Speaking to AYV the Mayor of Freetown, Yvonne Aki-Sawyer during her visit to the Kroo Bay community has said they are about to launch a flood mitigation plan for 35 communities across Freetown on Wednesday 13 June, 2018.
According to the Mayor they have been working with different partners as the rainy season is fast approaching and it is very important for them to clear the gutters, rivers and culverts that cause flooding when they are blocked with debris.
The former Chairman of National Commission for Privatization (NCP) Sulaiman Kabba Koroma when making his presentation recently on the achievements and challenges during his tenure at National Commission for Privatization (NCP, urged his successor Umaru Napoleon Koroma to embrace the NCP Act if he wants to succeed.
According to the outgoing chairman there is no main fit as chairman in the NCP, noting that Umaru Napoleon Koroma will face lots of infighting within the parastatal and with ministers of government.
The New Director of Non-Communicable Diseases (NCD) and Mental Health, Dr. Santigie Sesay and team on Friday June 8, 2018 paid a visit at the Sierra Leone Psychiatric Hospital (Kissy hospital) at Kissy, east end of Freetown to get first information about its operations.
Briefing the new Director of Non-Communicable Disease and Mental Health, the Specialist Psychiatric and Medical Superintendent, Sierra Leone Psychiatric Hospital, Dr. Abdul Jalloh said since he took over as the In-Charge, there have been challenges but with support from Partners In Health (PIH) and the Ministry of Health and Sanitation they are overcoming the challenges gradually.
Attorney General and Minister of justice, Charles Margai
By Mohamed Lamin Banya
The CEO of Youth and Children in Support for Sustainable Development Goals (YACISF-SDG) Basiru Bah, during a press conference urged the Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Charles Francis Margai to look into their concerns for the harmonization of laws relating to child marriage.
According to Basiru Bah the reason for the press conference is for them to continue advocating for vulnerable groups mostly the girl child, maintaining that in 2007, the Government of Sierra Leone enacted the Child Rights Bill into law.
With support from WHO and UN partners, Sierra Leone has become the latest country to join the Global Quality of Care Network. This network aims to ensure that every pregnant woman, newborn and child can receive quality healthcare, and to halve maternal and newborn deaths in targeted health facilities within five years.
"The bonds that bind us together should be greater than those that divide us." These were the exact words of thenewly appointed Chairman of the National Commission for Privatisation, Umaru Napoleon Koroma as he received a detailed handing-over report from his predecessor, Sulaiman Kabba Koroma over the weekend at the Commission's Conference Room, Lotto Building, Tower Hill.
Press Secretary to His Excellency President Julius Maada Bio, Yusuf Keketoma Sandi has told supporters of the governing Sierra Leone People’s Party (SLPP) that the president is determined to fulfill his promises made to Sierra Leoneans during the campaign period.
He was speaking at a donation ceremony where he donated food items worth millions of leones to party supporters at the SLPP headquarters in Freetown. Keketoma described President Bio as a leader who is more committed than ever to bring the desired change Sierra Leoneans have been yearning for. He highlighted a lot of successes already made by the new administration especially in the management of the economy as well as the recent achievements in energy sector wherein the SLPP government has been able to save Le139 billions due to a credible contract negotiation.
Sierra Leone Government’s Consultant Pathologist, Dr. Simeon Owizz Koroma has warned against the use of metal seats in commercial vehicles, blaming the major cause of death in road accident on the use of metal seats.
In a PowerPoint presentation on the impacts of metal seats at the Sierra Leone Road Safety Authority (SLRSA) headquarters on Kissy Road in Freetown, Dr. Owizz appealed to members of the Drivers’ Union of Sierra Leone to work on banning the use of metal seats which according to him are posing more dangers to commercial vehicle users.
The Leader of Alliance Democratic Party, Mohamed Kamarainba Mansaray has dragged one Mohamed Bangura to court and was refused bail by Magistrate Santigie Bangura of Court No.1 on Siaka Steven Street in Freetown.
Police alleged that the accused Mohamed Bangura threatened to set ablaze the residence of Mohamed Kamarainba Mansaray at Goderich, along Freetown -Peninsular Road in Freetown.
He is charged with the offence of Incitement Contrary to Law.
The accused is said to have committed the said offence on Wednesday 12th May 2018, at Majay Town Goderich, where he allegedly incited one Abass Fofanah through mobile phone to steal money from Mohamed Kamarainba Mansaray.
Mohamed Bangura has been whisked to the Male Correctional Centre in on Pademba Road in Freetown.
The matter was prosecuted by Inspector, Isatu Gbassay Fofanah and the matter comes up again on Monday 11 June 2018.
In another development, a serving member of the Republic of Sierra Leone Armed Forces of Block 8 at Benguma Barracks in the outskirt of Freetown, Hassan Kamara has been charged to court for allegedly stealing one female donkey.
