Corruption, economic experts say is a major impediment to national growth that has apparently left several states, mostly in sub-Saharan Africa in acute deficiency and deep economic backwardness.
The National President of Sierra Leone Motor Drivers and General Transport Workers Union Alpha Bah has been subjected to an inquiry on allegations of embezzlement of public funds by the Anti-Corruption Commission. This move by the ACC saw a peaceful protest by people who identified themselves as concerned union members demanding for accountability.
In a bid to address mining flaws and concerns raised by aggrieved land owners, the Members of Parliament in the Parliamentary Committee on Mines and Minerals last week engaged Sierra Rutile Limited and VIMETCO (SMHL) in Moyamba District.
Addressing company officials the Committee chairman, Hon. Emerson Saa Lamina of the Coalition for Change (C4C), said although they had been receiving a number of complaints and concerns from their constituents on their operations yet they were not there to probe them.
Amara S. M. Sowa, former principal of a private Christian institution, Every Nation College in Bo City has been appointed by His Excellency President Bio as the National Program Coordinator, a role that will provide strategic oversight for the Free, Quality Education Program with office at the Ministry of Basic and Senior Secondary Education.
The Executive Director of the Legal Aid Board, Ms. Fatmata Claire Carlton-Hanciles has hailed the authorities at the Connaught Hospital in Freetown for handing over the remains of Mr. Bola David Garrick to his wife Mrs. Dorothea E.M. Garrick immediately, following orders from the Legal Aid Board.
The Legal Aid Board had in a letter dated 27 August 2018 ordered the Government Pathologist, Dr. Owiz Koroma to hand over the remains of Bola David Garrick to his wife Mrs. Dorothea E.M. Garrick without any further delay or face the consequences.
Following a warranted search of the Immigration Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Office of Administrator and Registrar General and Ishmarie Enterprise, a private venture, the Anti Corruption Commission has arrested and detained six officials. The officials, whose identities are yet to be revealed, include two officials from each of the government institutions and one private businessman on Walpole Street in Freetown.
Africa Young Voices Media Empire on Monday 27th August 2018 signed a memorandum of understanding with veteran journalist and media guru Winston Ojukutu Macauley Jr. for the commencement of the first-of-its-kind television program titled: “The AYV Late, Late Show”.
This show according to Winston Ojukutu Macauley is something that has never been tried in Sierra Leone, noting it is the first of its kind in the history of television broadcast.
One Joshua Gbantoga has appeared before Abdul Sheriff adjudicating over the Freetown Magistrate Court No.7 at Siaka Stevens Street for the offence of Sexual Harassment, contrary to section (13) of the Sexual Offences Act of 2012.
The accused person is alleged to have sexually harassed a child under the age of eighteen years old on Friday 1st July 2018 and on 11 July 2018 at Fornah Drive, Metchem, Goderich in the far west of Freetown.
Sitting from left: DG Maxwell Hingha Massaquoi and Dr. Prince A. Harding
By Prince C. Kamara
Chairman and Commissioner of National Commission for Telecommunication (NATCOM) Dr. Prince Alex Harding who doubles as National Chairman and Leader of the ruling Sierra Leone People’s Party (SLPP) has introduced to staff of NATCOM the newly-appointed Director General and Deputy Director General, Maxwell Hingha Massaquoi and Daniel Kaitibi respectively.
The Ministry of Finance in collaboration with West Africa Financial and Economic Management (WAIFEM) on Monday 27th August 2018 commenced a week-long training workshop on Debt Sustainability Analysis (DSA) at the Bank Complex, Kingtom in Freetown.
The workshop which is geared towards assessing Sierra Leone’s level of risk exposure was officially launched by the Deputy Minister of Finance, Dr. Patricia Nyanga Laverley and the Deputy Bank Governor of Sierra Leone together with other key players in the finance sector.
