The First Lady of Sierra Leone, Her Excellency Fatima Bio has said that the story going round that she is working with the Sierra Leone Correctional Service (SLSC) to assist inmates to earn money in an agricultural venture is inaccurate. “The initiative is not from the Office of the First Lady as conveyed in recent news reports” she said.
State House, Freetown, Friday 6 September 2019 - President Xi Jinping's Special Representative, Yang Jiechi, has met with His Excellency President Dr Julius Maada Bio to assure of his country’s commitment to further deepening and strengthening bilateral relations with the New Direction Government.
Government’s declaration early this year the chimpanzee as Sierra Leone’s national animal is a complete joke at the rate at which orphaned chimps are taken to the Tacugama Chimpanzee Sanctuary (TCS) at Regent is alarming and a cause for concern.
The Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Food Security, Joseph Ndanema had also declared the TCS the number one eco-tourism destination in the country but government has not done anything to support TCS over the years or repair the deplorable road leading to the sanctuary and now management of the sanctuary is very doubtful if the chimps will be released into the wild when they are not protected.
Sierra Leone's former President, H.E. Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma (EBK) has preached democracy, peace and leadership and shared his experience on his successes, surprises and setbacks in his regime as President of Sierra Leone.
By Abdul Fonti - Communication Strategist, Office of the President
The Ministry of Finance has confirmed that administrative and academic staff of the University of Sierra Leone (FBC, COMAHS and IPAM) have not received salaries for July and August 2019, chiefly because of delay on the part of university authorities in submitting staff payroll data.
The Lead Consultant, Population Secretariat in the Ministry of Planning and Economic Development, Dr. Robert T. Moikowa on Friday 6th September 2019 yesterday informed this medium that the recently launched National Population Policy is designed to improve the quality of life for the people of Sierra Leone by ensuring that the sustainable management of population growth is in line with the country’s economic growth, poverty reduction and available resources.
What clearly was a major break in Sierra Leone and West African Entertainment commenced just over a year ago. The greatest entertainment platform ever created in Sierra Leone started at last year’s ECOFEST hosting seven West African Nations. Superstars like Patoranking from Nigerian, Kuami Eugene from Ghana, Takana Zion from Guinea and CIC from Liberia to name but a few, were part of a star studded line up for what was a massive event and an almost perfect showdown. This year has promised even bigger and greater things and by all standards it has a momentum that’s bound to attract the whole of the African continents attention. Issues like sound system that were a national have now been fully sorted by KME’s ECOFEST SIERRA LEONE 2019 partners, CRIBS INTERNATIONAL.
Director of Public Prosecution, (DPP), Easmon Nathanael Ngakui (left)
Head of Crime Investigation at CID in Freetown has informed AYV that investigation is ongoing to determine and identify culprits involved in the murder of at least eight individuals since late 2018 to date
It should also recalled that since last year, there have been at least eight (8) murders at Jorpoh Farm, Waterloo in the Far East of Freetown.
The Sierra Leone Red Cross Society with support from the British Red Cross has visited flood victims in BO-Jong village in the Jong Chiefdom, Bonthe district to access the level of damage they suffered as a result of this year’s flooding in their locality.
Nyankeh Vandi Kamara, Chairperson of National Association of Pharmaceutical Students (NAPS) that is affiliated with COMAHSS has informed the general public that they want the public to be aware of the role of pharmacists and to also understand how best they (physicians) play their role in achieving universal health coverage in Sierra Leone.
Developing the Tourism sector is one of the priorities of the present government. In an effort to develop tourism sectors in the country the ministry of Tourism and cultural Affair has held a day consultative workshop on Island tourism development in the country.
The workshop was geared towards developing a blueprint for island tourism development in the country.
SIERRA LEONE'S ECONOMIC AWAKENING - A Way Forward! (Part 2)
After the Slave Trade, the shores of Sierra Leone were choicest to abandon free slaves and that ushered in some form of neo-civilisation which fueled certain colonial practices which subjected the superior practices of the fore fathers. The Slave traders came in with sheer brute and labelled our people primitive. For the records, the fore fathers farmed, fed and lived healthy lives, with no records of strange illnesses even though they were not as "sophisticated" as we are today.
Since late 2018 to date, there have been at least eight (8) murders at Jorpoh Farm, Waterloo in the Far East of Freetown.
It could be recalled that eleven accused persons have been remanded at the maximum security prison by Magistrate Komba Kamanda of the Freetown Magistrates’ Court No.2 for allegedly murdering one Francis Kamara aka ‘Obluffa’.