Fifty- three year old Hassan Kamara is charged with the offence of larceny cattle, contrary to Section (3) of the larceny act of 1916 of the laws of Sierra Leone.
The particulars of the offence indicated that accused Hassan Kamara allegedly stole one female donkey, valued sixteen million leones, on Friday 8 December 2017, at Jorpoh Farm, Palakoh Road at Waterloo in Freetown judicial district of the Republic of Sierra Leone, property of one Samuel Enitor King.
He is expected to appear before Magistrate Santigie Bangura of court N0.1 on Siaka Steven Street in Freetown.
The Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany resident in Sierra Leone, His Excellency Wolfgang Wiethoff accompanied by the First Secretary and Head of Development Cooperation, Mr. Nico Westphal; the Director Regional Office, Mr. Andreas Fikre-Mariam and the Country Director of GIZ in Sierra Leone and Liberia, Mr. Malte Kirchner, has paid a courtesy call on the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Dr. Alie Kabba at his Tower Hill office in Freetown.
8 accused persons who are facing multiple criminal offences have been denied bail by Hon. Justice Sam Margai of the High Court of Sierra Leone.
The 8 accused persons are charged with the offences of Murder, Accessory Before the Fact and Conspiracy to Commit Murder, which negate Section (4) of the Offences Against the Persons Act of 1861 of the country’s laws.
The Pharmaceutical Society of Sierra Leone led by the President Pharmacist Mutada Sesay, Acting Chief Pharmacist and Director of Drugs and Medical Supplies, Jack Lansana and the Registrar of Pharmacy Board of Sierra Leone, Pharmacist Wiltshire Johnson over the weekend paid a courtesy call on the Minister of Health and Sanitation Dr. Alpha Wurie at his Youyi Building office in Brookfields Freetown.
Member of Parliament (MP) for Constituency 76 in the Kaffu Bullom chiefdom Lungi, Honorable Ibrahim Aziz Kelly Bangura past weekend distributed fifty two (52) bags of rice and a cash of One Hundred and Fifty Thousand Leones (Le150,000) each to various towns and villages in his constituency.
The event which was held at the APC Party Office, Port Loko Road, at Rotifunk in Lungi saw in attendance constituency representative from each section in Cons. 076
Arial view of Freetown Capital city of Sierra Leone
The 2017 Global Peace Index (GPI) has released its list of the Most Peaceful Countries in the World, naming Sierra Leone 3rd in Africa.
With Mauritius and Botswana topping first and second positions on the list, Sierra Leone took third position followed by Zambia, Ghana and Madagascar with fourth, fifth and sixth positions respectively.
A one-day training of trainer’s workshop on Individual Performance Appraisal System (IPAS) for staff on grades 7 to 10 in the Ministry of Health and Sanitation has ended on Thursday June 7, 2018 at the Ministry’s conference hall in Freetown.
The workshop was organized by the Directorate of Human Resources for Health in the Ministry of Health and Sanitation.
His Excellency President Julius Maada Bio has told representatives of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Mission at State House that Sierra Leoneans should be proud of the high level of religious tolerance in the country.
He said religious was a virtue Sierra Leoneans have nourished and must continue to preserve, adding that he was proud of the exemplary ways members of the Islamic and Christian faiths have conducted themselves in the course of pursing their work. He noted that had helped people maintain national peace and social cohesion in the country.
“Religious tolerance is the pillar on which we stand as nation. It is a quality that we have been able to keep and this is something very difficult to maintain in other countries. We are proud of the leadership qualities displayed by both Christians and Muslims in their various missions and we must consolidate that unity,” he said.
President Bio added that the Ahmadiyya Mission were a great part of the country and they had helped in the country’s development process. He thanked the mission for their contributions to Sierra Leonean, especially in the area of education. He noted that the mission had helped to develop many of his compatriots through education, many of whom had grown to be meaningful citizens in society.
“We are very proud that the mission has been a constructive part to the development of Sierra Leone. The flagship project in my administration is education. This is because we cannot develop as a nation when the vast majority of our compatriots are uneducated. My free education programme is geared towards empowering every Sierra Leonean, especially the poor and we will work with all concerned parties to ensure that we achieve this dream,” he ended.
On his part, the Amir and Missionary in Charge of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Mission, Saeed Urrahman, expressed excitement at the inspirational talk of the President. He said that they had a very rich history with Sierra Leone dating back to 1921 when the mission started in the country. He said ever since they had always supported to the country.
The Ahmadiyya Amir also highlighted successes they had achieved in the country, especially in the education sector. He said the mission had established over 200 schools across the country to help train Sierra Leoneans into meaningful people in society.
He commended President Bio for placing education on top of his priorities, stating that as a mission they were happy with his drive to depoliticise the education sector. He pledged their commitment to support President Bio’s education policies.
Chinese Center for Disease Control And Prevention (CDC) in Sierra Leone together with 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.
