The long awaited moment has finally come to pass last evening of Thursday 14th February, 2019 with Twenty young men and women making their way through to the House of the AYV/Africell Housemates Salone TV Reality Show.
The Deputy Commissioner of Customs, National Revenue Authority Tennyson Bio together with senior management staff is currently on a nationwide tour engaging stakeholders at different border crossing point in a bid to mitigate smuggling and explain the importance of tax for development of Sierra Leone.
Commissioner Bio together with his team started the engagement at Moyamba District, Lower Banta Chiefdom, Gbamgbantor. On arrival at Gbamgbantor Tennyson Bio visited the harbour and the military navy base to have a first hand assessment of the different business activities that can possibly generate huge revenue for the government.
Bollore Transport and Logistics is a renowned port handler based in France with branches across the globe.
Recently, the Bollore management updated journalists on, its just-completed work on the construction of two hundred and seventy meters container terminal extension at the Queen Elizabeth II Quay in Freetown.
A high-level delegation from the West African Examination Council, WAEC, headed by its Chairman, Baboucarr Bouy from the Republic of Gambia, has met with His Excellency President Julius Maada Bio at State House.
The sub-Regional organisation was established in 1952 with a mandate to determine the examinations required in the public interest in the English-speaking West African countries, to conduct such examinations and to award certificates of international standard to deserving candidates in the examinations.
Thursday 14 February, 2019 would forever be memorable for Correctional officers attached to the main cell at the law court building. Inmates they brought to court either for trial or preliminary investigation in respect of various offences, descended on the innocent Correctional officers throwing missiles of feaces (toilet) in an effort to cause consternation.
Malie Kamara & Alan Wolstencroft with some of the donated items
As part of its Corporate Social Responsibility, Westminster has donated education and sports materials to Sanaya Memorial Academy in Lungi in support of the Free and Quality Education instituted by the government.
When interviewed The Country Director of Westminster Musayeroh Barrie said since 2015 they have been supporting this school and now that the president has launched the Free and Quality Education they have decided to up the support to the school so that they can benefit more.
As part of his goodwill gesture the Pastor-in-Charge of Victory in Jesus Church at Kuntoloh Community, Apostle Jeremiah Turay has donated food items worth over six million Leones to residents of Kuntoloh community and pupils of Wonders Preparatory School in Kuntoloh. The motivation for the donation according to Apostle Turay, is a result of constraints of some pupils such as not having lunch at school.
Hon. Justice Desmond Babatunde Edwards taking the Oath of Office
By Mohamed Kai
Members of the Sierra Leone Court Reporters Association (SLCRA) have paid a courtesy call on the Chief Justice, Hon. Justice Desmond Babatunde Edwards at his Law Court Building office at Siaka Stevens Street in Freetown.
Speaking on behalf of the Association, the President Artwark Maddie disclosed that the cardinal objective of the visit was to interface and enhance a good working relationship with the leadership of the Sierra Leone Judiciary.
The Parliament of Sierra Leone has on Thursday 14th February 2019 debated and unanimously adopted a resolution on women, peace, and security that was laid on the Table of the House on Thursday 07th February, this year.
Presenting the Resolution prior to adoption by the House, the President of the Parliamentary Female Caucus, Hon. Veronica K. Sesay recognized UNDP’s global project on “The Role of Parliaments as Partners in Women, Peace, and Security”, with minimal funding from the government of Norway. As such, she continued that UNDP’s commitment is to work with four legislatures, including the Sierra Leone Parliament which is the only one chosen from Africa, to progress their national identified priorities that are geared towards supporting women, peace, and security in their home countries. The four countries identified for this pilot project are Jordan, Kyrgyzstan, Sierra Leone and Sri Lanka.
As L.A.W.Y.E.R.S (Legal Access through Women Yearning for Equality Rights and Social Justice) clocks 22 on Valentine’s Day 14th February, 2019 the organisation seeks to renew their affection for girls and women by putting their well-being and economic empowerment top of their agenda.
With the rise in news media reports of sexual violence and abuses against women and girls especially minors, the organisation’s President Fatmata Sorie said they would like to mark the first quarter of their anniversary by raising funds for and supporting two girls who have been the most recent victims of sexual violence.
With support from the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), the National Youth Service (NYS) yesterday trained over fifty corp members on sexual reproductive health and rights and the demographic dividend at the City Plaza, Wilkinson road in Freetown.
In September, 2018, Sierra Leone’s Vice President Dr. Mohamed Juldeh Jalloh inaugurated the first batch of 200 national youth graduate corps at the Peace Keeping Military Center at Robgangba, Hastings in the east end of the country’s capital.
The Executive Director of the Sierra Leone Legal Aid Board, Ms. Fatmata Claire Carlton-Hanciles on Monday, February 11 presented a paper on ‘Increasing Access to Justice for women in Remote Communities through Primary Legal Aid Services’ at a two day regional workshop on improving access to justice for women in West Africa, with a focus on Sierra Leone, Liberia and Senegal.
The Director of the Petroleum Regulatory Agency, Timothy Kabba has informed staff and students of the Milton Margai College of Education and Technology (MMCET) at the Great Hall of the Goderich campus that oil and gas would soon be discovered in Sierra Leone and that government would attract the best companies to start the mining of oil and gas in the country observing that diamonds have not benefited the country.