Head Teacher of Rural Education Committee (REC) Primary School at Bassa Town Waterloo Yearie Darboh has called on the government to help secure the school land from encroachers in the community. Madam Yearie Darboh made this clarion call while updating AYV about their challenges.
Sierra Leone Commercial Bank, Rokel Commercial Bank, Commerce and Mortgage Bank, FIBank, Skye Bank and Western Union will now be operating from 9:am to 4:pm every Saturday commencing 1st September 2019.
After successfully introducing the Automated System for Custom Data (ASYCUDA) at strategic tax generating points across the country, the National Revenue Authority (NRA) and commercial banks on Saturday 31st August 2019 at Water Quay Cline Town Freetown, launched the Saturday Operation in order to meet the demand of customers and to fast-track the operations of customs at the Water Quay and other tax generating points across the country.
It’s been more than 15 years since the end of Sierra Leone’s civil war – and later a devastating Ebola outbreak – both of which combined to make an underperforming economy difficult to revive.
Sierra Leone has one of the highest youth unemployment rates in Africa, indeed in the entire world. Nearly two in three youths in the country are unemployed or underemployed. This reality pushes thousands each year to seek work abroad, often through irregular routes.
The Minister of Lands, Housing and Environment, Dr. Denis Sandy has stated that the Customary Land Rights and Land Commission Bills Development will serve as binding document (s) to help regulate the legal acquisition and proper management of customary lands in the country. This was revealed during a day’s National Land Policy Implementation Steering Committee Meeting at the Saint Anthony’s Parish Hall in Freetown.
Eight former African presidents, including Sierra Leone, will participate in the launching today of the Kofi Annan Peace and Security (KAPS) in Ghana
The two-day conference, commencing September 4 and ending today, is organized by the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre (KAIPTC) in collaboration with the Federal Government of Germany and the Government of Norway. (Photo: Late Kofi Annan, the former UN Secretary-General).
Minister of Energy Alhaji Kanja Ibrahim Sesay, in collaboration with a crack team of EDSA electricity thieves’ investigators are currently discovering loads of individuals in the habit of stealing electricity through rouge connections.
One of the very first electricity bandit caught by Energy Minister Alhaji Kanja Sesay’s crack squad of electricity thief investigators is the West Africa Sunshine in a residential area at Aberdeen. It is an estate run by Chinese nationals that are using a transformer that was installed, and runs on Tariff Band One despite the use of the institution’s heavy consuming appliances.
An alleged fraudster, Mannanuel Kwame Kondo of No.1 Johnson Lane at Aberdeen in the Western part of Freetown has been granted bail in the sum of two hundred million Leones by Magistrate Hannah Bonnie presiding over the Freetown Magistrate Court No.1 at Pademba Road.
The bail condition indicated that the accused person should produce two credible and reliable sureties who are ready and willing to enter into recognizance on his behalf.
Chief Corporate Service Officer of Africell Joe Abass Bangura has said that 80% of Sierra Leoneans do not have access to financial services in the country. He said this is according to the National Financial Inclusion Strategy paper released by the Bank of Sierra Leone.
Mr. Joe Abass Bangura made this disclosure during the launch of the Bank to Wallet and Wallet to Bank Account mobile service for Sierra Leone initiated by Sierra Leone Commercial Bank (SLCB) using Africell Money.
Sierra Leonean students that were fortunate to get scholarships to study various subjects in Beijing, China are full of praise for the Chinese government.
In her vote of thanks, Theresa Alpha noted that this is a journey they will never forget and expressed thanks to the Chinese team, the government of Sierra Leone and the People’s Republic of China and others who made it happen. She said China’s diverse cultural norms and atmosphere will continue to grow stronger. Theresa promised on behalf of the whole team that they will obey all laws that guide the country and set a landmark.
Earlier, a farewell ceremony dubbed China Night 2019 brought together 116 Sierra Leonean aspiring students en-route to China, dignitaries from different universities across the country and ministers of government and officials of the Chinese Embassy in Sierra Leone.
Residents at the Bottom Oku Crab Tong community in Wellington are accusing the government of neglecting them after they voted President Julius Maada Bio and the SLPP to power. They say they are yet to have a community health center, secondary school and a police post.
As a way to provide sustainablesolutionto future disasters in coastal communities, the Institute of Marine, Biology and Oceanography (IMBO) has trained representatives from different government agencies and sectors including the Office of National Security, National Tourist Board, Sierra Leone Maritime