Sierra Leone Able to Continue Working Toward MCC Compact Development
[Sierra Leone Government]On December 10, the Board of the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) directed MCC to continue working with Sierra Leone on its compact development process through a more limited engagement, in parallel with the government's bolstering of its anti-corruption efforts in advance of the next scorecard.
MDAs Cautioned to Curb Their Profligacy
[Concord]The Ministries of Energy and Power, Education, Science and Technology and Mines and Mineral Resources have been cautioned by lawmakers to efficiently utilize their respective budgetary allocations as many have been profligate in spending on unsatisfactory jobs. The call was led by Hon. Paramount Chief Bai Kurr Kanagbaro Sankalll of Tonkolili district.
AfDB Country Strategy Paper for Salone Unveiled - Minister Seeks Donors' Support to Establish a National Development Bank
[Concord]Minister of Finance and Economic Development yesterday unveiled the African Development Bank (AfDB)'s 2013-2017 Country Strategy Paper (CSP) for Sierra Leone.
Song Promotes Human Rights Day in Sierra Leone
[VOA]Freetown -December 10 is International Human Rights Day. The U.N. General Assembly adopted the date in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. In Sierra Leone, one non-governmental organization called Advocaid is getting creative and using the date to launch a new song, meant to educate women about their rights.
Tedewosil Founder Releases Gospel Album
[Concord]The founder of Thorough Empowerment and Development for Women and Girls in Sierra Leone (TEDEWOSIL), evangelist Mrs. Martha Chigozie, last Sunday commissioned her maiden gospel album at the British Council, Tower Hill in Freetown.
Dock Workers Elections Postponed Again
[Concord]Elections for various positions in the executive of the Dock Workers Union which was slated for 6th December had to be postponed again by the Sierra Leone Labour Congress because of persistent disagreement and acrimony amongst rival factions within the Union.
Youths Told to Eschew Ethnic and Regional Voting
[Concord]A non-governmental organization, Youth in Action for Development (YAD), last week ended a symposium on "youths, ethnic voting and cultural discrimination" at the Holy Trinity Parish hall in Kenema.
Could Cote d'Ivoire, Liberia, S/Leone & Guinea Electricity
[Inquirer]About a week ago, the African Development Bank (ADB) published an appraisal report in relations to CÃ´te d'Ivoire, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea (CLSG) Electricity Network Interconnection. According to the report, the CLSG interconnection project will be implemented over the period 2014 - 2017 and would entail construction of a 1,357-km-long double circuit high voltage (225 kV) line to connect the national networks of all four Mano RiverUnion (MRU) countries at a total estimated cost of .about USD
Christ Embassy Celebrates Pastor Chris Birthday
[Concord]Christ Embassy Sierra Leone last Saturday (7 December) celebrated the natal day of Pastor, mentor and life coach, Chris Oyakhilome, Ph.D, with sick children, parents and nurses at Ward 1 of the Connaught Hospital in Freetown, where Christmas gifts and assorted food items were distributed.
OWNERS Organizes Confab for Female Entrepreneurs
[Concord]During the conference, the organization will hear from various guest speakers with vast experience in entrepreneurship and women's issues, including Her Worship the Mayor of the Makeni City Council, Sunkarie Kabba-Kamara and Hon. Abie Kalokoh, who will talk on a range of issues including rural marginalization, gender equity, business growth strategies, sales strategy, financial management, bridging the gender gap, tapping into young talent, networking and goal setting.
UBA Staff Find More Strength and Energy
[Concord]The exercise, which was code-named 'jogging to bond', started at Lumley Police Station and came to end at Njala Venue along Aberdeen beach.
Diana Konomanyi Makes Case for Dr. Bernadette Lahai
[Concord]Though the Minority Leader of the main opposition Sierra Leone Peoples Party (SLPP),Dr. Bernadette Lahai, strongly warned women leaders yesterday at the Bintumani Hotel not to advocate or sympathize with her current political predicament, the Minister of Local Government and Rural Development, Diana Konomanyi, has urged women to stand up and strongly advocate for the embattled opposition MP"in the spirit of unity and women's emancipation".
NRA/Ecobank Fraud - Accused Has Six Bank Accounts - More Than One Billion & U.S.$42,500
[Concord]The first accused in the ongoing National Revenue Authority (NRA) and Ecobank Sierra Leone Limited mega fraud case, Ibrahim B. Lavalie, reportedly operates six bank accounts, although he only declared two to the Anti-Corruption Commission during asset and income declaration, according to Joseph Foray, a member of the ACC financial investigative team.
President Koroma Attends State Memorial Service for the Father of South African Democracy
[Sierra Leone Government]President Dr Ernest Bai Koroma and entourage arrived safely in the South African city of Johannesburg to attend the State Memorial Service for the late former President Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela (1918-2013) which took place today Tuesday 10th December at the Soccer City FNB stadium in Soweto.
Building Fair and Transparent Tax System in Sierra Leone
[Concord]Sierra Leone continues to experience the scourge of corruption and its attendant negative impact, both on the people and polity. Thus, there seems to be a symptomatic and causative weak governance architecture, as well as public perception and acceptance of corruption. Yet, the message is that 'yes we can fight corruption'! One way of tackling the scourge is to build a fair, transparent and inclusive tax system.
CGG Ends Civil Society Confab On Constitutional Review Process Today
[Concord]Campaign for Good Governance (CGG), in collaboration with Christian Aid and Ibis will today bring closure to a two-day civil society conference on the Constitutional Review process, themed: "Consolidating Action for a Citizens Led Constitutional Review Process."
AML and CCECC Donate to Community Schools
[Concord]African Minerals Limited (AML) Sierra Leone and one of its sub-contracting companies, the China Civil Engineering and Construction Company (CCECC) have donated learning materials worth US$5,000 to four primary schools in the Lokomasama, Buya-Romende and Kalasongoya chiefdoms in the Port Loko District.
Ambassador-Designate Assures Saudi Investors
[Concord]Sierra Leone's Ambassador-designate to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has said that he will not be a dining and wining diplomat but one that would explore all the fields of endeavour to take laurels to his country.
War On Bribery!
[Concord]Sierra Leone yesterday joined other countries the world over to observe this year's International Anti-Corruption Day with the global theme: "Now is the time to take action".
Erratic Power Supply Poses Risks to Business - Bank of Sierra Leone
[Concord]A statement released by MPC yesterday noted that output in the mining sector recorded higher levels than anticipated for the first half of 2013, the projected 13.3 percent growth in real GDP remains achievable. Additionally, the Business Confidence Index for Q3 2013 was above the threshold suggesting optimism by the business community on the state and outlook of the economy underpinned by macroeconomic stability, butnonetheless, inconsistencies in electricity supply threaten business activities.