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New Human Rights Commissioners Take Oath Of Office


By State House Communication Unit

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.

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New Ombudsman Takes Oath of Office

The newly appointed Ombudsman of the republic of Sierra Leone Lawyer Melron Nicol-Wilson Tuesday 25 April 2017 subscribed to the oath of office at a ceremony at State House in Freetown. Prior to his appointment, the young and successful lawyer was Managing Partner at Malaika Chambers and is married to Makuta Nicol-Wilson (nee Marah) with three children.

Congratulating the appointee, President Dr Ernest Bai Koroma said Melron Nicol-Wilson is the youngest man that has occupied the office of the Ombudsman. He expressed hope and confidence that Mr Nicol-Wilson’s academic qualifications and professional experience will place him in pole position in the discharge of his duties and live up to the expectations of the people of Sierra Leone. According to President Koroma, there are plethora of issues yet to be addressed and hoped that the new appointee will exercise his duties with speed and with the highest level of professionalism and integrity.

Subscribing to the oath of office, Lawyer Nicol-Wilson thanked President Koroma for the appointment and registered his firm commitment to support, maintain and uphold the constitution of Sierra Leone. “I am honoured to serve the people of Sierra Leone and hope to live up to the expectations of all Sierra Leoneans,” he said.

Mr. Nicol-Wilson, is a holder of two Masters Degrees in international law and human rights and a distinguished Sierra Leonean lawyer who co-founded and led the Lawyers Centre for Legal Assistance (LAWCLA). He was the youngest Defence Counsel and Case Manager at the United Nations backed Special Court for Sierra Leone. A former Lecturer in International Humanitarian Law and International Human Rights Law at the Peace and Conflict studies Department, Fourah Bay College, University of Sierra Leone. He is also the first Legal Adviser of the Sierra Leone Anti-Corruption Commission and the first coordinator of the Pilot National Legal Aid Scheme that gave birth to the establishment of the Legal Aid Board.

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706-Carat Diamond Found In Kono And Presented To President Koroma

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.

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President Koroma Receives Ghanaian Envoy

By State House Communication Unit

Ghanaian Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration Hon. Charles Owiredu today (Monday 24 April, 2017) visited President Dr Ernest Bai Koroma at State House in Freetown. The special envoy, according to Sierra Leone’s Minister of State 1 in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Dr Mohamed Gibril Sesay, is in the country to convey a special message from the President of Ghana Nana Akufo-Addo who desires to visit Sierra Leone on June 2nd this year.

Responding, President Koroma welcomed the envoy and team, stating that he has a strong personal relationship with President Nana Akufo-Addo and that his proposed visit to Sierra Leone will not only continue to build on their personal relationship but will also strengthen the bilateral ties between Sierra Leone and Ghana. He promised to return the visit to his counterpart in Ghana after the June 2nd date is confirmed. He hoped the timing doesn’t coincided with the forthcoming African Union summit.