By APC Publicity Secretariat
A high-powered delegation from the All Peoples Congress on Sunday visited families of victims of the PMB Wellington fire disaster.
The delegation led by the Deputy Chairman and Leader, Alhaji Minkailu Mansaray, National Secretary General, Ambassador Alhaji Osman Foday Yansaneh among other comrades, spent the entire Sunday comforting the families of all those that were affected by the inferno at PMB junction, Old Wharf, New Site Koya among other slum communities.
Delivering messages of condolences at the doorsteps of the victims and their loves ones, Alhaji Minkailu Mansaray informed the gathering that he was there to represent the APC and its Chairman and Leader, (former President, Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma), whom he revealed, is presently out of the country.
He said as a party, they always identified themselves with anything which affects the ordinary man.
He said the party felt very much obliged to go on the ground and actually see the impact of the disaster, consoling those whom lost their love ones to accept it as the will of the Almighty God.
He also prayed for those that had serious burns as a result of the inferno, adding the party is taking records of all those that are affected and that, the APC will collaborate with all those concerned, in a bid to cushion the burden the disaster had left on people in those communities.
National Secretary General, Ambassador Dr. Osman Foday Yansaneh underscored the importance for collaborations between the central government and every well-meaning Sierra Leonean.
He said the APC had informed its membership across the world to ensure all those affected are cared for.
He said the APC is ready at all times to collaborate with Government and other agencies to support the victims and their love ones.
"We are aware that our medical capacity in Sierra Leone is still challenged in terms of responding to such disaster," he said, thanking medical doctors that have been providing relief for those that are still alive.
The APC scribe emphasized the disaster is a national concern, reiterating the need for more cooperation and collaborations between and among all stakeholders.
Also part of the delegation was the Deputy East District Chairman, Mohamed Kamara (Med-Kay), Lady President of the APC Women's Congress, Madam Elizabeth Mans, Acting National Publicity Secretary, Sidi Yaya Tunis, Comrade Abdal Timbo, Comrade Abdul Kalokoh, Deputy Mayor, among others.
By Vidal Bultman
Interviews conducted by We Yone with cross section of residents in the township of Waterloo, Western Area Rural District, have revealed that they are not moved by the latest frenzy work being done by the President Bio SLPP-led government through contracted contractor, Gento group on number of strategic and frequently used roads within that rural township.
“This government cannot claim credit for the project as the work was started by the erstwhile APC government of former President Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma as part of legacies works done in the infrastructural sector,” Madam Mary Cole-Johnson noted, adding residents are not happy over the delay by the government when they took power in 2018 to recommence work on the roads.
According to Abu Conteh who lives in Calmont Road, Waterloo, “the current dispensation pretended the project was not in their interest, thus they almost abandoned the project and failed to allocate additional payments to the company for almost three years.”
Now that the nation is in the eve of 2023 elections, they have in 2021 restarted work, according to Abu Conteh.
“This is part of their gimmick to fool Waterloo residents ahead of 2023 elections,” he disclosed to We Yone, while pointing out that residents are generally appreciative of the fact that the works were unrolled by the past regime.
“This inkling of President Julius Maada Bio delaying projects in areas he considers as not their strongholds is an anathema to the national development plan,” Abu Conteh explained.
Another interviewee called Mariama Kallon of Blackhall Road, Waterloo, dilated on the inconvenience residents continue to face as a result of the much-delay by the Bio regime to complete the roadworks on these key streets.
“There have been cases of residents falling into ditches resulting into serious accidents; dust covering houses as well as vehicles finding it difficult to pass on these roads,” she lamented, while stressing the delay by Bio to complete APC’s left-over credible projects is also evidenced in the slow and snail-pace of work in the construction of Mabang bridge and Magbele bridge.
“It is like they are ashamed to complete these projects because citizens will definitely give credit to the last APC government and come 2023, they will serve as pointers to the electorate in justifying APC’s national development trajectory which contains holistic components,” the female stakeholder commented.
By Septimus A.M. Saffa
The new Principal of Rural Academy Junior Secondary School in Bassa Town, Waterloo District, Mr. Hassan J. Koroma (popularly called JK) has in a recent interview expressed strong determination and commitment to build on the gains of the institution.
Speaking to We Yone during the exclusive interview in his office, the seasoned educationist/Principal first and foremost thanked the Almighty and appreciated the mentorship and support he received from the Proprietor/Principal Mr. Umaru Kargbo (alias P4) of Rural Academy Senior Secondary School during his formative years in college as well as in the teaching profession.
