“I have carefully looked at the report and the recommendations proffered therein and we are trying to forge beyond the foundation that we met to make serious efforts at dealing with the issues and challenges raised in the report in order to ensure that my government does not do those things which lead to fragile states,” President Bio assured.
He made this the above statement to the former President of Liberia, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf who was in Freetown on 23 July 2018, to hold talks with President Julius Maada Bio about how best to implement the recommendations of the recently published ‘State Fragility’ report by the International Growth Center (IGC).
As a way of assessing public expenditure and financial accountability (PEFA), the Ministry of Finance on Tuesday 24th July 2018 engaged their development partners to look at the Public Financial Management (PFM) system of the country.
The workshop aimed at assessing the expenditure of government and the economy worldwide by an external team in 2017 which was attended by representatives from Sierra Leone Correctional Service, World Bank, European Union, National Revenue Authority, and National Fire Force among others.
An eleven-member delegation led by Ahmadiyya’s Ameer and Missionary in Sierra Leone, Maulana Saeed-ur-Rahman, has called at State House for a farewell meeting before leaving for this year’s annual international conference in London, 3rd – 5 August 2018.
Vice President Dr. Mohamed Juldeh Jalloh, himself an Ahmadi Muslim but could not join the team, on behalf of government as a tradition since former President Ahmad Tejan Kabbah, said there were urgent government matters him and the President were engaged with.
The Government of Sierra Leone, The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), the Ministry of Health and Sanitation and partners have commemorated this year’s World Population Day in Kono and Moyamba districts under the theme, ‘Family planning is a human rights’ at which events stakeholders pledged to practice family planning methods.
Sierra Leone’s main opposition political party – the All People’s Congress (APC) on Monday at the eleventh hour, cancelled a press conference which was to hold at its headquarters in Freetown, to discuss its response to the SLPP government’s published report on its first one hundred days in office, as well as to condemn the recent spate of what the party describes as political violence and police heavy-handedness.
One of Sierra Leone’s leading comedians and entertainers, Ibrahim Kamara widely known as Sara D Great is currently in police cell on allegations of Murder involving two boys, Musa Kamara aged 5 and Saidu Koroma aged 3.
Sara was arrested alongside eight other suspects who are currently in police cells at the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) in Freetown helping police in their investigations.
Chief Justice of Sierra Leone Honourable Justice Adulai Cham has presented the first Sierra Leonean Judge to the ECOWAS Community Court of Justice, Hon. Justice Keikura Bangura to President Julius Maada Bio, at State House.
Presenting Justice Keikura Bangura to President Bio, the chief justice disclosed that there were three Judges, that were nominated for the position and that it was Justice Bangura that was appointed after the interview was done by ECOWAS panel of judges in Togo.
Following a series of earlier consultations and meetings between and among coordinating partners like the World Food Programme, ministries of Agriculture, Health and Sanitation and other line ministries, the Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) secretariat concluded its validation workshop yesterday.
The objective of the validation workshop was to review, adjust and approve the new National FNSIP.
The Ambassador of the Republic of Cote D’Ivoire to Sierra Leone resident in the Republic of Guinea, His Excellency Dr. Feni Kouakou, has paid a courtesy call on the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Mrs. Nimatulai Bah-Chang at her Tower Hill office in Freetown.
By Ibrahim Sorie Koroma, Health Education Officer-HED/MoHS
To promote and raise awareness on Exclusive Breast Feeding, the Ministry of Health and Sanitation together with its development partners will on August 1st on to August 7th join the rest of the world to celebrate World Breast Feeding Week. It is a weeklong celebration, which is celebrated all over the world.
The World Breast Feeding celebration week aims to highlight the huge benefits that breastfeeding can bring to the health and welfare of babies, as well as a wider push for maternal health, with specific focus on good nutrition, poverty reduction and food security.
Government in collaboration with The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and partners past Monday assembled at the Kambia District Council Hall, in Kambia to celebrate World Population Day 2018 under the theme ‘Family planning is a human right’.
The event attracted dignitaries including government officials, heads of United Nations agencies, Members of Parliament in Kambia, religious and traditional leaders, youth groups, and students from across Kambia district.
Mrs. Nimatulai Bah-Chang and His Excellency Maher Almahdy
The Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Mrs. Nimatulai Bah-Chang has said that the past four years in Egypt have been very challenging for the government amidst high hope and expectations from the people, but she is confident that Egypt will soon overcome these current challenges, given the tenacity and determination of its leadership.
