The ongoing National Portfolio Review of Development Projects funded by Development Partners at the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development (MoFED), the Matotoka-Sefadu road was project was reviewed and was observed that if appropriate modalities are not put in place it will not be completed against the stipulated project end time.
The review was conducted on the Matotoka-Yeyi section of the project which stretches 70km. The project has three components and subdivided into civil works, consultancy services and project audit.
The Minister of Health and Sanitation on Thursday February 4, 2016 presented the Bill entitled ‘’THE SIERRA LEONE COUNCIL FOR POSTGRADUATE COLLEGES OF HEALTH SPECIALTIES ACT 2016’’ to Parliament for enactment into law.
The Bill makes provision for the setting up of a Council soon to be established for Postgraduate Medical Colleges of Health Specialties to supervise and coordinate the training of specialists doctors like Physicians, Surgeons, Gynaecologists, Paediatricians, Radiologists, and Pathologists etc. in the country.
Sierra Leone’s Envoy to the People’s Republic of China, Monday 8th February said, with the establishment in 2000 of the Forum of Africa - China Cooperation – (FOCAC), investment strategy and cooperation of China with Africa took on a new phase, focusing on multi-lateral tenets and practices, but that notwithstanding, at the bilateral level, Chinese presence in Sierra Leone and its impact on the Socio-Economic development continue unabated.
The Chinese Ambassador to Sierra Leone, Zhao Yanbo has assured the nation that the much-talked -about Mamamah International Airport will be built. The Ambassador was speaking during the Chinese New Year celebration held on Tuesday last at the country’s Embassy in Freetown.
The Chinese envoy also named many more impressive projects that his country will complete in Sierra Leone.
The Anti Corruption Commission (ACC) will soon storm the West African Examination Council (WAEC) to investigate serious allegations and indications of exams malpractices being allegedly perpetrated and supervised by the exams office.
Burkina Faso, a landlocked West African country south of the Sahara Desert, has been in the news since political unrest erupted there in 2014. Had peace prevailed, the country would have had a moment to savour the finding that they were among the few African countries that reduced poverty over the last 15 years.
In the bid to revamp the operational activities between the Income Tax Board of Appellate Commissioners and Business Communities, the Commission on Wednesday the 27th of January 2016 commenced a familiarization tour with Business Stakeholders in the Southern part of Sierra Leone to get Business people take advantage of what the Commission offers. (Photo: Outreach Officer Mr. Siman Allie Mans-Conteh (ESQ) educating Business People in Bo)
The office of the attorney general and minister of justice of Sierra Leone, today informed the Sierra Leone Telegraph that after just thirty days of being appointed to head that office, Joseph Kamara (Photo), has accelerated access to justice in the country.
According to figures released by the attorney general’s office, between 4th of January and 4th February 2016, 95 indictments were filed and 53 refiled. Of the 53 indictments refiled, 15% are said to be for offences of a very serious nature and 27% are in regard to sexual and gender based violence.
The Chief Fire Officer, Nazir Kamanda Bongay has told Journalists at Government’s press conference on Thursday that, traffic and insufficient water supply are some of the factors hampering their activities. He said their movements within the city are mostly delayed by congestion. He expressed frustration that almost all of the water hydrants around the city are not functioning.Kamanda Bongay stated that these are the reasons for the alarming rate of fire disaster in the country.
The Public Education and Outreach Department of the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) Sub-Regional Office Kono on Wednesday, 27th January, 2016 delivered a lecture on the importance of fighting corruption in schools at the Ansarul Islamic Boys Secondary School, Bongalow, in the Tankoro Chiefdom, Kono District. The lecture which attracted over 500 pupils and their teachers was delivered during a debate competition organized by the School’s Administration between the ACC Integrity School Club and the Literary and Debating Society.
In its determination to take the fight against corruption to rural communities, the Northern Region Office of the Anti-Corruption Commission has on Friday 29th January 2016 engaged the people of Rosenti village in an outreach meeting at the Rosenti Court Barray, Konta Section Bombali Shebora Chiefdom.
In his statement on the purpose of the meeting and key corruption issues affecting the growth of the community, ACC Senior Public Education Officer Al-Hassan Sesay thanked the people of Rosenti village for accepting the Commission in their midst noting that it was a start of a long and fruitful partnership in the anti-graft campaign. Sesay stated that the meeting was intended to heighten their awareness on some corrupt practices, sensitize them on their role in the fight against corruption, warned those that might have involved in it to desist, and enlist their support in fighting the menace. The Senior Public Educator emphasized that if the issue of poverty is to be addressed, combating corruption should not be left in the hands of the Commission alone.
There was a great jubilation at Fadugu Town, in the Kasunko Chiefdom Koinadugu District where a six classroom building of Kasunko Islamic Secondary School built by Daindembeh Federation a local implementing partner with funds from the International NGO, Child fund was handed over to the community. The Le480million school building’s handing over ceremony was greeted with a lot of fanfare. Speaker after speaker at the event called for a halt in the practices that have for long kept a strangled hold on the retention of the girl child in school.
Inhabitants of Masongbo Limba community have demonstrated willingness to collaborate with the Commission to wipe corruption out of their community. This commitment was made at an outreach meeting the Northern Region Office of the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) organized on Wednesday 27th January 2016 at the Masongbo Communication Centre, Masongbo Limba village, Mabamba Section, Safroko Limba Chiefdom, Bombali District.
The debate as to whether foreign aid is good or bad, or whether it works or not, is as old as the humanitarian gesture itself, and is set to continue, as long as there are donors willing to give and recipients happily ready to receive. (Photo: Kroo Bay, Freetown, Sierra Leone).
