Hannah Grace Gillen Munnah, civil society activist
With the sporadic increase in the rate of the US dollar, the Communications Officer at Net Page, Arthur Kallon, said the current Leones price of the Sierra Leone passport will rise to match the current dollar rate if things continue. It should be recalled that the House of Parliament, three years ago, approved the agreement between the Government of Sierra Leone and Net Page and Thomas De La Rue security printers for the production of the national passport. It was agreed that the cost would be $100 and to be paid in the equivalent amount of Leones.
President Julius Maada Bio yesterday advised newly-appointed ambassadors, deputy ambassadors, press and financial attaches not to abuse or misuse their newly-found diplomatic privilege.
The president was addressing newly-appointed ambassadors, deputy ambassadors, press and financial attaches at a special occasion marking the start of three days induction of the newly-appointed ambassadors, deputy ambassadors, press and financial attaches held in the conference room of the Ministry of Foreign and International Cooperation, Tower Hill in Freetown.
Freetown faces serious problems of poor sanitation, poor waste disposal and management, insufficient low-cost housing, poorly maintained roads, and lack of economic opportunities. According to Freetown Mayor Aki-Sawyerr, some of these issues can be addressed if the Freetown City Council had money and urged citizens of Freetown to pay their local tax. The local tax is sold for Le 5,000; Aki-Sawyerr said every citizen of Freetown is to contribute to the development of the city, adding that without local tax payments any city cannot develop.
A letter written by The Native Consortium and Research Centre dated 10th August, 2018 is calling on the Bank of Sierra Leone management to immediately organize a round table conference with Commercial Banks, and actors within the financial sector and those in the parallel currency market including Black Marketers, to discuss immediate and short-term measures that can be taken towards addressing the rapidly plunging Leone.
Dr. Samuel Jibao has explained to AYV yesterday that the colossal amount of revenue collected recently which was described as ‘a record-breaker’ was accomplished through forthrightness, patriotism and dedication to national service by all Sierra Leoneans.
Supreme Islamic Council (SIC) Sierra Leone in collaboration with the Islamic Solidarity Sport Federation for the very first time organized a sport meeting at the Brima Attouga Mini Stadium for youth and the aged in the Islamic cycle.
The sport which was geared towards evangelism and preaching the good name of Islam was graced by Imams and Hajas and representatives from the National Sport Council, Olympic Committee and Muslims from different communities.
Sensi Tech Innovation Hub is encouraging entrepreneurs, creative and digital enterprises to apply free of cost for a training course as long as you are a start-up business or someone with a strong business idea based in Sierra Leone.
The Fire Starter business training course is a project that’s been created to accelerate Sierra Leone SMEs through capital investment and business support
The Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) of the United Nations and the Government of Sierra Leone with funding from the Irish Aid has recently ended a validation workshop on the draft report on Protecting Women’s Customary Land Rights in Sierra Leone at the Conference Centre of the Bintumani Hotel, Aberdeen in Freetown.
The Anti Corruption Commission (ACC) has indicted a serving member of the Republic of Sierra Leone Armed Forces (RSLAF) Lieutenant Commander, Jonathan Michael Jenkins for allegedly committing corruption offences, which negate certain sections of the Anti Corruption Act of 2008 of the laws of Sierra Leone.
Accused Lieutenant Commander Jonathan Michael Jenkins who made his first appearance before Hon. Justice Reginald Fynn presiding over the High Court of Sierra Leone, on Wednesday 22 August 2018 is facing two count corruption related charges.
Santigie Bangura adjudicating over the Freetown Magistrate Court No.1 at Siaka Steven Street has kept one Emmanuel Bobson Nylenda at the Male Correctional Centre at Pademba Road for human trafficking.
Emmanuel Bobson Nylenda is alleged to have trafficked nine Sierra Leoneans to Italy via the Republic of Guinea, and he is also said to have told police that the nine Sierra Leoneans in question had died in a road accident, while they were travelling to Italy way back in 2017.
