Following misuse of drugs by youth in the country, Young Africa Leading Initiative (YALI) during the weekend embarked on drugs sensitization with youth of Magazine community. The sensitization program was attended by representatives from National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, Green Parliamentarians, clique members and community stakeholders with the topic: "Choose life. Resist drug abuse."
Eight Presidential Nominees, including David Panda-Noah, Executive Director, Sierra Leone Road Safety Authority (SLRA) Mohamed M. Massaquoi, Director General, National Civil Registration Authority; Tuma Adama Jabbi, Board Chairman Board of Directors, National Revenue Authority (NRA); Martha Consilia Kanagbo for Chairman Board of Directors, National Insurance Company (NIC); Hon Manso Dumbuya, Chairman Board of Directors, Sierra Leone Ports Authority; Director General, Sierra Leone Water Company Kalilu O. Bah of Public Service Commission; Moses Tiffa Baio, Director General Sierra Leone Civil Aviation Authority; and Timothy Musa Kabbah, Director General For Petroleum Directorate have gone through their interviews in Parliament.
Yesterday, striking workers of the Sierra Leone Commercial Bank and Rokel Commercial Bank were asked to quit their action resume work while government discusses the concerns they raised over their leave allowances and general welfare.
Present in the deliberations between representatives of the banks' staff associations and government stakeholders was the Chairman of the National Commission for Privatization, Umaru Napoleon Koroma.
President Bio with Minister Alpha Timbo and cross-section of SLTU executives and members
“Teachers are a very important component to the progress of this nation. My administration will work closely with the Union to make sure that those teachers, who spend their entire lives building the lives of their countrymen, also live in comfort,” President Bio assured the SLTU executive members.
The Sierra Leone Teachers’ Union (SLTU) has held fruitful discussions with President Julius Maada Bio to endorse his government’s free education policy and to chart the way forward.
Kambia has the unenviable record as the district with the highest birth rate in Sierra Leone and maintains the lowest contraceptives prevalence rate of at 5%. The district also has a very high rate of early childhood marriage.
The Ambassador of Turkey to Sierra Leone, His Excellency Deha Erpek has said progress has been recorded in bilateral relations between Turkey and Sierra Leone over the past few years. He made this statement during a courtesy call on the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Dr. Alie Kabba at his Tower Hill office in Freetown.
The Minister of Local Government and Rural Development, Anthony Brewah disclosed plans to introduce reforms that would strengthen and deepen the on- going decentralization process in the country. Speaking at a two-day Orientation Workshop, organized by the Decentralisation Secretariat for key local councils officials from Port Loko, Bombali, Freetown and Western Area Rural Districts on clarification of roles and responsibilities in the implementation of Community Management Initiatives, Participatory budgeting and Grievance Redress Mechanism initiatives at the Port Loko District Council Hall, the minister who also revealed plans to revitalize the rural development sector of his ministry, intimated that in the last 100 days, his ministry has undertaken a number of activities including the issuance of correspondences to colleague ministers and heads ofministries, department and agencies which are yet to devolve their functions, detailing out the outstanding functions, providing guide and guidelines for the devolution of functions in line with President Bio’s directive.
A high rate of misuse of Tramadol among young people in the Kambia district Northern Sierra Leone has become very much scaring and threatening to the future of the district.
Speaking to this reporter in an investigative tour to the district over the weekend, Lamin Unisa Kamara, Focal Person in-charge of Medical Health Facilities in the Kambia district said eighty-five percent of mental health illness reported in the district is as a result of Tramadol abuse and that young people constitute a greater number of this figure.
Lawyer Lansana Dumbuya who was representing Sylvia Olayinka Blyden in her petition case filed against President Julius Maada Bio and the National Electoral Commission (NEC) in the Supreme Court of Sierra Leone has denounced his legal representation and dropped off the case.
He told the Court which was presided by Hon. Justice Nicolas Browne- Marke, Hon. Justice Eku Roberts and Hon. Justice Glenna Thompson that he was no longer representing Sylvia Olayinka Blyden in the matter.
