Deputy Minister of Finance, Dr. Patricia Nyanga Laverley
The International Development Association (IDA) and the government of Sierra Leone have signed a US $10m Agro-Business Financing Agreement for the Sierra Leone agro-processing competitiveness project. The loan, which is to be paid in 32 years, was recently approved by Parliament.
Presenting the loan agreement to the House for discussion, Deputy Minister of Finance, Dr. Patricia Nyanga Laverley, said the project’s main focus is the promotion of an enabling environment. This, she said, would cost $20m. Dr. Laverley said that these funds will go towards reducing the burden and constraints faced by agro-businesses through the Small and Medium Enterprise (SMEs).
According to reliable sources the Environment Protection Agency (EPA) will be in charge of reducing the cost of obtaining environmental license. Sierra Leone Investment and Export Promotion Agency (SLIEPA) will also be there to develop a program for retention of agro-processing in the country.
The Deputy Minister stated that the Standard Bureau will help to improve standards of goods in the agro-business. Moreover, the Ministry of Trade is to be the sole beneficiary tasked with providing oversight function among the institutions and also enhance coordination and the proper setting up of agro-business.
Dr. Laverley further stated that $6m will be channeled towards increasing productivity and strengthening the key value chain of agro-business. It will also be used as investment to key innovators for the provision of secondary goods.
Approximately US $2m will be used for the implementation, monitoring and evaluation to help support the Coordinating Units to oversee the project preparation and contract management. Dr. Laverley explained that the project will enhance job creation and income generation, adding that it would also provide technical advancement to the SMEs and will strengthen productivity and also increase new investment in the market sector.
An opposition Member of Parliament for Constituency 066 in Karene District, Hon. Mohamed Bangura has informed journalists that he supports 100% the appointment of veteran Journalist, George Khoryama as Chairman of Independent Media Commission (IMC).
Hon. Bangura was former Minister of Information and Communication in the last APC administration of former President Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma. He informed his colleague MPs that, the presidential nominee is more than qualified for the job.
FIFA has promised to advise CAF to reschedule the Leone Star matches against Black Star after accepting Sierra Leone's apology in Zurich.
Reliable reports from the FIFA headquarters in Zurich, Switzerland indicate that the world football governing body will now advise the Confederation of African Football (CAF) to reschedule Sierra Leone’s matches against the Black Star of Ghana that were cancelled last week due to the impasse between FIFA and the Sierra Leone Football Association (SLFA).
Hon. Justice Manuella Harding presiding over the High Court of Sierra Leone has incarcerated four accused persons at the Male Correctional Centre at Pademba Road in Freetown for allegedly committing capital offences, contrary to law.
The four alleged murderers, Ibrahim Kalokoh alias Cartel, Festus Mansaray alias Big Man, Alhaji Steven Bangura and Alpha Umaru Bah alias Maju are facing multiple offences ranging from Conspiracy to Commit a Crime, Robbery with Aggravation and Murder.
Certification ceremony after the one month training in China
Da Yu Mining Company operating in Tonkolili District, northern Sierra Leone has provided scholarships to three Sierra Leoneansto study in China.
As a registered mining company operating that wasgranted a large scale mining license (ML 01/2018) in January 2018 the company’s management has confirmed that their intention is to support the growth and development of the mining industry.
Chairman of National Commission for Privatization (NCP), Umaru Napoleon Koroma was among a high-level government delegation that left Sierra Leone recently for this year’s’ Annual Meetings of the International Monetary Fund in Bali, Indonesia. The International Monetary Fund and World Bank Annual Meetings in Bali, Indonesia were against a backdrop of stark climate change warnings, economic uncertainty, and geopolitical rivalry.
The Human Rights Commission of Sierra Leone (HRCSL) Northern Region office has dissolved an early marriage of a 14 year old class four girl child (name withheld) in Kathekeyan Kaboli, Pa Masangbon Chiefdom in the Bombali District.
In compliance with Section 7 of the Human Rights Commission Act, 2004, the Commission’s investigation found out that the child was contracted in marriage by a forty two (42) year old Ibrahim Conteh resident of Makomp village, Bombali Shebora Chiefdom in Bombali District.