In Africa, many economists and political activists have long argued that aid is bad for the continent, as it drives down innovation and discourages the incentive for hard work and independence.
Perhaps the most argued case against foreign aid is that it encourages corruption in high places, that is today responsible for the abject poverty and suffering that many poor people in Africa are facing.
But many protagonists of foreign aid believe that without it, Africa will be far worse off than it is today – economically, politically and socially. Its impact on the continent they say, far outweighs its negative unintended consequences.
Writing in the academic journal – ‘theconversation.com’, three academics – Channing Arndt, Finn Tarp, and Sam Jones, argue that “development aid works over time, but must adapt to 21st-century needs.”
The Minister of Trade and Industry, Alhaji Osman Boie Kamara has donated one hundred bags of cements towards the ongoing construction of residential quarters for flood victims at Six Mile along the Waterloo- Masiaka highway.
President Dr Ernest Bai Koroma has called on African leaders to stay the course, continue to speak with one voice and remain united on all aspects of the UN Security Council reform process.
He made these remarks in his capacity as Coordinator of the Committee of Ten Heads of State and Government on the Reform of the United Nations Security Council during a closed session of the 26th Ordinary Session of the Assembly of Heads of State and Government of the African Union Summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
Over the years in Sierra Leone, cancer was perceived as a white man’s ailment but now it has become a global issue of which Sierra Leone is no exception. February 4th is commemorated as world cancer day as a result we should not only commemorate but we should also ensure that the effects of the burden of the disease be exposed.
It has been reliably confirmed to this medium that the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) is interested in the alleged misappropriation of Le2 billion disbursed by Government for the construction of a hall and perimeter fence at the Freetown Teachers College (FTC) at Jui on the outskirts of Freetown.
The Ministry of Finance and Economic Development has today commenced the 2016 National Portfolio Review of development projects funded by partners of the Government of Sierra Leone. The exercise will re-evaluate more than eighty (80) ongoing projects that are directly funded by Development Partners (DPS) across government. The exercise expected to end on 15th February 2016, will review projects funded by the World Bank, the African Development Bank (ADB), the Islamic Development Bank, the Arab Bank for Economic Development in Africa (BADEA), the European Union, IFAD, EBID, SDF, KFAED, AFD, OFID and the China EXIM-Bank.
Sierra Leone’s international footballer Kei Kamara was in Freetown during the holiday break. Last weekend, before his departure, the 31 year-old, 6ft Columbus Crew striker warmed up with Soccer Sunday footballers at Tigo Field, Lumley Beach. Star Radio/TV’s Amadu Lamarana Bah was one of his opponents. He spoke to Kei after the exercise.
Magistrate Binneh Kamara of Court N0.1 in Freetown has on Wednesday February 3, 2016 denied bail to the Electricity Distribution and Supply Authority Store Keeper, Moses Lansana and ordered for his detention at the Male Correctional Centre on Pademba road in the west of the country’s capital, Freetown.
The accused, Moses Lansana is charged with the offence of Conspiracy and Arson contrary to Section (20) sub Section (7) of the Arson Act of 1861, of the laws of Sierra Leone and that he conspired with unknown individuals to set ablaze the store department of the Electricity Distribution and Supply Authority along Siaka Street in Freetown, on Saturday January 16, 2016.
In a bid to strengthen the health system in post ebola Sierra Leone, the German Institute for medical mission (DIFAEM) in collaboration with Sierra Leone Adult Education (SLADEA) organised a three day conference at the Hill Valley Hotel on the theme “Open Space”. The Programme which started on Tuesday and ends today 4th February is geared towards augmenting government efforts in restoring an efficient health care system in the country.
The Internal Audit Department of the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development is drafting the Internal Audit Bill that will ensure findings and recommendations of the unit are enforced, Kandeh Sesay, Director of Internal Audit said in a meeting in the Conference Hall of the ministry yesterday. There are internal audit units in various Government Ministries, Department and Agencies (MDAs) and they report to their vote controllers.
Members of Parliament (MPs) yesterday unanimously ratified the Addendum No 4 to the Container Terminal concession agreement and the Freetown Terminal Share subscription between the Government of Sierra Leone and the Bollore Company.This agreement was laid before the House for debate by the Minister of Transport, Leonard B Koroma, who disclosed that the document was laid on the table on 27th January 2015.
One of Sierra Leone’s finest and dedicated gynaecologists, Dr Christian T.H Bell after forty five years of active professional service yesterday hung his cap during the official opening of the Aspen medical international hospital to members of the public. This historic event took place at the hospital compound at Bass Street, off King Harman Road where medical practitioners, representatives from the Health ministry, foreign dignitaries, senior government officials and members of the media assembled to grace the occasion.
As all is set to hold a public lecture, video session and a luncheon sale on eating healthy foods, UK based Sierra Leonean nurse is calling on Government to invest more in non-communicable diseases. Nurse Salome Hydes-Jones made this call at a media briefing yesterday at the headquarters of the 5050 Group, Tower Hill. She explained in detail to newsmen on the objectives of her organisation which she said was established in 2013 to help government raise the awareness on the risks, complications, management, prevention and good nutrition of diabetes, a disease which the International Diabetes Federation states that by 2035, 75% of the world’s diabetics will live in developing countries.
The office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in collaboration with the National Commission for Social Action (NaCSA) yesterday concluded a one-day seminar on International Protection of Refugees and the Commission’s activities in Sierra Leone. The seminar, which was eventuated at the Njala Venue conference hall, Lumley Beach, is a bid to raise media practitioners and stakeholders awareness on the international and legal framework on the protection of refugee.