My administration promised increased access to cost effective communications for home use and businesses; establish an Electronic Governance system to manage government business electronically; develop IT infrastructure resilience by multiple back up services for all government documents in all ministries; ensure that health records, land records, etc. are secured with enhanced broadband access across the country; and improve rural telecommunications, and create customer choice and affordability
If I am to publish a magazine focusing on young people, newspaper focusing on human interest stories; this young man will be the face of all my publications. I will celebrate him for his legacy and seek help for his beautiful daughter.
Late Kelvin Kamara, popularly known by his friends as American Stress, others call him the Great Promoter, Celebrity, Philanthropist and many more. From my end, I had always called him the Man that saved the lives of 40 people in his community.
Reading, the cognitive process of understanding a written linguistic message or being able to read and interpret what is written, is dead in Sierra Leone. It is noticeable every where that pupils and students of today do not make use of their school, college or university library.
Gone are the days when students clamoured and elbowed each other to lay hand on a nice book or a potential interesting book in a library. In yesteryears, pupils and students made a habit every Friday to go to their library and borrow two or four books to go and read over the weekend.
The Ghanaian High Commission in Freetown Sierra Leone has donated food items to Muslims at the Masjid Ijtihad Mosque in Freetown.
The donated items include bags of rice, containers of cooking oil and tins of milk among other items.
Handing over the food items on behalf of the Ghanaian High Commission, Head of Chancery at the Ghanaian High Commission Tahiru Iddrisu said the High Commissioner His Excellency Francis Abakar sympathized with Muslims in that part of the country, especially during the holy month of fasting and thought it fit to provide them with the food items.
‘Poda poda’ owners have instructed their drivers to park their vehicles in protest against the decision by the Sierra Leone Road Safety Authority (SLRSA) to enforce the ban on the use of metal seats in commercial transport. This occurred on Monday 13th May, 2019.
According to seasoned political scientists no country on earth can attain true socio-economic prosperity if its citizens are not cohesively united. Widespread disenchantment, according to them, is a recipe for conflagration and such has the tendency of reversing gains that have been achieved.
This sharply brings to the fore the proposed Bintumani 3 slated to commence on the 23rd May 2019 in Sierra Leone which is geared towards creating a platform where citizens of all shades of opinion will sit around a roundtable to deliberate on sensitive national issues to chart a formidable roadmap to move the country in the right direction for an improved standard of living.
President Ouattara and President Bio in a warm handshake
His Excellency President Alassane Ouattara of the Republic of Côte d’Ivoire has commended his brother and colleague, His Excellency President Julius Maada Bio for good governance and the fight against corruption in Sierra Leone during a one-day working visit by President Bio to Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire.
During a press conference by the two Heads of State following an hour-long bilateral meeting, President Alassane Ouattara commended President Bio for the progress he has made in recovering his country's economy and consolidating democracy since he took up office last year.
Residents of Makali town, Kunike Barina Chiefdom in the Tonkolili district have benefitted from an ultra-modern hospital.
It can be recalled that during President Julius Maada Bio’s first visits to Tonkolili district, the residents made several appeals and prominent amongst these appeals was for them to have a well strengthened medical facility.
The role of parliamentarians in Sierra Leone is very significant in ending Tuberculosis (TB) in Sierra Leone. It is against this background that there is now a global call on the role of parliamentarians across the world with Sierra Leone being no exemption to take political responsibility to bring TB to the forefront of global advocacy.
The newly-appointed representative of the World Health Organization Country Office in Sierra Leone, Mr. Evans Majani Liyosi, on 15 May 2019 presented his credentials to the acting Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Nimatulai Bah Chang, in Freetown.
District Medical Officer of Moyamba District Dr. James Jongopie has disclosed that they recorded more than 40 maternal deaths this year as a result of inadequate ambulance service and attitude of community members in accessing health facilities. Dr. James Jongopie made this disclosure during the launch of the National Emergency Medical Service in Moyamba District.
NRA’s Board Chair: Tuma Adama Jabbi Esq., making a statement
Chairperson, Board of Directors of the National Revenue Authority (NRA), Tuma Adama Jabbi Esq., has stated that her institution’s goal is to raise revenue that will contribute to 20 percent of the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) by 2023.
The NRA Board Chair was speaking at an event organized by the Embassy of the Republic of Sierra Leone in Beijing, in recognition of her election as Belt and Road Initiative Tax Administration Cooperation Mechanism (BRITACOM) Vice Chairperson, on Monday, 22nd April, 2019.
Sierra Leone law enforcement received expert training on how to identify, investigate, report and prosecute suspected cases of human trafficking during a 5-day training (6-10 May 2019) in Makeni. The training workshop was organized by IOM, the UN Migration Agency in partnership with the Ministry of Social Welfare Gender and Children’s Affairs (MSWGCA).