Main opposition, the All People’s Congress (APC) has in a public statement challenged the ruling Sierra Leone People’s Party (SLPP) government that their government gave the best of provisions and facilities to improve free education in the country than the new government is claiming.
The party states: “If anything, we were most qualified to declare free education by virtue of what we already did before the SLPP came.
According to a State House report, the government of Sierra Leone will meet members of the press today Tuesday 17 July to talk about its achievements since President Julius Maada Bio came to power and to also inform the press about the challenges and achievements of the government within 100 days in office.
Meanwhile, there are mixed opinions about the performance of President Julius Maada Bio’s government, after one hundred days in office.
The objective of developing the skills and promoting the welfare of local staff has always been a priority for the management of China Railway Seventh Group, CRSG. With prudent management policies, resilient, committed and result–oriented management staff, the company has undertaken series of activities geared towards fulfilling its corporate social responsibility, promoting inclusiveness and government’s avowed Local Content Policy which lays emphasis on the development and empowerment of Sierra Leoneans.
One Nigerian alleged to be a drug trafficker, Stanley OluchiOzoho who lives at No. 24 June Street in Mozambique has been charged to court for trafficking five kilograms of Heroin concealed in a brown envelope imported from Mozambique to the Republic of Sierra Leone.
He is expected to appear before Santigie Bangura presiding over the Freetown Magistrate court No.1 at Siaka Stevens Street in Freetown. He is facing five count charges, ranging from Conspiracy to commit an offence to wit: importation of a prohibited drug to wit: Heroin, contrary to Section (15) of the National Drugs Act of 2008 of the laws of Sierra Leone.
The Minister of Health and Sanitation, Dr. Alpha Tejan Wurie has officially opened the Sierra Leone Medical and Dental Association (SLMDA) Mid-Year Congress and Scientific Sessions on the theme: "The Role of Medical Insurance in Improving Healthcare in Sierra Leone" and a symposium on the topic: "Surgery as a Component of Universal Health Coverage" over the weekend at the Makama Lodge in Makeni.
On the eve of celebrating his first 100 days in office, President Julius Maada Bio scored a massive vote of confidence from MPs across the political divide, after Finance Minister Jacob Jusu Saffa presented a comprehensive and highly commended first budget to parliament.
MPs debated and passed the Finance Bill, referred to as: The Supplementary Appropriation Act 2018, which Finance Minister Jacob J. Saffa told Members of Parliament is mainly to deliver the policies and programmes outlined in the SLPP’s New Direction manifesto.
Resident Minister in the eastern region Andrew Ansu Fatorma has during his first official visit to the Kono district after his appointment has engaged Kono district Paramount Chiefs on the need to embrace development and maintain peace and unity in the district and also the need to working with the current leadership of the country. The engagement took place at the Sesssie Gbenda Hall in Koidu City.
Marriage they say is the legal union between two people, husband and wife and it is for better or for worse. In politics, marriage is the pledge of loyalty and support to an opponent for better or for worse. It could be recalled that the victory of the ruling SLPP in the just concluded runoff elections in march this year in Kono, was never away from the marriage that was tied between the two who came together to destabilized the erstwhile All Peoples Congress party in that part of the country. This marriage is gradually running into divorce for reasons.
Seventy-six members of the Sierra Leone Parliament including those of the Parliamentary Committee on Health and Sanitation, Human Rights and the Legislative have participated in a one-day workshop on access to justice and related human rights issues for HIV/AIDS Key Populations.
The Key Populations are the groups which are at a higher risk of contracting the virus. They comprise Female Sex Workers, Men Who Have Sex with Men and People Who Inject Drugs.
Despite meeting officially with officials of the Ministry of Health and Sanitation, Sierra Leone Port Authority and other stakeholders to ensure that drugs for HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria are exempt from duty, this is yet to yield fruit. This was disclosed by Legal Aid Board Executive Director, Fatmata Carlton Hanciles at a recent meeting in Freetown.
The Ministry of Social Welfare, Gender and Children’s Affairs with support from British Council successfully ended its second programme under the pilot project dubbed ‘Open Your Eyes’ – Don’t turn a blind eye in the fight against child labour and trafficking on Saturday 14th July, 2018.
