President Julius Maada Bio Opens Seventh Ministerial Meeting on African Union Committee of Ten on United Nations Reforms in Sierra Leone

President Julius Maada Bio of Sierra Leone President Julius Maada Bio of Sierra Leone

Radisson Blu, Freetown, Friday 14 December 2018 - His Excellency President Julius Maada Bio has officially opened the Seventh Ministerial Level Meeting of the African Union Committee of Ten (C-10) on the reform of the United Nations Security Council at Radisson Blu Hotel, Aberdeen, Freetown.

The consultative forum has drawn Foreign Ministers from across Africa since the formation of the Committee of Ten by the African Union (AU) in 2005 to institute reforms that allow for a permanent African representation on the United Nations Security Council (UNSC).

In his keynote address, President Bio as Chair of the C-10, the committee of ten Heads of State and Government setup by the AU to advocate the African Common Position on UNSC reform, thanked the various participants for coming to the country, saying that he was excited to be hosting such an important event. He said the meeting was about respecting the right and dignity of African generations.

He noted that they were at the meeting, charged by a united purpose and shared agenda for a common goal. He said the meeting was important because he believed that the current geopolitical realities had placed Africa in a stronger position, than ever before, to present a common position for a comprehensive reform of the Security Council and to call for equitable representation in all organs in the UN.

“Africa is the only region without permanent representation in the permanent category in the Security Council. Africa is also under-represented in the Non-permanent category. We assert that Africa’s demand for two permanent seats with all the rights and prerogatives of current members, including the right of veto (although Africa is opposed in principle to the veto), and two additional Non-permanent seats is a matter of common justice.

“We proffer that Africa has a right to have an equal say in decision-making on issues that affect the African region. We affirm that such longstanding injustice and imbalance as reflected in the present configuration of the Security Council must be remedied without any further delay. Africa is committed to on-going reforms that will make the United Nations fit for purpose,” he said.

The President also added that as the Coordinator of the African Union Committee of Ten Heads of State and Government on the reform of the United Nations, he had articulated the grave concerns over the continuous inaction to adopt measures that would lead to Africa taking its rightful place in the Security Council. He maintained that the reform of the Security Council was long overdue and that the organisation was constituted on undemocratic and discriminatory principles.

He further argued that Africans constituted 1.2 billion of the world’s population of 7.5 billion and about 70% of the decisions made at the UN Security Council ultimately affect those 1.2 billion Africans, adding that those 1.2 billion people were also affected by over 70% of the UN’s resolutions. He said Africa was also contributing more than its fair share to promoting world peace and security.

“Africans fought valiantly and contributed to the victory that granted the Permanent Members the pride of place and entitlement in the UN Charter. It is fair to say that the over one million Africans who contributed through their gallantry and blood to the allied victory have been largely erased from the grand narrative of the war and from the spoils of victory.

“Even if it is argued that the Security Council comprises the five permanent members who were victors in the Second World War, then there is no moral and historical justification for Africa’s exclusion. Over a million Africans battled in the searing heat of the deserts of North Africa, over the perilous skies of Germany, through the jungles of North East India and Burma to the swamps and jungles of Malaya,” he recalled.

Sierra Leone’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Dr Alie Kabba, said he was pleased with Africa’s Permanent Representatives who had worked assiduously at the UN level. He said the meeting provided the opportunity for discussions, leading to a comprehensive report that would serve as a guide to African Heads of State in their quest for permanent representation on the UN Security Council.


Friday, August 21st 2019 marks a year of the passing of Hadja Hawa Khadar Daramy, wife of Late Honourable Dr. Sheikh Batu Daramy (First Financial Secretary of Sierra Leone) and Member of Parliament of Sierra Leone Peoples Party (SLPP).  Hadja Hawa was born 1st December 1922 to Sowoi Mariama Fortune and Alhaji Ali Khadar.
Hadja Hawa Khadar Daramy hails from Mongeray, Kpaka, Pujehun where her mother was born.  Oh! how she just loved Mongeray.   Her father was born in Helba, North Lebanon.
Hadja Hawa Khadar Daramy passed away at 5:30 a.m. on Wednesday 21st August


With gratitude to God for a life well lived

Obituary for the late Evelyn Lauretta Idowu-Davies
Sunrise:11 February 1925
Sunset : 10 March 2019
Aged 94
Funeral & Communion service : Friday 22 March at the Ebenezer Methodist Church Murray Town at 2:30
From the Children and grandchildren at home and abroad.

17th March 2019, marks the 20th Anniversary of the passing away of HONORABLE, DR. SHEIKH BATU DARAMY SR, aka, SB Daramy.  Dr. Sheikh Batu Daramy, Sr. B.Sc (Economics from London School of Economics, UK), M.A., Ph.D from Howard University, was born on 20th September, 1920 in Makeni.  Today we remember one of the Sierra Leone Peoples Party (SLPP) oldest members.  In 1948, Hon. Dr. Sheikh Batu Daramy was awarded a Sierra Leone Government scholarship to attend the London School of Economics from where he graduated in 1952 with a B.Sc in Economics. ...

The death is announced of Mr. Fuad Din Gabisi age 84 years whose sad event took place today Monday 12th November, 2018. He is survived by his wife Balkisu Din Gabisi of 3 Ingham Street Fourah Bay Community, Freetown. Sisters: Haja Bola Deen (Late) and Ola Din-Gabisi (UK)
Children: Mrs. Christiana Bultman-Sulaiman of the USA
Mr. Sulay Din Gabisi of USA
Miss Zainab Din Gabisi of Freetown
Mr. Aziz Din Gabisi of Freetown
Mr. Dyfu Din Gabisi of USA
Miss Blanche Bultman of USA
Mr. Fuad Din Gabisi ...


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