Public Education Officer Sylvanus Blake making his presentation to representatives of MDAs
The Kenema Office of the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has on Tuesday 1st October, 2019, conducted one-day training for Focal Persons of Integrity Management Committees (IMCs) of thirty Ministries, Departments and Agencies of Government (MDAs) in Kenema, on the implementation of the recommended action matrices contained in the National Anti-Corruption Strategy (NACS) 2019-2023. The training which took place at the ACC Regional Office in Kenema attracted the Kenema District and City Councils, MDAs, civil society and the media.
State House, Freetown, Friday 4 October 2019 – Sierra Leone’s new High Commissioner to the United Kingdom and Ireland, Dr Morie Komba Manyeh, has called at State House to bid farewell to His Excellency President Dr Julius Maada Bio.
General Secretary of the Communist Party of China’s Central Committee and Chairman of the Central Military Commission, Xi Jinping has said China’s foundation is so solid that no force can stand it way forging ahead. President Xi made this statement at a grand rally at Tian'anmen Square in Beijing to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China (PRC).
Former National Revenue Authority (NRA) Officer, Kepiatu Alghali, has pleaded guilty to Misappropriation of Public Funds, contrary to Section 36 (1), and Conspiracy to Commit a Corruption Offence, contrary to Section 128 (1) of the Anti-Corruption Act No. 12 of 2008, respectively at the High Court Holden in Freetown, presided over by the Hon. Justice Cosmotina Jarret.
The former Revenue Collector of the National Revenue Authority, Kepiatu Alghali has been convicted and sentenced to three years imprisonment, by Hon. Justice Cosmorita Jarrett presiding over High Court No.2 at Siaka Stevens Street in Freetown, or pay a fine of three hundred million Leones not later than 1st November 2019.
The Mano River Union (MRU) on 3rd October, 2019 observed its 46th Anniversary at a colorful ceremony held at the MRU secretariat Spur Loop in Freetown.
Speaking at the occasion which attracted a host of diplomats, government officials and the general public, Her Excellency Ambassador MadinaWesseh who is MRU Secretary General informed her audience that they are grateful for the foresight of the founders who had the regional vision and inspiration “and we are blessed with the dynamism of our current leaders and heads of state of the four member states for the birth of regional integration in West Africa.”
Welcome to this year’s Commonwealth Africa Summit. Since its inception six years ago, this has become a forum which has provided a unique opportunity to exchange views and take collective action at inspiring real leadership, eradicating poverty, ending corruption and engaging a more globally united approach to promote peace and prosperity in Africa.
Africa Youth Awards has announced 100 young Africans from 32 African countries in its 2019 ranking of 100 Most Influential Young Africans. First Lady Fatima Bio and Anti Corruption Commissioner, Francis Ben-Kelfala were recognized for their contributions to leadership and civil society. Vickie Remoe is the host and producer of the Vickie Remoe Show.
In its 4th year, the list has previously helped to celebrate and throw the spotlight on the remarkable achievements and contributions of young people towards the development of the African continent and also serving as a motivation to millions of young people across the globe.
Following the launch of the Medium term Expenditure Framework Period 2020-2022 Budget Proposal by the Minister of Finance, Jacob Jusu Saffa, his colleague the Minister of Lands, Country Planning and Environment, Dr. Denis Sandy has outlined his plans for the coming years.
Water is very essential in everyday lives and thus universally important in our day-to-day activities. Quite recently, the country saw a sudden increase on the cost of water from Le2,500 to Le3,500 thus making its small sales by sachet Le500 for one and 3 sachets for a thousand Leones.
The Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Food Security (MAFFS) has announced an elaborate plan to collaborate with the sister Ministries of Defense and Youth Affairs to embark on a massive rice production scheme.
This collaborative project aims at cultivating 170, 000 hectares of rice over the next three years. MAFFS officials said Thursday in a press briefing the goal is to produce 310, 000 metric tons of rice.
Honorable Sidie Mohamed Tunis, the Leader of Government Business in the Sierra Leone House of Parliament has on Monday 30th September 2019 spoken at the Commonwealth ICT and Telecommunications Forum 2019, which is currently ongoing in Dhaka, Bangladesh, from Monday 30th September to Wednesday 1st October 2019.
Two wayward sex abusers, twenty seven years old Abu Kabbia and forty nine years old Brima Thaimu Koroma have been separately arraigned before Hon. Justice Abdul Rahman Mansaray, presiding over the High Court No.7 at Siaka Stevens Street in Freetown for the offence of Sexual Penetration of a Child under the age of eighteen years old.
The first sex offender, Abu Kabbia had earlier pleaded guilty to one indictment of Sexual Penetration of a Child, and that he committed the said offence on 11th July 2018, at Moyeiba community, where he was engaged in an Act of Sexual Penetration of a Child, which negates Section (19) of the Sexual Offences Act N0.12 of 2012.
