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Consultancy Services for Detailed Engineering Design Studies of the Jendema-Bo Waterside Joint Border Post (JBP) Between Liberia and Sierra Leone 

1. The Economic Community of West African State (ECOWAS) Commission, as part of the  Regional Joint Border Post Development Program intends to undertake Consultancy  Services for the Design of a Joint Border Post at the Jendema-Bo-Waterside, a border  between the Republic of Liberia and Republic of Sierra Leone. The Joint Border Posts  (JBP) program is a community intervention aimed at facilitating border crossing formalities  and controls to reduce the cost and time spent at land borders between Member States by  bringing together officials from neighboring countries to undertake simultaneous and joint  controls to expedite movement. 

2. In 2008, the Commission and its Member States undertook a functionality study of several  key land borders, that looked at the processes, procedures, information management and  flow, flow of traffic and people in current operations (identifying unavoidable and avoidable  constraints) and those (procedures, processes and flows) that are anticipated for the  improved border posts. The functionality study resulted in the development of architectural  briefs which described the design options to be used as the bases for preparing customized  detailed designs for each border.  

3. The proposed/designed buildings (structural elements above ground level) as studied and  proposed in the functionality study reports must be remodeled in accordance with  investigations into the foundation elements since conditions between sites and even within  sites vary. Geotechnical investigations will therefore have to be carried out at the project site  (bearing capacity, etc.) to enable proper design of the respective foundations to suit the site  under consideration. For Civil Works (Road Alignment, Ground levels, Cross-Sections,  Drainage, Sewers, Parking Lots, etc.) there is a need to carry out Topographic Surveys and  other Engineering Surveys to allow for appropriate Engineering Designs of Geometric  Elements, Approach and internal Roads, Parking Lots, Drainage, etc. A key consideration of  this project will also be to provide social and economic activities/services for citizens of border  communities as well as dependent stakeholders such informal traders, cross-border women  traders, children, farmers, fishermen, etc. particular attention will therefore be paid to these  provisions under the Environmental and Social Impact Assessment component of the Study.  The main objective of the services under this project shall be the preparation of architectural and civil, electrical and mechanical engineering designs and tender documents (including  drawings, specifications, priced and unpriced bill of quantities (BOQ)) for the construction of 

a JBP. Furthermore, the services will involve the preparation of a general Lay-Out (Master  Plan), Conceptual Design and Detailed Engineering Design.&

ECOWAS Parliament Condemns in its Strongest Terms the Military Takeover in Mali”- Speaker Tunis Affirms

ECOWAS Parliament Condemns in its Strongest Terms the Military Takeover in Mali”- Speaker Tunis Affirms

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ECOWAS Parliament Condemns in its Strongest Terms the Military Takeover in Mali”- Speaker Tunis Affirms
By Abdul Malik Bangura- ECOPARL Press Corp, Sierra Leone

Thursday 27th May 2021/ Abuja, Republic of Nigeria: Speaker of Economic Community of West Africa States (ECOWAS) Parliament, His Excellency Rt Honourable Dr Sidie Mohamed Tunis has affirmed that the regional parliament is condemning in its entirety the military takeover in the Republic of Mali.
The Speaker made this statement in his welcoming address on the opening ceremony of the ECOWAS Parliament 1st 2021 Ordinary Session ongoing in Abuja, Federal Republic of Nigeria. 

Whilst delving on the efforts made so far by ECOWAS Parliament regarding the situation in Mali, the ECOWAS Speaker said “earlier this year, I led a Parliamentary Fact-Finding Mission to that Country and held discussions with all Stake Holders in the transition process. We were assured by all parties of their commitment towards a transition to democratic rule.” Unfortunately, the Speaker said “we have observed a few days ago, a dramatic shift in the political situation, which led to the arrest of the Transitional President, His Excellency Bah N’Daw and the Prime Minister, Mr. Moctar Ouane.”

Speaker Tunis emphasized that “the ECOWAS Parliament condemns, in the strongest terms, the military takeover in Mali and all acts in the region that threatens or stalls the process of entrenching Democracy across our States.”

The Speaker said “we have made many efforts in securing a peaceful and stable ECOWAS and it is about time we take firm and decisive actions against forces that tend to reverse this trend,” adding that “the ECOWAS Parliament stands ready to support all efforts aimed at putting Mali on the right trajectory of peace and democracy.”

President of ECOWAS Commission, His Excellency Jean-Claude Kassi Brou whilst deliberating on the issue in the Republic of Mali said as a community, ECOWAS has engaged the current authorities in Mali for the immediate released of the former Interim President and former Interim Prime Minister. He assured that in the coming days, they will have to brief the various organs of ECOWAS and ensure that decision is taken. 

On the same issue regarding the current situation in the Republic of Mali, President of the Republic of Ghana and Chairman of the ECOWAS Council of Head of States and Governments, His Excellency Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo during his opening address said he has authorized the ECOWAS mediation delegation to Mali which is headed by former Nigerian President, Goodluck Jonathan do go to Mali and do an assessment on the entire situation. He said, after that, he will look at the report and then summon an emergency extraordinary session of heads of states and government of the ECOWAS region to review the relationship between ECOWAS and Mali.

Meanwhile, it should be noted that the Republic of Mali is one of the 15 member states of the ECOWAS, with 6 Members of Parliament representing it in the ECOWAS Parliament. In that country, the interim president and prime minister resigned on Wednesday, two days after they were arrested by the military.

President Bah Ndaw and Prime Minister Moctar Ouane were said to have been taken to a military base outside the capital on Monday after a cabinet reshuffle in which two officers lost their posts.