The second programme which was held inside the Freetown Secondary School for Girls (FSSG) assembly hall attracted school children from Albert Academy and Government Model Secondary School. Several other school children from Prince of Wales Secondary School and Government Rokel Secondary School were also invited to participate.
The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, with support from the Irish Aid, has ended a four-day (10th-14th July 2018) training workshop at the Country Lodge Hotel, Hill Station in Freetown to strengthen the capacity of Chiefdom Leaders, Local Authorities and Land Sector Institutions to better understand deeply the issues of Gender and Land Rights and the roles they play effectively as authorities to ensure equitable land and property rights in communities in Sierra Leone.
President Bio believes that education must be affordable and accessible to all
A press release from the Office of the Press Secretary yesterday, states that HE, President Julius Maada Bio has directed that henceforth, application forms for admission to universities are scrapped and that the government will refund monies to those students that have already paid for university admission forms for the 2018/2019 academic year.
According to the release, President Bio took this decision at a time when he inherited the economy at a near collapse, adding that the cost of university application fees is a burden on parents, guardians and relatives supporting young people to access university education.
CDS Major General Brima Sesay: Says he will leave no stone unturned
By Mohamed Lamin Banya
Following the discovery of a shortage of a large cache of arms and ammunitions in the possession of members of the former army and police joint Presidential Guard Force at Presidential Lodge at Hill Station on 18 June, 2018, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) and Republic of Sierra Leone Armed Forces (RSLAF) are investigating.
The Government of Sierra Leone and the Government of the Peoples’ Republic of China have signed and performed exchange of letters ceremony for the construction of the West African Tropical Disease Research and Treatment Centre at Jui at a ceremony held on Tuesday July 10, 2018 at the Ministry of Health and Sanitation Conference hall, Youyi Building in Freetown.
Finance Minister JJ Saffa and Energy Minister Alhaji Kanja Sesay working concertedly to improve energy supply
Parliament of Sierra Leone has ratified a $59 million finance loan agreement, signed by the government and the World Bank’s International Development Association (IDA), to improve access to electricity supply at a reasonable cost, through an integrated regional power-grid – the West African Power Pool Project.
The loan agreement will provide additional financing for the West African Power Pool, which is aimed at increasing power supply and improve access to electricity for millions of people across Ivory Coast, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea.
The Sierra Leone Association of Non-Governmental Organizations (SLANGO) has held preliminary discussions on the new NGO Policy with Masters students studying International Development at the American University in Washington District of Columbia, United States of America.
The group of students, led by one of the renowned professors of the University, Dr. Susan Shepler, is in Sierra Leone to learn about issues pertaining to development but with specific focus on the work of NGOs/Civil Society Organizations.
Hon. Justice Emmanuela Harding presiding over the Freetown High Court No.2 along Siaka Stevens Street in Freetown, on Thursday 12 July 2018 remanded four accused persons at the Male Correctional Centre on Pademba Road for the alleged murder of Lt. Gen. Rtd. Samuel Omar Williams with a shot-gun, at his Devil Hole residence along the Freetown-Waterloo High way two years ago.
Parliament of Sierra Leone has debated and passed into law with some amendments the Bill entitled “The Extractive Industries Revenue Act 2018” which aims at improving the coordination and consolidation of all revenues generated by the country’s mining industry.
The International Development Association (IDA) is a unit of the World Bank that helps the world’s poorest countries. Overseen by 173 shareholder nations, IDA aims to reduce poverty by providing loans (called “credits”) and grants for programs that boost economic growth, reduce inequalities, and improve people’s living conditions.
In its quest to address issues of bribery and corrupt practices, the sub-regional office of the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) on Saturday 23rd June, 2018 met with representatives of Ministries Departments and Agencies (MDAs) and key stakeholders on the Pay No Bribe campaign.
The PNB Outreach (Hub and Spokes) which was held at the King Fahad Islamic Secondary School Tongo in the Kenema District attracted over eighty (80) participants.