Staff of MDAs and Council listening to ACC messages
“We are not a bunch of lazy and indigent people. We do not eat three times a day because we cannot afford the provision. We sleep rough – in makeshift houses. We drink unclean water – from unprotected source. We hop – instead of walk – on tattered roads. We are not poor because we choose to be poor. Friends, we are impoverished today because some of our compatriots have created the social and economic conditions that necessitate poverty” ACC Southern Regional Manager told a meeting in Mattru Jong, South of Sierra Leone.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation in collaboration with Irish Embassy, has commenced a two day validation workshop for the government of Sierra Leone Human Rights Universal Periodic Review Mid-term Report at the Ministry’s main conference hall, on Tower Hill, Freetown from Wednesday 24th to 25th July, 2019.
In her statement at the opening session of the workshop, the Chairman of the Human Rights Commission of Sierra Leone, Mrs. Patricia N. Ndanema stated that, the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) on human rights is one of the greatest achievement in the history of the global struggle for human rights, as it gives states the opportunity to assess one another and also serves as best practice mechanism for duty bearers who are determined to ensure the enjoyment or realization of human rights by right holders.
“We are not stopping at declaring our assets, incomes, and liabilities. We are taking further steps to reengineer ourselves, to re-commit ourselves to serving the people of Mattru Jong with fairness and honesty in our operations, to install integrity at traffic, to re-command respect in the eyes of the public, and to pledge our commitment to supporting and strengthening the fight against corruption, “ASP Umaru Turay in charge of operations said in a Parade Talk hosting the Anti-Corruption Commission.
His statement comes barely twelve days following release of the Global Corruption Barometer report 2019, which increased dramatically the percentage of people believing that there is less corruption in the SLP as compared to 2015.
Officer-in-Charge of Sefadu Correctional Centre Supt. Alusine Kamara displays the beddings for inmates
Deputy Director General of the Sierra Leone Correctional Service (SLCS), Dennis Harman, has disclosed that the government of Sierra Leone, has on Monday, 8th July, 2019, supplied beddings to 4,438 inmates at the various correctional centres in the country.
Dennis Harman, who was speaking exclusively on Tuesday, 23rd July, 2019, made the above disclosure in his office at the SLCS headquarters in New England Ville, Freetown.
Following the pronouncement of the implementation of the Free Quality Education program by the Bio led administration, which is seen as a conduit for the promotion and enhancement of human capital development, the management of SALCAB thought it prudent to complement government’s effort by aligning its strategic plan with the government priority project- the Free Quality Education, with the support of Free Quality Internet Connectivity for Schools, Vocational Institutions, Universities, and all District and Regional Libraries in the country in a bid to accelerate quality learning outcome.
Commissioner Francis Ben Kaifala Esq. presenting the winner’s trophy to Madison Academy
The Commissioner of the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has asked a jam-packed hall of young people to take responsibility over the fight against corruption as it is the solitary fight to not only save the soul of this nation but also give young people a better future.
Francis Ben Kaifala Esq. made this statement while delivering the keynote address at the just-concluded premier Inter-Secondary Schools Debate Competition on the theme "My Education, my Future, No to Bribery and Corruption" held at the Kabbah Hall of the Eastern Polytechnic in Kenema on 21st July 2019.
One thing that is distinct about the Bio led SLPP Government is the appointment of highly educated individuals and professionals to key positions whom the populace confidently believe have the wherewithal to deliver as per their mandates and responsibilities. The proposed NATCOM Chairman Mohamed Fouad Sheriff fits well into this category.
Mohamed Fouad Sheriff is a Sierra Leonean who holds a Bachelor of Science with Honors degree and a Master of Technology in Aquaculture with vast experience in Fisheries Planning, Fisheries Management and Project Management.
According to the International Program on the Elimination of Child Labour (IPEC), “child labor is often defined as work that deprives children of their childhood, their potential, and their dignity, and is harmful to their physical and mental development”.
Sierra Leone has gone through rough and tough times in recent history, dating from the war outbreak, cholera and Ebola epidemics, to mudslide and up to current economic hardship.
Despite these factors, child labour remains an important concern for human rights activists and civil society organizations in the country.
A male acquaintance called me. He told me he had a business deal to discuss with me. He came and we spoke about the deal which had to do with liquidating assets for a client. He is a lawyer.
