Some teachers who were contracted to undertake special lessons for Senior Secondary School (SSS) Pupils promoted to SSS3 have threatened to stage a sit-down strike action, alleging government’s failure to pay them for the service they have rendered during the vacation period.
The Chairperson, Board of Directors of the National Revenue Authority (NRA), Ms. Tuma Adama Jabbi, has told this press that: “Frankly, NRA is on the best path now as we speak and all President Bio is interested in is to make sure that his legacy that stays behind is to build Sierra Leone. He wants to make Sierra Leone great again and make the people of this country to be proud wherever they go. Sierra Leone is a country that can generate its own funds and look after itself.”
The Chairman, National Commission for Privatization (NCP), Umaru Napoleon Koroma Esq. has marked his first 100 days scoring very high marks in overall performance. The lawyer-cum-politician was appointed on 30th May, 2018 to shepherd the privatization of state parastatals into viable entities.
Following a needs assessment/familiarization visit to the Freetown International Airport on 13 June, 2018, the young and dynamic NCP chairman identified certain operational constraints at the sole international airport, including the need for a reliable and sustainable power supply and the need for a modern fire engine to keep it in line with international aviation standards. His subsequent intervention swiftly led to the approval for the procurement of a brand new one-megawatt standby generator for the Freetown International Airport at Lungi.
Kenyan-born Chimmezie Ume Ibeh and two Sierra Leoneans, Sheka Massaquoi and Moses Williams made their first appearance yesterday before Santigie Bangura presiding over the Freetown Magistrate Court No.1 at Siaka Stevens Street for importing one point seven kilograms of Heroin into Sierra Leone.
The three alleged drug traffickers are charged with the offence of Conspiracy to Commit an Offence to wit: Importation of a prohibited drug into the Republic of Sierra Leone, contrary to Section (15) of the National Drugs Control Act of 2008.
“We need the Chinese experience, knowledge and skills in Africa in order to enhance development. We need the transfer of relevant technology that will be beneficial to us. Private Chinese enterprises are welcome to invest in Africa at all times.”
The above is part of his keynote address during the opening ceremony. President of the Republic of Senegal, Macky Sall, urged Chinese companies to start processing Africa’s natural resources into finished products in the African continent.
University of Sierra Leone former lecturer, Professor Thomas Yormah has started work as the country’s new Executive Director of the Sierra Leone Standards Bureau (SLSB). Ha has warned staff at the Bureau that during his tenure there is no place for sacred cows. He succeeds Ing. James Saio Dumbuya.
The handing-over event last week was attended by the acting Minister of Trade and Industry, Rev. Abraham Sesay-Jones, the Permanent Secretary, Abdul Rahman Fofana and the Director of Trade, Charles Mere-weather Thompson.
The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) together with Civil Society Consortium on Community Accountability and Service Delivery on Tuesday 11th September 2018 signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to help tackle corruption in the country.
National Coordinator of the Consortium William Sao-Lamin said as a consortium they are determined to work with the ACC, adding that they had already began working with the ACC before signing the MOU.
Gynecologist and Superintendent of Bo Government Hospital, Dr. Roland Williamson Taylor has warned that a particular type Intra-Uterine Contraceptive Device (IUCD could have negative impacts on the user.
“This is a particular type of IUCD and if you don’t get it right, it can create problem for the womb of the woman, with risk of bleeding, infection and perforation of the womb,” he said.
There is disquiet in the community of Mile 91 and surrounding villages, after a combined team of armed police and soldiers allegedly raided two villages in the area at 5am on Sunday, 9th September, shooting dead a 29 year-old man.
The Local Unit Commander (LUC) of the police station said the team of armed security personnel arrived in his area of operation without his knowledge, in contravention of standard police protocol.
The Freetown City Council has announced a competition meant to encourage residents to clean their environment.
The Mayor of Freetown Municipality, Yvonne Aki-Sawyer, said on Thursday that the approach is the latest in a series of initiatives designed to free the city of filth while preventing recurrent flooding.
A Sierra Leonean woman and educationist Mrs. Memuna Warne, who was on a visit to London and was due to fly back to Sierra Leone last week, has reportedly died in a fire which engulfed the house she was staying in Woolwich, South-East London.
According to a London Standard News report, dozens of firefighters tackled the flames after the blaze broke out at the house in Centurion Square, Woolwich, in the early hours of Thursday, 6 September 2018.
The newly-appointed General Manager of the Sierra Leone Road Transport Corporation (SLRTC), Mr. Isaac Ken-Greene has taken over control of the institution in a colorful ceremony at the corporation’s headquarters at PWD-Kissy in Freetown.
Chairing the Program, the Chairman of National Commission for Privatization (NCP), Umaru Koroma commended the outgoing Manager, Bockarie Lewis Kamara for doing his best during his tenure. He assured the incoming boss his administration’s full support in whatever capacity to transform the sector to its true value.
The British High Commission past weekend hosted a Pre-Departure reception for the eight successful Chevening candidates who will soon leave Sierra Leone to pursue a Master’s degree in the UK as Chevening scholars. The courses studied reflect the President’s desire to address the real developmental needs of the country and import more medical expertise, with the UK sending six medics, one lawyer, and one engineer.
The National Civil Registration Authority (NCRA) has kicked-off yesterday September 10, what it describes as biometric verification, update and registration of all public and civil servants and all others in this category that are paid from the Consolidated Revenue Fund (CRF).
