SIERRA LEONE GOVERNMENT OFFICE OF THE CHIEF OF STAFF STATE HOUSE PRESS RELEASE

Government wishes to inform the general public that it is fully committed to implementing the Extractive Industries Trasnparency Initiative (EITI) for the promotion of transparency and accountability in the extractive sectors.

In this regard, Government has established the EITI Secretariat at 29 Dundas Street, Freetown, away from State House so as to enhance access of the public.

The Multi-stakeholder Group (MSG), which is the governing body of the EITI, has been expanded to include the following:

i) Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources
ii) Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Food Security
iii) Petroleum Directorate
iv) Council of Paramount Chiefs
v) Association of Local Councils of Sierra Leone
vi) Association of Dealers and Exporters
vii) Two more representative from Civil Society

The scope of the EITI report which initially focused on the mining sector, now incorporates the oil/gas sector for the 2008, 2009 and 2010 reconciliation report. Also, districts, local councils and chiefdoms where direct payments are made by large scale companies are now to disclose receipts of payments to the Reconciler.

The recruitment of a Reconciler who will be responsible for the production of the second reconciliation report is in progress.

The Government is also addressing recommendations in the first report. The Mining Cadastre Office (MCO) in the Ministry of Mineral Resources which among other functions generates revenue data on companies for the EITI process, is now functional and has been rolled out to offices in Bo, Kenema, Makeni and Kono. In addition, a Minerals Working Group and the Extractive Revenue Taskforce have been established to facilitate information sharing and assist with the EITI process.

And in order to promote access to revenue information, an On-line Repository has been developed which will soon be made available to the public.

The Government is aware that enactment of a law is critical to the implementation of the EITI. As a result, a committee drawn from diverse backgrounds has been set up to facilitate the passing of the EITI bill into law in early 2012.

The Government wishes to make 2012 a year of difference for the EITI, and as such, it will assiduously work with all stakeholders concerned.

JOB VACANCY

The Ministry of Education, Science and Technology announces vacancy for the position of Chairman of the Teaching Service Commission (TSC)

AGE: Minimum 45 years

QUALIFICATIONS: i. Must be a Sierra Leonean with at least a post-graduate degree in Educational

Administration/Teacher Education and Management or relevant area.

KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE

i. Must have and in-depth knowledge of the educational system in Sierra Leone and insight of global trends in education

ii. Must have at least 10 years of practical experiences in education sector planning and management at a senior level of headship of an educational institution.

iii. Must have knowledge of National Development Plans and Policies.

iv. Must have proficiency in Microsoft application packages and the internet.

v. Must be visionary, strategic thinker and performance oriented

vi. Must have strong passion for improving the status of education in Sierra Leone.

DELIVERABLES:

i. An effectively functioning TSC nationwide

ii. Formulated policies that guide systems and procedures in meeting the mandates of the TSC

iii. Annual published register on Teachers

iv. Annual work plans/targets and budgets of the TSC

v. Annual report on the TSC

vi. Formulated criteria for licensing of Teachers

vii. Instruments and guidelines for Teachers satisfaction surveys.

KEY TASKS:

i. Serves as head of the commission and ensures that TSC functions smoothly and effectively

ii. Monitors and supervises the execution of oversight functions of the commission

iii. Advice the Minister of Education, on measures to improve teacher management and performance

iv. Liaises between the Ministry and other relevant stakeholders of TSC

v. Compiles and submits data, annual reports and any other relevant information on the TSC that may be required by the Ministry

vi. Undertakes any other duties and responsibilities as may be determined by the Ministry

PRESS STATEMENT

Freetown, February 26th 2014: We, leaders of specific youth groups operating within Sierra Leone hip hop music industry, gather today to issue out this press statement in which we want the world to know that we:

1. Are appreciative of the efforts of our President, His Excellency Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma, in rebranding Sierra Leone and making it an attractive destination for foreign direct investment into Africa.

2. Are further appreciative of love and care our President has been consistently showing over welfare of Sierra Leone youths to the extent of appointing a capable Presidential Youth Aide.

3. Wish to assure H.E. the President and people of Sierra Leone that the least that we, as youths, can do in return of the ongoing admirable show of leadership of the President, is to respect and uphold the peace in the land. Sustainable peace will enable development and prosperity agenda.

4. Have seen mails sent to the manager of Jamaican musician, BUSY SIGNAL which allege unfortunate threats and which have been widely circulated on social media Whatsapp and Facebook.

