The National Coordinator for Campus Peace Club Abdul Kpaka during the commemoration of International Peace Day said they see corruption as a demon that needs to be fought against for development to take place.
The commemoration which was geared towards resolution and minimizing corruption was held at the Atlantic Hall, Siaka Steven Stadium Hostel and was graced by representatives from the Civil Society Consortium, 50/50 Group, Institute of Governance Reform, Anti-Corruption Commission, and Ministry of Internal Affairs among others with the theme: “Minimizing Corruption, a Pathway to Sustainable Peace and Development”
After years of speculation – mainly by the opposition APC, as to whether the newly-elected President of Sierra Leone – Julius Maada Bio is allowed to enter the United States or not, State House Press Secretary – Yusuf Keketoma Sandi announced over the weekend that the president has departed Sierra Leone for the US to attend the 73rd Session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York.
This will be President Bio’s first attendance at the United Nations General Assembly, since his election.
Air travelers to Sierra Leone and Liberia have been hit by a report from KLM that it is cutting its services to both countries. The Dutch carrier made this decision in order to add new flight service to the American city of Las Vegas.
This news comes as the government of Sierra Leone and the mayor of Freetown are making plans to improve tourism in the country.
Sierra Leone is one of the least favored destinations for tourism on the continent, comparing very poorly to the Gambia and Senegal.
A source at Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has confirmed that the Financial and Intelligence Unit of the Sierra Leone Police is investigating the seizure of a large quantity of foreign currency at the Freetown International Airport in Lungi.
The new government of Sierra Leone led by President Julius Maada Bio has chosen Agrotop – a leading global player in livestock turnkey projects, and Integrated Solutions Africa (ISA) Group – specializing in financial solutions and implementation of complex projects in Africa, to construct a large-scale poultry birds farming for commercial egg production in Sierra Leone, with investment of $60 million.
Agrotop and ISA will jointly build the new farm in the Tima and Njala areas of the Kiri Chiefdom, Moyamba District. The farm will be located on a 10,000 acre site and will produce 195 million eggs a year.
Minister of Trade and Industry has vowed to do what it takes to discourage monopoly by opening up the market space so that more players will come on board to do business.
Peter Bayuku Conteh was speaking during presentation of their 2019 budget and strategic plan. He also spoke about what they were able to achieve in the year under review before the technical committee at the budget hearing at Bank of Sierra Leone Complex.
Premier Li informed President of Sierra Leone, Julius Maada Bio that China and Sierra Leone friendship has taken root in the hearts of the people, and the two countries consistently help and support each other, forging a profound friendship in the fight against Ebola. He added that China will spare no effort in providing support to improve the economic and social development in Sierra Leone to achieve win-win cooperation, said Premier Li.
Sierra Leone’s Deputy Minister of Youth Affairs, Lusine Kallon has told thousands of Sierra Leoneans at the Sierra Leone Police Academy in Hastings that the government is providing two hundred (200) jobs for university graduates to be deployed across the country for National Youth Service (NYS).
He said: “We are here today to swear in 200 young graduates and officially declare the orientation camp open. Out of the 200 young university graduates, 75 are female and 125 are male.”
A new chicken farm in Sierra Leone, which will be one of the largest in West Africa, will address all domestic egg needs by producing about 195 million eggs per year and will create 2,000 new jobs, according to a State House release. The government of Sierra Leone has chosen Agrotop, a leading global player in livestock turnkey projects, and Integrated Solutions Africa (ISA) Group, which specializes in financial solutions and implementation of complex projects in Africa, to construct a large-scale layer and pullets farm at an investment of $60 million.
Haja Mariama Danjaji received her package from Harish Agnani
The Indian government has given 10 barefoot women scholarships to study installation of solar energy for six months in New Delhi, India.
Before the recipients departed for India yesterday, Harish Agnani of the Indian Consulate told journalists that the departing group was the fourth batch of women the Indian government would train on the solar project.
The Minister of Local Government and Rural Development, Anthony Brewah, described the just concluded National Cleaning Exercise held on Saturday, 1st September 2018 as impressive. Speaking during an inspection tour of various communities engaged in Freetown, the minister commended stakeholders, especially youths for their enthusiasm and commitment in ensuring that their surroundings are clean.
