Parliament Vs ACC Trending……..!

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[EBOLAGATE]

THE SIERRA LEONE constitution clearly outlines the awesome responsibilities and powers of it Parliament. The constitution states that “Committees of Parliament shall be charged with such functions, including the investigation and inquiry into the activities and administration of Ministries and Departments as Parliament may determine and such investigations and inquiry may extend to proposals for legislation.”

In other words, Parliament has executive oversight. Despite this, numerous audits of government businesses gather dust while the malefactors go unpunished. Cataloguing of financial irregularities in report after reports pertaining to other previous governments, agencies and institutions has become an annual ritual that seems to have no effect because affected bodies and heads are not seen to be taking any effective action to address the basic problems of lack of monitoring and supervision and non-adherence to legislation put in place to provide effective management of public resources.

Clearly, it is the job of Parliament to ensure that the President effectively supervises the executive branch and they are derelict.
Indeed, the main reason why we have the “ANTI CORRUPTION COMMISSION” is due to Parliamentary ineptitude. That is why individuals, within and outside government can loot millions of the nation’s taxpayers, donors and aid monies and be free and celebrated while people go to prison for decades for stealing cassava, goats and fowls………!!!

Suffice it to say that when fish comes from the bottom of the river to announce that the crocodile is dead, he should not be doubted. The fact is that, SIERRA LEONEANS are being SHORTCHANGED multiple times by their very own Parliament. The people pay them to guard the public purse. The executive influences them to approve bad deals while private companies exploit their vulnerabilities to propagate bogus opinions and the country is poorer for it.

HOW CAN WE IMPROVE PARLIAMENT?

First, cap the number of MP’s. If we do not, one of these days in future we shall have a thousand MP’s doing nothing relevant to state affairs. We do not need more MP’s We just need better and patriotic ones.

Second, we need non partisan Parliamentarians who want to be lawmakers and not career politicians, who are proud and jealous guardians of the institution of Parliament and the national interest. Such a Parliament must be willing to do its work and thus make all the alphabet soup commissions unnecessary.

Third, we must vigorously investigate allegations of corruption against POLITICIANS, MINISTERS, OFFICIALS AND EVEN Parliament. The President himself painfully had given his blessings and green light on the matter.

FINALLY IN CONCLUSION: The people of Sierra Leone must be willing to vote their interests, sincerely and honestly. If we keep voting and our Parliament keeps getting worse, we are to blame. It is time to make some changes by throwing the bad and ineffective bunch out in 2017. TILL THEN, THE BLAME GAME CONTINUES WHILE RESERVATIONS AND CONTROVERSIES SETS IN ON EVERY CRITICAL MATTERS ARISING.

THERE ARE LESSONS TO LEARN IN OUR FLEDGLING DEMOCRACY AS WE CONTINUE TO MAKE PROGRESS…………….!!!! “May God help Us”

“A TWO TRACK APPROACH IN COLLABORATIVE EFFORTS BY BOTH PARLIAMENT AND THE ACC IS KEY IMPERATIVE THE ONLY WAY FORWARD” 

[PARLIAMENT AND THE EXECUTIVE]
MATTERS ARISING: LACK OF POLITICAL WILL TO PUNISH PERSONS, BUSINESSES AND INSTITUTIONS INDICTED IN AUDITOR GENERAL REPORTS, PRESENT AND PAST INSTANCES CONTINUES TO CRIPPLE THE ECONOMY, DENTING IMAGE AND INTEGRITY OF GOVERNMENTS YESTERYEARS, TODAY INTO THE FUTURE…………….!

Individuals and institutions have on countless occasions been faulted for embezzlement and misappropriation of public funds. They have become so addicted in spending monies which were not approved or gone through proper procedure. These anomalies persist unabated because public and civil servants lack the capacity to discharge their duties professionally without resorting to corruption which is a canker generally in society from time immemorial defeating a sense of patriotism. Such acts of broad daylight thievery and corruption, if left unpunished will cripple the economy as well as affecting the country’s international image and standing which is now in disrepute discouraging investors, donors and aid agencies thereby depriving the people of their benefits, welfare and prosperity.

Quote Pres. Obama; “Africa needs strong institutions, not strong men”. The lack of strengthening of the institutions including the capacity building of officers of the various MDAs is what is leading to the repetition of these malfeasance, misappropriation, embezzlement and sometimes outright robbery of the state economy. Again, sanctions that are to be meted out by the “Executive” and other sectors are not also being followed through, and that is what is leading to this repetition and it looks like everybody is now being branded as not being effective or a collaborator for the crime of a few wicked unpatriotic individuals.

The role that is played by Parliament is to scrutinize, go through matters arising, make the necessary recommendations with dignity. When it comes to implementation, it then becomes the responsibility of the ambit of the executive arm and not that of Parliament to EXECUTE.

THE COUNTRY IS IN A DICHOTOMY: A QUAGMIRE STATE SINCE INDEPENDENCE WHICH CONTINUES TO FRUSTRATE ITS FRAGILE DEMOCRACY, GRADUALLY HAD LEAD TO PUBLIC AGITATIONS, YOUTH VIOLENCE, HIGH CRIME RATE, RITUAL MURDERS, SENSELESS WAR AND REBELLION FROM WHICH LESSONS INDIVIDUALS, CRONIES, THE POLITICIANS AND GOVERNMENTS ARE REFUSING TO LEARN. “It is man who makes history. History always repeat itself but we deliberately refuse to learn from the experiences, believing mine will not be so while repeating the same mistakes or deliberate negative actions……….!

“TIME FOR A PARADIGM SHIFT FROM THIS WAKE UP CALL”

[A SYNOPSIS]

THE EXECUTIVE, LEGISLATIVE, JUDICIARY AND THE CONSTITUTION OF SIERRA LEONE………….! IS OUR LAWS MADE FOR MEN OR MEN FOR THE LAWS GOVERNING AND REGULATING OUR BEHAVIORS AND CONDUCTS..?

OUR LAWS, the Constitutional and its politicization have created confusion in legal interpretations which continues to threatens our very morality, dignity and sovereignty. There are three potent factors inter woven within our constitution that’s threatens its very legality and authority from its custodians and its framers in actions and behavior regarding its interpretations, willingly consented to by very past and present generation of elites, intellectuals, the people and politicians of Sierra Leone unabated.

What has gone wrong?
a. Is it the process, the system, the government, politicians or the people?
b. Did we sex up our constitution or the politics of our democracy?

Our problem in Sierra Leone paints a grim picture in respect of the integrity of our past and present legal system, the judiciary, politicians and the ruling, executive and elite classes who are now utterly condemned. It would appear that they do not have or appreciate the true values and methods of good political leadership and governance. Continuing down this road will finally affect the fundamental attitude of the man in the street and would have been altered irrevocably his confidence and self esteem to participate in any political or civil dispensation with respect to country.

The universal problem of all time with men of quality, integrity, empathy and a clear understanding of what drives and motivates the “average man”, is that because they need to be absolutely focused on the way forward and the overall objectives of the Big Picture – their rear is always vulnerable to attack from the less than scrupulous members of their society being susceptible to influence from dis-tractors and exploiters of the system and various dispensations . Those driven by jealousy, greed and self indulgence will always be found hanging around the fringes of government, the “presidential court” influencing the process to their benefit and to the detriment of the society, the country and its sovereign integrity.