“He encouraged me to study and today I am humble holder of HTC Secondary, BSc Hons in Accounting and Finance as well as pursing Masters programme in Accounting and Finance at Fourah Bay College,” Principal Koroma uttered, while disclosing he became Principal since July, 2021.
He explained to We Yone his new position has placed him better stead to effectively and efficiently supervise, monitor and control teachers to give their best to pupils for the enhancement of holistic education in Western Rural Area in particular and Sierra Leone as a whole.
“My thrust with my committed teachers is to ensure effective teaching is done, pupils are assessed continuously based on frequent tests to keep pupils on their toes for academic excellence, especially in BECE,” the smart and disciplined Principal pointed out.
He also touched on his determination to copy from the fine example of Principal Kargbo who incidentally is chairman of the school Board to make Rural Academy JSS always-cultism and hooliganism-free as well as build on the cognitive, affective and psychomotic aspects of pupils.
To this end, he told We Yone, the administration has done extremely well be ensuring the school is fenced to ward off anti-social influences.
“Although the roll of the JSS is little over 900 pupils, with reasonable infrastructures, yet still, I would like to appeal to MBSSE and NGOs for additional interventions,” he appealed, while soliciting the cooperation of the DDE Western Rural Area, MBSSE and Ministry of Finance (MoF) for teachers of the institution who are not on payroll to be placed on payroll.
“This will lessen the financial burden on the administration and boost the morale of staff,” the dynamic Principal expressed, while stressing his commitment to continue to work amicably with community stakeholders including Headman of Bassa Town, Mr. Momoh Dumbuya, Headman of Lumpa, Mr. Mohamed Kabba, the CTA and the Board and Proprietor of the now government-assisted JSS.
According to records, Principal Hassan J. Koroma has ten (10) years teaching experience, having served as Head of department and Vice Principal before his elevation/appointment as Principal of Rural Academy Junior Secondary School in July, 2021.
As a person, He is hardworking, honest, humble, friendly, firm, fair and committed.
Hassan J. Koroma is responsibly married with children.
High Court of Sierra Leone presided over by Justice Adrian Fisher has ruled out the application filed by Dr. Sylvia Blyden to be included in the substantive matter between Alfred Peter Conteh and 1st 2nd and 3rd defendants: Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma (Chairman and Leader of the All Peoples Congress Party (APC); Ambassador Dr. Alhaji Osman Foday Yansaneh (National Secretary General) and the All Peoples Congress Party, as a registered political institution in Sierra Leone.
The leadership of the All Peoples Congress has again demonstrated willingness for unity, peace and serenity as it rescinded earlier requests by its lawyers for a cost from the intending plaintiff in the case already before the court.
The leadership tempered justice with mercy with regards to the request, saying the unity, peace and furtherance of the party is their utmost concern.
Justice Adrian Fisher ruled against the 1st, 2nd and 3rd defendants’ objections to a number of prayers from Dr. Blyden including irregularities in filing the application, which the judge agreed, was not within standard court procedure.
Justice Adrian Fisher said the fact that Dr. Blyden is not a legal practitioner does not mean she should not contribute to proceedings that borders on democracy, but says, her case is similar to the substantive matter already before the court.
Justice Fisher also noted that Dr. Blyden’s request for the APC’s 1991 constitution to be released by the Party’s leadership is not tenable, given the factuality that, there had never been proof to show that the said constitution was adopted and or for the fact that, the party had so far gone far ahead in adhering to the court ordered Emergency National Delegates Conference and adopted a new constitution.
Justice Fisher affirmed her inclusion will be inimical to the speedy conclusion of the case, whilst in his wisdom, refused the application of Dr. Sylvia Olayinka Blyden.
I.I. Mansaray representing the 1st defendant said his instructed client asked him to withdraw all costs as a continued demonstration of magnanimity.
He said his client recognized the intending plaintiff was a member of cabinet under his leadership, saying his client is very much interested in the furtherance of the APC party and rather not punitive action against anyone.
Lawyer of the Second defendant, Ady Macaulay, said the second defendant had been a custodian of the party’s secretariat and that, he (Dr. Yansaneh) recognized the role of the intending plaintiff as a cabinet minister and also as a member of the party.
He encouraged the intending plaintiff to continue on the path of promoting the ideals of the party, saying, a united party will sail through successfully in coming elections.
The lawyer of Alfred Peter Conteh says his client was not desirous of any cost.
By Vidal Bultman
The ‘Umaru Deen Foundation’, yesterday 8th November, 2021 donated wheel chairs, crutches, elbows etc. including a cash of Le1,000,000 (One Million Leones) to the Disabled Wing of the All Peoples Congress (APC) Party, at the party’s headquarters in Freetown.