The Director of Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU), Ahmed Kamara has stated that they will be hosting the Maritime Conference on Money Laundering under GIABA from 24 to 26 October this year. He added that the event will take place at the Radisson Blu Hotel, Freetown.
According to him, there is urgent need to sensitize the public well so they can combat money laundering in the country.
A report released recently by the Institute of Governance Reforms (IGR) headed by its Director, Andrew Lavalie, has stated that President Julius Maada Bio’s administration has undertaken several bold and commendable reforms in their first six months in office to ensure quality delivery of service to the populace, but noted that enduring concerns still remain.
The report titled: “Beyond Business as Usual: Looking Inward to Change our Story” further stated that domestic revenue figures have almost doubled, which is also a bold and commendable initiative.
Residents of Moyamba district and surrounding communities are currently mourning the untimely deaths of some of their people who lost their lives by drowning in the Mabang river.
This reporter made a conducted tour of the district past weekend and was greeted with the sad news of over six people who recently drowned in the river trying to make their way across to the other end.
Haja Mariama Kamara aka China Nicky, winner of Big Sister Salone, the country’s first ever reality television show organized in Sierra Leone by AYV Media Empire and ZedZee Multimedia, sponsored by Africell and others, has secured sixty million leones from one of Sierra Leone’s leading telecommunications company, Africell.
Solidaridad West Africa has joined Sierra Leone Government ministries and international partners to celebrate World Food Day (WFD) at a ceremony organized by the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Food Security at Moyamba Junction, Moyamba district.
The event which has its theme: “Our Actions Are Our Future: A Zero Hunger World is Possible by 2030” was graced by the country’s Chief Minister, Professor David John Francis, who was well pleased with Solidaridad’s display of some of its wonderful works in its areas of operations in Sierra Leone.
Islamic Online University (IOU) Board, Staff and Students met with the Deputy Minister of Higher & Technical Education, Dr.Turad Senesie at the latter’s New England Ville office in Freetown.
The chairman Board of Directors, of Islamic Online University, Alhaji Murtada Sesay on behalf of the chancellor said IOU has changed the mindset of those who perceive Islam negatively because IOU is using formal, digital and English medium of education to over 457,000 students worldwide and more are emerging because the classroom is unlimited no matter how great their number.
Independent Police Complaints Board (IPCB) Communications Officer Amadu Femoh Sesay confirmed over the weekend that the IPCB is currently investigating two alleged shootings and killings by police of a 29 years-old man in Mateboi village near Mile 91, Yonibana Chiefdom, Tonkolili District, in the north of the country and a small boy in the Thonko community, Kambia District, North- West of the country.
The Harvard trained Financial Secretary of Sierra Leone, Sahr Jusu, is of the view that many countries in Africa have become more indebted after going through massive debt cancellation arrangements two decades ago.
The Sierra Leone Brewery Limited (SLBL), commonly known simply as Brewery Limited, is the first and only brewery of international standards in the country.
It is not only one of the most viable businesses employing hundreds of workers and providing a livelihood for dozens of farmers especially sorghum farmers, but it’s also a kind of historical institution that has seen change of several governments including military governments, come and go since the country gained independence in 1961.
The Mo Ibrahim Foundation (MIF) has announced the launch of the 12th annual Ibrahim Index of African Governance (IIAG), taking place on Monday 29 October 2018, when the results and analysis will be shared with the public.
To mark the launch, Dr. Mo Ibrahim will participate in a Facebook Live event to discuss this year’s striking results and the trends measuring Africa’s public governance progress.
As President Bio instills credibility in state institutions with a focus on revenue mobilization, education, and discipline, he could not have asked for a finer and brighter Sierra Leonean than Jeneba Bangura to support his vision.
The President has been mindful of gender-balanced appointments ranging from his cabinet with key portfolios going to women like the Deputy Finance role to selecting female diplomats including Anna Moussa and other main government artery agencies.
Santigie Bangura presiding over the Freetown Magistrate Court No. 1 at Siaka Steven Street has committed Abubakar Conteh and Almamy Kamara to stand trial in the High of Sierra Leone for committing felonious offence.
Both accused persons are charged with the offence of Shop Breaking and Larceny contrary to Section (26) sub Section (1) of the Larceny Act of 1916,
When the All People’s Congress (APC) party lost the March 2018 Presidential Election to the Sierra Leone People’s Party (SLPP), accusations and counter accusations as to who was actually responsible for the party to have been disgracefully kicked out of power greeted in the party.