THE GOLDEN RULE; ‘Do unto others as you would have them do unto you’ as the Bible says. This is known as The Golden Rule, because it an almost sacrosanct social rule. It is about a balanced fairness, that counteracts the tendency to use different rules for “ONESELF” and for others. For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. It’s a law of physics and a law of behavior. When people think they are being treated unfairly, they will react not only to remove the unfairness, they often want more. We call it ‘justice’. “IT SHALL ALWAYS PREVAIL IN THE FULLEST OF TIME”

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WITH DIGNITY AND COMPASSION

 

TREAT EVERYBODY THAT YOU MEET WITH DIGNITY AND COMPASSION EVEN IN REJECTION. THERE IS AN INHERENT DESIRE IN EVERYBODY TO BE SOMEONE. TO BE SEEN AS A PERSON OF SIGNIFICANCE…….!

All of us need some form of recognition and acceptance. We might have a history of failures and disasters, but deep inside the flame of being special to someone continues to flicker in the dark recesses of our minds. If you can understand this inherent need of people, you will select your words with much more care. You will take your own priorities out of the way for a while and rather focus on the dreams and aspirations of the people that share your journey.

Even the homeless people on the street want dignity and respect from society. They might be down on their luck, but deep inside under the layers of dirt they still yearn to be someone special.
If you want to exert strong influence on others you will have to keep this in mind. Treat people as if they are someone special and you will be amazed how you will make their day. The old and the young seem to have one thing in common and that is the desire to feel that they are special to someone…….!

“Goodness is about character – integrity, honesty, kindness, generosity, moral courage, and the like. More than anything else, it is about how we treat other people. Treat those who are good with goodness, and also treat those who are not good with goodness. Thus goodness is attained. Be honest to those who are honest, and be also honest to those who are not honest. Thus honesty is attained.”

THE TRUTH HURTS

[THE HONEST TRUTH] 

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BLOWING MY MIND: MY SO CALLED FRIENDS, HAVE BEEN MY WORST AND GREATEST ENEMIES. THEY AND THEIR CONSCIENCE KNOWS THE REASONS WHY. WHAT ARE FRIENDS FOR REALLY….? VERY DIFFICULT FOR ME TO ANSWER. I will rely on the directions and wisdom from our ancestors and my “God Almighty” in the heavens. Cleaning out the past, packing up the present, and preparing for a much better future is the best solution and best way out. This is me, still the same, seasons have come and go but I’ll never change, take me for me and always be part of my life or don’t and be part of my past. I BELIEVE, I ONLY HAVE FAIR WEATHER FRIENDS FOR A REASON AND FOR A SEASON……..! 

“You’re going to come across people in your life who will say all the right words at all the right times. But in the end, it’s always their actions you should judge them by. It’s actions, not words, that matter.”

“People come, people go – they’ll drift in and out of your life, almost like characters in a favorite book. When you finally close the cover, the characters have told their story and you start up again with another book, complete with new characters and adventures. Then you find yourself focusing on the new ones, not the ones from the past.”

HEART OF THE MATTER CHASING SHADOWS

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[SIERRA LEONE CASE STUDY]

“Many children were unwanted, aborted, abandoned, molested, and undisciplined. The more undisciplined children became, the more social pressure there was not to have children. The breakdown of the home produced anarchy. One unforgettable law has been learned through all the disasters and injustices of the last thousand years: If things go well with the family, life is worth living; when the family falters, life falls apart”

Some people, groups or individuals are very shortsighted, thinking all of us are the same. There are factors which may lead to the decline of nation’s. The relationship between moral and spiritual decline and the decline of society in general is factual and a reality. We need to return to godly principles if we are to avoid a descent into irrelevance and depravity.  In prognosis we maybe right, but our diagnosis maybe wrong. But our problem is not ultimately political, economic, or social, as we would want to believe. The decline of our nation (just as the decline of every other nation) is due to spiritual factors. The political, economic, and social problems we encounter are the symptoms of the spiritual deterioration of a nation. Just as there are spiritual principles that influence the life of an individual, so there are political-spiritual principles that govern the life of a nation. And though we may feel that these are obscure and difficult to discern, in reality they are visible to anyone willing to look at the record of history.

Our problem is that we don’t really learn from history. George Santayana said that “those who forget the past are condemned to repeat it.” The philosopher Hegel said, “What experience and history teach us is this: that people and government never have learned anything from history or acted on principles deduced from it.” Or as Winston Churchill said, “The one thing we have learned from history is that we don’t learn from history.” SIERRA LEONE IS NOT ANY DIFFERENT IN A GLOBAL VILLAGE IN THE 21ST CENTURY…….! Each of the great civilizations in the world passed through a series of stages from their birth to their decline to their death. Historians have listed these in ten stages. The first stage moves from bondage to spiritual faith. The second from spiritual faith to great courage. The third stage moves from great courage to liberty. The fourth stage moves from liberty to abundance. The fifth stage moves from abundance to selfishness. The sixth stage moves from selfishness to complacency. The seventh stage moves from complacency to apathy. The eighth stage moves from apathy to moral decay. The ninth stage moves from moral decay to dependence. And the tenth and last stage moves from dependence to bondage. These are the ten stages through which the great civilizations have gone. Notice the progression from bondage to liberty back to bondage.

The first generation throws off the shackles of bondage only to have a later generation through apathy and indifference allow itself to once again be enslaved. WE NEED TO GO IN SEARCH OF KNOWLEDGE TO OUR PREDICAMENTS NOT CHASING AND CRITICIZING SOMEBODY’S ENLIGHTENMENT. “Our ways has brought us unto our knees chasing shadows”. All of us has a past, good and bad and let us be guided by the realities and stop pointing fingers on others, playing the BLAME GAME…..!!! LET US WAKE UP FROM OUR SLUMBER AND IT SHALL BE WELL. MAY GOD HELP US ALL. SAVE OUR BEAUTIFUL, WONDERFUL COUNTRY CALLED “SIERRA LEONE”…..!

[There has been progression from bondage to liberty back to bondage. The first generation throws off the shackles of bondage only to have a later generation through apathy and indifference allow itself to once again be enslaved. This is the direction our country and every other country is headed. The book of Judges shows that the nation of Israel passed through these same stages. And this country will do the same unless revival and reformation break out and reverse the inexorable decline of this nation. As Christians we must recognize that nations will rise and fall just as individuals will be born and die. Our civilization will not last indefinitely, but will eventually pass off the scene. Only God’s Word endures forever. We should not put our trust in the things of this world for they are destined for destruction. Instead, we should put our faith in God and His word. ]

HOW ARE THE MIGHTY FALL

  • Syl Juxon Smith [AS I SEE IT]
    NOBODY WANTS TO WISH ANY LEADER SUCH INDIGNITY: BUT THEY MUST LEARN FROM THE EVENTUALITIES OF OTHERS TO BE MINDFUL IN GOVERNANCE. They should know that their greatest enemies are those around them pushing them to do things which mainly benefits the cronies, patronage system and the hegemony thereby suffering the majority of the populace for which they shall be held accountable in the fullest of time and Kama. 

