By Stephen V. Lansana

Aureol Insurance Company Limited has on Friday July 9, 2021 held its 34th Annual General Meeting (AGM) at the Atlantic Hall in Freetown.

Some shareholders and Members of the Board participated virtually.

The newly elected Chairperson of Board of Directors, Mrs. Jennifer Renner-Thomas said that despite the grappling shock and the far reaching social economic consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic, the company made a Gross Written Premium of Le32.129 billion as compared to Le31.122 billion in the previous year.

Mrs. Renner-Thomas gave an overview of the economy of Sierra Leone which she said was badly affected…

One of the most trusted sources of news in Sierra Leone, Premier News, in collaboration with leading telecom operator, Africell, on Thursday, July 9, 2021, launched News Updates, a platform that gives opportunity to Africell subscribers to get the latest news from Premier News through SMS (Short Message Service).

The Launch was done at Africell’s American Corner, Bathurst Street in Freetown.

Africell customers who wish to subscribe for the News Updates can send “Start to 2122” for prompt subscription. Only Le300 will be charged per day for this service and news will be sent via SMS twice a day.


Echo Of The Pen!!

By Lansana Fofanah

Racist Ploy Fails As Kingho Exposes CRSG

“During the argument, the safety officer first hit the Chinese employee in the mouth (not shown in the video). The Chinese employee was irritated after been hit and used his hand to knock over the safety officer’s folder which led to the physical altercation (shown in the video). After the CRSG Chinese employee showed signs of being stopped by the local employee, the safety officer still ran to kick the CRSG Chinese employee who was almost sixty years old. …

The Persons with Disability Act was passed in May 2011. More than 10 years later, persons with disabilities (PWDs) cannot receive a Permanent Disability Certificate to make them eligible to all the rights and privileges provided under the Act. The New Direction Manifesto criticized the former government for failure to implement the provisions of the Act. Yet, three years into their mandate, the Bio administration has yet to issue a single disability certificate.

Sierra Leone has not always been kind with its people living with disabilities, and in general with those who look “different,” such as people living with albinism.

Echo Of The Pen!!

By Lansana Fofanah

How Safe Are Sierra Leonean Workers In Chinese Companies?

The bilateral relationship between the People’s Republic of China and the Republic of Sierra Leone continues to flourish irrespective of which government or political party is in power. With both countries enjoying diplomatic and trade relations, Sierra Leone is considered a favorable investment destination for China who is in the race to dominate its global presence in Africa.

Today, China has successfully established companies like Gougi, the Chinese Railway Seventh Group, Kingho Mining Company to name but a few.

While those investments are…

One of Sierra Leone’s COVID-19 ambassadors, Sheku Putka Kamara

FREETOWN — The fight against Covid-19 misinformation and disinformation has a morbid feel in Sierra Leone where authorities are flagging it as a “life-or-death” issue in slogans designed to warn the population.

“If you are not sure of what you are sharing, do not share. If you cannot validate the authenticity of the information, do not share because when you misinform people, you could misinform a whole generation.”

This is the advice of one of Sierra Leone’s COVID-19 ambassadors, Sheku Putka Kamara.

A media consultant and lecturer, Kamara is concerned at the level of misinformation and “fake news” surrounding the…

Physically challenged women at the House of Jesus Christ Disable organization

Hawa Sombie, lame in one foot due to road accident became pregnant in 2001, a period she considers a ‘dark age’ and which was extremely difficult for person with disabilities to have access to health, education and protection of their fundamental human rights; “An era of no law or policy proclamation that safeguarded the rights of PWDs in Sierra Leone.”

Disability is an impairment that may be physical, cognitive, sensory, and developmental or a combination of at least two of these which results in the restriction of an individual’s ability to participate in what is considered normal in everyday life.

Patros Thomas printing to his Colleagues rushing to receive food items from Philanthropist during the Ramadan

At age 5, the Chairman of Wilberforce Street Beggars Association, Patros Thomas became disabled with Polio. Thomas is an early school leaver who started Street Begging in 2005. He attended the St Andrews Secondary School commonly known as UCC in Bo City. As an orphan, he was not able to go beyond Junior Secondary School (JSS) 3. He recounted, “My parents died when I was in JSS. After my Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE), I came to Freetown where I started street begging at a tender age.”

Thomas has 15 years experience in Street begging, but he wants to enter…

The winners

Aureol Insurance Company Limited has on Friday August 21, 2020 held a certification ceremonyat its Siaka Stevens Street office in Freetown in which it awarded prizes to pupils who won in an essay competition it organized.

The award ceremony was well attended by the awardees, parents and staff of the Company, among others.

The Aureol Insurance Company organized this essay competition in May/June this year, as part of the fight against COVID-19 for Primary and Secondary Schools pupils with the theme: “Celebrating our fearless and dedicated frontline workers risking their Lives in the fight against COVID-19”.Three …

By Stephen V. Lansana

The President of SLIA, Raymond Macauley

As a means of fulfilling its corporate social responsibility, the Sierra Leone Insurance Association (SLIA) has on Tuesday March 10, 2020, collaborated with the Sierra Leone Insurance Commission (SLICOM) to launch a Le 1 billion “Motor Compensation Fund”, at the Atlantic Hall in Freetown.

The deputy Minister of Finance launched the Compensation Fund in a programme which was also attended by the deputy Minister of Transport and Aviation, officials of SLICOM, other Insurance Companies and Civil Society Activists, among others.

The Deputy Minister of Finance Dr. Patricia Laverley said, “Today marks a significant day in the…

Stephen V Lansana

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