On the re-opening of SLPP Office … “We would never encourage violence” John Benjamin...

On Tuesday, 20th January 2015, the Anti-Corruption Commission at its Gloucester Street office, played host to three leading institutions that strive to uphold integrity among financial intermediaries. Sequel to alleged corrupt transactions at Rokel Commercial Bank (RCB), heads of the Bank of Sierra Leone (BSL), the Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU) and the National Commission for[…]

The pump price of fuel is expected to be lowered today by Le750 from Le4,500 to Le3,750. This is about the third time in the history of the ‘Petroleum Pricing Formula’ that the price of fuel has been officially reduced in Sierra Leone. This comes as the world market price for fuel dropped by about[…]

The Executive Director of the Environment Protection Agency (EPA), Madam Haddijatou Jallow, on Thursday said most areas along our coastline are exposed to environmental risks. She was speaking at the official opening of the validation workshop of the draft Reports: Coastal Sensitivity Mapping and the State of the Marine Environment at the Ministry of Mines[…]

Chinese Ambassador, Zhao Yanbo, yesterday told the Minister of Health that China will not stop its support until Ebola is over, then they will turn their attention in rebuilding the country’s economy and infrastructure. Making the presentation, Ambassador Zhao said he is happy that the figures of the virus are slowing down and that there[…]

As a way of complimenting government’s effort in reducing the number of positive Ebola cases across the country, the Network of HIV Positive in Sierra Leone (NETHIPS), with funds from Christian Aid, yesterday successfully completed the training of 50 Ebola Survivors that will be engaging on social mobilization within their various communities. During the training[…]

The Bishop of the Anglican Diocese of Freetown Thomas Wilson has urged the entire clergy of the Anglican Diocese to emphasize on the need for Ebola survivors to abstain from sex for three months. Bishop Wilson made these remarks during a donation of food and non-food items worth over Le 60 million Leones to Anglican[…]

Fifteen Community Mobilization Officers (CMOs) have received logistical support from a German Non-Governmental Organisation, Welthungerhilfe to fight and finish the Ebola virus in the Western Area. The support is to boost the efforts of the National Ebola Response Center in the fight against the Ebola virus and to also complement the Western Area Surge Phase[…]

In an effort to facilitate the re-opening of schools and moving beyond Pre-Ebola gains in the country’s educational system, the Ministry of Education Science and Technology (MEST) held a consultative meeting Wednesday 21 January at State House with other line ministries and development partners to discuss ways and putting in measures for the re-opening of[…]

Well, it's good to be back, after four weeks break from the hustle and tussle in Freetown. I left Freetown, thinking that I will not miss anything, only to find myself wanting to change the date of my return two weeks after my arrival. Please don't get me wrong, the old saying by Samuel Johnson that “if you are fed-up with London, then you must be fed-up with life,” still stands: London is still a fine and indeed, a delightful place to live, if you have the money and know the right people to mix with day in and day out. Although the cold weather was very unkind to the spirit, I enjoyed my first few days in London after almost two years out of the country, more so, with my family around to celebrate Christmas. However, my enjoyment was cut short, after my encounters with [...]
The Ebola epidemic will continue to cripple the economies of Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone even as transmission rates in the three countries show significant signs of slowing, according to a World Bank Group analysis on the economic impact of Ebola in Africa. The Bank Group estimates that these three countries will lose at least US$1.6 billion in forgone economic growth in 2015 as a result of the epidemic. But the new report -- released on the eve of the 2015 World Economic Forum in Davos -- also contains more positive news: the probability of spread and the associated economic costs beyond the three most-affected countries are now much lower than previously feared because of the intensive global and national responses to the epidemic over the past several months. An [...]