    The world is changing through rebellions, resistances, civil agitations, terrorism and internal violence fueled by politicians from the young generations who are taking their destiny into their own hands irrespective of the consequences. The middle East is a case scenarios. THIS IS SHOWING THAT, NO LEADER IS IMMUNE TODAY. YOU CAN BE HELD RESPONSIBLE FOR THESE ACTIONS IN THE FULLEST OF TIME WHICH ARE ALL DOCUMENTED. I WILL ADVISE OUR LEADERS TO BE MINDFUL AND CRITICAL OF THE NOISES AND MOST LOUDEST AROUND THEM…….! “Time for serious REFLECTION”

    “For centuries, the definition of justice has been disputed over by wise men of all countries. “Justice was good, and the good could only be attained through self-knowledge”. Socrates argued that a universal good existed. Therefore, every man was capable of finding the good. The man who never falls sick is happier than the man who is cured from sickness. “Punishment for a crime is the cure for evil, and justice leads to that punishment”………! “A quote from the thoughts of SOCRATES”

Golden70/80s: Trailblazing Syl Juxon-Smith

[SIERRA LEONE]

AT THE BINTUMANI HOTEL 1986

It’s been one hell of a ride for Syl Juxon-Smith. Sewa News Stream caught up with the great pop culture icon in a nostalgic mode online, celebrating the era he calls the Golden ’70s.

If anyone could lay claim to the distinction of showing a generation of teeny boppers in Freetown how to have a good time, Syl Juxon-Smith can.

“When we see familiar friends we socialized with, old boy- and girl-friends we clubbed with, our brain immediately conjures up Polaroid pictures of where we were, who we were with, what the weather and temperature in our youthful days was like. Or maybe the sound of old records and videos trigger special memories of the past,” Syl notes.

A generation ago, the trendsetting star helped create tons of Polaroid instant photo moments for schoolkids in Freetown. Barely into his teens, he was already a household name. Syl played drums with Purple Haze, a local rock band named after the memorable Jimi Hendrix song. Few years after his debut on the sound stage, Syl had become the youngest music and entertainment entrepreneur in the nation’s capital.

BAND SESSION JAM IN ACCRA 2009 

These days, you’re more likely to find him at regional and international conferences focused on public safety and security than the pop music scene. On his Facebook wall, status updates weigh in on critical issues such as threats to statehood, national infrastructure, and how it affects Africa’s productivity and economy.

“After graduating from playing music with Purple Haze—I was the youngest in the band—I started to be a DJ (deejay) through invitations,” Syl recalled.

He enjoyed playing music at the DJ booth because he knew what people liked and how to keep punters in a club. “This was one of the reasons we were the best in terms of the latest music and style of playing; different sequences, choosing moments to get them sweating and when to cool down.”

One of the hottest downtown spots at the time was Record Parade, a cafe, bar and restaurant owned by the Blake family.

“The father was very active in the entertainment business, as well as doubling as the boss at Aureol Tobacco Company,” Syl recalled. With two Blake sons doing coursework at Fourah Bay College, the business had a certain cache with students who headed down from their hilltop campus, Mount Aureol, to hang out on weekends.

However, a jittery central government not quite at ease after a wave of protests soon marked Record Parade as a hotbed of political dissent.

“College groups meeting at Record Parade resulted in the first closure [of the venue],” Syl said. “The father wanted no problems with government security operatives conducting surveillance. They even entered Record Parade as customers creating an unpleasant atmosphere.”

The Blakes sold up but the popular spot didn’t stay shuttered for long. Two businessmen, Samir Hassaniyeh and Mohammed Wansa, opened under a new management and called it Laronda. The bar turned dance hall continued to be a magnet for an increasingly young crowd. In 1977, a stern old city ordinance prohibited college and school students from being inside Laronda or other city bars and restaurants,

The following year, Syl launched his startup. It was 1978.

“I opened my first business, Ram International, next to the UN (United Nations) and APC (All Peoples Congress) party headquarters buildings at Siaka Stevens Street.”

The fledgling Ram International was the third cassette recording studio. “We had Tapes International and Pat Paul Recordings. They were then the big boys in the business. I upgraded mine… gave John Gbla and Dillinger the first opportunity to start singing and recording voice and lyrics over records. The song produced for the hosting of the OAU (Organization of African Unity) was done by Gbla and myself at the recording studio.

Syl also continued deejaying in clubs like Blowup and Reno before opening Sombrero, the phoenix that rose from Laronda.

“In 1979, after intense lobbying, and going through the late Walter Nicol and late Churchill Pratt, who were both in the police force and close family friends, I was able to secure permission to open it as a restaurant and night club,” Syl said. “I wanted to keep the name (Ram International), but I was told I shouldn’t.

“I started with a loan of three thousand leones (Le 3000) from a guarantor who had the confidence I had a flare for doing business. He knew my uncle who brought me up, the late Pa Graoui, who’d helped him at a point in time he needed assistance. So he sent me to Barclays Bank at Siaka Stevens Street to open the account with Le 3000. That was how I was able to pay for the club on a quarterly basis.

“I was now running from a recording business to a restaurant and night club business. And mind you I was still in my youth. But it was nothing strange; we see very young men and women in the western world rising to the challenges of entrepreneurship; living their dreams. I was privileged to be one the youngest locals to own my own business.”

IN ACCRA, GHANA 2013

Posted 22nd June 2013 by Sewa News

http://sewanews.blogspot.com/2013/06/sierra-leone-trailblazing-syl-juxon.html

“A PAINFUL REFLECTIONS”

“TOO MUCH INDISCIPLINE AND LAWLESSNESS IN THE COUNTRY IS A RECIPE FOR CHAOS, A THREAT TO STABILITY, NATIONAL SECURITY AND SOVEREIGN INTEGRITY. THIS SHOWS A TRAUMATIZED AND STUBBORN NATION THAT HAVE NOT LEARN ANYTHING FROM THE TRAGIC HISTORY OF ITS PAST”…….!

SIERRA LEONEANS SEEM TO BE DOWNPLAYING THE PAST AS IF NOTHING TRAGIC DID HAPPEN IN THE COUNTRY, EVERYTHING IS NORMAL. WE MUST REALIZE AND ACCEPT THE FACTS OF REALITIES THAT THERE ARE SILENT MAJORITY WHO ARE STILL TRAUMATISED AND SUFFERING FROM PAST SHOCKS FROM THE BLOODSHED OF THE INNOCENTS, ALPHA JETS BOMBS, GUNS AND BULLETS. SOME SELF INFLICTED THROUGH GREED, OTHERS BY COLLABORATION FOR WEALTH AND POWER BECOMING VICTIM OF CIRCUMSTANCES BY ASSOCIATION OR FOR BEEN AT THE WRONG PLACE AT THE WRONG TIMING….!WE SEEM TO BE GOING DOWN THE SAME ROAD THROUGH HATE SPEECHES, VILIFICATION’S, INSULTS, INTOLERANCE, LACKING COMPASSION, DISRESPECTFUL ATTITUDES ON FORUMS AND MEDIA OUTLETS ON THE PRESIDENTS GOVERNANCE AND CHARACTER, OTHER OFFICIALS IN OUR TORMENTS AND CONTRADICTIONS. IT SEEMS WE HAVE NOT LEARNT ANY LESSONS FROM OUR “CRY FREETOWN” BUT HAVE WORSEN NEGATIVELY OUR RESOLVE TO CONTINUE DOWN THE EVIL PATH OF GROSS IMPUNITY THROUGH ARROGANCE FOR SELF AGGRANDIZEMENT.

I was also a victim, and thank God, I am alive today which makes me humble before God seeing all those other innocent souls who did not have the opportunity to be vouched for and be saved. “May their soul’s rest in perfect peace”…! Remember the innocent boy on the footage of CRY FREETOWN who was looking for food when accosted by soldiers, seeking just for your plea or to say your intervention, to only acknowledge you knew him, but you refuse to help him by just speaking the truth that “YES” you knew him, because you did know him. But you abandon him to the gruesome fate of DEATH from the rusty bullets of a GUN from a soldier in the name of power and tribal politics.