In performance of their corporate social responsibilities, the China Railway Seventh Group (CRSG) in partnership with West African Operations Management Company (WAOMC) donated food and non-food items worth $3,000 (three thousand United States dollars) to residents of Hastings.
Yadong Kan the Deputy General Manager of WAOMC while addressing the beneficiaries said CRSG has always focused on infrastructure development of Sierra Leone and completed many high quality road engineering projects since the company started working here in 2008.
The Minister of foreign affairs and International Cooperation, Dr. Alie Kabba has told participants that, ‘in line with the recommendations of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission which aims at addressing the root causes of our conflict, under the ‘New Direction’, which is the blueprint document for moving our country forward, efforts are on the way to overhaul the judiciary and justice delivery system in the country with a view to restoring public confidence in its independence and impartiality and make justice accessible and available for all’.
Hon. Justice Alusine Mansarayof the High Court of Sierra Leon, on Thursday 6th June 2018 sentenced convict Mohamed Gbakuie to eight years imprisonment and also orderedthat he refund a total sum of six hundred and ninety eight thousand, nine hundred and eighty thousand united state dollars to two foreign investors,he duped back in 2013.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Dr. Alie Kabba has said, that the establishment of Human Rights and Peace clubs across Africa is an initiative of the African Union and therefore, Sierra Leone’s membership of the AU is providing benefit to its citizens.
Dr. Alie Kabba in his welcome statement during the launching of the Human Rights and Peace Clubs in Secondary Schools at the Ministry’s Conference Hall in Freetown stated that his Ministry is the gateway through which Sierra Leone engages with other nations and international organisations noting that this mandate has made it possible for Sierra Leone to acquire member of international organisations like the AU.
Sierra Leone’s National Electoral Commission (NEC) has announced June 16, 2018 as the new date for the conduct of three local council elections in Port Loko, Makeni and Bonthe districts respectively.
The elections would be contested by the three leading political parties in the country, the governing Sierra Leone People’s Party (SLPP) and two main opposition parties, the All People’s Congress (APC) and the National Grand Coalition (NGC).
An ECOWAS delegation led by the Vice President, Finda E.M. Koroma has paid a working visit to the Minister of foreign affairs and International Cooperation at his Tower Hill office in Freetown.
The objective of the visit was to discuss pending issues with regards the humanitarian response mechanism, improving advocacy and capacity building efforts to alleviate the sufferings of the affected population including women and children, the youth and disadvantaged persons following the Ebola outbreak and Mudslide crisis in Sierra Leone.
Joseph S. Kapuwa Esq. is the new Director General of SLBC
Members of the Appointment and Public Service Commission on Tuesday approved the appointment of Joseph S. Kapuwa Esq. to serve as Director General of Sierra Leone Broadcasting Corporation (SLBC). Joseph Kapuwa and ten other presidential nominees appointed to serve in various ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs) were also approved.
A Chinese medical team from Hunan province in China has arrived in Freetown to offered free medical care to children, pregnant and lactating mothers. The team would join their colleague at Jui China-Sierra Leone Friendship hospital where they would offer the free medical service.
The team leader of the visiting Chinese doctor gave a brief historical background in relation to medical support from China and noted since 1973 China has volunteers medical staff to attend to the need of Sierra Leoneans patients which has help to promote progress between the two national in the area of bilateral relations.
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, 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”.
The Deputy Minister of Youth Affairs, Lusine Kallon during last Saturday’s National Cleaning Exercise joined thousands Bo City residents, southern Sierra Leone to clean the entire township.
In an interview the Deputy Youth Affairs Minister said: “I am participating in the cleaning exercise because President Bio’s New Direction believes that a healthy environment is a wealthy environment.” According to him, many international indexes have labeled the country as being filthy and the worst place to give birth and live. He added that this sad situation has been blamed on poor sanitary condition in the country,
Showers of praises were heap on the newly appointed Deputy Minister of Health and Sanitation Dr. Anthony Augustine Sandi for his administrative and professional track records within the rank and file of the Ministry of Health and Sanitation at the maiden meeting with staff of the Ministry of Health and Sanitation on Monday 5th June, 2018 at the Ministry‘s Head Quarters in Freetown.
The Cultural Consulate of the Islamic Republic of Iran in collaboration with the Al-Mustafa University in Sierra Leone has ended a one day seminar marking the 29th Death Anniversary of Imam Khomeini at the University Campus Wilkinson Road.
In his remarks, the Chief Imam Freetown Central Mosque, Sheikh Ahmad Tejan-Sillah describes Imam Ayatollah Khomeini as the architect and the face of the Iranian Revolution and is seen as the embodiment of the principles of the Islamic Republic of Iran. He emphasized that Imam Khomeini serve the people of Iran and throughout his life fought the regime's oppression, corruption and the Shah’s luxurious lifestyle.