The Centre for Accountability and Rule of Law (CARL) on Tuesday 24th November submitted position paper to the Constitutional Review Committee with specific recommendations aimed at ensuring the next constitution of Sierra Leone strengthens accountability.
Following a presidential salute and inspection of guard of honour at the Makeni City Council ahead of the laying of foundation stone for the construction of a police academy in Makump, President Ernest Koroma has on Tuesday 24 November continued the first leg of his nationwide "thank you tour" to the Northern headquarter city of Makeni, Bombali district.
The First Lady, Mrs. SiaNyamaKoroma has on Tuesday launched four thousand HIV/Syphilis rapid test kits for pregnant women at the Dworzark Farm Health Centre in Freetown. The kits are aimed at eliminating mother to child transmission of HIV and Syphilis in the country. The all-important launching is part of this year’s commemoration of World AIDS Day and it was done by the National HIV/AIDS Secretariat in collaboration with key partners like the United Nations family and Office of First Lady.
Sierra Leoneans are paying the highest in international call charges in West Africa compared to Nigeria, the largest economy in the sub-region which is probably the lowest, World Bank Country Director for Ghana, Liberia and Sierra Leone Henry Kerall stressed at a press briefing last Friday in Freetown. “At the moment we estimate international call price at around seventy nine US cents (US$0.79) a minute, compared to Nigeria which is probably the lowest in the region, is four US cents (US$0.04),” he noted. These are the call prices for calling United States of America (USA) in the afternoon of November 20 in both countries. The country pays 20 times the cost of making a call to USA compared to Nigeria. “Sierra Leone is probably the highest in terms of call charges per minute compared to the rest of West Africa,” he said. “This is something the Government and [we] ourselves at the World Bank are committed to ensuring that over the next 2 years or so the price will significantly come down.”
President Dr Ernest Bai Koroma, his wife Sia Nyama Koroma, cabinet ministers along with senior government officials on Saturday 21 November attended the National Day of thanksgiving service at Miatta Conference Centre, Brookfields, marking the end of the horrific Ebola virus disease in Sierra Leone.
Climate Change, Environment and Forest Conservation (CEFCON-SL) has presented its position paper to the Constitutional Review Committee (CRC) on Friday 20th November, 2015 at the committee’s secretariat for their inputs into the 1991 constitution. During the presentation of the position paper, the Executive Director, Haja Kaday Sesay said seventy percent (70%) of the total land area in Sierra Leone was covered with forestry, but is no more because of the various human activities such as deforestation which have led to changes in the environment.
A team of parliamentarians from the European Union that visited Sierra Leone shortly before the country was declared ebola free visited Lunsar in the Marampa Chiefdom recently and made series of recommendations.
At the St John of God Hospital known as Mabesseneh, the team had a vivid picture of the effect of ebola on the health facilities in the hospital and how the situation was like and measures put in place to contain the virus. It will be recalled that Lunsar in the Portloko District was among the towns that was badly devastated by the ebola virus.
Mr. Kallay Musa Conteh, Director of Diaspora Affairs in the Office of the President who is on a study tour in Ethiopia on Friday 20th November, 2015 held a meeting with his Ethiopian counterpart, the Acting Director General of Diaspora Engagement Affairs, Mr. Teferi Melesse
Immediately after observing the national day of thanksgiving at the Miatta Conference Centre in Freetown on Saturday, President Ernest Bai Koroma Sunday November 22, 2015, commenced the first leg of his "thank you tour" in the Eastern provincial city of Kenema.
In his sensitization and thank you message, President Koroma urged Sierra Leoneans to continue to call 117 when someone is sick or dies.