Those who should protect the people rather executed children, grandmothers and fathers, brothers and sisters in COLD BLOOD. Those souls will continue to hunt many consciousness, and its consequences continue to visit us and collectively as a nation till we atone and seek forgiveness those INNOCENT BLOOD SHED.

[WE HAVE HAD THE OPPORTUNITIES TO HELP OTHERS, SAVE OTHERS, AND TO LOVE EACH OTHER, BUT ALL WE ARE BUSY WITH IS TO CONTINUE TO DESTROY AND BRING EACH OTHER DOWN]

Sierra Leoneans, what is really the problem? IS IT A SELF INFLICTED CURSE out of the thirst for power and wealth or the ancestral prediction of GOVERNOR CLARKSON BEFALLING OUR NATION AS I QUOTE IN SYNOPSIS; “But I have a great reason to fear, O Lord, that many who frequent thy church do not approach thy presence as becomes them, and that they may partly be compared to the Scribes. Pharisees, and hypocrites. Pardon, O God, their infirmities, and as thou knowest their weakness from the manner in which they have formerly been treated, and the little opportunity they have had of knowing thy will and getting acquainted with the merits of thy Son, our saviour Jesus Christ, look down upon them with an eye of mercy and suffer them not to incur thy displeasure, after they have had an opportunity of being instructed in the ways of thy commandments. But I fear they may not be governed by my advice, and that they themselves and their children forever by their perverse and general behaviour. I entreat thee not to let their evil example ruin the great cause in which we have embarked, but I would rather see that place in ashes and every wicked person destroyed, than that the chance we have now an opportunity of bringing to the light and knowledge of thy holy religion should, from the wickedness of a few individuals will continue in their accustomed darkness and barbarism. Should any person have a wicked thought in his heart or do anything knowledge to disturb the peace and comfort of our Colony, let him be rooted out O God, from off the face of the earth; but have mercy upon him hereafter.”

I can really feel the bullets into that boy as if it was me; Likewise sharing the pains and torture of many families which has left an indelible imprint especially on me and I am sure on many other Sierra Leoneans.

WE MUST NEVER AGAIN ALLOW TO HAPPEN IN OUR BELOVED COUNTRY AS WE SEE MANY OF THE PERPETRATORS STILL WALKING THE STREETS WITH IMPUNITY PROVOKING THE MEMORIES OF THE VICTIMS AND CITIZENRY. Let us continue to remind ourselves of our past like we see in many HISTORY television channels across the globe for better understanding of the cause of many wars, trials, tribulations and anarchy that befall many nations. “Nothing more detestable does the earth produce than an ungrateful man.”

“That men do not learn very much from the lessons of history is the most important of all the lessons that History has to teach”

FINALLY – History has taught me that everyone, no matter how small a role they are cast to play on earth, can and will make history. I’ve seen it firsthand and have helped tremendously in shaping my thought process through the experiences which I pray God Almighty not to repeat itself.

MAY GOD FORGIVE US ALL AND AGAIN BLESS OUR WONDERFUL COUNTRY CALLED SIERRA LEONE TO REGAIN ITS PAST GLORY…..! 


DO YOU HAVE YOUR WOMAN`S HEART OR HER HEAD?

IF YOU HAVE A CHOICE WHICH WOULD YOU PREFER?

To ever capture her heart, you need to be able to read through a woman AND BE ABLE TO WIN HER AFFECTION. That is going to be like elephant load. Women are driven by two factors. The HEAD AND THE HEART. One represent the head which is the PASSION always restricted to physical satisfaction; while the other, the EMOTIONS is much more from the HEART which is spiritual and compassionate. All of us have specific habits and traits which has become part of our nature. Especially in when we look for partners or friendships. Women never these days come right out directly and tell you all of the things that you need to do to win her over, but she will reveal little things here and there not directly but indirectly to see if you deserve her by been able to read through her.

“Women are always INSECURE but never show that side of their weakness. They will rather come out and seem to be too strong on you, argumentative, easily upset to check your strength and defence mechanism. If you know how to read a woman, then you can easily pick up on these things and use them to your advantage in making a relationship work better. Again especially being able to read in between the lines when you are talking to her, and interpreting her body language can help to gain a real bearing on what you need to do to get favourable responses.”

One thing we MEN tend to ignore or doesn’t seem to understand, Women always have the upper hand when it comes to love, dating, and relationships. You want to be able to break through and discover exactly what needs to be done.

That is the whole reason that when a man wants a woman you want to make her feel affection towards you by doing so many things at the same time, which may all be the wrong things at the beginning. If you make her see that you want her TOO much, then you just might find that she happens to be busy when you want to see her deliberately, declining your invitation for dinner or a night-out even if she wants to go out and so forth. Detachment is the key here, because you don’t want to appear to be desperate to make her fall for you. If you show or demonstrate such tendencies of a puppy lover, then you are going to have to go through some mental torture that in many cases break even strongmen when it comes to dealing with the PASSIONS AND EMOTIONS OF A WOMAN….If you have your Woman`s “HEAD”, you are in for a very rough, tough and a turbulent ride. You will never know peace and love. But if you have her “HEART” you are in for sensations, a smooth and peaceful ride. This dream will never come so easily to fruition or reality. It is possible and can happen, but very rare today. “DO NOT BITE MORE THAN YOU CAN CHEW”

A WOMAN`S HEART NEVER COMES TO A MAN THESE DAYS IN MODERN TIMES SO EASILY. IT IS THEIR EMOTIONS AND PASSIONS WHICH EXHIBITS ALL THE TIME IN ACTIONS AND CHARACTER. WOMEN NEVER LOVE WITH THE HEART SO EASILY, BUT WITH THE HEAD. THAT IS WHY IT IS VERY DIFFICULT TO FIGURE WHETHER YOU HAVE CAPTURED THEIR HEART OR THEIR HEAD.

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AFRICA HOMELAND SECURITY A PRIORITY FOR INTEGRITY

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TODAY`S ECONOMY AND GROWTH IS DRIVEN BY EFFICIENT ICT INFRASTRUCTURES, SUPPORT, SERVICES AND SECURITY

“AFRICA NEED TO SERIOUSLY EMBRACED DIGITAL INTEGRATED TECHNOLOGY & SECURITY.

IT IS TIME TO CREATE AN AFRICAN CYBER COMMISSION UNDER AFRICA HOMELAND SECURITY WATCH”

By Syl Juxon Smith

African leaders and its various working organisations must critically start seriously looking at the setting up of a CYBER COMMISSION structured under an AFRICA HOMELAND SECURITY…..a new initiative to Africa. I am proposing this paradigm to combat the ever growing Cyber crimes including DATA theft and hacking of confidential information now becoming a daily event and a profitable venture for the ever sophisticated criminal enterprises breeding a new mindset of individuals, whose callous and well organised actions, is affecting the very foundation of both the electronic e-business, normal day to day business activities;- banks, financial institutions and governments national security integrity. This is a growing trend very troubling and must be nipped in the bud earlier, or gradually it will become a serious cause for concern, leading to one of the greatest threat already casting its shadows on every profitable gamut of society which will eventually engulf developing and potential African countries, their networks, national spectrum’s, polluting the very basic communications layer that will be very costly to challenge and rehabilitate in the long run. This will affect and disrupt government activities relying on effective and efficient data transmission and digital security management.

