board of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) identified gender equality and women’s empowerment as key to achieving all the other goals. Six out of the eight MDGs mentioned women and girls as priority targets.
The third MDG was designed to promoting gender equality and empowering women by eliminating gender disparities in primary and secondary education; by increasing the number of seats held by women in national parliaments; and by raising the number of women in formal employment in non-agricultural sectors by 2015.
Since Independence corruption has been the biggest threat to the security sector in Sierra Leone, and has been identified as one of the factors responsible for the 1991 civil conflict that collapsed the State barely twenty-five years ago. Failures in the sector might have started in 1961 when it manifested signs of a festering sleaze in recruitment, appointment and promotion. Security sector then was largely constituted of the Sierra Leone Police and the Sierra Leone Army – and chiefdom authorities also played a somewhat passive role in this arrangement.
Transparency International-Sierra Leone has held a one day public dialogue forum with village heads in the Western Area Rural District. The objective of the dialogue forum is geared towards discussing issues affecting their various villages with regards to upholding accountability and transparency during their daily governance strides.
It is easy to celebrate winners and scorn losers. This is politics and in this game, everybody wins. A famous political figure in England describes his removal from office as an opportunity for him to spend some valuable and quality time with his family. The question would easily be asked of those who have lost office in the recent reshuffle in Sierra Leone whether they see themselves being more family conscious at this time of their recall from active duty.
As the general public struggles to come to terms with the rationale behind the unceremonial sacking of the former Minister of Social Welfare, Gender and Children’s Affairs, Alhaji Moijueh Kaikai, the shock of the further campaign of calumny launched against him and staff of Radio Democracy FM98.1 was more severe.
Is changing the constitution and staying in power beyond term limits a show of love for one’s country or just a way of ignoring the voice of the very people that catapulted you to power?
In a speech to the African Union last year in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa, US President Barack Hussein Obama had this to say:
“I am in my second term. It has been an extraordinary privilege for me to serve as president of the United States. I cannot imagine a greater honor or a more interesting job. I love my work, but under the constitution I cannot run again. I can’t run again. I actually think I am a really good president. I think if I run I will win, but I can’t.
It pains to respond to a letter authored by ‘innocent’ lawyers deceived by a client desperate to score points. I pity the lawyers at Betts and Berewa Chambers who could not resist the urge to write a libelous letter to a reputable media institution after being mislead by a senior public official. How pathetic that the lawyers seem to be in a rush to hit at the Editor of the Newspaper as evident in the strong and malicious language used in the letter coupled with grammatically errors, or should I say Latin?
By: Musa Conteh, Information Officer, Cabinet Secretariat.
The United Arab Emirates hosted an international community of government authorities, academic institutions, private sector officials and international organizations from around the world to explore the future of governments at the WorldGovernmentSummit (4th edition) from 8-10 February, 2016;in Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai, UAE.
Over 100 journalists from 44 African countries on March 4 2016 convened in Elmina, Ghana, to tackle issues in the fisheries sector. They witnessed how sustainable fishery management can reduce extreme poverty, build climate resilient communities, and foster strong economies. Together, journalists decided to harness the power of the media to support sustainable fisheries.
West African Examinations Council (WAEC) or We Are Examinations Criminals (WAEC)?
Which of the above is more genuinely applicable in today’s National Office of Sierra Leone?
Anthony Kamara Sr of Winnipeg Canada examines the performance of our WAEC National Office in Freetown in the last forty years and makes his recommendation.
Fourah Bay College became affiliated to Durham University in England in 1876, and from that year the new College started presenting students for British university degrees.
The University of Cambridge, the second oldest University in the English-speaking world and one of three British universities considered as parent universities for Fourah Bay College, was again the choice of the Church Missionaries Society (CMS) for the conduct of secondary school examinations for both the Junior and Senior Cambridge school exams for students in Sierra Leone and the rest of Anglophone West Africa.
For 76 long years(1876-1952) West African students wrote these two exams including the Senior Cantab for university entry.
The Foundation of Islamic Information Sierra Leone; a notable religious organization that is responsible for the sanitizations and convergence of communal relations with Quranic memorization competition, workshops, seminars, civic and Islamic education has on 29th February, 2016 organized a press briefing at the Harry Yansaneh Hall, 56 Campbell Street, to inform members of the press about their upcoming 3rd National Quranic Memorization Competition on the 26th June, 2016 at the Miatta Conference Hall with the theme ‘Allah raises some in status by means of this book and He lowers some by means of it” (Saheen Muslims, 817).
Eight months ago – June 2015, the parliament of Sierra Leone published the long awaited parliamentary committee report into the stolen $14 million Ebola funds, uncovered by an investigation conducted by the country’s Auditor General.
Though the committee report was described by many Sierra Leoneans as a State House cover-up, yet its recommendations called for millions of dollars to be paid back to the State by those held accountable by the Auditor General for the missing funds.
Sierra Leone’s pastors and imams are playing a big role in denying the poor of clean drinking water. How?
They are turning a blind eye, or, pretending to be deaf, or, hardly preaching about real life issues in their churches and mosques concerning clean drinking water, or, the destruction of the SOURCE of clean drinking water in Freetown.
About a week ago, I was on the local Star television’s Press Review programme. They have been attracted to me because of a recent investigative article by me on unhygienic water being sold in sachets by commercial water companies in Freetown.
The debate as to whether foreign aid is good or bad, or whether it works or not, is as old as the humanitarian gesture itself, and is set to continue, as long as there are donors willing to give and recipients happily ready to receive. (Photo: Kroo Bay, Freetown, Sierra Leone).
In Africa, many economists and political activists have long argued that aid is bad for the continent, as it drives down innovation and discourages the incentive for hard work and independence.
Perhaps the most argued case against foreign aid is that it encourages corruption in high places, that is today responsible for the abject poverty and suffering that many poor people in Africa are facing.
But many protagonists of foreign aid believe that without it, Africa will be far worse off than it is today – economically, politically and socially. Its impact on the continent they say, far outweighs its negative unintended consequences.
Writing in the academic journal – ‘theconversation.com’, three academics – Channing Arndt, Finn Tarp, and Sam Jones, argue that “development aid works over time, but must adapt to 21st-century needs.”