Active Service In Sierra Leone
History has it that one of the few foreign nationals that stood by the people of Sierra Leone during their darkest days of rebel incursion was Peter Penfold. His acts were chronicled to be from one of those whose individualistic tendencies to appreciate human feeling radiated across various lives in a terrible situation. Read the rest of this entry
Olusegun Ogundeji – UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has appointed the current Minister of Health and Sanitation in Sierra Leone, Ms Zainab Bangura, as his new Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict. Read the rest of this entry
The war in Liberia has come and gone. Its spill over effect on Sierra Leone has been remedied too. But one issue still lingers today – after almost a decade – linking several countries to these conflicts: the trial of the former Liberian leader, Mr. Charles Taylor. Read the rest of this entry
Over 200 million people live in West Africa. Majority of the 16 states that comprise the region believe in the notion that there should be integration. But civil unrest and the fight against corruption have been militating against the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), the regional body established specifically for the achievement of this objective. Since inception in 1975, ECOWAS has done so much to effect the needed change but this has not translated into the desired assimilation. Read the rest of this entry
The number of fixed telephone lines worldwide continues to drop – but the drop has been massively more than compensated for by the growth in mobile. • There were around 57 million fewer fixed telephone lines at the end of 2009 than there were at the end of 2006. • There were 1.9 billion net additional mobile cellular subscriptions globally between the end of 2006 and 2009. Read the rest of this entry
In a bid to deflect growing criticisms over reports that she repeatedly wastes and exceeds her allocated travelling expenses (One year allegedly by up to a million dollars excess), the Foreign Minister of Sierra Leone yesterday June 17th 2010 told local journalists of how she is now sometimes forced to engage in grovelling in front of rich Arab men in order to have them purchase gifts for her such as air tickets. Read the rest of this entry
For some of us in Freetown Sierra Leone, having two or more airlines plying the route from Nigeria seems to be a mirage. According to my findings, it once happened between ADC and Slok Air but it was short-lived. Then it was Bellview’s turn to reign. Now that Bellview is out of the picture, it is Arik’s. But if you ask many Nigerians in Sierra Leone of their views today, they will tell you that such a monopoly has never favoured them as the ‘ruling’ airline tends to take whatever chances are available. I had my own bitter experience last week. In fact, I would have conjured another airline to transport me to Sierra Leone if it had been possible. I just prayed for Birgin Nigeria to complete its ‘test transmission’ and ‘zoom’ into operations as soon as possible.
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According to the Minister of Information and Communication, Sierra Leone’s international mobile gateway, which has been monopolized for many years to strengthen the national carrier Sierratel with a regular income stream that would revive its operations, will soon be liberalized.
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Shocked? Please don’t be. That was the figure Sierra Leone’s information and communications minister gave out last week. The average number of internet users in Sierra Leone is 25,000, Alhaji I. B. Kargbo said. Read the rest of this entry
Nigeria’s Orji Uzor Kalu was in Sierra Leone few days ago. If you are thinking about any political-link, then you are wrong. The former Abia State governor was not in town on official but personal visit to the Ernest Koroma-led country. Read the rest of this entry