World football governing body (FIFA) has given orders that Sierra Leone should by September 24 this year explain the decision by the ACC to remove the President of Sierra Leone Football Association (SLFA) or face possible sanction. FIFA in a letter said reports from Sierra Leone indicate that the country’s anti-graft agency stormed the premises of the Sierra Leone Football Association (SLFA) and installed its own executive which according to FIFA constituted a violation of its statutes on third party interference.
President Julius Maada Bio has disclosed that he has been able to achieve what he had because of the discipline leadership acquired in the military. He mentioned this during the decoration ceremony of three newly promoted Brigadier generals at State House.
Congratulating the Brigadier Generals President Bio said the military has been the only institution he has had the opportunity to serve and that discipline is at the core of everything they do. He mentioned that been a soldier does not mean you are a violent person. He maintained that they are mentally trained and intellectually formed, adding that they have been combining both in executing their duty.
Sierra Leone ambassadors to Kuwait, Switzerland and Guinea have assured President Bio of quality representation in the various countries they have been appointed to serve in. they made this commitment during their farewell ceremony at State House.
Being a diplomatic it is considered a means of promoting the interest of state abroad. On that note, the Sierra Leone Ambassador to Kuwait Haja Isatu Thomas thanked President Bio for the opportunity an confidence bestowed on her to represent Sierra Leone at International level.
The International Centre for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD), in collaboration with the Office of Diaspora Affairs (ODA), held a two day workshop on “Diaspora Engagement for the Protection of Migrants throughout Emergencies” in the framework of the EU-funded project “Migrants in Countries in Crisis (MICIC): Supporting an Evidenced-based Approach for Effective and Cooperative State Action”.
Director of Corporate Affairs, Cabinet Secretary, Mr. Samuel Camillo Bamgura (far right)
The Director of Corporate Affairs, Cabinet Secretariat, Mr. Samuel Camillo Bangura on Thursday 20th September, 2018 presented for and on behalf of The Secretary to the Cabinet and Head of the Civil Service, the Cabinet Secretariat 2019 Budget, at the Bank of Sierra Leone Complex, Kingtom, and Freetown, Sierra Leone.
Members of the Civil Societies, the 4TH Estate and the Ministry of Finance Officials who were present at this FY 2019 MTEF Bilateral Budget Discussions unanimously commend the activities of the Cabinet Secretariat and in turn equally and accordingly approved the Cabinet Secretariat 2019 Budget (with a Grand Total of Le 5, 052, 303, 200. 00) presented to them, after a thoughtful and critical deliberation.
Residents in Macdonald Village and environs in the Western Area Rural District are proud beneficiaries of a modern and strategically located eight classrooms Junior Secondary School constructed by patriotic Sierra Leonean based in the United States of America, Mrs. Yvette Frazier.
Estimated at 150,000 US Dollars, the school, Genesis International Secondary School which caters for Junior Secondary School students also has a well equipped computer classroom, standby generator, water tanks, offices and toilet facilities among others. Speaking at the ceremony, the proprietress, Yvette Frazier emphasized their unwavering commitment to promoting education in the country.
In a bid to enhance ethics and integrity in Government Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs), the Policy and Ethics Unit of the Systems and Processes Review Department ACC, on Thursday 20th September, 2018 held a one-day training workshop on ethics and integrity in the workplace at the National Revenue Authority (NRA) Conference Room,Wellington Street Freetown.
The main objective of the workshop was to instill sound ethical values and integrity in NRA staff at the work place culminating in the effective and efficient service delivery.
Since its inception, Kabaka Multimedia and Entertainment, or KME as it is popularly known, has taken over the entertainment and media landscape of Sierra Leone. Formed in January 2017 and incorporated as a limited liability company, KME has been nothing but a brand that shows great promise for the future of Sierra Leone entertainment and the prospect of changing the lives of musical prodigies and other creative artists.
The bigger names in Sierra Leone’s music sector are assured of making their nation proud in the first ever West African musical explosion festival, ECOFEST 20128 to be held at the National Stadium on 16th November 2018.