The United Council of Imams of Sierra Leone has in a press release vehemently condemned the incident that took place recently at the Gaddafi Mosque, east of Freetown when the former presidential candidate of the opposition APC party, Dr. Samura Kamara, a Christian, went there to pray and later went up the “minba” - a sacred spot reserved for inducted Imams to address the congregation.
Simon Ingram-Hill and Tony Reilly, the outgoing and incoming Heads of British Council Sierra Leone, and the Commonwealth scholars
The British Council, on behalf of the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission, organized a pre-departure briefing and reception for the 2018-2019 cohorts of Commonwealth scholars on Thursday 23 August 2018 at the British Council Auditorium in Freetown.
The pre-departure briefing prepares scholars to manage the transition to life and study in the UK by providing useful information on travel, culture, weather and how to access educational resources in the UK. This year’s scholars had an opportunity to meet and network with former UK alumni.
Some 90 percent of prison inmates nationwide comprises of young people, the head of Sierra Leone’s prisons has disclosed, warning that crime among this category of the population is on the rise and needs attention.
Mr. Sanpha Billo Kamara, Director General of the Sierra Leone Correctional Services, was speaking to journalists on Monday. He stated that as of last week, August 22, there were a total of 4, 445 inmates locked up in about 16 prison facilities across the country.
Shani Cooper is the new Israeli Ambassador to Ghana, Liberia and Sierra Leone
The State of Israel has appointed Shani Cooper as the new Ambassador to Ghana, Liberia and Sierra Leone.
Ambassador Cooper replaces Ami Mehl who ended his term of service in July 2018. A statement signed by the Israeli Embassy in Accra said Ambassador Cooper comes to Ghana with twelve years of diplomatic experience having served in Egypt, Cyprus, Turkey and Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Fishing has been a lucrative trade across the globe. It is being argued that Sierra Leone does not enjoy this global phenomenon in the fishing industry despite huge government investment to make the sector profitable.
Fish is a precious common food in Sierra Leone. During the rainy season in places like Kambia, for instance, many fishermen engage in shrimps fishing which is widely believed to be profitable but a difficult trade.
The Minister Local Government and Rural Development, Anthony Brewah has expressed the need for Local Councils to be actively involved in the designing and implementation of projects undertaken by development partners in their respective localities in order to ensure proper management and implementation of such projects. Delivering his Keynote Address at the opening of a two-day orientation for District Council Chairmen, Chief Administrators and Development Committee Chairmen, organized by the Small Holders Commercialization and Agribusiness Development Project, (SCADeP) at the Bo District Council, Southern Province, Mr. Brewah expressed concern over a number of issues raised by local councils officials including the improper implementation of the devolution process and their non involvement in project
A number of tribal chiefs, representatives of the Slum Dwellers Association and traders recently received local tax booklets from the Freetown City Council Mayor at a ceremony held in her parlor in Freetown.
Addressing the stakeholders, Mayor Yvonne Aki-Sawyer spoke on a range of issues bordering on payment and collection of local tax obligations. She also explained that payment of local tax assists the FCC in executing its mandate which is to provide social amenities, schools, housing among other obligations for the citizens of Freetown.
There is mounting dissent in Parliament over the contentious Constitutional Instrument under which the President Julius Maada Bio Government proposes to conduct Commissions of Inquiry into the ten-year administration (November 2007 to April 2018) of former President Ernest Bai Koroma which the Ruling Sierra Leone Peoples Party (SLPP) alleges to be riddled with corruption, following the publication of the Ruling SLPP Governance Transition Team Report in July 2018..
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.
Dr. Alie Kabba, Tomekah L. Burl and a cross section of Peace Corps volunteers
The Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Dr. Alie Kabba, has said, that the New Direction flagship on education coincides with one of Peace Corps Sectors of operation – Education and that the Peace Corp volunteers serve as a platform to help enhance the President’s initiative on free Basic Education in the country.