No organisation, business or government can be safe today with the kind of threat the internet, intranet and communications is posing especially to the African environment with virtually no solid or constructive mechanism capable of effectively managing and countering cyber threats in the various layers and levels. 85% of our present activities are supported by communications and technology in convergence. This must be acknowledge to understand the kind and levels of threats and dangers that come with it. Each African country must start looking at creating its own CYBER SECURITY TASK FORCE to have a better perspective of the level of penetration in all spheres of communications and networking to come up with adequate solutions for policy creation and adaptation. This local organisation initiative shall then be affiliated to the regional and international bodies for support which entails degree of confidentiality and integrity to be effective.

Africa is a continent comprised of diverse countries, each of which is developing at a different rate, many of which are dynamic emerging economies especially Ghana, which is rapidly becoming the beacon of light and hope in dynamic transformation, economic and human resource capacity growth. Most economic growth in the developed regions is driven by information and communications technology (ICT). We must follow a well define ICT agenda with cost effective integrated solution concept for modernisation of communications and technology highways in all our mission critical infrastructures. What is less widely understood in modern society is that all economies are information economies, which Africans, governments and authorities must clearly define to understand and embraced for development, progress to achieving effective national safety and security which is paramount today in global context.

The free flow of information lowers the barriers to economic activity and stimulates growth and productivity, even economies that we do not normally regard as fully developed. Connectivity and accessibility is the key enabler of the information flow that defines modern economies. It is also the key enabler of an ongoing economic transformation in many major developed countries as well as African countries. Choices are very paramount for African economies in deciding strategies for infrastructural implementation and back haul to support continuity. Secure, reliable and highly scalable systems with global connectivity is a necessity and the core objective, supporting all traffic payloads, with scalable high speed data rates, while offering seamless integration to all other both private and governmental existing network architecture. .

Africa needs to shape the regulatory framework to set the environment in which countries can import technologies which can compete; set technical standards, and substantially broaden African access to value-added information services. At the moment, Africa commands little attention among developed technologists and countries, leaving the field open to those who might wish to take a commanding leadership role quickly and, perhaps, largely unchallenged. It is true that these African markets lag behind those in East Asia, Latin America, eastern Europe, and the states of the former Soviet Union in their development. But, they offer incredible opportunity for the long-term.  Rather than still adopting the old way of doing things and thinking is we must substantially increase the exploration, development and use of our abundant energy and mineral resources as a basis for aggressive developments and challenges.

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Governments and Businesses failing on ICT Security in Africa

 

Complexity and growing threats is hampering effective strategy and investments in Africa due to the growing concerns emanating from cyber threats, internet crime, industrial espionage, lack of proper security plan in business proposals affecting corporate, industry and commerce including government institutions and services. African governments and businesses are failing to effectively implement digital security measures across their organisation IT highway and are adopting a “lacklustre approach” to the integrity of the data and systems they work with and even when there is a serious bridge it is very difficult to report because of fear of repercussion or dent on government integrity and company’s image. The main reason for this appears to be the continued growth of exactly what falls beneath the security umbrella, with issues such as the lack of proper legislations and regime for compliance adding to an already vast patchwork of ICT issues. Against such strong criticism it is perhaps unsurprising that analyst house predicts things will get very rough and untidy affecting overall growth and potential globally generally. African businesses must start to realise a holistic integrated approach to security is not just nice to have, but paramount for survival in the global ICT village network and an integral part of any successful government and business strategy.Increasing realisation as well as the increasing complexity of the security equation will continue drive the need for more attention to security systems and infrastructures.

Corporate and government institutions concerns with endpoint security, need to have regulatory compliance amongst themselves, spyware, spam, worms, viruses, digital identities in place including a proactive approach will help to improve their revenue and stability to achieve the most. One area of increasing concern relates to the mobility and transfer of data – mobile work forces and an increasing movement of data within the organisation, government establishments and in the outside world. Also identity and access management are appearing on more companies’ radar screens. Like viruses and worms, spyware has become yet another scourge for enterprises. With its potential for being used to do corporate espionage and send virus to LAN/WAN/MAN and Intranet networks with internet connectivity, spyware presents a security threat to more parts of a company than many CEO s might realize. The spyware-espionage connection was fully illuminated at the end of May 2005 when an Israeli author, Amnon Jackont, came upon parts of his unfinished book on the Internet. Since Jackont had not shared the work with anyone, he called the police and found out that it was stolen by his former son-in-law, who had used the “Rona” Trojan horse program to swipe it. The resulting investigation of the son-in-law’s computer revealed scores of other affected computers and companies, with victims that ranged from top executives in the country’s Telecom industry to the local division of Hewlett-Packard. Dubbed “Trojan gate,” the incident resulted in nearly 20 arrests, with some reports indicating that there were hundreds – perhaps thousands — of documents stolen from multiple Israeli firms.

About 100 servers containing stolen data were seized and investigated. Discovering the prevalence of espionage via spyware is a tricky endeavour. Many targeted companies might be unaware of such activities, and those that find the spyware programs might not want to talk about it. There have been some widely reported incidents, though. Webroot Software has noted that some banks in America were targeted last fall by a program designed to obtain passwords and infect only specific financial institutions. Incidents like these are showing there ugly head at this point in Africa. Security experts believe the activity is prevalent enough to cause concern. Attackers have gotten savvy enough to learn new ways to use keylogger programs, which record keystrokes on an unwitting user’s computer. The programs can be used to get passwords, read e-mail or simply keep track of a user activity.

Software writers also can use Trojans to gain remote access to a computer and execute code, which allows them to find information on a specific drive or within a network. There is lots of software in the African market today and yet we do not have control over them or their writers. Although spyware detection can be done with several off-the-shelf software packages, determining whether an installed keylogger program is the result of corporate espionage is difficult. “The only reason they found the Trojan in Israel was because they got lucky,” said Charles Kolodgy, IDC analyst. “Just unbelievable, dumb luck. Otherwise, it’s likely they never would have discovered it.” Even more difficult for the process of detection is the fact that attackers have figured out how to beat the signature scanners that are used in spyware-detection software, which means that multiple levels of security must be used to defend against the threats. Beyond frequent spyware checks, user-authentication strategies and many other security tactics some believe that the threat can never be completely eliminated. Network forensic tools or some sort of behaviour blockers help. But it’s hard to stop completely, especially if the spies are inside the company. The possibility of espionage being an inside job is a very real one. There are already many cases where companies have been infiltrated by malicious employees who are spying on bosses or stealing sensitive company information. New technology provides new, cleaner ways to root through the recycling bin and filing cabinets of other companies. This is definitely an issue that companies should be thinking about. What happened in Israel is happening everywhere.  Security review of the first half of 2007 has reported a sharp rise in the number of Trojan attacks that leave compromised computers under the remote control of malicious hackers. The number of recorded back door attacks had jumped by almost two thirds, leading to a corresponding rise in botnets of enslaved machines used to send spam or launch distributed denial of service attacks. In just the first and second quarters of 2007, the number of exploited machines using back door techniques has increased over 63 percent from the total at the end of 2006, stated Vincent Gullotto, vice president of McAfee’s Avert service. This often resulted in spyware and adware being downloaded onto affected systems. Thus spyware has continued to be a major problem.