Sequel to the just concluded African Union summit in Mauritania where His Excellency Dr. Julius Maada Bio and the Sierra Leone’s Foreign Minister, Dr. Alie Kabba had engagements with investors and the business community, a team of investors from Mauritania known as ASML Group has paid a courtesy call on the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Dr. Alie Kabba at his Tower Hill office in Freetown.
Magistrate Santigie Bangura presiding over the Freetown Magistrate Court No.1 at Siaka Stevens Street has convicted and sentenced nine accused persons to three months jail each or pay a fine of two hundred and fifty thousand Leones.
The convicts were charged with the offence of Loitering, which negates Section (7) of the Public Order Act of 1965 of the country’s laws.
Vice President of the Republic of Sierra Leone, Dr. Mohamed Juldeh Jalloh has stated that a hungry nation is not truly a happy nation and that a nation will find it very difficult to sustain itself if it cannot feed itself. He added that food insecurity is a national security issue.
The Vice President was speaking during the launch of the in-country revenue mobilization for the transformation of the rice value chain held at Miatta Conference Hall, Brookfields in Freetown by the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry with the Private Sector.
Adhering to President Julius Maada Bio’s clarion call in his New Direction for all Sierra Leonean’s to support the provision of safe and sustainable drinking water across the country, especially in rural communities; Dayu Mining Company is currently constructing a water dam at Kafe chiefdom in the Tonkolili district, Northern Sierra Leone.
The Company is based in Sierra Leone and locally registered under the Company’s Act of 2009 by Chinese investor.
Mohamed Kamarainba Mansaray in his campaign heyday
Defeated presidential candidate, Chairman and Leader of Alliance Democratic Party (ADP) Mohamed Kamarainba Mansaray has informed journalists at CID Headquarter, that President Bio is the complainant in a matter for which he was invited for questioning by the Sierra Leone Police (SLP) over his alleged use of defamatory language and inciting remarks against the President over his recent ambassadorial appointments, the GTT report, and fuel price increment.
Foreign Affairs Minister, Dr. Alie Kabba rated as one of the best performers
A number of citizens from different walks of life have rated the one hundred days in office of the Sierra Leone People’s Party (SLPP) government of President Brig. Rtd. Julius Maada Bio as 80 percent successful. Other people rated it differently.
Meanwhile, in fulfillment of his manifesto commitment to strengthening public expenditure management, President Bio within 100 days in office ensured that the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development was unbundled into the Ministry of Finance and the Ministry of Planning and Economic Development. Of the institutions reported on, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation headed by Dr. Alie Kabba was described as the best performer and rated 80%.
RCB MD Dr. Ekundayo Walton Gilpin: Taking RCB to lofty and international limelight
Head of RCB SIM Korpor Department, Mrs. Kezia Salonkole
Managing Director Rokel Commercial Bank (RCB) Dr. Ekundayo Walton Gilpin has informed AYV that the bank shall be launching what he called ‘RCB SIM Korpor
Dr. Gilpin is a Sierra Leonean who has worked in several renowned financial management institutions for about thirty five years, beginning first with the Bank of Sierra Leone (BSL) before traveling abroad to work in other capacities in international financial institutions in countries across all the continents.
He explained to AYV that since he was appointed Managing Director of RCB his main thrust has been to rebrand the bank physically and how it relates with the general public; as well as change the negative public perception people generally hold of banking and banks in general.
Minister of Basic and Senior Secondary Education, Alpha Timbo (center) with SLTU members
According to the SLPP’s One Hundred Days in Governance report, His Excellency the President prioritized Education as a conduit to transform Sierra Leone’s natural and mineral resources into sustainable development.
Within the first 100 days, the government announced the implementation of the Free Education Programme that will commence in September 2018 targeting an estimated total enrolment of 2,141,356 pupils.
Government announced the provision of teaching and learning materials amounting to Le5.3 billion to all Government and Government-assisted schools. Government also announced school feeding programme for schools in remote communities. An amount of Le69.6 billion is provided in the revised budget for this activity. Government announced that every child in Government and Government-assisted schools would be entitled to 5 textbooks each for the five core subjects.
