The economic benefits of the new Mammamah International Airport will be immense.
I do not think that President Ernest Koroma wants to burden us with debt. Detractors of the President who do not want him to leave any successful and enduring legacy that will make him the household word in Sierra Leone forever because of the benefits it will bring the nation are the ones busy trumping up unnecessary scepticism and negativity about the project. What President Koroma wants to do is to unlock the economic potentials of our country and he believes that the Mamammah Airport has the key. That is why he has made Mammamah one of his flagship programs.
I am certain that the confirmation of a new chair for the Teaching Service Commission brings in a glimmer of hope. It is my fervent hope that with her qualifications and experience, she will rein in some changes that will breed life into an educational system that has been left to ferment for decades. When people are put in the right place based on their qualifications and experience and not because of political affiliations, they are bound to produce positive results. Besides, her traveling experience may enable her to compare Sierra Leone’s present educational system to others more progressive. That is provided her hands are not tied behind her back as is normally the case in Sierra Leone. As much as we may see it as an uphill battle to revive education in Sierra Leone, it is something quite achievable if only shoulders are put to the wheel.
Two weeks ago, there were newspaper reports in Freetown of an alleged leaked controversial campaign strategy, aimed at promoting Kandeh Yumkella’s presidential flagbearship for the opposition SLPP.
Although a spokesman for the Kandeh Yumkella Movement had informed the Sierra Leone Telegraph that the allegations were unfounded, there had not been any formal public official denial of the existence of a leaked campaign document or its contents.
But today, the Kandeh KollehYumkella Movement has issued a statement, strongly denying those newspaper reports. This is what it says.
“Young and old, rich and poor, men and women, corruption affects us all. But each one of us can stop this corrosive problem. Take part in International Anti-Corruption Day”. This statement was made by United Nations Secretary General, Ban Ki Moon during the commemoration of IAC Day in 2014.
As stated in one of my recent articles “Campaigners call on government to harmonise policies”, I made it clear in that work that ex-combatant from the deferent factions who were introduce to drug abuse during our civil conflict were send back home without paying attention to dangerous new habit of abuse of drug , in their reintegration process. Unfortunately, as nation then we had no laws or policies on drug control, until the our President Ernest Bai Koroma in returning for one of his oversea trips discovered the infamous loaned plan at our only international airport Lugia.
“Paolo Conteh must apologize for using one of his convoy vehicles to campaign for the APC in Constituency 107 ahead of Saturday 14th November 2015 bye-election,” said the Program Director-Media Center for Governance Reform. He added that the “act is unacceptable and we are calling on the military authorities to provide an answer for the misuse of tax payers’ money.”
The successful fight by the President Ernest Bai Koroma led Government and people of Sierra Leone over Ebola Virus Disease (EVD)has not only change the perception of the world about Sierra Leone, but has also earn the government and people more respect and honor.
According to various commentators, “Sierra Leoneans are now known to be focused, determined and result oriented.”
These were evidenced throughout the past two weeks after World Health Organization (WHO) declared Sierra Leone Ebola Free, as Sierra Leone’s Ambassador accredited to the United States of America has been receiving invitations to attend functions, which topics were centered on the conquest of Ebola Virus disease by President Ernest Bai Koroma led government.
The professional performance of Sierra Leonean workers in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, irrespective of their work places, is becoming more salient and more glaring day by day. Sierra Leoneans are effectively rebranding their country in Saudi Arabia in their own way and manner fighting to be deservedly reckoned and recognized as the sons of a country that had the pride to be once dubbed ‘The Athens of Africa’.
Many children these days have followed the wrong path; they no longer listen to adults or heed to the advice of elders like in days gone by. Most parents in this modern age don’t have total control over their children, some of whom have become menaces to society.
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)