The McAfee review suggests that many people are now using virus tool kits to create variants that can slip past anti virus filters. The company claimed to have found eight Bagel variants in a single day. Mobile viruses are also a growing threat. Researchers found a way to gain complete control of a Bluetooth phone that was supposedly protected with preloaded security software. Staff training is better than technology for security, because training can also protect against social engineering attacks. Hackers use social engineering techniques because they are easy to implement and enjoy a good success rate. One study showed users were willing to divulge their passwords in exchange for chocolate. Social engineering was the most effective tactic, allowing individuals to steal source code from Motorola by posing as a company R&D researcher. Organizations need to develop a human firewall capable of recognizing sensitive information and urges employers to train their employees to deny access if they are uncertain about a person’s identity or credentials. One area of increasing concern relates to the mobility of data mobile work forces and an increasing movement of data within the organisation and in the outside world. Also identity and access management are appearing on more companies’ radar screens. Similarly the spectre of compliance now hangs heavily over governments, enthusiast and many IT departments, with data retention and protection heavily loaded with security implications. And then there are the traditional threats most commonly seen arriving via email.

Figures out today have revealed phishing scams in particular are still increasing rapidly, putting pressure on IT departments to do what they can to protect staff. With staff increasingly being required to use email as part of their working lives it is imperative companies exercise an appropriate level of care to protect staff and protect them. Phishing scams have increased from ten per cent to 70 per cent of all spam email since the beginning of the year. The levels of scam emails hitting users inboxes is now the same as the amount of potentially offensive adult spam, exposure to which could also result in claims of a failure in the duty of care. Even companies who are protecting staff today cannot afford to rest on their laurels. As spam filtering technology becomes more comprehensive, fraudsters are becoming more devious in their techniques. The rapid growth of spyware is another threat companies must wake up to, especially as it threatens to betray sensitive corporate data – as seen with the attempted robbery of the Sumitomo bank sometime ago, Visa and the data robbery of client’s personal information from the city bank.  Africa in its quest for technology prowess must wake up to these realities and put in place mechanism to combat this serious threat facing the ICT industry and its future hope for a silicon valley to call it own.

Did You Know…?

An estimated 30% of all villages worldwide still have no access to telephone services. (ITU)

There are over 324 Million mobile subscribers in Africa.

AFRICA  NEEDS TO SERIOUSLY EMBRACE TECHNOLOGY & DIGITAL SECURITY

Human Resource Building in ICT as a Vocational Concept Is Inevitable and the Only Solution to Development & Growth for Manpower Capacity

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AFRICA NEEDS TO SERIOUSLY EMBRACED TECHNOLOGY & SECURITY….. IT IS TIME TO CREATE AN AFRICAN CYBER COMMISSION UNDER:

AFRICA HOMELAND SECURITY
IMPROVING TECHNOLOGY INFRASTRUCTURES FOR EFFECTIVE BUSINESS AND INVESTMENTS: THIS IS THE MODERN CONCEPT APPROACH TO CREATING ENABLING ENVIRONMENT!!!!
BUILDING HUMAN RESOURCE CAPACITY IN ICT

Comments
Mike Tunde Hubscrown
Do we have Africa homeland security?
Yesterday at 20:45

Syl Juxon Smith
@MIKE: We do not have an Africa homeland security, but we have an African homeland that definitely needs an homeland security concept solution. This will bring latest technology and innovations into convergence with physical security, complimenting the inefficiencies and lacking in numbers and strength of manpower and human resource capacity in managing our overall security and sovereign integrity….
Yesterday at 21:53

Mike Tunde Hubscrown
I believe that is your section isn’t it? Security Technology.
Yesterday at 22:00

Syl Juxon Smith
YES MY PASSION. This is why I am advocating for one but we are still not serious about our security related issues until there is trouble……
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Syl Juxon Smith
WE ARE REACTIVE RATHER THAN PROACTIVE IN AFRICA!!!!!
Yesterday at 22:13

Mike Edwin
Just reading some of the comments here and I am leaning towards Mikes analysis. The issue of Homeland Security seems to have been heightened in the U.S after 9/11. That is one nation defending its economic, and Militarial space, using the same Logic as Syl seems to be advocating in Africa is problematic. Africa is a very large continent of conflicting economic, cultural and other goals and to have a collective continent wide homeland security system is unworkable and rather utopian.
It is even unworkable in a European context because of the issues of cross border agreements that must be reached regarding sovereignty.Therefore the analysis by Syl in my opinion is flawed. I agree that Africa has to improve technology, and security of technology also follows , however there are other pressing issues that needs to be resolved before this stage, electricity, cabling, broadband, telecoms etc etc
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Syl Juxon Smith
@Edwin: Your comment is taken in good faith, but you do not input sufficient evidence to defeat the objective of such an entity of an Africa Homeland Security. Where did you adduced evidence of the initiative, not working in Europe and other parts of the world? Please go an extend your researches. Let me enlighten you without prejudice. All the present global measures pertaining to global security is totally influenced by the canopy of Homeland Security Concept from the USA. Like the very Computer you now use to communicate from. It was UTOPIAN, but a reality today.

An example is the Biometrics Passports, Container Tagging and National Identification Projects. Justification of Homeland Security in the USA, is a model now copied by majority of countries that cares about the bigger picture of safety and security. It is to integrate technology with physical security concept in convergence because of the higher potential risk and threat factor (ICT) technology poses to the world.
11 hours ago

Syl Juxon Smith
Humans are virtually becoming automated globally, even in
Africa we are not left behind, but making progress in our communications and technology.

Do we have any WATCHDOG regime competent within the ambit’s of ICT security to advice on workable and viable policies and agendas for upgrading our assets and enlightening our knowledge base? You mention issues of cross border agreements regarding sovereignty; You can now move from one border across EU with one identification smoothly and safer because of the collaborative effect of Homeland Security initiatives in place.

Do you know that countries in EU exchange immigration personnel working inside each borders? These are just some of the benefits I will highlight bringing countries, people and facilitating trade and business in the country you have attempted to use as your hypothesis and others. Lets us try to be proactive rather than reactive. What I am proposing is inevitable to Africa`s growth, development and security.
11 hours ago

Syl Juxon Smith
Finally, why do we still work with INTERPOL in Africa, the only source we rely on for the exchange of information on cross border crimes, criminals and subversive movements? WHY? We have not grown from that stage since it was integrated into security agencies and outfits across Africa. What a shame! Other countries have move up the ladder to improve as changes demand their Modus Operandi in their security outfits; From FBI to CIA and to Homeland Security, Scotland yard to MI5 to MI6 and so forth. Ghana from CID to SFO, to BNI then to National Security. Countries are attempting to make progress and the world is dynamic not static as some may think it is.