5. Wish to denounce in its entirety, the threats from these anonymous writers claiming membership of the RED FLAG MOVEMENT (R.F.M.) supposedly in support of our Sierra Leone artist, LAJ.

6. In particular, on behalf of the entire R.F.M. and LAJ the musician, the Manager, Mr. Asheim Sesay and the entire management team are distancing themselves from the illegal threats.

7. Furthermore, the President Alusine Kamara, Secretary-General Gerrard Jalloh and the entire executive and members of the R.F.M. Fan Clubs are distancing themselves from the illegal threats.

8. Have held an international phone call with Mr. KAO DENERO during which we have assured him that all the youths of Sierra Leone are looking forward to welcoming both KAO DENERO and BUSY SIGNAL to Sierra Leone.

9. Members of the RFM and LAJ Fan Clubs, in light of our strong denials of knowledge about these internet threats, hereby assure that if invited by KAO DENERO to join him, are willing to collaborate with KAO DENERO and the BLACK LEO record label to ensure visit of BUSY SIGNAL turns out to be one of the most peaceful and prosperous visits of a musician in entire History of Sierra Leone.

10. KAO DENERO has, during the phone call, warmly welcomed the offer of R.F.M. to collaborate with him to ensure the visit of BUSY SIGNAL turns out most successfully.

Signed by:

Asheim Sesay

Manager, R.F.M./LAJ

Signed by:

Alusine Kamara (aka Ozil Jalloh)

President, R.F.M/LAJ Fan Clubs

Signed by:

Gerrard Jalloh

Sec-Gen, R.F.M/LAJ Fan Clubs

Guaranteed by:

Phylip Tholley (aka GUNSHOT)

Chairman, Youth Awareness for Peace & Development

Guaranteed by:

Shawn Carter

Sec-Gen, Youth Awareness for Peace & Development

Guaranteed by:

Ibrahim Kamara (aka SHINE)

Vice Chairman, Youth Awareness for Peace & Development

Guaranteed by:

Alhaji Kamara (aka BODY&SOUL;)

PRO-I, Youth Awareness for Peace & Development

Guaranteed by:

Mohamed Koroma (aka TIMBERLAND)

PRO-II, Youth Awareness for Peace & Development

Guaranteed by:

Sulaiman Gomez (BEENIEMAN)

Chief Whip, Youth Awareness for Peace & Development

ALL SIGNATURES ABOVE DONE IN THE PRESENCE OF:

________________________________

Bai Mahmoud Bangura

Presidential Youth Aide at State House

Press Releases

GOVERNMENT OF SIERRA LEONE

PRESS RELEASE

Due to the continuing difficulties of apportioning land, multiple claims to the same land, fake title deeds and confrontations, sometimes degenerating into violence, the Government of Sierra Leone has instructed the Ministry of Lands to put a moratorium on all land transactions (state and private) in the western area.The ministry will work out more appropriate modalities to reverse the present chaotic state of things and inform the public accordingly with regards the new land-acquisition methodology.As at now, only applications for development purposes would be considered.This moratorium comes into force with immediate effect.

MINISTRY OF LANDS/19 November 2008

Nigeria High Commissioner pays Farewell Courtesy Call on President Koroma

The outgoing Nigerian High Commissioner to Sierra Leone Her Excellency Mrs. Gladys Modupe Quist-Adebiyi Friday, 28 April 2017, paid a farewell courtesy call on President Dr Ernest Bai Koroma at State House in Freetown.

The outgoing High Commissioner presented her letters of credence to President Koroma on 13th February, 2014, marking the commencement of her diplomatic mission in Sierra Leone.

In her farewell statement, Mrs. Quist-Adebiyi congratulated Sierra Leone on her 56th Independence anniversary and prayed for continued peace and security in the country. She recounted significant gains that had been made on her promise to raising the level of bilateral relations between Nigeria and Sierra Leone for the mutual benefits of the two nations. She stated that the Ebola outbreak brought in several challenges as well as opened windows of opportunity in strengthening the country’s health system.

The outgoing High Commissioner commended President Koroma’s indefatigable statesmanship in leading the country to the path of development and transformation. “Your dream of a prosperous nation is on course,” she said. She expressed hope for a peaceful and successful 2018 elections and registered Nigeria’s commitment to standing by Sierra Leone adding, that the relationship between the countries is legendary.

