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By Belford Doherty
Firstly, these are some of the questions I would have asked:
During the first interview of the sports Minister on 98.1 FM, good morning show, he promised to follow the road map as was set by FIFA, SLFA and the Stakeholders, so why the sudden shift in his position?
When we found out that the Isha led administration allegedly misappropriate funds, did we report to FIFA, considering the fact that they gave us the funds?
What is the possibility of following the road map, we go into congress, elect new President, and then bring Isha to book, as a Sierra Leonean void of the FIFA Cloak?
What if the suspension holds, and after the ACC probe Isha is exonerated, what do we stand to gain as a nation?
Moreover, in finding answers to the above, I will try as best as possible not to attach emotions during the deliberations and I would have never entered the meeting room with a pre-conceived mind set.
For those who are not privy to the road map document please see below:
1. The SLFA should adopt the FIFA code of ethics, with FIFA supporting this process.
2. The members of the judicial bodies elected on the 23rd March 2017 should undergo integrity checks conducted by FIFA as defined by FIFA Ethics Committee.
3. An extraordinary congress to be held with two items to be discussed on the agenda (A) to adopt the new SLFA Code of Ethics (Based on FIFA code of Ethics), (B) to revise the SLFA statutes and include integrity checks requirements for potential candidates.
4. Following the Extraordinary Congress, the SLFA shall organise Ordinary Congress in order to select their Electoral Board in preparation for the SLFA elections and to present any relevant statutory reports.
5. The Match-Fixing Commission should hand over to FIFA all files and evidence linked to match-fixing in Sierra Leone football. Fifa will then decide how to proceed.
6. The government of Sierra Leone through the Ministry of Sports undertakes to enforce its ban on betting on local football matches.
“As a new Government we are determined to learn the lessons from this tragedy and that is why we are now implementing and enforcing the following measures:
• The Sugar Loaf Mountain and its environs is an Environmentally Protected Area and anyone who builds on this environmentally protected area will be prosecuted and the building structure demolished. The Ministry of Lands, Housing & the Environment and the Environmental Protection Agency will enforce the protection of this environment.
• We are Banning Stone Mining, Charcoal Burning and Fuel Wood activities in the Reserved Forest of Sugar Loaf Mountain. The Environmental Protection Agency is enforcing this as well.
•As I have said, Today is about remembering the victims of this terrible tragedy. So we are converting this tragic scene into a National Tourist Memorial Park for reflection and as a Memorial to all the Victims of this Tragedy. This National Memorial Park will ensure that We Remember all the Victims of this national Tragedy
• As a proactive and responsive Government, my Cabinet has endorsed the establishment of a National Disaster Preparedness and Management Agency. As we are the 3rd most vulnerable Country in the world at Risk to adverse Climate change, so we have to prepare ourselves for this with a National Disaster Preparedness and Management Agency”
Excerpts on President Bio’s address at the Interfaith Commemoration Service of the August 14th 2017 Tragedy
© Office of the Press Secretary & Presidential Spokesman
Freetown, Sierra Leone, 1st August 2018 – His Excellency President Julius Maada Bio has returned home today, Wednesday after attending the ECOWAS – ECCAS Summit in Lomé, Togo which was held on 30th – 31st July 2018.
President Bio’s return has drawn the curtain on the mischievous rumours regarding ill-health. With his enduring commitment to serving the people, on arrival at the Lungi International Airport, His Excellency President Julius Maada Bio instructed that he wanted to proceed to his Office at State House and complete the day at work. This was contrary to the usual routine wherein past Presidents from overseas trips will prefer to go home and rest.
In a very upbeat mood and relaxed disposition, President Bio was greeted by throngs of people along the streets as he was driven to State House. As he waved to ordinary people, many showed uncontrolled emotion of joy while other excited people described the rumours as cheap, evil and unpatriotic against the President.
Earlier in Lomé on Tuesday 31st July 2018, during the closing ceremony of the 53rd Ordinary Session of the Authority of Heads of State and Government of ECOWAS, His Excellency President Julius Maada Bio was appointed by his colleagues to move the vote of thanks.