Speaking at the handing over ceremony, a representative from the Foundation, Abu Konsho Koroma, who is currently based in London and happens to be the brother of the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Foundation, [Comrade Joseph Umaru Deen Koroma], who is currently in the USA told the gathering that, his brother and the foundation has so much interest in the disabled and he has been helping them in various ways.
He said they will continue to render support to the party whenever the need arises, adding come 2023 the party will surely bounce back to power.
Comrade Abu Konsho told the gathering that his brother has been offering several assistances to various bodies of the party including the task force, the National Secretariat, the National Youth League and number of organizations within his constituency and beyond.
“Let me take the opportunity to thank the leadership, members, supporters and sympathizers at home and abroad of the party for their visitations, messages of consolation through the various mediums during the sudden loss of our beloved mother,” he stated, adding “we will forever be grateful and loyal to the party.”
In his response, the President of the APC National Youth League, Comrade Bai Mahmoud Bangura described Comrade Joseph Umaru Deen Koroma as a true son of the party and a true friend of the APC Disabled, adding that was not the beginning and will not be the ending of his humanitarian assistance.
He thanked him for the donation, while encouraging others to emulate his fine example.
Receiving the items, the Chief Adviser of the APC Disabled Wing, Comrade John I. Dumbuya (Political) and the Treasurer, Abdul Rahman Sankoh thanked the CEO, through his brother for the gesture, adding it will help them a lot and promised that they will be used for it intended purpose.
They recalled the time when the party donated a forty feet container of wheel chairs for them to distribute nationwide, noting it helped the party a lot in winning the 2012 elections.
They encouraged to come to the aid of the disabled and prayed that God will continue to bless the foundation.
The African Bar Association (AfBA) has officially submitted a special invitation to the former president of Sierra Leone, Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma, to attend the Association's annual conference slated to be held between 3rd and 7th October, 2021 in Niamey, Niger. In the special invitation, AfBA also notified President Koroma of its decision to honour him with the 2021 African Leadership Medal during the Annual Conference.
At a short presentation ceremony in Makeni earlier today, AfBA’s Director of Information and Protocol, Elvis Enoh, said the African Bar Association was established in 1971 as an advocacy group seeking to promote good governance, constitutionality and the rule of law in Africa.
Enoh went on to state that the AfBA had passed a resolution to honour some of the deserving past leaders on continent for their services to Africa in promoting Good Governance, Democracy and the Rule of Law while in office.
"In this Direction, Enoh added, the African Bah Association will be pleased to decorate Your Excellency with the African Bar Leadership Medal at the Opening Ceremony of the Conference..."*
Accepting the invitation, Former President Koroma said:
"I accept this invitation with all humility and I am going to dedicate the award to the people of Sierra Leone who gave me the opportunity to serve, members of my administration whose support was instrumental to what we were able to accomplish, and my political party that gave me a platform.
The well acclaimed Sierra Leonean statesman also reassured AfBA that he would continue to dedicate his energy, time and other resources towards promoting peace and good governance in Africa.
President Koroma will be among six other former leaders and diplomats to be awarded in Niamey.
Elvis Enoh was Accompanied by the AfBA Vice President for West Africa, Rhoda Nuni, Information and Protocol Officer, Boyzie Kamara from the AfBA Chapter Sierra Leone and Mr Joseph Fitzgerald Kamara who is a life time Member of AfBA Governing Council.
By Sheriff Cole
In an effort to complement the interventions of the All Peoples Congress National Secretariat, to succor victims of the Wellington/PMB fire disaster, the 2018 Presidential Candidate of the Party, Dr. Samura Kamara, has donated 200 bags of rice, to the APC National Secretariat. Delivering the items, Lansana Fadika, one of the coordinators, on behalf of Dr. Samura Kamara and team said, they were happy to complement the effort of the Secretariat, in caring for the survivors of the PMB/Wellington fire disaster. As a government in waiting, it is our responsibility to support the sitting government, when the need arises, Fadika added, saying they will continue to support the Secretariat, at any crucial moment. Dr. Samura Kamara Complements Party's Intervention for Wellington Fire Disaster Receiving the donation at the Party Headquarters in Freetown, Ambassador Dr. Alhaji Osman Foday Yansaneh, thanked the donors, while using the opportunity to thank every member of the secretariat who turned in at the Cottage Hospital to donate blood. He said blood is hugely of essence to revitalize severely burnt survivors. He said the APC is a caring party and that the party had informed all it members across the world to boost the intervention. The APC Scribe believes, the disaster is a national concern and that each and every well-meaning Sierra Leonean should come on board and support those victims and survivors of the disaster.
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