Negative accusations were directed at the party’s hierarchy and supporters and members were all over the world blaming the party’s executive for being the cause of them thrown into opposition.
Three staff of the Sierra Leone Legal Aid Board, including its Executive Director, Ms. Fatmata Claire Carlton-Hanciles participated in the opening session of the Fragile-to-fragile workshop on the New Deal for engagement in Fragile States on Monday, October 15 at the Raddison Blu in Freetown. The two-day workshop is in support of the implementation of the 2030 agenda in fragile and conflict affected situations.
16 years old, Joshua Abdulai Gassama, a JSS II pupil of the Services Secondary School Juba, Freetown, who died after his neck was allegedly broken by a colleague pupil will today 17th October, 2018, be laid to rest at the Regent Road Lumley cemetery after a funeral service at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-days Saints Lumley.
Police at Lumley Police Division are currently investigating the matter and the suspect is in police custody.
Continuing promoting transparency and accountability in drugs distribution, the Ministry of Health and Sanitation has handed over five trucks of free health care commodities on Friday October 12, 2018 at a ceremony held at the Tonkolili District Council hall in Tonkolili district.
Handing over the drugs, the Resident Minister North, Hon. Abu Abu Koroma disclosed that they are handing over five trucks loaded with free health care commodities to the people of Tonkolili district aimed at improving their health status through an effective monitoring system with stakeholders.
A nongovernmental and religious organization called Caritas Freetown has commissioned the newly built St Francis Roman Catholic Primary School at Newton along Waterloo- Masiaka highway in the outskirt of Freetown.
Speaking at the commissioning ceremony held at the Newton community on Monday 15th October 2018, the Archbishop most reverend Dr. Tamba Charles intimated his audience that the construction of the St Francis Roman Catholic Primary School is dream fulfilled and part of the Caritas Freetown avowed postured to Promoting education in the country.
The uncontrolled increase in the rate of drug abuse like Dragon Delay Spray, Tramadol and Jah-scotch among young people in Sierra Leone has become a serious cause for concern to many Sierra Leoneans who spoke to this reporter last evening of Monday 15th October, 2018.
In a vox pop conducted by this writer, many Sierra Leoneans expressed concern and fear that if the government through its Ministry of Health and Sanitation fail to urgently intervene and curtail the smuggling of these drugs into the country, the country’s future leaders will gradually fade away.
President Julius Maada Bio has assured staff of the Independent Police Complaints Board of his administration support to the board to ensure they execute their mandate in a bid to strengthening the country’s democracy. He made this statement when receiving the board annual report at State House.
Addressing cross section of members of Independent police Complaints Board Sierra Leone, President Bio commended them for their outstanding contributions in keeping the country’s peace. He disclosed that the IPCB has been a backbone that keep Sierra Leone’s democracy, adding that they deserve to be empowered.
The First Lady of the Republic of Sierra Leone Fatima Bio has called on neighboring countries to partner with Sierra Leone in the protection of lives of elephants and other wildlife in the continent. She made this call at the International Wildlife conference held in London.
Delivering her speech Fatima Bio said Sierra Leone is a country that has more elephants than what the country can account for. She stated that the country has not been able to account for the amount of elephant she has, which, according to the First Lady is as a result of the lack of the required capacity to fully assess the situation of elephants in the country.
China Centre for Disease Control (CDC) has organized a confab on Hepatitis B at the Bintumani Hotel as they chart the way forward to help Sierra Leone win the fight on this deadly disease.
In his keynote address, the Deputy Minister of Health, Dr. Jonathan Sandy said the two-day conference on this deadly disease will emphasize the need for the introduction of a birth dose monovalent hepatitis B virus (HBV) vaccine as an effective strategy for the prevention of mother-to-child-transmission (MTCT) of Hepatitis B infection.
Speaker of Parliament & the US Ambassador to Sierra Leone
The United States Ambassador to Sierra Leone, Maria E. Brewer, has on Monday 15th October 2018 paid a courtesy call on the Speaker of Parliament, Rt. Hon. Dr. Abass Chernor Bundu, for the first time since he was elected Speaker on the 25th April 2018.