Also, en route to Freetown, His Excellency President Julius Maada Bio made a brief stop in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, where the First Lady, Her Excellency Mrs. Fatima Bio will be attending an international conference.
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OFFICIAL VISIT OF THE PRESIDENT & 2018 FLAG BEARER OF THE SLPP TO THE SLPP NATIONAL HEADQUARTERS
His Excellency the President & 2018 flag bearer of the SLPP Rtd.Brg Julius Maada Bio will make his first officially visit to the SLPP National Head Quarters tomorrow Friday 22nd June 2018.
Being a program leader, the president has been occupied with the critical task of putting the right team of cabinet ministers and other appointees together to implement his vision – The new direction . Though the said task is ongoing , he has however thought it wise to visit his party Headquarters for the first time to thank supporters and members of the party for making his victory possible .
All are encouraged to come out in numbers to meet with His Excellency Rtd Brigadier Maada Bio in his new capacity not as flag bearer, but as H.E the President of Sierra Leone and Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces
21st June 2018
Lahai Lawrence Leema
The Deputy Internal Affairs Minister & the SLPP National Publicity Secretary
By State House Communication Unit
Dr Mohamed Ibn Chambas, Special Representative of the Secretary General of the United Nations on Tuesday 21st November led a joint mission composed of UN/AU and ECOWAS to Freetown, where they met with President Dr Ernest Bai Koroma. Mrs. Minata Cessouma Samate, Commissioner for Political Affairs of the African Union Commission and Mrs. Halima Ahmed, Commissioner for Political Affairs, Peace and Security of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) were part of the delegation.
The joint mission, which was in the country to continue discussions on the context of the March 7, 2018 elections, commended President Koroma for the consolidation of peace, security and stability in Sierra Leone throughout his tenure of office.
Dr Ibn Chambas disclosed plans by the UN/AU and ECOWAS to deploy long and short term election observers in the country. He proposed follow up measures with suggestions that the Sierra Leone Police engage political parties, provide security to all presidential candidates and also engage the women’s and youth wings of political parties. He congratulated the president for putting together a smooth process.
Dr Ibn Chambas also implored President Koroma to dialogue with the two leading presidential candidates in the Liberian elections to put their country first in order to reach a peaceful conclusion of the second round of the presidential election.
AU Commissioner for Political Affairs, Mrs. Minata Cessouma Samate and the ECOWAS Commissioner for Political Affairs, Peace and Security, Mrs. Halima Ahmed thanked and congratulated President Koroma for a job well done for Sierra Leone, Africa and for his support to the AU Commission.
President Koroma reiterated government’s commitment towards the March 7, 2018 elections, saying that government has come a long way with preparations in terms of support to the National Electoral Commission (NEC) and the Political Parties Registration Commission (PPRC) as part of arrangements to hold elections as scheduled. He said new political parties had been issued registration certificates to participate in the process, while other political parties are conducting their national conventions. He also expressed hope that the PPRC will continue to effectively regulate the activities of political parties.
The president disclosed that NEC will soon begin to issue out voter identity cards to eligible voters, and also highlighted the irregularities surrounding the validation of the voter register, which according to him, NEC must address to ensure that nobody is disenfranchised.
He noted that government had provided security for presidential candidates in previous elections and assured the delegation of his commitment to ensure everybody is protected. President Koroma recalled that he was denied access to certain parts of the country when he was campaigning during the 2002 elections, but vowed that that will not happen in the March 7 elections under his leadership.
While promising continuous engagements with leaders of opposition parties to allow a smooth political process, the president warned opposition politicians and candidates to refrain from making inflammatory statements relating to the outcome of the forthcoming elections. He went on to state that Sierra Leone, under his leadership, has experienced the most peaceful era since independence.
By State House Communication Unit
Since he took office in September 2007, President Ernest Bai Koroma and the All People’s Congress have relentlessly strived to create the enabling environment for development and transformation to thrive all across Sierra Leone.