Sierra Leone's Chief Minister and Chairman of the Governance Transition Team Professor David Francis formally hands the GTT report over to President Maada Bio on the 4th of July.
On April 6, 2018, just two days after his swearing in, President Julius Maada Bio followed in the footsteps of his predecessor and established a Governance Transition Team (GTT) with a four-pronged mandate to “serve as focal point for the interface with the out-going APC government”; “conduct an immediate stock-taking exercise”; “submit an overview of the current state of affairs”; and “submit a comprehensive report” on the GTT’s findings.
(1) The Sierra Leone Police has always enjoyed 'free airtime' in local Radio Stations across the country, and cannot convincingly relate the establishment of its own Radio Station to 'cost recovery', if not otherwise.
(2) The Police FM Station will have to unnecessarily counter and dispute the fair broadcasts/publications of credible news items that have to do with its membership, in the traditional media, as conflicts of interest may likely arise plus the threats of arrests of practicing journalists, and other fearless members of the public who may be speaking genuinely on issues of national interest.
Vice President in the former All People’s Congress (APC) led government of Sierra Leone, Ambassador Victor Bockarie Foh and five other former government ministers and officials earlier accused of massive corruption in their reign, yesterday 22nd August 2018, made their first appearance before Hon. Justice Reginald Fynn of the High Court of Sierra Leone.
Minister of Tourism and Cultural Affairs, Dr. Memunata Pratt has left the shores of Sierra Leone to represent the country at the Edinburgh International Culture Summit in the United Kingdom (UK) which started on Wednesday at the Scottish Parliament.
The Summit is a collaboration between the Scottish and UK governments, the British Council, Edinburgh International Festival and Scottish Parliament. It runs until the end of the week, and brings together Culture Ministers, artists, thinkers and leaders from around the world to share ideas, expertise and best practice.
“Recent evidence from animal and human studies shows that its use could have some therapeutic value for seizures due to epilepsy and related conditions and that it “is not likely to be abused or create dependence as for other cannabinoids,” it added.
The decision was not an endorsement of medical marijuana.
MHG Systems Ltd, a pioneer in management solutions for the Forestry and Bioenergy supply chain and logistics is currently in Sierra Leone completing arrangements with government to help save the country’s forest from bad practices such as illegal logging.
Speaking to AYV newspaper last evening, Chief Executive Officer of MHG Systems, Seppo Huurinainen said, in agriculture and forestry, remote monitoring can be used to improve productivity in a responsible and sustainable manner.
Following the official announcement of the death of the seventh UN Secretary-General (from 1997 to 2006) Kofi Atta Annan on August 18 this year, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Dr. Alie Kabba accompanied by the Deputy Minister, Mrs. Nimatulai Bah-Chang, has signed the book of Condolence at the Ghana High Commission, Spur Road, Freetown.
In a solemn mood, Dr. Alie Kabba, lamented that, the late diplomat from the West African country of Ghana is considered a President wherever he is right now as he was on the world stage carrying himself to the full weight of Africa, and that is why all Africa is mourning today.
His Excellency, Dr. Julius Maada Bio will officially launch the opening ceremony for the induction of over 37 newly appointed High Commissioners, Ambassadors and Financial Attachés on Thursday 23rd August 2018, at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation’s conference Hall, Tower Hill, Freetown.
The 2017 Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey (MICS) report presents data on about 40 per cent of the SDG indicators related to women and children. The survey finding report is formally launched today by Vice President of the Republic of Sierra Leone, Dr. Mohamed Juldeh Jalloh.
The report captures data and monitors trends on key social indicators in Health, Education, Nutrition, Water and Sanitation and Child Protection. The MICS, is an international household survey initiative, through which UNICEF assists countries in collecting and analyzing data to monitor the situation of children and women. The process was led by Statistics Sierra Leone with technical support from UNICEF.
Stakeholders in Koinadugu district are now very eager to ensure that post-election issues are quickly addressed to ensure peace and cohesion which will create the atmosphere for joint revenue collection.