Bidding Farewell, President Koroma commended the excellent relationship the outgoing High Commissioner has built and profusely thanked her for the role she played in the fight against the unprecedented Ebola outbreak in country. “You facilitated support and personally involved in the social mobilization across the country, we appreciate you very much,” he said.

President Koroma noted government’s commitment to the ongoing electoral process and emphasized that the elections will take place on time and with no delay. She also appreciated the support provided to the Office of the First Lady in supporting women’s and girls’ issues across the country. The President wished her the very best in her next assignment while assuring her that Sierra Leone will always be home.

Government is committed to protecting employment rights – President Koroma

My administration is committed to creating a friendly and conducive environment for workers and employers with an attractive environment for investment, President Dr Ernest Bai Koroma told a mammoth crowd of workers during International Workers Day celebrations on Monday, 1st May 2017, at the forecourt of the Miatta Conference Center, Brookfields in Freetown.

Speaking on the theme of this year’s commemoration; “Promoting Employment Rights”, President Koroma pointed out that the appropriateness and timeliness of the theme was in sync with government’s programmes in having good working conditions and an effective and efficient workforce. He also registered his commitment to strengthen the relationship with the Sierra Leone Labour Congress (SLLC) and assured that the challenges raised by the congress will be addressed. President Koroma described his government as a listening one that will ensure that the issues facing workers are given utmost attention.

“We need to have a happy workforce,” the president said, and expressed hope that the efforts, energy and efficiency of the Sierra Leonean workforce will significantly help to build the country. He emphasized that government’s commitment to promoting and safeguarding the labour force has been captured in the domestication of international labour laws.

President Koroma also urged workers to unionize because unions provide the legitimate platform for their leadership to advocate peacefully for the rights of workers. He disclosed that government has started weeding out officials in the various ministries involved in fraudulent overseas employment. “All of these fraudulent activities take place in these ministries and we need to weed out those officials,” he vowed.

The Minister of Labour and Social Security (MLSS) Mr Matthew Teambo said his ministry has made tremendous progress in promoting and safeguarding the country’s labour force. He highlighted some of the achievements government has made to protect employment rights, including a labour force survey, National Employment Policy, Migration Policy, reform of the existing labour laws as well as working on a national social health insurance policy that will be of huge benefit to all workers.

Delivering his statement, the Director General of the National Social Security and Insurance Trust (NASSIT) Mr Sedu Mans said NASSIT was established to safeguard and protect the interest of workers.

The Acting President of the Sierra Leone Labour Congress (SLLC) Mr Jennings AB Wright described International Workers Day dubbed May Day as a red letter day for all workers in the country. He thanked the government for the transformative strides in infrastructure, energy, health and other sectors, and the establishment of the Legal Aid Board. He called on government to support and strengthen the Labour Ministry and review the Social Security Act. He also expressed concerns of premature retirement of civil servants with the exclusion of the SLLC and the Civil Servants Union, teachers and nurses that are not on payroll, pensions, timely payment of subsidies to primary schools among others.

Awards to deserving individuals and institutions climaxed the colourful ceremony.

New Human Rights Commissioners take oath of Office

Newly appointed Commissioners of the Human Rights Commission of Sierra Leone (HRCSL) on Tuesday, 2 May 2017, subscribed to the oath of office at a ceremony at State House in Freetown. The three newly appointed commissioners are Mr Rashid Dumbuya, Rev. Dr Usman Jessie Fornah and Ms. Grace Coleridge-Taylor.

Congratulating the appointees, President Dr Ernest Bai Koroma said the commissioners were coming in at a time when the country’s human rights record is at its best since independence in 1961. He pointed out that the country’s human rights commission was upgraded to a class A status by the United Nations Human Rights Council, adding that Sierra Leone is now a member of the UN Human Rights Council, indicating that it was as a result of the recognition of the significant gains and progress made to improve the country’s human rights record. “We can now boast of an excellent human rights record and for almost ten years now we have not had any political prisoner,” he said. He expressed hope that the incoming commissioners will show commitment to sustaining these efforts and hope that their experiences and qualifications will help them to discharge their duties and fly the flag of Sierra Leone.

On behalf of the appointees, Ms. Grace Coleridge-Taylor thanked President Koroma for the trust and confidence reposed in them and promised to carry out their duties with utmost diligence and to make Sierra Leone proud.

Liberian Ambassador Bids Farewell

The outgoing Liberian Ambassador to Sierra Leone His Excellency Mr Jarjar Kamara Wednesday, 3rd May 2017, bid farewell to President Dr Ernest Bai Koroma and the people of Sierra Leone at the end of his 1 year 8 months tenure.

