Written by Francis Sowa / Friday, 28 January 2011 15:23
Sierra Leone’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Joseph Bandabla Dauda is leading the country’s delegation to the Eighteenth Ordinary Session of the Executive Council and the Sixteenth Assembly of the African Union Summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Mr. Dauda is representing President Ernest Bai Koroma during the Assembly of Heads of State. President Koroma is not attending the Summit because he is part of an ECOWAS delegation to the United States that will be briefing the US President Barrack Obama and the United Nations Security Council on the Ivory Coast standoff.   The theme for this year’s summit is "Towards Greater Unity and Integration through Shared Values.”   The Summit aims to provide a unique opportunity to reflect on the path that has been established and the measures that can be adopted to accelerate the implementation of already adopted Shared Values Instruments which could, in turn, speed up the Continent’s integration process.        
Written by Sahr Komba / Friday, 21 January 2011 18:17
A couple of government ministers have met students of Fourah Bay College at the Mary Kingsley Auditorium on the college’s campus. Speaking at the event, the Student Union President of Fourah Bay College raised concerns over what he called the deplorable state of learning facilities at the college. Alfred Minkailu Koroma raised the concern on Thursday at a symposium organised by the Fourah Bay College Students Union on the theme: ‘Enhancing an Interface between the Students Union and State Actors’ at the Mary Kingsley Auditorium, Fourah Bay College. The symposium was attended by Dr. Minkailu Bah, Minister of Education, Alhaji Ibrahim Ben Kargbo, Minister of Information and Communication, Alhaji Alpha Kanu, Minister of Political Affairs and Dr. Richard Konteh Minister of Trade. The student union president called on the government to improve on the college’s hostels and classroom facilities, which he described as inadequate and deplorable. Responding to the students’ demands, Dr. Minkailu Bah said it would be difficult for the government to provide accommodation for all students, but noted that they were working on a proposal by the students’ union government to improve the situation. Dr. Bah said the government was committed to lifting the falling standards of education by implementing the White Paper on the Professor Gbamanja Commission of Enquiry on education and the president’s Agenda for Change. Alhaji Alpha Kanu in his remarks highlighted the job opportunities in the mining sector of the country and encouraged the students to offer meaningful courses in order to tap such opportunities.
Written by Patrick Jakema / Monday, 17 January 2011 15:10
President Ernest Bai Koroma has called on the people of the southern region to embrace his Government’s Agenda for Change. The President made this appeal last Friday in Bo whilst unveiling eleven Ministers from the Southern Region who are part of his newly reshuffled cabinet.   President Koroma described his current cabinet as one that cuts across every region, something he said demonstrated his government’s commitment to fostering a cohesive force to develop the country.   He said his Agenda for Change is the vehicle for re-branding the country, with Energy, Education, Health and road infrastructure as his key priorities.   President Koroma informed the people of the ongoing road projects in Bo and other parts of the country, which he said were being funded by the government, noting his government’s desire to reduce over dependence on donor funding.   The newly appointed resident minister South Moijue Kaikai singled out the roads and hospital projects in Bo and other parts of the southern region as willingness of the government to support the development process of the region.   Dr. Wusu Sannoh, the Mayor of Bo speak well of   the government for supporting his council   in transforming the township into one of the best  in the country and described the ongoing road works in Bo as enviable.
Written by Willie Sylvanus Collier / Thursday, 13 January 2011 12:10
The former Chairman of the Peoples Movement for Democratic Change (PMDC), Mohammed Bangura has submitted to the Political Party Registration Commission (PPRC), documents for the registration of a a new political party.   Registrar of the PPRC, Abraham John said the commission would take about 60 days to examine details of the documents to ensure that the proposed United Democratic Movement (UDM) fulfills the conditions for the registration of a political party, as contained in the PPRC Act.   He told Mr. Bangura that the submission of documentation has not in any way qualified his movement as a political party.   Mohammed Bangura, interim chairman and leader of the UDM said the day was a milestone in his political career, noting that he was confident that his movement was going to be a youth revolution in the country.   Mr. Bangura said at present his political ideology was being greatly admired by the youth in the country. He said his movement was opened to all in the country irrespective of ethnicity, region, age and religious beliefs.   He dismissed claims that he has support from the ruling APC party but agreed that he has very close relationship with all political parties in the country.   Bangura has resigned from the PMDC which was found after the disputed delegates’ conference of the Sierra Leone People’s Party (SLPP) in 2005.   He is currently in court with his former leader, Charles Margai who broke away from the SLPP to form the PMDC.    
Written by Abubakarr Bah / Tuesday, 11 January 2011 16:14
The National Publicity Secretary of the Sierra Leone Peoples Party (SLPP) says 19 candidates have paid a Le 50m fee each to qualify for the race to lead the party into the 2012 presidential polls.   Honorable Musa Tamba Sam said four aspirants who had initially paid Le 10m each but failed to meet the deadline to complete their payments had been dropped out of the race.   Honorable Sam however declined from naming the four unpaid candidates.   He also dispelled claims that the candidature fee for the party’s flag-bearer was too exorbitant and would create disunity in the party.    Honorable Sam said the money collected would be used for the party’s campaign in the forthcoming presidential and parliamentary elections.

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