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.
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 tend to reign.
Truth they say is sacred and it is the only healer of an open wound called conscience. Indeed the dishonesty and political hypocrisy of our politicians showed its ugly head like a hydra during the recent death of the first post-conflict and third President of Sierra Leone, President Alhaji Dr. Ahmad Tejan Kabbah, whose irreparable loss took place at his Kabaya Estate, Juba Hill in Freetown, on Thursday 13th March, 2014.
Kono District is in the Eastern province of Sierra Leone about 212 miles from the country’s capital. The name Kono rings a resounding bell, a township that was once considered to be the ‘bread basket’ of Sierra Leone has today been labelled the eyesore for conducive human habitation. Indeed there are blames and counter blames for the current predicament of Kono District. This ranges from the mismanagement of the District’s popular resources such as Diamonds and Gold, political divide, selfishness and unpatriotism on the part of the sons and daughters of Kono.
One of the reasons for the civil war in Sierra Leone was the one party dictatorial regime by the All Peoples Congress (APC), which resulted into a continued pattern of corruption and personal aggrandizement at the expense of needed public services, institutions, and infrastructure. Today, with support from IFAD and the World Bank, the West Africa Agricultural Productivity Programme (WAAPPSL) and the Rural and Private Sector Development Projects (RPSDP) under the supervision of the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Food Security (MAFFS) the agricultural sector has become the country’s new engine of economic growth.
The Author of the Misleading Report, Rona Peligan, in a regret mood
By Alpha Bedoh Kamara
While the country is coping and striving to overcome challenges left behind by an irrational decade old war caused by few individuals and their backers to perpetrate mayhem against the people of this nation, again comes this year, a report by the Human Rights Watch with support from the OGI, supposedly, intended to misinform the public against the operations of African Minerals Sierra Leone Ltd (AML).
The decade civil war in Sierra Leone and its attendant massive destruction dealt seriously on the socio-economic fabric of the country. During the war period, about 80% of the youth joined the Revolutionary United Front/Armed Forces Revolutionary Council rebellion and steadily participated in the heinous activities of the rebels. Some of these youth were forcefully conscripted and in most cases injected with narcotic drugs in order to carry out instructions of all violent forms against innocent civilians, thereby unleashing terror.
Against all odds Sierra Leone is making a staggered change from the doldrums of a decade civil war through peace, good governance and democratization to laying a true foundation for the country’s development. When Sierra Leone achieved Independence on 27th April 1961 the country was alive and kicking. The country was indeed a bustling community. The political landscape expressed in the political economic, social and cultural institutions were in full operation with little to complain about. Importantly, life was alright for the average citizen.
“Die don cheap,” says popular Sierra Leonean hip hop star, Pupa Bajah. Death, in the typical African setting, is expensive. When an individual falls sick, he or she (except in acute poverty) is taken care of. Lots of money is spent to heal the individual and eventually, if he or she dies, family members will spend their last penny to give the dead a befitting funeral; if not for the deceased but for the family name or both.