Somewhere in the middle of that conversation he said that thing (pointing in the direction of my crotch) it must have been a long time since someone hit that. He said it was unfair. That he was waiting for the day that I would call him and ask him to come have sex with me.
We continued on talking about the business deal he had called me about. He said he would get back to me on specifics. I never called to follow up. He did not either. That conversation showed me that even though he always says he respects me, he doesn’t. In his eyes, I am but an object for sex. I didn’t tell him the extent to which that talk repulsed me but it did.
Public Relations Officer Alfred Terry of the Sierra Leone Gymnastics Federation has revealed to this medium that, a total of four boys are preparing for the annual International Chamber of Commerce competitions in China.
Alfred Terry confirmed that the boys are expected to leave the shores of Sierra Leone for Beijing later this month to participate in the entertainment category of the upcoming event.
He added that, interest in gymnastics had fizzled but years ago but that with the intervention of the CEO who doubles as the national president Anna Williams, the sport is now reviving.
Sources close to AYV Sports have confirmed that one of Sierra Leone’s outstanding non-division right-out attacking midfielders Madani Bah is about to secure a contract to join one of Sierra Leone’s top national premier league side soonest.
As premier league teams are currently scouting for young and promising talents of division one players and non-division players across the nation; as a beef-up Madani Bah who is currently playing for non- division side Biddy FC has attracted the technical management of football club big guns country wide.
There has been a lot of noise flying the corners of Freetown about President Maada Bio's current visit abroad. Some have even assumed that the President is seriously ill and wish him dead.
We members of the charismatic People's Democratic League (PDL) find it very interesting that the enemies of Sierra Leone have launched a depraved, despicable propaganda in the social media to embarrass Sierra Leonean voters by going madly in their wicked tricks to demonise President Julius Maada Bio.
The Commissioner of the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) Francis Ben Kaifala Esq., has signed a grant agreement for funding with the Open Society for West Africa (OSIWA) worth One Hundred and Ten Thousand United States Dollars (USD 110,000).
The agreement is an approval for the funding for various Departments of the Commission and is in response to a proposal submitted to OSIWA under the heading “Changing the Game Plan in the Fight against Corruption in Sierra Leone”.
National Assets and Government Properties Commission (NAGPC) under the office of the President has opened a regional office in Kenema to service the Eastern Region at Maxwel Khobe Street, Kenema.
On Saturday, 20th July 2019, esteemed profiled personalities from government, private and public sectors including and not limited to: the Minister and Deputy Minister of Lands, Housing and Environment,Resident Minister Eastern Region,Paramount Chief Nongowa Chiefdom, Mayor Kenema City, ACC, ONS, Deputy Provincial Secretary, Senior District Officer, Sierra Leone Fire Force, Sierra Leone Correctional Services, Chairman Lebanese Committee, Land Owning Families, Members of the Fourth Estate etcattended the formal opening of the of the National Assets and Government Properties Commission in Kenema city.
The Deputy Minister of Information and Communications, Mamadi Gobeh Kamara, joined other stakeholders in Kigali, Rwanda in the 6th edition of the GSMA 360 Africa conference.
The conference which attracted Ministers, Telecom regulators, Data Protection and Identity Authorities as well as Senior Representatives from International organizations from Africa, Europe and America was aimed at discussing the fast emerging Digital Citizens as well as leveraging on the power of mobile in achieving the SDG targets.
Chairman of Independent Media Commission (IMC) George Khoryama has said, the Commission will be suspending 12 newspapers for refusing to pay two million Leones fine for writing offensive and libelous reports about different people, adding that they will also be suspending some newspapers and radio stations for failing to renew their license for more than two years.
Women and children are the most vulnerable and suffer during flooding whenever it rains. It is a common phenomenon as they experience this misfortune every year, aided by poor drainages and blocked gutters.
Women in Kroo Bay which is one of the most notorious slum communities in Freetown are calling on the government and Freetown City Council to embark on cleaning culvert to stop flooding.
The Minister of Mines Hon. Foday Rado Yokie has pledged his commitment to revisit all mining agreements, and cancel those that are not in the interest of the people of this country.
He has further ensured that Mineral Rights would be given to credible investors and called on the technical staff of the NMA to work with him in this direction to ensure synergy between the Agency and the Ministry for the good of the country.