In his welcome address at a one-day dialogue session in Kabala, organized by the Inclusive District Committee in collaboration with National Framework for Inclusive Governance and Local Development, host Paramount Chief of Wara Wara Yagala, Gbawuru Mansaray 111, said the dialogue was timely as there are lots of issues to be addressed in the post-election era.
His Excellency President Julius Maada Bio has launched the National Tree Planting Campaign that runs from August through to September to increase public awareness around deforestation and benefits of increased community involvement in establishing forests.
President Bio, in his keynote address at the Hockey Pitch on Wilberforce Barracks in Freetown, said the state of forestry in the country deserved collective attention and that his government was committed to implementing policies and practices that would support effective biodiversity management.
A popular Sierra Leonean Businessman, Jamal Shallop is currently implementing a clarion call by President Julius Maada Bio’s New Direction Agenda, which is the diversification of the country’s economy by ensuring a vibrant private sector to serve as the driver for economic growth, income generation, employment and ultimately poverty reduction. His current massive investment at the Kissy Community is assured of promoting competitive, fast-growing and liberal economy and put the country on track the export market so as to make meaningful gains to sustain the national economy.
Head of Sierra Leone’s Permanent Mission to the UN, has called on His Excellency President Julius Maada Bio at State House to bid farewell as he takes up his new office in New York, United States.
Ambassador Dr. Francis Kaikai thanked the President for the confidence reposed in him to represent the country at the United Nations, adding that his appointment was coming at a crucial time when the New Direction was demanding that everyone does their best in moving the country forward.
All roads today lead to Miatta Conference Hall, Youyi Building, Brookfields Freetown, where President Julius Maada Bio shall officially launch his Free Education Policy, marking the official start of the process.
Earlier, school children and other stakeholders including Ministry of Education authorities, Sierra Leone Teachers’ Union, NGOs dealing in education, among many others will take part in a march starting from the Cotton Tree to end at the Miatta Conference Centre.
A two-day national stakeholders’ workshop took place to discuss the way forward for the implementation of comprehensive sexuality education in Sierra Leone.
The national workshop, which brought together key stakeholders from across the country, was organized by the Ministry of Basic and Senior Secondary Education and UNFPA, the United Nations sexual and reproductive health agency.
Ombudsman of Sierra Leone, Melron Nicol-Wilson has highlighted his achievements during his first year in office. According to a recent report, when he took up office as Ombudsman in May 2017, he inherited 300 backlog cases from his predecessor. This coupled with the 305 complaints brought the total number of cases he handled in 2017 to 605.
Sierra Leone international model, philanthropist and actress, Naomi Iye Kargbo based in Istanbul, Turkey will be representing Sierra Leone in this year’s Rainbow of the World Beauty Pageant to be hosted in Albania.
In an interview with AYV, she stated among many other things how she came to be Sierra Leone’s representative at such an important international event.
The Director of Primary Health Care, Dr. Alie Wurie has said that since the Community Health Worker (CHW) Policy was launched in February 2017, the Directorate and the Community Health Workers Hub through the District Health Management Teams (DHMTs), donors and other development partners continue to support the implementation of the National Community Health Workers’ Policy in all 14 districts.
In an effort to improve revenue base, the Western Area Rural District Council Chairman (WARDC) Kasho Holland-Cole has launched local tax for people within the locality of Koya, York, Mountain and Waterloo zones.
The launching of the local tax which was held at the Waterloo District Council is geared towards the improvement of the locality in the area of schools, churches, mosques, markets, hospitals, roads among other needs and was graced by councilors within the four zone of the ward.
Vehicle of Minister of Information and Communication, Mohamed Rahman (Rado) Swarray patiently respecting traffic ruleswhile on his way to work last Friday. Caught in solid traffic between Congo Cross and his Youyi Building office, the Minister stayed in the queue and did not break traffic rules as has been the case with some of his counterparts.