UPDATED: Wednesday, April 1, 2015 12:10 PM
Freetown: March 31, 2015 - President Dr Ernest Bai Koroma this morning swore in members of the Judicial and Legal Service Commission at a quiet ceremony at State House, Freetown. The new appointees were Mr. Easmon N.B. Ngakui, Mrs. Nyawo Finda Matturi Jones and Mrs. Doreen Zephina Faux.
Congratulating the appointees, President Koroma declared that they have a great supportive role to play in strengthening the judiciary as appointments to the bench should emanate from the recommendations of the Judicial and Legal Service Commission. He expressed hope that in the exercise of these responsibilities, the commission will put the country first and ensure that people of high standards are recommended to serve on the bench.
From the onset, his acts as a former military dictator appeared to have posed a challenge but it was a challenge he stooped to conquer.
This was his fourth time out after 2003, 2007 and 2011 against a president from the ruling People’s Democratic Party (PDP). However, it was the first time that he is heading an almost united opposition, which greatly increased his chances, although his credibility has taken a few knocks.
General Buhari got so many knocks on the campaign fronts on issues that bothered on his first time tenure as a military Head of State. Following a coup against an elected government headed by Shehu Shagari, Buhari led the country from January 1984 until August 1985, during which he proclaimed a war against indiscipline at which time almost 500 people were jailed for corruption and wasting taxpayers’ money.
1. In 1984 as Nigeria’s Millitary Ruler, Buhari had Afrobeat pioneer Fela Kuti arrested and sentenced to 5 years in jail. No one was reportedly allowed to testify on Fela’s behalf. (Washington Post)
His Excellency President Ernest Bai Koroma has thanked UK sailors and Royal Marines on the Royal Fleet Auxiliary ship RFA Argus on the eve of their departure back to the UK. It follows nearly six months deployed as part of theUK Task Force.
Argus deployed to Sierra Leone from the UK in September to provide vital aviation support and medical capability to the UK led effort against the disease. Her three Merlin helicopters from 820 Naval Air Squadron and detachment of Royal Marines from 1 Assault Group Royal Marines helped deliver equipment, supplies and food packages to remote areas of the countryduring her time in Sierra Leone.
Sierra Leoneans are once again allowed to leave their homes after the government announced the end of a three-day country-wide lockdown aimed at preventing a resurgence of the deadly Ebola virus.
During the curfew period - which was ordered by President Ernest Bai Koroma and ran from 0600 GMT on Friday until 1800 GMT on Sunday - about 26,000 volunteers went door-to-door to check for sick people and raise awareness about the disease.
Officials at the National Ebola Response Centre said locals had overwhelmingly complied with the lockdown, the second time in six months the country's six million residents were told to stay indoors over Ebola concerns.
Health care workers prepare to entering a high risk zone at an Ebola virus clinic in Sierra Leone, where the diagnostic kit has been undergoing tests. Photograph: Michael Duff/AP
A rapid Ebola diagnostic kit similar to a pregnancy kit has been developed by British military scientists and NHS medics in Sierra Leone.
It can be administered at the bedside and return its first results within 20 minutes, slashing dramatically the normal 24-hour turnaround for lab results.
Early bedside tests in the Connaught hospital in Freetown have shown a 100% detection rate, said Dr Oliver Johnson, who heads a partnership between the UK’sKing’s Health Partners and the hospital.
“We have 10,000 of these kits sitting in Sierra Leone waiting to go if we can get the approval,” says Johnson.
Johnson says if the kit is approved by the relevant health authorities it could transform the admissions process, allowing doctors to quickly isolate Ebola patients and release others for treatment.
South-Easterners and representatives of Muslim organizations across the country Thursday 26 March, 2015, wholeheartedly endorsed the appointment of Ambassador Victor Bockarie Foh as Vice President of the Republic of Sierra Leone, and thanked President Ernest Bai Koroma for making such a brilliant decision.
The Public Private Partnership (PPP) Unit in the Office of the President after completion of phase one of its sensitization workshop on PPP concepts and processes through the support of the African Development Bank (AfDB) Group, resumed and continued to provide similar sensitization for local government authorities and the private sector in the northern township of Makeni on Tuesday 24 March, 2015.
The first phase of the sensitization which commenced on February 24 and ended on March 27, 2015 covered two regions of west and south respectively. Addressing participants at the Makeni Council City Hall where the second and penultimate phase of PPP sensitization kicked off, the PPP Coordinator Mr. Abu Kamara meticulously explained the objective of the sensitization workshop, and explained that the workshop was to get people from every sector involved so as to fully achieve the President’s Agenda for Prosperity.