They say money is the root of all evil, yet the irony of all times is that it is actually the lifeblood of every nation and organization. Without money, nothing moves forward. It is the choicest commodity in any Institution seconded only by commitment.
The current Syrian quagmire which has spilled over to Europe in the form of the refugee crisis gives grounds for a review of relationships between the power brokers, the “Western” alliance of the US and Western Europe regarding the kind of support, engagement, neutrality, opposition and wars with the rest of the world. The west has highlighted political and economic principles as a major factor in engaging with the rest of the world, notably, promoting the democratic process and open economies. Measures have been taken to realise the latter, enshrined in treaties like the World Trade Organisation (WTO) and other multilateral and bilateral agreements. It is the political front that holds the greatest challenge. The west must accept a non- optimal democratic scenario in countries that in many ways owe their problems when Europe arranged the world map in the form of nation states that in many ways had no bearing on how the inhabitants in those countries had lived, relate to neighbouring tribes, ethnic and religious groups and states.
Many listeners this week heard the Chairman and Leader of the United Democratic Movement (UDM) Mohamed Bangura openly criticizing the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Sierra Rutile Limited (SRL), John Bonnoh Sisay, Vice President of Shandong – the successor of African Minerals Limited (AML), Moseray Fadika aka Super, and the erstwhile Director General of UNIDO, Alhaji Dr. Kandeh Kolleh Yumkella, on a very popular radio programme in Freetown.
Since the early 70s when this once famous and lively Chiefdom was shocked with the news of the closure of the Iron Ore mining Company, DELCO, the township’s socio-economic potentials relapsed and became moribund with her people migrating for greener pastures, leaving it empty and ghostly.
Ebola has dented the growth of Africa and stalled all developmental activities thereby undermining the Continent from rising. Ebola has indeed portrayed Africa as a place of poverty and disease. With more than 2,000 reported deaths from Ebola in West Africa, the virus continues to be an urgent health crisis, but it is also having a devastating impact on the economies of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.
After decades of slavery which later metamorphoses into colonial rule, the pronouncement of independence to African states brought joy and happiness to Africans and some non-Africans who were advocates of independence. However, such a description seems to me the best way possible of describing with what hope and optimism independence was received by Africans. Even internationally, it cannot be denied with what positive prospects these new states were viewed, sometimes serving as a beacon of hope for nations struggling towards statehood everywhere. Within Africa, the struggle for independence became a creed; no African state would be content in its independent status till its continental sisters were equally liberated.
After more than a year of negotiations between the United States of America (USA) and Iran, the two sides have failed to reach an agreement. They have agreed to continue negotiating, but the failure to meet the deadline was clearly not caused by the lack of time.
Billions of Leones and thousands of United States Dollars have been poured-in to eradicate the Ebola virus from West Africa, especially the hardest hit countries-Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia. Some analysts are saying that the monies have not yielded the required results in Sierra Leone because it has not been managed judiciously.
“Without police, there could be no police state. Every tyrannical law needs flesh-and-blood enforcement agents who are willing to break down doors at midnight and spit on human rights. Without them, unjust laws are nothing more than ink on paper. But with them, no door is strong enough to stay closed against government; no home is safe.” (Wendy McElroy)
Many Sierra Leoneans and non Sierra Leoneans who are aufait with the indelible contributions made by Furah Bay College (FBC) across the world are still mystified with consternation whether the institution will rise or better still regain its lost glories in the educational sector. In the beginning, it was FBC is one of the first universities in Africa and it was founded in February 1827. Later, in 1970, the Institute of Public Administration and Management (IPAM) and in 1988, the College of Medicine and Allied Health Sciences (CoMAHS) were established.
Corruption kills, it hampers development and destroys the growth of a nation. Indeed, our leaders who are bent on engaging in this act are massive murderers. Even in our sacred temples, churches and mosques corruption tends to reign.
"Large scale coercive measures like forced quarantines and lockdowns are driving people underground and jeopardizing the trust between people and health providers. This is leading to the concealment of cases and is pushing the sick away from health systems," MSF has in a statement issued at the Weekend warned.
The Voiceless Sierra Leoneans were bemused and taken aback by President Ernest Bai Koroma’s late proactive stands when he addressed the nation regarding the Ebola scourge. Yes, they were! The 30th July, Midnight address on the Ebola virus by President Koroma was action oriented but untimely. It was very untimely because President Koroma who is the ‘Father of the Nation’ knows that Sierra Leone is not only in a crisis state but the country has been put under attack, a stressful attack indeed.
There is no need denying the fact that events of the horrible decade civil war and its aftermath, the alarming poverty and the current outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus, unarguably convey a fatalistic dose of stress. Therefore, Sierra Leone is not only in a crisis stage but the country has been put under attack, a stressful attack indeed.
The Voiceless Sierra Leoneans were and are still asking why the Government of Sierra Leone (GoSL) separated the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from the Ministry of Lands, Country Planning and the Environment? EPA was established by an Act of Parliament dated 11th September 2008 under No. 44 of the Sierra Leone Gazette.
Health care in all developing countries particularly Sierra Leone is a massive challenge, but an achievable one. What’s needed, according to The Voiceless Sierra Leoneans, is the will, and the funding. Despite the numerous challenges in the health sector, President Ernest Bai Koroma is credited for his Free Health Care Initiative with a full gear to achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) 4 and 5 respectively.
Many Sierra Leoneans and non Sierra Leoneans are still asking, is the Agenda For Prosperity now a misplaced policy or one that is almost dysfunctional? Yes! There is need for such probing question(s). This is because many things seems to go wrong, either as a result of the ineffective Presidential Advisers or because President Koroma himself is tired to take Sierra Leone to Paradise.
Africa faces a rapidly increasing burden of Non Communicable Diseases (NCDs) alongside the continuing threat of Communicable Diseases. The main NCDs include diabetes, cardiovascular disease, chronic respiratory disease, cancer, sickle-cell anaemia and the consequences of violence and road traffic accidents.
It is said that if all lizards lie prostrate then it becomes difficult to tell which one is truly suffering from a belly ache. But this is not the case with our law school, a place that claimed to genuinely produce the moral and legal conscience of the nation. Indeed the most trumpeted incessant examination fraud in the 2012/2013 final Bar exams, is in the public domain today because a handful of aggrieved Law School students refused to lie prostrate and allow their colleague bevy of young lawyers to continue their new found careers.