Two accused persons have been kept at the Male Correctional Centre in Freetown by Santigie Bangura presiding over the Freetown Magistrate Court No.1 at Siaka Stevens Street for allegedly stealing more than fifty three million Leones at Pee Cee and Sons Trading Company.
The first accused Francis Kemmer is charged with the offence Larceny, contrary to Section (27)of the Larceny Act of 1916, while the second accused person Manin Kemmer is charged with the offence of Receiving, contrary to law.
Speaker of Parliament, Dr. Abass C. Bundu, has stated that NASSIT is in deep trouble and needed to be resuscitated and urged the newly-approved Board Chairman of the institution to do what it takes to restore the institution back to its enviable status.
The Speaker was addressing Prof. Kamara the new Chairman of the NASSIT Board of Trustees in the Well of Parliament on Thursday 17th July, 2018. He further said: “I hope you will give a new life to NASSIT. Nothing is more important than bringing back the first chairman of the Board after its establishment to resurrect NASSIT.”
The National Election Watch (NEW) over the weekend formally launched its observation report and recommendations on the March 2018 multi-tier elections. The event took place at Hotel Cabenda, Signal Hill.
The launching was attended by CSO members, the Minister of Internal Affairs, the Minister of Information and Communication, the Country Officer OSIWA and Team leader (Governance) DFID.
The Speaker of Parliament has assured United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) officials that the Fifth Parliament of the Republic of Sierra Leone was committed to promoting Women, Peace and Security (WPS) agenda under the New Direction administration.
Dr. Abass Bundu, who doubles as Chairman of the Parliamentary Service Commission, said during his keynote address at a two-day workshop for the Parliamentary Female Caucus, that in order to ensure parliamentary ownership of Women, Peace and Security (WPS) agenda, he was willing to implement recommendations that would emerge from the workshop.
The Jorg Wolf Foundation, through the New Apostolic Church Mission Aid (NACMA), has concluded nationwide distribution of food items and non-food items to different poor and hard-to-reach communities in the country.
The beneficiary communities are: Magburaka Disability Camp and Magbass in Tonkolili district; Gandorhun in Kono; Orphanage in Kenema; Pendembu and Mendekeima in Kialahun; Bathurst in Bo; Mokonde-Njala in Moyamba District; and Lungi-Mahera in Port Loko district respectively.
This came following the request of Apostles and Bishops of Sierra Leone to the Regional Supervisor, Mr. Samuel A. Cole, who forwarded it to the donor in Germany.
Mr. Charles Nyandemoh, the church’s accountant and Church Secretary Mr. Abdulai Kenawah Sannoh, supervised the distribution.
Vice President of the Republic of Sierra Leone, Dr. Mohamed Juldeh Jalloh has finally broken silence over reports that he was going to import rice into the country.
Speaking at a press briefing at State House, VP Dr. Jalloh debunked the reports doing the round that he had said he would flood the country with rice within ninety days of the SLPP coming to power, and that he had advised rice merchants to sell their stocks in anticipation of new stock of rice as a total fabrication and a pack of lies.
The 20th Chinese Medical Team (CMT) together with the China Center of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has launched a one day free clinic and medicine treatment against Malaria for children under six years at the Sierra Leone China friendship hospital at Jui.
The process which targeted children suffering from malaria illness is in line with the free health care system in the country as they promised to continue to improve health care facility in the country.
The team is here with modern equipment to diagnose and treat diseases and viruses like Malaria, Lassa Fever, HIV, Zika viruses among others. The team has been in the country for over a month now.
Following the dismissal of the country’s APC-appointed Ambassadors, High Commissioners and other diplomatic staff to be replaced by President Bio’s own appointees, over the weekend, a list carrying the names of thirty-seven senior diplomats and their deputies was announced.
The list of newly-appointed diplomats is exclusively made up of SLPP party activists, who played a major part in seeking the election of Julius Maada Bio in March 2018.
One of the newly-appointed ambassadors told this press that “there is nothing unusual about the sacking of diplomats appointed by a former president to make way for loyalists of the incoming president to help promote his agenda”.
ACC Commissioner, Francis Ben Kaifala making a statement
The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC), through the Systems and Processes Review Department (SPRD), on Thursday 19th July 2018 organized a one-day training workshop for councilors and staff of the Freetown City Council (FCC) on the theme “Upholding ethics and integrity in the workplace”.
The programme took place at the conference hall of the FCC in Freetown.