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Monthly Archives: September 2019

Sierra Leone President Dr. Julius Maada Bio’s United Nations Speech, September 26, 2019

: State House: Staff Writer His Excellency President Dr Julius Maada Bio has told the 74th Session of the United Nations General Assembly that eradicating poverty can only be achieved by developing and improving on a nations’ greatest resource – the people. “Skilled, healthy, and productive human beings are pathways to global success and prosperity. As a nation, we see human capital development as a critical enabler for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. My Government has, therefore, allocated 21% of the national budget to education,” he said, adding that as a consequence the country, in under two years, had seen …continue reading

Why Is Africa Poor?

20 September 2019: Staff Writer (SLT) Most African countries have vast mineral resources, a rapidly growing population that is increasingly well-educated, and have been the recipients of a huge amount of development aid. Why then do most of them continue to be amongst the most poverty-stricken places in the World? The evolutionary origins of all mankind may be in a tiny area in the rift valley of modern-day Kenya, but the World has been tough on its common homeland. This is partly because of the way that Africa rules itself, but primarily because it suits the key global economic players …continue reading

Sierra Leone, A Commentary On Exchange Rate

By Sammy D. Massaquoi It seems that whenever an economy is in problems, the citizens enroll in a mandatory economics class. The class of 2019 describes a citizenry in search of a better narrative as they grapple with the daily challenges of living, for ours has been a greed-infested society, in which corruption permeated our politics, businesses and the public service. Yet, what bothers me most is the sheer hypocrisy of some of our compatriots, many of whom contributed greatly to our sad state of affairs, but are now among the loudest in pointing out the ills of the economy, …continue reading

NRM The Fighting Chance For Sierra Leone’s APC

September 19, 2019 By Umaru Fofana It is an incontrovertible fact that Sierra Leone’s political parties lack adequate internal democracy, something they badly need if good governance is to take a foothold in a country where every political party that has come to power has by and large behaved in as much the same way as the other. This is because however a leader ascends to power so shall they rule the country or institution. So in the case of a head of state, if they do so through an open and fair democratic process so will they rule! If …continue reading

SLPP wins Falaba Re-Run Parliamentary By-Election 2019

September 17, 2019: Start Writer Sierra Leone’s ruling SLPP party has won yesterday’s by-election in Falaba constituency 040, in the Koinadugu district, northern province of the country, according to provisional results released by the National Electoral Commission (NEC).. SLPP got 56.7% with 4,122 votes, and APC 40.3% with a total of 2,927. Commenting on the results, opposition APC party grandee – Dr Sylvia Olayinka Blyden, said: “It is true that under Tejan Kabbah, most of Koinadugu/Falaba (up to 75%) was SLPP until 2007 when APC turned the tables and Koinadugu became 75% APC, leaving SLPP with only two parliamentary seats, …continue reading

Mr. Secretary Give APC-USA Their Freedom And Democracy- They Need It Now

   September 15, 2019 By Umaru Jalloh (W.Times) The present APC party needs to revive it self and try to rectify most of the sad mistakes President Koroma accepted to have made. The idea of selection adopted by the APC party is burning most of the APC party political bridges and is inherently creating political setbacks and unnecessary tension within the APC party. 2023 can only be possible for the APC party’s victory when the party makes some pivotal and fundamental changes. This will make it possible for the APC to regain its past honor and traction. Selfishness and greed …continue reading

President Dr. Julius Maada Bio Supports Hon. Sidi Tunis, MP For Speaker Of ECOWAS Parliament

September 15, 2019 By Abdul Malik Bangura Sierra Leone’s President Julius Maada Bio has in a televised video message to Members of Parliament of the Economic Commission of West African States (ECOWAS), aired at the Extra Ordinary Session of the ECOWAS Parliament currently ongoing in Monrovia, Liberia, endorsing his absolute support for the Leader of Government Business in Sierra Leone’s Parliament – Sidi Tunis MP, to serve as Speaker of the ECOWAS Parliament. Sidi Mohamed Tunis is a native of Pujehun District. He is the ruling Sierra Leone People’s Party’s (SLPP) Member of Parliament for Constituency 101 in the Southern …continue reading

Sierra Leone Education Debate: Quality Versus Quantity

September14, 2019: By Elkass Sannoh The most topical issue in Sierra Leone today, arguably, is the West Africa Senior School Certificate Examinations (WASSCE) results which have exposed the rottenness of the country’s education system. I am premising my article on a speech delivered by the 46th Governor of Texas who later became the 43rd President of the United States of America, George Walker Bush. In his address to the nation on 17th January, 2001, former President of the United States, George W. Bush said, “We cannot move ahead without education. The first order of business is education reform, and we …continue reading

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa Bood At Late Zimbabwe President Robert Murgabe’ s Funeral

Courtesy of NYT September 14, 2019 Cyril Ramaphosa paying respects at Robert Mugabe’s funeral Mourners interrupted the funeral for Robert Mugabe with boos and catcalls Saturday as South African president Cyril Ramaphosa tried to eulogize the ousted dictator of Zimbabawe. A recent wave of anti-immigrant violence in Johannesburg, South Africa has killed twelve people and caused widespread looting, forcing hundreds of Zimbabwean and other foreign nationals into shelters after mobs destroyed their businesses and homes. “I stand before you as a fellow African to express my regret and apologize for what has happened in our country,” Ramaphosa said in an …continue reading

Government Of Sierra Leone Agrees To Repeal Criminal And Seditious Libel Laws

:13 September 2019: By Staff Writer Sierra Leone’s cabinet through the Ministry of Information and Communication and the Ministry of Justice, yesterday, Wednesday 11th September 2019, approved a repeal of Part V of the 1965 Public Order Act. The Minister of Information and Communications, Abdul Rahman Swaray says that the Attorney General and Minister of Justice will table the repeal Bill in Parliament, when the legislators resume sessions this month. The Public Order Act of 1965 in Sierra Leone is an Act to consolidate and amend the laws relating to public order. Part V of the act deals with laws …continue reading