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IOM Council Elects Amb.Gberie as New Chairman of its Governing Bureau

IOM Council Elects Amb.Gberie as New Chairman of its Governing Bureau

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*Geneva, Switzerland, Tuesday 29 November 2021* - The IOM’s Council meeting at its 113th Session in Geneva unanimously elected Ambassador to Switzerland and Permanent Representative of Sierra Leone to the United Nations Office and other International Organisations, Dr Lansana Gberie, as the New Chairperson of its governing bureau on 29 November 2022, at the opening session of the council.

The 113th Session of Council commenced from 29 November and will conclude on the  2nd December, 2022 in a hybrid format in-person. 

The International Organisation for Migration (IOM) meets in regular session once a year and in special sessions at the request of one-third of its members, the Director General or the Chairman of the Council in urgent circumstances. 

Counter Terrorism Conference Concludes in Saudi Arabia

Counter Terrorism Conference Concludes in Saudi Arabia

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By Abubakarr Bah, Information Attaché

The Islamic Military Counter Terrorism Coalition (IMCTC) on Tuesday, November 29, 2022, successfully concluded a three-working-day counter-terrorism symposium on the theme "The Role of the Media in Countering Terrorism".

The Minister of Information and Communications and Head of the Sierra Leone delegation, Mohamed Rahman Swaray, whilst speaking on the topic "Using social media to Curb the Spread of Extremism” said “hate speech is fodder for conflict. It undermines peace and social cohesion and engenders intolerance and hatred."

He reiterated that social media have become “a double-edged sword”, adding that the need for peace building cannot be overemphasised. He urged state actors in society to jealously guard against its abuse.

Ambassador Omrie Golley Bags Award for Contribution to Peace building and Agriculture Food Sufficiency in Sierra Leone

Ambassador Omrie Golley Bags Award for Contribution to Peace building and Agriculture Food Sufficiency in Sierra Leone

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Makeni City, Saturday 3rd December 2022:  Sierra Leone’s former Ambassador to the Republic of South Korea, Omrie Michael Golley was over the weekend awarded “in recognition of his dedicated role to the advancement of peace building as well as the development of agriculture and food sufficiency in Sierra Leone.”

The award to the ambassador was done by the Student Representative Council (SRC) of the University of Makeni (UNIMAK).

University of Makeni (formerly known as the Fatima Institute) is the first private, Catholic, university located in Makeni City, Northern Province of Sierra Leone. It has a population of over 7000 (seven thousand) students specializing in various fields including public health, computer science, accounting, business administration, mass communication, Law etc.

The award given to Ambassador Omrie Golley at their Mr/Miss UNIMAK can be closely associated to the Ambassador’s outstanding role in the peace negotiations between the rebels and government following the apocalyptic civil war which plunged Sierra Leone and ended in 2002.

President Bio Takes Part in Foundation Laying Ceremony for New ECOWAS Headquarters Building

President Bio Takes Part in Foundation Laying Ceremony for New ECOWAS Headquarters Building

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Abuja, Nigeria, Sunday 4 December 2022 – His Excellency President Dr Julius Maada Bio is one of three West African Presidents at the foundation laying ceremony for the construction of the new headquarters of the Economic Community of West African States, ECOWAS.

He joined other colleague leaders of the regional economic and political bloc, in the Nigerian capital, on Sunday for their sixty-second session under the aegis of the Chair of Authority of ECOWAS Heads of State and Government and President of the Republic of Guinea-Bissau, His Excellency Umaro Sissoco Embalo.   

President of the ECOWAS Commission, His Excellency Omar Alieu Touray, welcomed the Heads of State and Government at what occasion he described as historic, before thanking host President, His Excellency Muhammadu Buhari, the community people for providing the 7.2 hectares of prime land area and the Government of the People's Republic of China for funding the project.

SIERRA LEONE'S AMBASSADOR TO BELGIUM CALLS FOR OPEN SPACE FOR RESEARCH PROGRAMMES

SIERRA LEONE'S AMBASSADOR TO BELGIUM CALLS FOR OPEN SPACE FOR RESEARCH PROGRAMMES

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Sierra Leone's Ambassador to Belgium has called for an open space to give African universities and students access to research programmes during the interactive forum, ‘Meet the Ambassador’, held by the Africa Platform of the Ghent University in Belgium, marking their 15th year of establishment.

In his statement, Ambassador Samuel Tamba Musa spoke on the collaboration between Embassy and Academia, stating that the two practices and ways of working are different as Embassies have their own agenda that is sometimes different from the priorities of Academia.

He, however, maintained that there are areas of common interest, especially in terms of strategic and project partnerships as well as strategic relationship building. But this can only happen if Embassies and Academia interact effectively, underpinned by shared goals, mutual acquaintances and co-creation from design to implementation.

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