The intervention led by Vice President Assimi Goita, according to international press, has jeopardised Mali’s transition back to democracy after a coup in August overthrew former president Ibrahim Boubacar Keita. It has

As Sierra Leone Prepares to submit 2021 VNR Report on SDGs Implementation... MoPED Continues Consultations with Stakeholders

As Sierra Leone Prepares to submit 2021 VNR Report on SDGs Implementation... MoPED Continues Consultations with Stakeholders

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As Sierra Leone Prepares to submit 2021 VNR Report on SDGs Implementation...

MoPED Continues Consultations with Stakeholders 

Committee Room One, House of Parliament, Tower Hill, Freetown 19 May, 2021– The Ministry of Planning and Economic Development has, today, held consultations with the House of Parliament, Civil Society Organizations, Audit Service Sierra Leone and the Anti-Corruption Commission on Sierra Leone’s preparation for its third Voluntary National Review (VNR) Report on the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and participation at the 2021 United Nations High Level Political Forum on SDGs. 

The consultation workshop was to solicit stakeholder’s input into the VNR process and to discuss the need for strengthening collaboration among the institutions for effective delivery of their oversight, advocacy, legislative and monitoring duties in the national development process. 

Addressing the participants, the Development Secretary at the Ministry, Peter Sam-Kpakra expressed his delight at the participatory process, while emphasizing that this year’s VNR Report process would be expected to present an evaluative, highly focused report showcasing key policy impact on the ground.

He said as strategic actors in the process, their input remained a critical part of the VNR process, and indeed their participation would enhance national ownership of Sierra Leone’s 2021 VNR Report on the SDG implementation, with the focus on SDG 4 (Quality Education) and SDG 16 (Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions).

The Development Secretary thanked the Leadership of Parliament, especially the SDG and Development Planning Committees for their immense support to the entire process.

Hon. Musa Moigua, the Chairman of the Committee on the SDGs, House of Parliament, said  Parliament was committed to supporting and partnering with the Ministry and every stakeholder involved in the process to deliver a VNR Report that showcases the improvement of the welfare of the Sierra Leonean citizenry, including government’s efforts in consolidating peace and security. 

He said the VNR would not only showcase progress the country has made but would also serve as a pointer to rekindle national efforts in areas that show significant challenges in the achievement of the SDGs by 2030. 

It could be noted that Sierra Leone and Egypt would be the ONLY African countries among the 9 VNR third-timers worldwide to present reports this year.

MoPED Facilitates donation of USD 24,551 worth of Office and IT Equipments to National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, Courtesy of ECOWAS

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MoPED Facilitates donation of USD 24,551 worth of Office and IT Equipments to National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, Courtesy of ECOWAS.

MoPED Conference Hall, Tower Hill, Freetown, March 16th 2021— The Minister of Planning and Economic Development (MoPED), Dr. Francis Kai-Kai has today 16th  March, 2021 facilitated the donation of Office and IT equipment to the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), courtesy of the ECOWAS Commission, to complement Government’s efforts in addressing drug abuse consumption , promote evidence based programmes on drug prevention education in Sierra Leone. 

The equipments, which includes: 6 Professional Desktop System , 6 Anti Virus, 6 APC Extension Cord, 6 UPS devices, 6 all in one scanner printers, 2 portable multimedia projectors, one 65” LG Smart TV, 6 Filling cabinets and assorted stationeries to further enhance the operational capacity of the national Drug Law Agency for data collection and overall  operations of the Agency. 

In her welcome statement, the Head of the ECOWAS National Office, Mamie-Miatta Kallon welcomed the team from NDLEA, said the items came as a result of       a monitoring mission led by the ECOWAS Drug Unit in 2018 to assess the level of implementation of the ECOWAS Drug Action Plan in Sierra Leone. 

She noted that the delivery of the equipment will help to facilitate data collection on drugs abuse in Sierra Leone. 

In his statement, Dr. Abdul Jalloh, Psychiatrist-in-Charge, Sierra Leone Psychiatric Teaching Hospital, Kissy, thanked the Minister and team for facilitating the process, recognized the great work of ECOWAS. 

He said as part of the implementation of the 2008-2014 ECOWAS Regional Action Plan, adopted in 2008 by Heads of States and Governments, seems to develop and maintain a suitable system of relevant, valid and reliable data on drug use, trafficking and organized crime. 

He recognized the Hon. Edward A. Soluku former Ministers of Internal Affairs and Prof. Alpha Wurie, former minister of Health and Sanitation for their role in making this process a

Presenting the equipments to the Agency, the Hon.  Minister, Dr. Francis Kai-Kai said the equipment were a necessary boost for institutional strengthening and capacity, while expressing gratitude to the ECOWAS Commission for the support, noted the efforts of his ministry in bringing up to speed some Departments, Agencies and State Owned Institutions in aligning their performances and service delivering processes  to the MTNDP. 

Dr. Kai-Kai encouraged the Agency to always utilize the equipment for the intended purpose in order to ensure transparent, accountability, effective and a visible delivery process. 

He called on the Agency to help protect the rights of Young people , noting a number of them involved in drug abuse, while admonishing them to work closely with Statistics Sierra Leone to assist them create a database for drug related abuses in the coming  mid term census. 

Receiving the items, the Executive Director of NDLEA, Abdul Sheku Kargbo, 
excitedly thanked the ECOWAS Commission, through the Ministry of Planning and Economic Development for the donation; noting that the equipment would enhance the work of the Agency in ensuring an effective evidence-based information for Policy Makers from ECOWAS Members States to address the Social, health and and Economic consequences. 



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