He congratulated Sierra Leone on her 56th Independence anniversary and praised President Koroma’s dynamic leadership in transforming the country. Ambassador Kamara stated that Liberia and Sierra Leone are one and the same with similar ethnic groups and cultural backgrounds adding, that his tenure as ambassador has helped to increase sound bilateral relationship between the two countries. He recounted the excellent relationship he has had over the last two years particularly with Vice President Dr Victor Bockarie Foh. He also said he has been making frantic efforts to revamp the exchange program that existed between the two countries, while expressing hope for a peaceful 2018 general elections.

President Koroma said Liberia and Sierra Leone are sister states with a common history and culture. He noted that the two nations have succeeded in building the Mano River Union (MRU) to a point of having four member nations of Sierra Leone, Liberia, Guinea and Cote D’voire. The Head of state acknowledged the excellent leadership of MRU Chairperson, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf in handling issues of regional concern like the Gambian political impasse following President Jammeh’s defeat in the 2016 December ballot.

He pointed out that the tenure of Ambassador Jarjar Kamara contributed immensely in strengthening bilateral ties between the two nations and wished him the best in his next assignment.

President Akufo-Addo wraps up One-Day visit to Sierra Leone

Ghanaian President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has wrapped up a one-day friendly and working visit to Sierra Leone during which the two leaders held bilateral talks aimed at strengthening relations between Ghana and Sierra Leone.

Welcoming his Ghanaian counterpart, President Koroma recalled the long-standing relationship between the two countries and congratulated President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo on his victory at last year’s polls making him the fifth leader of the fourth Republic of Ghana. President Koroma described the relations between the two countries as outstanding and excellent.

The two leaders held extensive talks and expressed the urgent need for West Africa to focus on developing their economies, mobilize resources, provide indigenous solutions to local problems, develop a roadmap for strategic development and enhance the aspirations of ECOWAS, the African Union as well as leveraging South-South cooperation.

At a joint press conference with President Dr Ernest Bai Koroma, the Ghanaian leader praised his host for restoring law and order and fostering the spirit of national reconciliation in the country. President Akufo-Addo described President Koroma as the man that has worked the talk, citing the economic boom that was experienced in 2013. He also stated that the two countries will work side by side for the progress and dignity of the two nations as well as enhance cooperation for trade and investment.

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo noted that despite the close relations between Ghana and Sierra Leone, there is no general framework for cooperation and therefore expressed concern over the delay in the ratification of the trade and investment agreement signed in December 2013. He made firm commitment to push the agreement for ratification by the Ghanaian parliament on his return to Ghana and called on the Sierra Leone Parliament to do the same.

President Koroma Receives Turkish Envoy

President Dr Ernest Bai Koroma last Friday 26th May 2017 received a delegation from Turkey led by the Vice President of Maarif Foundation who also doubles as Special Envoy of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of the Republic of Turkey, Ambassador Dr Asson Yavuz at State House in Freetown.

Welcoming the delegation, President Koroma described his recent visit to Turkey as successful and expressed his satisfaction with the follow up action from the Turkish government. He described his Turkish counterpart as a man of action, saying that there is no doubt that Turkey is playing a significant role in the region.

The president informed the delegation about the recent visit of Turkish Airline to Sierra Leone, followed by a group of experts who examined the energy sector, while soliciting support for information and communication technology (ICT), education, health, among others. He assured the government of Turkey of making available a piece land for the construction of the Turkish Embassy premises, and reiterated the call for the commencement of operations by the Turkish Airline.

President Koroma welcomed the establishment of a Sierra Leone – Turkish Educational Center through the Maarif Foundation. The Maarif Foundation project covers primary to university education and the best students will proceed to Turkey for their higher degree education. He said a suitable location will be identified for the educational center and called for collaboration to fighting terrorism as it was not only a Turkish issue. He congratulated the people of Turkey for resisting the coup makers.

According to Special Envoy Dr Yavuz, Maarif Foundation is a Turkish Non-Governmental Organization set up by President Erdogan to provide educational support and replace schools abroad sponsored by Gulen movement. He pointed out that the delegation was in Sierra Leone to explore opportunities on how to enhance cooperation.

Dr Yavuz conveyed the profound appreciation of the Government and People of Turkey for the solidarity shown by the Government of Sierra Leone during the 15th July 2016 coup, adding that the coup makers wanted to assassinate President Erdogan.