On Saturday 30 September, thousands flocked in Fadugu to witness President Ernest Bai Koroma officially open the Fadugu Local Court Barri in Kasunko chiefdom, Koinadugu district.
“The construction of the new Court Barri is an indication that government’s local content policy is on the right track,” President Koroma said shortly after officially opening the Court Barri named the Ernest Bai Koroma Complex. He also noted that the country had road construction companies in the past but none was as effective as the ones we have now ; endowed with perception, focus and determination.
The president went on to state that the local content policy espoused and introduced by his government to promote local entrepreneurship is geared towards supporting local businesses so they can also compete internationally, saying that local content promotion is unstoppable. “We should support all Sierra Leonean businesses not just those involved in road construction,” he said.
President Koroma also thanked the people of Koinadugu district for maintaining peace and quiet. He also thanked the CEO of Pavi Fort construction company Alimu Sanu Barrie for the newly completed Ernest Bai Koroma multipurpose complex in Fadugu, the gateway to Koinadugu district.
Commenting on the forthcoming general elections, President Koroma spoke of his government’s achievements in transforming the country. “When they come with their theories we will show them the practicals and we would not be ashamed of our record,” adding that the APC is willing and ready to contest elections at any moment. The president pointed out that when the time for politics is ripe, he would lower his presidential hat and join the campaign across the entire country.
Acting Chairman Council of Paramount Chiefs of Koinadugu district PC Gbawuru Mansaray appreciated the values of the APC, including the development initiatives of the government. He also extolled the good work the result-oriented leadership of President Koroma has done.
PRO of Pavi Fort Abu Bakarr Kamara (Didi Abu) said the Court Barri was constructed in 1950, adding that the stakeholders of Kasunko pleaded with the president to overhaul the Court Barri. He stated that the Court Barri has now been transformed into a multipurpose complex called the Ernest Bai Koroma Multipurpose Complex.
In another development, President Koroma took the kickoff between Pavi Fort FC and Kasunko FC football match at the Kabala town field. He encouraged the young players to work hard to utilize their talents and thanked the organizers of the match with words of encouragement to continue to organize similar matches to identify football talents.
By State House Communication Unit
After successful implementation of the Department for International Development (DFID) programmes in Sierra Leone, Madam Sally Taylor, Head of DFID, has today, Tuesday 1 August 2017, paid a farewell courtesy call on President Dr Ernest Bai Koroma at State House in Freetown. Sally Taylor was accompanied by the Deputy British High Commissioner to Sierra Leone Paul McGrade and will be leaving the country on Friday 4th August.
On behalf of government and the people of Sierra Leone, President Koroma thanked the outgoing DFID boss for her service to Sierra Leone. He acknowledged her pivotal role during the unprecedented Ebola outbreak, and described the British Government’s support to Sierra Leone as remarkable. “You should be given credit for the successful implementation of all the projects,” the President told the outgoing DFID boss, adding that she would be remembered for her good work to the nation.
Meanwhile, the Head of State expressed hope that Madam Taylor will be serving as a good ambassador to tell the story about Sierra Leone in international development circles.
By State House Communication Unit
A 706-carat diamond was presented to President Dr Ernest Bai Koroma yesterday evening (Wednesday March 15th, 2017) by Paramount Chief Paul N. Saquee The 5 of Tankoro Chiefdom in Kono district led by the Minister of Mines and Mineral Resources, Honourable Alhaji Minkailu Mansaray at State House.
According to the Mines Minister, the diamond was discovered by Pastor Emmanuel A. Momoh who is engaged in alluvial mining at Koyadu village in Tankoro Chiefdom.
Receiving the diamond President Koroma thanked the chief and his people for not smuggling the diamond out of the country. He underscored the importance of selling such a diamond here as it will clearly give the owners what is due them and benefit the country as a whole. The president assured that the selling process would be transparent and to the highest bidder.