You reminded me of similar scenario, when I was promoting one of the first mobile phone infrastructure that would have been install in Sub Sahara from MOTOROLA. This was in 1989 with a mandate for a test system in SL. Authorities then thought I was dreaming. Yes maybe I was, but with a Vision. They kill it then as it is to any IDEAS.
11 hours ago

Syl Juxon Smith
Modern criminal enterprises, terrorism, cyber criminals are all setting up their infrastructures and bases in African countries that are weak in their ICT security and advance technology skills and knowledge base. This is why we are flooded with all kinds of criminal activities we cannot contain presently.
The today criminals are well sophisticated equipped with all the latest communications gadgets money can buy. Look at the drugs trade, credit card frauds and other high level financial scams emanating from the very African bureaucracies, compromising because there is no effective mechanism for early warning signals, monitoring and managing this kind of nefarious activities.
Africa Homeland Security will be a CANOPY to put in place the appropriate infrastructures, train local manpower resource pool in modern applications, which facilities and resource pool can be exchange across borders, sharing information with international organisations without compromise and contamination.
11 hours ago

Mike Edwin
Syl I am just digesting the points you make and will be coming back with a substantive retort in a few minutes because as much as I agree with a lot of what you say I am overwhelmed in my disagreement with quite a bit …….one thing I will say to you is please keep these debates open as a good friendly debate has never yet hurt anyone just hope world politics can take note ……Hold that thought as I get your response/s ready
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Syl Juxon Smith
My intention is all about building an home grown strategy, an initiative which can be adopted independently by African countries initially. Putting in place a one stop solution with modern concept in ICT Security that can eventually meet global standards, communicate swiftly and securely with other African states, facilitating information for verification, transactions and security. Be each others keepers with an African flavour.
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Syl Juxon Smith
@MIKE EDWIN: Well acknowledged. If we can debate about a united Africa, then we are on course to debate on the issue of an African security initiative, which will form the bedrock anyway of any African development or progressive agenda.
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Mike Edwin
On the first premise I do agree with you that the Notion of Homeland Security is strategically influenced by the US in my opinion they have just course to defend their economic , Military and strategic space.I also agree that all notions at one time of inception can be deemed to be utopian and then in years to come do become a reality.

However where i veer strongly from you is in the original synopsis that this is possible in an African context. My intention is and was not to degenerate Africa and if that was how it was interpreted then i need to correct that , however the argument i make is that the technological foundations necessary for this concept to materialise today are light years away as other priorities take precedence.

I do very strongly agree with you when you state that Modern criminal enterprises, terrorism, cyber criminals are all setting up their infrastructures and bases in African countries that are weak in their ICT security and advance technology skills
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Mike Edwin
With that in mind the question i then ask is what infrastructures are in place for this to happen today.

You contested my analysis that in a European context this does not work and asked for a constructive argument.

I still say that in EUROPE THIS STILL DOES NOT WORK AS WE WOULD HAVE HAD AN OPEN BORDERS POLICY…. Read more

Many European nations still ask for Passports etc only in very small blocks do they have an open border notion namely in the shengen areas.

Look at the issues of the Channel Tunnel just between Britain and France, The Issues of Sovereignty again , International Law, common Language etc……Just two nations could not agree between themselves on a huge number of points and this goes as far back as the creation of the Concorde air plane between the two nations.

I am all in favour of Homeland agreements, however finally Syl, I say that in an African context, Homeland Agreement shows a simplification of the complexities of this issue.
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Syl Juxon Smith
@MIKE EDWIN: Fine submissions. My reservations forming the justifications for high-lighten this objective is the growing appetite we are showing for communications and technology as well as for other material things that bothers on eventual safety and security. We must ensure we evolve with the necessary ingredients to go side by side. You cannot embraced any form of technology and ignore security in maintaining.

Our Airports and Harbours are classified as critical mission infrastructure and a priority to any nation or country. We can start from those sectors. Put in place what is required by standards, not what we can or want to adopt. There are international rules and regulations that governs these operations that is universal in terms of enforcements which are neglected. This is my trend of focus, adhering to international laid down rules and regulations for our own safety and security. Many countries are managed under Homeland security strategies globally.
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Syl Juxon Smith
@MIKE EDWIN: Again you maybe missing my point regarding the EU. You can travel freely if you are a citizen of any member states with ID cards or Biometrics credentials to any other state under the EU. If you are not an EU member then you are subjected to immigration control. So is the issue of the ECOWAS. You can go to other member states without any VISA in your ECOWAS passport, is that not so? Yes. This is bringing member states under a canopy with an objective by consensus. We must move forward in building more bridges.
The most important factor here to facilitate rapid progress is an effective infrastructure for positive identifications and verifications. You are who you say you are, and own what you say you own….It is not as complicating or complex as we may think. It is only that we do not like to go through formalities in Africa. Even to respect out own security agencies including the police. Always relying on; DO YOU KNOW WHO AM I? This is far spent today.
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Mike Edwin
Syl I do agree that I missed the thread of your argument pertaining to European Travel and security restrictions and your argument is sound on that point. However I feel that you are getting the jist of my original argument where i stated that in theory the issue pertaining to Homeland Security is not one i disagree with but that the foundations must be set to allow this to flourish. You state in your learned submission that The most important factor here to facilitate rapid progress is an effective infrastructure for positive identifications and verifications. As per the last sentence these are your own words and i have to agree that you have accepted my contention that unless the foundation or infrastructure is identified and is the foundation then there will never be any need for Home security as you will have the leaking bucket syndrome…You can have as much security and technology as you want but without a solid TECHNO-foundation it can only be described as a nonsense on stilts.
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Mike Edwin
For the benefit of doubt, and the little I know of you SJS you seem a fair minded person with the ability to appreciate an argument. I know you will soon ask me to justify and define foundation of Techno Security. In my opinion and I must state now that this is just my opinion. I contend that Techno Security in Africa or any part of the world comes first in simple stages, Electricity, Cabling, Solid Broadband Facility, Hardware, Software and Telecommunications.
You cant have any form of Security where a vast majority of the people in the continent have only Mobile Phones as a form of communication. You must be aware of the security nightmare that this creates.
These are basic tenets but are the issues that cross governmental discussions must start with and then bring in the Private sector to help in moving this forward. Once this is achieved then you have something on which to base the next block on the ladder and to secure nationally, or within an economic block like ECOWAS
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Syl Juxon Smith
What forms a Solid TECHNO-foundation? Policies, rules, regulations and security. When I am talking about security in this mode, I am referencing RISK and THREAT ASSESSMENTS OVERVIEW. This is applied in every design stage of any infrastructures we buy or build ourselves or for us. We ignorantly always tend to brush over deliberately subconsciously or consciously for one reason or the other. You do not build an house without doors, neither without foundation. They go by rules inculcated into standardisation in construction.
When again I am referring to VERIFICATIONS and IDENTIFICATIONS, I am pointing to passports as a case scenarios. Do you know the amount of problems Africans are going through in European and other International destinations because of the integrity of their documentations? Because we lack coordination and effective institutions or credible bodies it will continue with serious embarrassments and degradation, which if you witness, you may be ashamed being an African.
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Syl Juxon Smith
The foundation is already in existence, it is us that is complacent to enforce in line with modern technological revolution. Everybody win in such arguments that entails priorities and choices. If you fail or chose not to comply with global trend, you are to be blamed for your consequences. What a country or government wants to take as its priority… Read more is based on the perceptions of its own vision as you see it. If mobile phone is one of your priorities to facilitate and improve communications why not protect that infrastructure so that it can serve you well….This is what an homeland initiative is all about. ICT is a global initiative, but countries embrace it according to its priorities and needs regarding developments.
If you chose not to have a watchman guarding your house while your neighbour prefer to have one, is another matter of priority. Do not complain when your home is broken into.
Finally you are thinking within the ambit of having an army without weapon to fight a war.
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Syl Juxon Smith
Africa`s number 1 priority as I see it and stands today, is SECURITY. This is what is affecting investments, progress and developments, our lack of SECURITY from the foundation of our VISION to DEVELOP an ATTRACT. If you know another, please let me be preview so that I can update my reference. Technology today is the biggest threat to mankind. Please research. WARS are fought not by the strength of your army but by the quality of your modern technology.

