Africa Young Voices (AYV) Media Empire has a new all-Sierra Leonean management in place, after successfully emulating and taking over from the exemplary Kenyan-led management team headed by Mr. Tony Lungaho (Managing Director) and Angela Angwenyi (Operations Director) respectively.
Speaking at the auspicious and well-attended handing over ceremony held at AYV conference room on Thursday 14th June, 2018, Executive Chairman and President of AYV Media Empire, Ambassador Anthony Navo Jr. reminded staff of the company that the two Kenyans because of their international and outstanding experience in the area of broadcasting and management were contracted to move AYV forward and put it on sound footing to compete with other broadcasters internationally.
According to the Audit Service Sierra Leone (ASSL) 2016 report, internally generated revenue collected by the Sierra Leone Police (SLP) Headquarters was utilized without approval from the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development.
The ASSL 2016 report stated that Section 51 (1) of the Public Financial Management Act 2016 states that: ‟ (1) Every personwhocollects,receives,orhasa custody of any public money shall promptly deposit it into a bank account in such manner and within such period as prescribed by the Accountant-General, and a person who is not authorized by a head of a budgetary agency to do so may not collect, receive, or have a custody of, any public money.”
AWOL members pose with cross-section of pupils and teachers of Alton Hope School after the formal ceremony
Chairman of All Works of Life Development Association (AWOL), Amb. Anthony Navo Jnr., has pledged that the organization would continue to complement the effort of the Government of Sierra Leone, especially in the area of education.
Speaking on Saturday, 16th June 2018, during celebration of Day of the African Child with pupils and teachers of the Alton Hope Primary and Secondary School at Old Wharf, Wellington, in the east of Freetown, Amb. Navo said AWOL has always put premium on education as the key to national development; hence their introduction of the Day of the African Child School Feeding and Awards Program.
APC, SLPP and other Members of Parliament on have urged the newly-approved Chairman of National Assets and Public Properties Commission, Abu Hindolo Moseray, to create a hard data base system in order to record, monitor and retrieve government properties that have been misused by certain individuals.
Contributing to the debate on the report of the Appointment and Public Service Committee, Sierra Leone People’s Party (SLPP) Member of Parliament, Hon. Bashiru Sidikie of Constituency 082 Bo District, urged the nominee to develop a hard data base system at the Commission in order to trace public properties in the custody of individuals.
A non-profit organization based in Washington DC, Nuclear Threat Initiative (NTI) will convene a global Bio-security Dialogue for government officials, experts, representatives from international organizations, and industry leaders in London from the 18-20 June, 2018.
The Director General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Mr. Paul A.S. Minah is part of the delegation to represent Sierra Leone in this all-important global dialogue meeting.
Michael Sesay-Head, Public Education Unit giving an overview of PNB and MDAs’ actions
As part of its mandate of educating the public on the dangers of corruption and the benefits of its eradication and to enlist and foster public support in combating corruption, the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) through its Public Education and Outreach Department in collaboration with Campaign for Good Governance (CGG) on the 9th June 2018 engaged Kwama Village Western Area Rural District on the Pay No Bribe (PNB) campaign.
The main purpose of the meeting was to garner community people's support in the fight against bribery and demonstrate the use of the PNB APP and 515 free line.
Sierra Leone’s Auditor General Lara Taylor-Pearce says she believes that citizens making their voices heard are essential forleaders to understand and respond to the country’s most urgent needs.
She was speaking at the official launch of SABI’s Citizens’ Perception Survey (CPS). She added: ‘citizens need to hold providers of services to account. This can onlyhappen when the information used by such providers is easily accessible.
Race to win the highest seat in the country still continues with sixteen (16)political parties battling to win thethe presidency, each having their plans and vision for the countryin their manifesto. However only the people will decide who they want, or think will represent them regardless of your dispensation. Several campaigns, meetings and political engagement have been held by political parties in order to win the vote of the people.
Families of Umaru Alpha Barrie are still in limbo as to the reasons behind their sons disappearance in November 2016, immediately after the death of his Father PA Mohamed Barrie.
It could be recalled that Umaru Alpha Barrie's father Pa Mohamed Barrie was the Argba Okoro (head) of the traditional Poro Secret Society for the past two decades and his leadership had been marred with fair and violence over the years.