This move, according to NCRA Director General, Mohamed Mubashir Massaquoi is for the government to have a clear idea of the number of public and civil servants on payroll and other details which would greatly assist the government in planning ahead.
As a way of introducing more courses in the Institute of Public Administration and Management (IPAM) of the University of Sierra Leone (USL) and fast-track construction of its proposed residential campus, IPAM administrators recently met to map out a strategic plan spanning the next five years (2019 – 2024).
It could be recalled that over the past few years, the institution introduced additional courses expanded on its infrastructure.
In a bid to celebrate the International Literacy Day, the Sierra Leone Library Board over the weekend joined other libraries worldwide with the theme “Literacy and Skills Development – Promoting Reading Amongst Children for a Sustained Reading Culture”.
In his opening remarks, the Chief Librarian Sierra Leone Library Board, Mr. Sallieu Turay stressed the importance of literacy in every facet of our activities and national development and emphasized that over the years Libraries have been contributing to improve on the Literacy rate and reading culture in the country. He said the renewed focus on integrated approaches is grounded, on the one hand, in persistent literacy and skills challenges, and, on the other, in the new skills demands and impetus generated by the current context of globalization, digitization and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
The Office of Diaspora Affairs (ODA), International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the Ministry of Political and Public Affairs (MPPA) on Thursday 6th September, 2018 held a fruitful meeting regarding preparations on the forthcoming Diaspora Agribusiness Investment Forum.
President Julius Maada Bio and President Denis Sassou Nguesso of Congo represented Africa to woo investors at the just-concluded conference in China.
It was a fitting honor for the Sierra Leone President to be one of the only two Heads of State invited to represent Africa in order to woo investors on the continent. The ceremony was the 4th Investing in Africa Forum held in Changsha, Hunan Province, China.
“In the area of the school feeding programme, the Ministry of Basic and Senior Secondary Education is only going to target deprived schools in the Western Rural and Urban areas and in the provinces.”
These were the words of the Public Relations Officer of the Ministry of Basic and Senior Secondary Education, Brima Michael Turay. He went on to state that the school feeding programme was initially not part of the free quality education package, but was added as a supplementary package. He maintained that “the ministry has already identified the schools that will benefit.”
One Samuel Enitor King, on Monday 10th September this year tendered the medical report of his donkey before Santigie Bangura presiding over the Freetown Magistrate Court No.1 at Siaka Stevens Street.
The State alleged that the female donkey in question was stolen by one Staff Sergeant Hassan Kamara of the Republic of Sierra Leone Armed Forces (RSLAF) at Jorpoh Farm, Palokoh Road at Waterloo in the outskirts of Freetown.
Recent scientific studies substantiate what many marijuana users have claimed all along — that it enhances sexual relations. Currently, almost all research into the effects of the cannabis plant is prohibited by the U.S. government due to its classification as a Schedule I substance. However, 30 states and the District of Columbia have legalized medical marijuana, while nine states have also legalized adult use of recreational marijuana. Legalization benefits academia, as it finally allows researchers to study and analyze marijuana's effects, including its impact on sexual intercourse.
One alleged fraudster, Hassan Sheriff has been kept at the Male Correctional Centre at Pademba Road by Santigie Bangura presiding over the Freetown Magistrate Court No.1 at Siaka Stevens Street for allegedly committing grave criminal offences, which negate the Criminal Procedure Act of the laws of Sierra Leone.
The accused person is charged with the offence of Conspiracy to Commit a Felony, contrary to law. The Particulars of Offence states that he stole one Ford Eveco truck with Registration Number AGO 229 valued at sixty five million Leones.
Vice President, Dr. Mohamed Juldeh Jalloh has commissioned a newly constructed health centre, Haja Fanta Memorial Health Centre on Saturday September 8, 2018 at Kontha Wallah in the Lokomasama Chiefdom Port Loko district.
The health centre was built by an indigene of the village, Mrs. Aminata Sankoh Yilla with support from her husband and family members.
The first batch of 420 out of a total of 828 Muslim pilgrims that successfully observed the 2018 annual Hajj pilgrimage to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia are expected to arrive at the Freetown International Airport, Lungi on board Flynas Airlines today 7th September, 2018.
Upon arrival, the blessed men and women will then be conveyed to the Siaka Stevens Stadium on road through Port Loko, where their relatives will collect them at 7:00pm.
Sierra Leone will host some of Africa’s biggest names in music on the 16th November 2018.
A stellar line-up from Nigeria, Ghana, Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone is set to thrill music fans at the National Stadium – with melodies that have graced every event on the continent and beyond. Though a list of artists from each of the five countries is not yet released for the show, the organizers, Sierra Leone’s Kabaka Multi Media Entertainment and Ghana’a Empire Entertainment have promised a cracker.
Sierra Leone’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Dr. Alie Kabba, has said that the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) provides a great opportunity for both the Chinese government and their African counterparts to sit together and discuss key priorities.
Dr. Kabba, who was speaking to this medium in an exclusive interview on Sunday, 2nd September, in Beijing, also said, “the Beijing 2018 FOCAC is a way of deepening ties both in Africa and China.”
Sierra Leone’s Anti-Corruption Czar – Francis Ben Kaifala, knows the difficulty in the fight against corruption. He says it is a fight that must be won if Sierra Leone is to eradicate poverty and embark on the difficult road to economic development.
Delivering a keynote address on Thursday 6th September, 2018 at the West and Central Africa Regional Youth Consultation Meeting, organized by the African Union in Dakar, Senegal, he spoke about the challenges of ‘leveraging youth capacities for the fight against corruption in Africa’.