The Founder of Project 1808 Dr. Alhaji N’jai has said that they have discovered four new viruses in the country in both animals and humans which are named Chikungunya, Rift Valley Fever Virus, Zika Virus and Dergue. He added that this discovery was made after analyzing 2,000 samples at Ramsey Laboratory and 34 Military Hospital in Freetown. He made this disclosure during a seminar, saying their findings is as a result of a research they conducted in collaboration with a team of virologists from the University of Wisconsin in USA and University of Tokyo and from the University of Sierra Leone.
The Deputy Minister of Transport and Aviation, Sadiq Silla, has urged all those engaged in confrontational acts to stop and allow peace to reign in Pujehun District. He moved swiftly to unify the people of the district by resolving personal conflicts.
Sadiq Silla, who served as Chairman of Pujehun District Council for nine years, was speaking in an exclusive interview with this press at his Youyi Building office in Freetown on Monday this week.
He recalled that all hell broke loose on Monday, January 21, in Sahn Malen, chiefdom in Pujehun District between the people of Sahn Malen and SOCFIN Agricultural Company, which had acquired 6,500 hectares of agricultural land from the people in 2011.
The Institute for Government Reform (IGR) has released a perception survey report on what Sierra Leoneans think of the Commissions of Inquiry (COI).
The release which was published on 7th February this year, established the background of the setting up of the Commissions of Inquiry, the commitments of President Julius Maada Bio towards the COI, and it captured voices on how people perceive the COI in the different regions.
The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has informed the general public that Franklyn Gerald O. Coker, former Resident Engineer of the National Social Security and Insurance Trust (NaSSIT), who had entered into a settlement agreement with the Commission, to pay back monies he stole in the sum of Five Hundred Million Leones (Le500, 000,000.00) to the State, has paid another tranche of One Hundred Million Leones (Le100, 000,000. 00).
By Mercury International Public Relations Department
Mayor of Freetown, Yvonne Aki-Sawyerr together with workers of Freetown City Council (FCC) has on Tuesday, February 12 2019, applauded Mercury International Sports Betting and Lottery Company for becoming the first private sector company to support their 'Transform Freetown' initiative project.
The Mayor’s highly praised for the company came at her Wallace Johnson Street office after she received 30 donated ‘Street Rubbish Collection Bins’ with a further 30 more to be presented in the shortest possible time.
Barely a day to Sierra Leone’s biggest and most anticipated reality television shows, 2019 Housemates Salone, all Forty intending young men and women battling to make it into the House on February 14, yesterday visited colleges and universities within the capital of Freetown.
The housemates were overwhelmingly welcomed by managements, lecturers and students at Fourah Bay College, Milton Margai College of Education and Technology and the Institute of Public Administration and Management, among other institutions of higher learning.
Vice President of the Republic of Sierra Leone, Hon. Dr. Mohamed Juldeh Jalloh together with the Executive Chairman of the Petroleum Regulatory Agency, Brima Baluwa Koroma on Friday, 8th February 2019, made an on-the-spot check on oil marketing companies’ and installation facilities at the Kissy Terminal in Freetown.
The holding facility es of Petroleum Jetty, National Petroleum, and (NP) LEONCO were all inspected to ensure they are in conformity with rules and regulations governing the industry.
Cross Section of Residual Refugees, Stakeholders and NaCSA staff at the session
As part of UNHCR phasing out strategy in 2019, the Government of Sierra Leone through the National Commission for Social Action (NaCSA) has made commitments to take ownership in the coordination of refugee activities with technical support from the Regional Office in Dakar; aiming to facilitate the two available durable solutions (voluntary repatriation and local integration) and to mainstream Locally Integrated refugees into their programme activities for them to become self-reliant.
The Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources has conducted three days training for junior and senior staff on Records Management. The event took place at Youyi Building in Freetown, and attracted officials from the National Public Procurement Authority (NPPA), the Accountant General’s Department and Audit Service Sierra Leone. The objective of the training was to ensure that henceforth staffs are able to properly handle documents in the ministry.
The training was also geared towards capacitating staffs on their different roles on how documents should be handled in the ministry and also to ensure that every single detail is recorded.
The Ministry of Health and Sanitation in collaboration with WHO and development partners has commenced a two day Consultative Meeting for the Review of the National Quality of Care Policy and Strategy on Tuesday, February 12, 2019 at the Freetown International Conference Centre, Bintumani Hotel in Freetown.
It could be recalled that in December 2017, Sierra Leone was co-opted into the Global Network for Improving Quality of Care for mothers, newborn and children.
Hon. Justice Monfred Sesay adjudicating over the High Court of Sierra Leone, on Tuesday 12th February this year granted bail in the sum of ten million Leones to one Terry Jawara a teacher at the George Washington Primary School, Peacock Farm, Wellington in the eastern part of Freetown.
The accused person Terry Jawara is charged with the offence of Sexual Penetration of a child under the age of eighteen years old, which negates Section (19) of the Sexual Offences Act of 2012 of the laws of Sierra Leone.
An ‘Ariogbo’, a masked devil normally hired to handle and expose witchcraft, cleanse communities off evil deeds and mostly exposing hidden acts, is what is much needed at the ongoing Commissions of Inquiry hosted at the Special Court of Sierra Leone building in Freetown.