The Government of Sierra Leone has signed a contract with Karpowership from Turkey to generate electricity for 24 months. 30 Megawatts would be generated by the ship during the dry season and 15 Megawatts during the rains. Sierra Leone’s Minister of Energy, Alhaji Kanja Sesay said this is a reviewed agreement that saves nine million dollars for Sierra Leone per year as compared to the previous agreement made by the last government.
Commanding Officer of AFEC, Lieutenant Colonel Bockarie
The Republic of Sierra Leone Armed Forces (RSLAF) has established a technical and education college. The new institution was approved last week by the Tertiary Education Commission (TEC).
On the Certificate of Registration dated 30 May, 2018, the TEC stated that the Armed Forces Technical and Education College (AFTEC) “having fulfilled all the conditions provided in the TEC Act 2001 has been duly-registered as a Certified Tertiary Education Institution”.
Out-going DG Joseph Mans handing over to Mohamed Fuad Daboh
Mohamed Fuad Daboh, the newly-approved Director General of National Social Security and Insurance Trust (NASSIT), has pledged to work meticulously with staff of the establishment to deliver effectively on the institution’s mandate in order to continue good service to subscribers to the scheme.
He was responding to statement from the out-going DG Joseph Sedu Mans on Thursday, 7th June, 2018 during the handing over process from the former to Mr. Dabo.
In Pursuing mutual benefit and common development, the Chinese government has always urged companies to promote their business growth by contributing to the development of the host countries and match their corporate development strategies with Africa’s development strategies.
China Railway Seventh Group (CRSG) is one of Chinese Government's companies that successfully implementing the Chinese 'Go Global' policy and moving on with the 'One Belt One Road' philosophy, which has benefited millions of people around the world. In Sierra Leone, CRSG prides itself to be a major contributor to the West African Country's road infrastructure development and has a result, major roads have over the years been constructed with hundreds of local people employed and trained to carry out major operations.
Addis Ababa-The Chairperson of the African Union (AU) Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat, on Friday received from the permanent representative of the Republic of Niger to AU the instrument of ratification of the Agreement on the African Continental Free Trade Area from Niger.
According to the permanent representative the process of ratification of the Protocol on Free Movement of Persons, Right of Residence and Right of Establishment was underway, noting that Niger is also party to the Single African Air Transport Market, which was launched during the January 2018 AU Ordinary Summit.
The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has announced a $400,000 project in Sierra Leone to help train 150 youths (120 women and 30 men) in eight slum communities around the capital Freetown, on waste recycling.
UNDP says that the project is aimed at empowering slum dwellers to become financially self-dependent – and ultimately allow them to afford decent housing away from the slums.
The Executive Director of the Legal Aid Board, Ms. Fatmata Claire Carlton-Hanciles has appealed to the new Minister of Labour and Social Security, Adekunle King to take immediate action to end casualization – recruitment of casual workers - of workers in industries and factories.The appeal was made during a courtesy call on the Minister on Wednesday, June 13.
The Deputy Minister of Youth Affairs, Lusine Kallon has warned stakeholders in Kenema City, Nongowa Chiefdom that abuse of youth by some rogue politicians must stop under the New Direction.
Speaking recently at the National Youth Service Planning Meeting organized at the Kenema District Council hall, the Deputy Youth Affairs Minister said during the 2018 national elections “youth were brain-washed into voting on tribal and regional lines to the advantage of some rogue politicians.” He added that, “youth that were misused were later abandoned by their political godfathers, thus leading to youth disenchantment and anger against society which in turn leads them to engaging in criminal and violent activities. “This must stop,” he warned.
Sierra Leone’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, (MFAIC) Dr. Alie Sanjan Kabba, has disclosed that H.E. President Julius Maada Bio will soon be heading for New York not just as Head of State and leader of the Sierra Leonean delegation but also as the distinguished Chairman of the C-10.
The C-10 is the umbrella body that was put in place by the African Union (AU) to advocate for Africa and work for reforms in a United Nations Security Council (UNSC) setting that is overwhelmingly controlled by “permanent Security Council members” none of which are from Africa.