President Julius Maada Bio added that in order to ensure sustainable financing and achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals, SDGs, “we need to invest more in ensuring a conducive environment in the Least Developed Countries, LDCs.”
In a bid to enhance biblical Knowledge and propagate the gospel at rural communities, the Church of God World Wide Mission has over the weekend commissioned a theological college at Taiama named “The Taiama Learning Institute and College of Management”. The college is the first ever tertiary learning institution in the town.
Over the years there have been several concerns over the poor culture of reading and comprehension. These have largely been attributed to the inability of spelling words.
In addressing the challenges of spelling, Initiative in Capacity Building Association International (ICBAI), has been spearheading Spelling Bee Challenges in Sierra Leone since 2010.
Spelling Bee is a competition in which contestants are required to spell a broad range of words, usually with a varying degree of difficulty.
The concept is said to have originated in the United States.
Sierra Leone is among sixteen African countries invited to take part in this year’s African Spelling Bee Competition in Kampala, Uganda.
Ahead of the competitions in October, the Initiative in Capacity Building Association International in partnership with Sierra Leone’s Ministry of Education has staged a competition to select six participants at the Miatta Conference in Freetown.
Speaking to AYV, the Founder and Director of Initiative in Capacity Building Association International, Isata Musu Harding says this is the first time Sierra Leone will be participating in this competition, noting that it will serve as a platform to select the six people who will represent the country in Uganda.
Sylvester Mbawah is among the first ten participants who reached the finals of the competitions organized in Freetown. He advised his colleagues to pay more attention to spellings.
“I improve on my spellings by reading newspapers, magazines and other forms of literature. This has helped me immensely in understanding words and making it through to this stage,’’ says Mbawah.
On his part, Dalton Berri, a parent of one of the participants called on parents to assist and supervise their children in their studies. “My daughter is my best friend. I ensure that she’s always consistent with her studies. I believe that is the reason why she is one of the best readers in her school,” says Berri.
At the end of the competitions, many of the participants in the High School category had ties in their score points. Hence the organizers called for another final competition among the four participants in which three will be selected. The finals are slated for Sunday 8th October 2019 on the Sierra Leone Broadcasting Corporation TV.
The Sierra Leone Manchester United Supporters Club has made donations of food worth millions of Leones to the Milton Margai School for the Blind.
Speaking on Friday 27th September, 2019 at the school compound on Wilkinson Road in Freetown, a member of the Board of Trustees, Barton Cole, disclosed that the donation to the school is in fulfillment of the vision of the organization as one of their main aims to engage in charitable work, help the needy and bring smiles to the faces of young people. 9Photo: Man U fan club in Sierra Leone).
The Tacugama Chimpanzee Sanctuary (TCS) on Saturday 28th September 2019 officially launched the Roots and Shoots program at its Regent sanctuary outside Freetown.
The aim of the project, founded by the world’s renowned primatologist, Dr. Jane Goodall, who visited Sierra Leone early this year, is to catch pupils young so that they can be interested in the environment as well as protect the country’s National Animal, the chimpanzee.
Commissioners of the Human Rights Commission of Sierra Leone (HRCSL) on Tuesday 1st October, 2019 held its first referral partnership meeting at its Head quarters’ Conference room, Tower hill Freetown. This is HRCSL’s 8th referral partnership meeting since its last meeting in November 21st, 2018.
HRCSL collaborates with various Ministries, Departments and Agencies/Organization that are most suited to address certain complaints brought to the Commission. These complaints are sent to these partners for redress and are monitored regularly through effective collaboration born out from the referral partnership forum and policy.
Deputy Minister of Works and Public Assets, Philip Tetemah Tondoneh
Ministry of Works and Public Assets, has last week engaged security personnel and the cleaning agency responsible for securing and cleaning Youyi Building, so as to urge them to improve sanitation and boost security around the vicinity.
The meeting, which was held in the ministry’s conference hall in New England Ville, was to fulfill the ministry’s statutory mandate which is to maintenance all government buildings in the country.
Deputy Minister of Works and Public Assets, Philip Tetemah Tondoneh, condemned the act of peddlers, who are using the building as a market place, stating the ministerial building should always be kept clean and tidy.
“Youyi Building houses most of the country’s ministries. Hawkers should not be wandering around selling as if the facility is a public market place. People should not be loitering in and around the building,” he said.
Education for many especially in developing countries , is a clear route out of the acute poverty they find themselves. It has been a great tool for developing the intellectual capabilities of citizens and countries alike.
However, there has been a considerable rise in the level of dropouts/failures particularly within the secondary and university education system. In the recent West African Senior Secondary Certificate Examination (WASSCE) results for instance, it is estimated that 95 percent of students in Sierra Leone failed to obtain the necessary grades needed to successfully enrol on a university programme.
This has stirred a huge debate among citizens as to the root cause(s) of such a poor performance when compared with other countries within the subregion. One side of the debate blames the students with specific reference to their cheating culture and lackadaisical approach to their studies whilst others blame the staff and institutions.