Are you aware, by 2010 all countries must have BIOMETRIC PASSPORTS in fashion? Go and check this again. If one do not travel, even yourself with a BIOMETRIC passport be ready to face serious cumbersome regime within international borders and immigrations. If this is what we want for ourselves, to down grade our identities by not conforming, it is our priority, so be it. Why do you think it takes weeks and moths to verify credentials by embassies operating in African countries before they issue VISAS? Because our ID`s are questionable.

Mike Edwin
I agree that Africa’s Number one Priority is Security and I can move that further by stating that the worlds number one Priority today is Security whether Bio, Technological or Terror etc. I also agree totally with your statement that “Wars are now fought by the quality of Modern Technology”, however if you look Historically you will realise that all wars as far as the crusades were fought based on the advancement of the technology at the time. Whether its the best Bow or the new Pistol or Draw bridge etc its all about Technology and Science.
Returning swiftly to our debate I ask you 2 questions.
What in your opinion can be done to ensure that the issue of Homeland Security is taken seriously by African Governments?
2, How can this be implemented based on the current structural facilities employed in Africa.
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Syl Juxon Smith
So we should deal with present situations based on the dangers we are susceptible and exposed to and its consequences on both human and collateral.

1. First of all, to critically identifying and map out what are our priorities and responsibilities regarding our international obligations; To ICAO(International Civil Aviation Org) and IMO (International Maritime Org) which would form the foundation of a national security agenda in managing Cyber related crimes and other crimes facilitated by technology and its lapses based on deliberate human errors and compromises especially in our airports and harbours, energy, utilities, including governmental assets, physical, data and electronics. These are very important institutions areas within countries that control movements of persons, goods and services including confidential data and information.

2. Setting up a body that would manage and coordinates all informations, data’s, systems and manpower in convergence and in collaboration.
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Mike Edwin
I do agree to a point but I am of the opinion that if you look at the U.S model Homeland Security does encompass a MULTIPLE OF SINS
Emergency preparedness and response (for both terrorism and natural disasters), including volunteer medical, police, emergency management, and fire personnel; Domestic intelligence activities, largely today within its borders. Critical infrastructure protection; Border security, including both land and maritime borders; Transportation security, including aviation and maritime transportation; Biodefense;
Detection of radioactive and radiological materials;
Research on next-generation security technologies(CRITICAL)
Africa must look at all of the above if it is to come any where near having a homeland to secure.
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Syl Juxon Smith
Finally, let me simply put the whole argument to a rational conclusion. We have our own existing security agencies regulating our infrastructures already in place. Africa Homeland security is only a overall body that would now look at present trends and create the environment to manage our modern threats in perspectives from a unified concept in cognisant with the objectives, this is the bottom line.

We cannot go into semantics or comparison about super powers and their capacities that are not justifiable within our environment due to many other constraints including budgetary. We copy by example, working, adaptable solutions that can work within our various confines and environments. We are still playing by their rules which we cannot ignore. We still learn in their universities, work in their institutions, living in their neighbourhoods, buying everyday their products and securing their services. Which makes them and their strategies relevant to us copying by conducts.
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Mike Edwin
A rational conclusion Indeed ….best way to end a debate
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Syl Juxon Smith
I have an idea and you have an opinion. Which of the two you think can stand the test of realities? Yours is personal, mine is cropped from an existing concept presently adopted globally, gradually becoming the regulatory norm for modern IDENTIFICATION and VERIFICATIONS. Who comes to your country? What is he there for? How long is he already there? Is he doing what he says he is there to do? Who left? When? To Where? This is the need to know case scenarios…. That Africa Homeland Security is hoping to achieve constructively…To be a good businessman or trader, you must find a commodity already selling and take it where it is not, and promote it. I can assure you that I am on course, have spoken to many governments, held discussions which looks very favourable. This is not about how you feel, this is about the bigger picture regarding Africa and its Security needs that must be put in place. There is no other choice if we have to make headway. Concept are always bigger than OPINIONS
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Mike Edwin
You may be right , you may be wrong ….but to my dying day I will defend your right to your idea and my opinion……You will find out that in the best democracies of the world there are those with ideas and those with opinions…The fusion of the two creates a blend of thought and philosophies which make us who we are.
The world will be an intrinsically boring place if we were all men of ideas. who will lead the pack? …..the one with the sharpest weapon….or will social Darwinism suffice. Maybe Chaos. The world cannot be led by a fools with ideas.
I fervently disagree finally that concept is bigger than opinion…..Please do not in any way degenerate the opinion of others, but understand that both opinions and concepts or even experiences go hand in glove.
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Syl Juxon Smith
We should not digress and take the arguments to a level of misconceptions. What I am implying here is that both ideas and opinions are necessary, but at every giving objective, the case scenario being the initiator, takes the precedence. That dosen`t change the ideology of who is right and who is wrong.
Again this is not about who is right or who is wrong. In the justice system that we hold so dear, you who first complain, takes the onus and becomes the complainant and presume right even if you are proven at the end to be wrong. You must at-least recognise such in your magnanimity if even you wanted to disagree.
I think we have exhausted this particular topic and do hope we shall in the fullest of time be opportune to exchange more opinions and ideas in furtherance of progress and development to humanity. As human, we function better by been creative rather than been critical hanging always on the fence….

I thank you very much and I wish you well …
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Mike Edwin
SJS I have loved every Minute of this session .I do hope we get the opportunity to do it again. You are a man of passion for your continent, but however I like your ability to make a point, but with examples and facts.
I await in due course another of your motivational teasers and hope we can get some more participation in the future from others.
I hope you play chess i think you will make a worthy opponent.
3 hours ago · Delete

Syl Juxon Smith
Thanks for your esteem compliments. CHESS is one of my favourite game….I can see at least we have something in common. Great minds always think alike, critical and flamboyant. Constructive criticism makes us better and positive in life. We must in every case be guided by temperance and prudence, in our quest for ideas and knowledge, in how we utilise opinions from others to our benefits. You are a very good debater; stimulating and intellectually refreshing. I like the flexibility in your actuation. I shall definitely find a topic to provoke your participation in the fullest of time. If also you have something in mind, I am always open to dialogue. It is a two way street. Take care my Bro…God Bless…
40 minutes ago · Delete

Mike Tunde Hubscrown
LOL, Alright you two, while your logistical philosophy on how this we will work, will not work, the necessity of it and if its far fetching or not. I’m sitting here thinking wow what a multi-million dollars lucrative concept this would be, if we can just get it together and look into how it can be implemented. I don’t believe something is impossible. Africa is not a big continent and there is no much barriers especially when it comes to mutual interest. Of course there will be diplomatic bureaucracy one will have to deal with along the way. Nevertheless, the opportunities these will serve will make the effort noteworthy.
Now we have 53 nations in Africa, which of these nations seem ready as an hot spot market for this program to be implemented. Who do you contact there? Are there competitors? These are the smaller steps you take in executing in a plan.
Just speaking from my side as African Developer Consultant.
Sly we may have to talk about this.
25 minutes ago · Delete

Syl Juxon Smith
@Mike:Yes my bro. We are confronted with many issues in terms of regulations that we must meet within the next 2 yrs in Africa regarding our infrastructures which will clearly determine our preparedness and readiness to meet international standards for conformity in ICT…Especially travelling and documentation….I do hope we talk more to seriously promote the agendas for the way forward in meeting obligations….