Minister of Health and Sanitation, Dr. Alpha Tejan Wurie: Looking ahead
“We are working on the health services which regards to better clinical services; provision of tertiary hospitals and more secondary hospitals in the primary health care units. The free health care initially started with lactating mothers, pregnant women and children under five years old. This service will now be expanded to include Ebola survivors and other disadvantaged groups like amputees, disabled and suchlike affected people.”
These were the words of Minister of Health and Sanitation, Dr. Alhaji Alpha Wurie in an exclusive interview at his Youyi Building office in Freetown on Wednesday 22nd August, 2018.
Usually reliable sources at the Sierra Leone Foreign Ministry in Freetown have told AYV that the new Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Dr. Francis Kaikai, has arrived in New York to take up his new assignment.
Before his appointment to his new job, Dr. Kaikai was the Chief /Principal Civil Affairs at the United Nations Mission in Liberia. In that capacity, he was Chief Adviser and Head of the Peace Consolidation Services Section of the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL).
Accused person Dauda Sesay who allegedly killed his biological mother at Grafton in the outskirt of Freetown told police that he stabbed his mother, Yeali Sesay four times before she finally succumbed to the cold hands of death.
The accused person has made several appearances before Hon. Justice John Bosco Allieu of the High Court of Sierra Leone for the offence of Murder, contrary to law.
The Legal Aid Board has mediated a dispute over a 124-acre land between the Kawa Family headed by Christopher Kawa and the Lappia Family headed by John Lappia in the Mosamai Village in the Tikonko Chiefdom, Bo District.
The Board’s intervention in the three-year old dispute came about/ after the MP for Constituency 80 which cover Tikonko Chiefdom, Hon. Sama Sandy approached the Legal Aid Board to intervene in the dispute in order to avert a potential crisis in the constituency.
Health and Sanitation Minister, Dr. Alpha Tejan Wurie has handed-over air tickets and bid farewell to 16 State Registered Nurses (SRNs) to pursue short training courses on Maternal and Child Care, Infant Care and Immunization in the People’s Republic of China. The presentation took place on Friday August 24, 2018 at the ministry’s conference hall at Youyi Building in Freetown.
Dr. Wurie said there are approximately 3,000 nurses serving the country, adding that it is above 300 that are at the top end of the State Registered Nurses and above, which he said indicates that the number is extremely small.
A three days induction of newly-appointed ambassadors, deputy ambassadors, press and financial attaches which kicked off last Thursday has ended in the conference room of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Affairs, Tower Hill in Freetown.
His Excellency President Julius Maada Bio officially opened the event for Ambassadors, High Commissioners, Press and Financial Attaches, noting that preparing them for a new life in the diplomatic arena is very important.
Among the poorest in Sierra Leone are people in rural communities, this is according to various studies conducted over the years. Rural communities are not only challenged on limited health facilities, but are as well finding it extremely challenging to have a balanced diet and sustainable livelihood.
As a way of remedying these twin problems i.e. lack of balanced diet and inconsistent source of livelihood, a project titled Scaling up Aquaculture Production (SAP) has been implemented by World Fish in Tonkolili District.
A Staff Sergeant of the Republic of Sierra Leone Armed Forces (RSLAF), Hassan Kamara has re-appeared before Magistrate Santigie Bangura presiding over the Freetown Magistrate Court No.1 at Siaka Steven Street for allegedly stealing a donkey valued at sixteen million Leones at Jorpoh Farm, Waterloo in the outskirt of Freetown.
The accused person is said to have stolen the said donkey way back in December 2017 and he is facing one count charge of Larceny Donkey, contrary to law.
“We are very much concerned about the lives of the people and we are not ready to tolerate traffic violation irrespective of the person caught violating traffic safety rules.”
This was according to Mr. Eric Sam, Acting Director of Safety and Enforcemen SLRSA. He was speaking in an exclusive interview, noting that properly vetting vehicles greatly assists in preventing road accidents and that government vehicles are not exempt.