The President of African Development Bank, Akinwumi Adesina said over 800 million people worldwide suffer from hunger and more than two billion are affected by malnutrition. Food insecurity remains a real threat to global development. Addressing global agriculture experts at the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) headquarters in Rome, the 2017 World Food Laureate Prize winner and President of ADB, Adesina, said he believes Africa does not need aid but discipline… stressing the need to view investment and development opportunities in the continent through a totally different lens.
In 2015, all countries in the United Nations committed to reducing the number of deaths from these conditions by one-third by 2030. A new analysis predicts that more than 80 percent of the countries will fail to honor this reduction. The findings are published in the Lancet. In order of prevalence, cardiovascular conditions, cancer, chronic respiratory disease, and diabetes are the four key deadly chronic diseases that account for 80 percent of all premature deaths due to NCD. The new report notes that the target will be achieved only in 35 countries for women and in 30 countries for men, as long as these countries maintain or surpass their 2010-2016 rate of decline in mortality due to chronic diseases. Most of these are high-income countries with an already low mortality rate from these conditions.
Newly-appointed acting Chief Medical Officer (CMO) at the Ministry of Health and Sanitation, Dr. Amara Jambai yesterday informed AYV that the ministry is coming up with some sort of incentive scheme to motivate young medical professionals to move to rural areas to do health care delivery.
Dr. Amara Jambai was responding yesterday to questions from AYV at his Youyi Building office in Freetown.
Commissioner General of National Revenue Authority (NRA) Dr. Samuel Jibao has broken new ground by being the first ever to preside over the collection of one hundred and twenty billion Leones (Le 120 Billion) equivalent to fifteen million United States dollars ($15 million) collected between Monday to Friday last week; being the highest collected ever in the history of revenue collection in Sierra Leone.
Dr. Amadu Tejan-Jalloh, Deputy Director of Animal Health and Head of Veterinary Disease Surveillance at the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry has allayed the fears of the general public against reports of Foot and Mouth Disease which affects mainly cattle including cows, sheep, and goats. He has categorically stated that “so far, there is no real threat and everything is under control.”
It could be recalled that quite recently, there were reports that cattle coming in from Guinea were suspected of carrying the disease and that there was every possibility that Sierra Leone cattle could be infected if nothing was done by the relevant authorities to handle the situation.
Joe Abass Bangura (center) poses with Africell’s new Brand Ambassadors
Sierra Leone’s leading mobile operator, Africell, on Friday 14th September 2018, officially signed 6 artistes as its newest Brand Ambassadors. The unveiling was done at a press conference held at Africell headquarters at Wilberforce in Freetown.
Abdulai Jalloh, popularly known as ‘Chief Koblo’ chaired the event. He said that over the past 14 years Africell has carried out its mandate to provide affordable and reliable network service to Sierra Leoneans and has extended its Corporate Social Responsibility to embracing all facets of society and that it has signed several contracts with various people in the entertainment industry as Brand Ambassadors.
Set in the cosmopolitan city of Paris, France, the Youth Global Forum is composed not only to equip young business people with the necessary tools to thrive in the realms of impact investment, but also to foster leadership, human values and a strong sense of social responsibility. Through a harmonious combination of educational programs and cultural exchange activities, participants will leave the event feeling empowered and inspired to generate positive change within their communities. A series of informative keynotes, master classes, case studies and highly-interactive workshops conducted by esteemed experts will help attendees not only from around but Sierra Leone in specific to gain insight into the complex world of impact investing and learn about the opportunities which could allow them to realize their maximum potential.
The only community primary school at Yaryah Village in the Sandor Chiefdom, Kono District, is in need of urgent assistance as pupils are taking classes in the makeshift zinc structures and under trees.
Speaking to AYV in Kono, Komba S. Menjor, Secretary of the Yaryah Development Committee, said the school was established in 1974 but destroyed by a windstorm in 2016. He added that since then, several efforts to get government rebuild the school has been in vain.
The Legal Aid Board secured discharge for a blind man, Osman Bangura in the September 2018 criminal sessions of the High Court presided over by the Honorable Abdulai Charm, Chief Justice of the Republic of Sierra Leone.
Legal Aid Board Lawyer, Nicky Spencer Coker applied for discharge of the accused for want of prosecution because the Prosecution did not offer evidence in the matter.