Jolaks a subsidiary of Milla group has officially handed over a WASH facility to the Kholafa i Rashideen School at Upper Magnum Street Wellington Constituency 115 as part of the company’s corporate social responsibility to the host communities where the company operates.
The water and sanitation facilities includes toilets and bathrooms with a running water aimed at addressing the challenges of school pupils and teachers of the school.
In a bid to have value for money on infrastructural contracts, the New Direction government of President Julius Maada Bio is currently revisiting and reviewing all of Memoranda of Understanding (MOUs) signed and awarded to Contractors by the previous All People’s Congress (APC) government.
This was according to the Deputy Minister of Works and Public Assets, Hon. Philip Tettehma Tondoneh, when on conducted tour in all the district councils of stakeholders’ consultative meetings for the way forward on the roads sector.
The Honourable Chief Minister 'Professor David John Francis' has on Friday 19th July, 2019 visited the Northwestern Region of Sierra Leone in order to inspect some of the development projects undertaken by NACSA but also to sympathize with the Resident Minister of the Region, Haja Isata Abdulai Kamara over the lost of her son few weeks ago.
On his way to Portloko, the delegation went through Kafubulum Chiefdom where they were received by the Paramount Chief, Hon. P.C Sebureh Seba Gbereh (III) and other stakeholders of the Chiefdom.
In a closed door meeting, Chief Sebureh thanked His Excellency President Maada Bio and the New Direction Government through the Chief Minister for the good governance drive in the country with emphasis on the Lungi bridge project. The Chief Minister discussed Series of developmental issues with the people of Kafubulum and encouraged them to support the Government.
Beginning 2011 to date, a total of six (6) people have been killed in their respective capacities as caretakers of a 219 acres land situated at Jorpor Farm in Waterloo, east of Freetown; a property belonging to the Samuel Enitor King family.
The persons killed are: (1) Vandi Kallon aka OC Berrin Gron; (2) Francis Kamara; (3) Amadu Mansaray; (4) Alie Sesay; (5) Abu Bakarr Jalloh; and the latest being Musa Sesay killed on Thursday 18th July, 2019 at Jorpor Farm.
A team from the Airports Council International is in Sierra Leone to start the Airport Excellence in safety programme which is a review on the Freetown International Airport from the 22nd to the 26th July. The declaration of commitment and collaboration was signed and the objective is to lay the ground work for the preparatory stage for the certification of the Freetown International Airport.
Crime busters attached at the Kabala police station reportedly went into action this morning to investigate and established the circumstances leading to the alleged murder of one Foday J. Koroma a native of the township and a final year student of UNIMAK.
A friend of the deceased says he was in night club last night and as the club session ends he engaged in dropping off friends in their homes with a motorbike he had accessed from another friend for use that fateful night.
Just this morning, they woke up the news of the discovery of Foday's remains in a drainage on Gbawuria Rd by one mile area.
The residence of Justice Biobele Georgewill, one of three judges probing the administration of former President Ernest Bai Koroma, was attacked on Sunday night.
Information Minister, Mohamed Rahman Swarray has confirmed the attack but could not give much, emphasizing that “a fact-finding mission is on its way to the residence” in Goderich, just outside Freetown. The Nigerian judge leads one of the three commissions of inquiry.
Investigators attached to Family Support Unit (FSU) Rogbaneh division in Makeni have on Saturday intimated Provincial Times Newspaper that 50 yrs old Foday Kamara is in their custody helping in their investigation in a case of abuse of minor and incest. Police say suspect happened to be the senior brother of the girl's guardian and that they were residing at the same house in a street in Makeni.
The guardian aunty of the 13yrs old pregnant victim Mabinty Conteh told police that herself and her husband are running a small merchandise shop where they normally sleep, whilst the victim and her younger kids sleep in their room in the same building.
Works and Public Assets Minister, Peter Bayuku Konteh has said that after peace, education, good governance, and infrastructural development are the key elements that will contribute to build any nation.
The Minister made this pronouncement during a conducted nationwide tour with stakeholders on the road sector with a consultative meeting held at all the District Councils Head Quarter towns
The Sierra Leone High Commission in Nigeria has repatriated a Sierra Leonean Mother, Isha Kargbo and her five children back to Sierra Leone after been abandoned by husband in an unfinished building for over a year.
Isha said she has been with her husband in Nigeria for fourteen years after her parents gave her into marriage to her husband.