The Environment Protection Agency of Sierra Leone (EPA-SL) is an institution established by an Act of Parliament to be at the center of all environmental protection in the country. The Agency in the past has been engaging people and communities in the country to adopt new measures in combating deforestation, climate change among taking other actions to protect the environment from further degradation.
Momoh Kemoh Konte, former Chairman of the Board of the National Telecommunications Commission (NATCOM) yesterday 12th June, 2018 handed over the Commission to the new Chairman, Dr. Prince Harding at a colorful event held in the Commission’s Conference room in Freetown.
Delivering his handing over statement at the event, Mr. Konte said in late January 2015, he was appointed Chairman of the Board of Commissioners of NATCOM when the entire Board was dissolved by former President Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma.
Chinese Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Sierra Leone, together with the Ministry of Health & Sanitation, has unveiled the second phase of the fixed biological safety laboratory technical cooperation project at the Bintumani hotel in Freetown.
The general objective of the project is to enhance Sierra Leone’s capacity for infectious diseases prevention and control by supporting the development of disease surveillance and laboratory system.
Amb. Medina A. Wesseh (Esq) (L) and Dr. AlieKabbah
The Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Dr. AlieKabba, has said that the revitalization of the MRU is the dream of His Excellency, Dr. Julius Maada Bio in his quest to achieve Sierra Leone’s New Direction agenda by strengthening regional integration and cohesion.
Dr. AlieKabba whilst welcoming the Secretary General of the MRU, Ambassador Medina A. Wesseh (Esq) to his Tower Hill office in Freetown, stated that under the current national blue print agenda-New Direction, it is the desire of President Julius Maada Bio to revive the MRU’s growth, socio-economic development and integration of the sub-region within the frame work of institutional revitalization and restructuring, peace and security, economic development and regional integration and social development.
One Emmanuel Nylander of 14 William Street, Portee in the east end of Freetown has been granted bail in the form of three hundred million Leones by Hannah Bonnie presiding over the Freetown Magistrate Court No.2 at Siaka Stevens Street in Freetown.
The presiding Magistrate also ordered that the accused person must produce two sureties who should be residential citizens within the Freetown judicial district, and that they must surrender their Title Deeds, including bank statements to the court and that the bail bond must also be approved by the Master and Registrar.
Santigie Bangura presiding over the Freetown Magistrate Court No.1 on Siaka Stevens Street in Freetown has remanded one Mohamed Bangura at the Male Correctional Centre at Pademba Road for Incitement contrary to law.
The accused is alleged to have incited one Edward Abass Fofanah at Majay Town, Goderich in the Freetown judicial district through his mobile phone to steal money from the leader of the Alliance Democratic Party, Mohamed Kamarainba Mansaray, and at the same time set his residence ablaze.
President Trump and Kim Jong-un of North Korea will this morning of Tuesday 12th June, 2018 hold their first-ever meeting between leaders of their two countries in Singapore, carrying with them hopes of ending seven decades of hostility and the threat of a nuclear confrontation.
At stake is the American goal of ridding North Korea of its nuclear arsenal, Mr. Kim’s desire to remove American weapons from the Korean Peninsula and to be recognized as a player on the world stage, and the international desire to ease the North’s provocations, poverty and extreme isolation.
In appreciation of the exemplary performance, demonstrated by some local staff of the China Railway Seventh Group, CRSG at every stage of their work, following an intensive training programme on Safety and Management Skills recently organized by the company, the management of CRSG has thought it prudent to reciprocate by sending a helping hand to the deserving staff. At a short but very impressive ceremony held recently at Jui, the company provided five bags of Fifty Kilogram (50kg) of rice to five deserving staff.
The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has recovered a total sum of One Hundred and Eleven Million, Five Hundred and Ninety-one Thousand, Six Hundred and Sixty-one Leones (Le 111,591,661) from public officials and a private company.
The monies, which were recovered from 1st May to 5th June, 2018, have been paid into the Consolidated Revenue Fund.
Local businesses across the country have applauded His Excellency President Julius Maada Bio for strongly upholding the 2015, 2016, 2017 Finance Act, thereby promoting local content policy and protecting local businesses in the country.
Some top local investors and business gurus who spoke to AYV newspaper over the weekend urged President Bio and parliament not to suspend the Finance Acts as it would only add burden on their already burdened business community.