Every year, thousands of young girls and boys are trafficked into sexual slavery or forced labor in Sierra Leone. In 2005, the Sierra Leone government enacted the Anti-Human Trafficking Act No.7 of 2005 which officially made trafficking in persons an offence.
Rehabilitated SLMB primary school in Tombo Bana village, Kaffu Bullom Chiefdom
Port Loko District Council (PLDC), has over the weekend, commissioned constructed and rehabilitated multi-purpose hall, maternal and child health posts (MCHPs), hand-dug-water wells, and primary schools, among others, in five chiefdoms within Port Loko District.
The council also distributed wheelchairs and crutches to persons with disabilities, fabricated furniture to eight primary schools, and handed over projects and contractors to communities to replicate the same in other chiefdoms.
President Maada Bio has appointed Rtd Colonel Alhaji Fanday Turay who currently serves with the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force in the Golan Heights as his replacement to the chairmanship for the National Commission for Privatization (NCP).
He will be taking over from Umaru Napoleon Koroma who is heading to the Justice Ministry as its Deputy Minister.
President Bio has instructed Vice President Dr. Mohamed Juldeh Jalloh to preside over all the concerns expressed by Krio Descendants Union (KDU), in relation to recent disputes over land ownership between the Krio community and the Ministry of Lands, for amicable and speedy resolution.
This comes after several weeks of anger and frustration felt across the Krio community in Freetown over accusations of forceful land grabbing by the Ministry of Lands, President Julius Maada Bio finally met with representatives of the Krio Descendants Union (KDU) at State House over the weekend.
Alhaji Umaru Conteh, a Sierra Leonean national who worked as a Child Protection Officer and Anti FGM Activist for a Non Governmental Organisation Act for Kids -SL in Freetown landed himself in to trouble as he relentlessly continue campaigning against female genital mutilation/ Cutting to be abolished in Sierra Leone. As the Child Protection Officer for Act for Kids 'SL his role was to champion the campaigning against female genital mutilation by reaching out to rural communities, and schools in Sierra Leone disseminating the information about the hazards and effect of the so called old fashioned and uncivilized customary practice (FGM). His sensitisation programs in schools and community awareness campaigns against the female genital mutilation/ Cutting didn't go down well with members of the FGM initiators.
Alleged murderer, Ibrahim Mansaray on Friday 17thMay 2019 was denied bail by Magistrate Mark Ngegba presiding over the Freetown Magistrate Court No. 2 at Pademba Road for the offence of Murder, contrary to law.
He was charged together with one Bashiru Mahoi for Receiving Stolen Goods, but was granted bail in the sum of one hundred million Leones including one surety, who should be a residential citizen within the Freetown Judicial District of the Republic of Sierra Leone.
By Joseph S. Margai, Strategic Communications Coordinator, State House
National Telecommunications Commission (NATCOM), has on 17th May, 2019, supported the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) to celebrate the world telecommunications and Information Society Day.
Held in the Moyamba District Council Hall with the theme “Bridging the standardisation gap”, NATCOM took this year’s celebration, for the first time, to Moyamba town, where chiefs, traders’ union, women groups, commercial motor bike riders’ union, Moyamba District Council officials, pupils of primary and secondary schools, among others, were in attendance.
Chinese Ambassador to Sierra Leone Hu Zhangliang has commended the Africa Young Voices Media Empire for what he described as independence and objective role as a leading media outlet in the country.
Speaking during a courtesy call to his office by the President and Chief Executive Officer of the African Young Voices Media Empire Ambassador Anthony Navo, Ambassador Zhangliang said the media is very important in strengthening the mutual ties between Sierra Leone and the Peoples Republic of China.
Mortomeh: Scene of destruction and carnage after the 2017 mudslide
By Yabom S. Kargbo
Speaking to journalists recently during a seminar that attracted stakeholders in environment management, the Environment Protection Agency (EPA) Public Relations Officer, James Tamba Kamara said people have restarted construction activities in the Mortomeh settlement at the foot of Mount Sugar Loaf, Regent that suffered a serious mudslide over a year ago, leaving death and destruction in its path.
It could be recalled that a little over one year ago, Freetown woke up to the terrible twin disaster news about a mudslide in Mortomeh and flash floods in others areas around Freetown.
The leading Telecommunication operator in Sierra Leone, Africell has given Iftar to Muslims nationwide that are fasting in this Holy month of Ramadan.
Iftar is one of the religious observances of Ramadan and it is taken just after the Maghrib prayer and it is done in emulation of Prophet Muhammad (S.A.W) who before his death breaks his fast in this manner.
The first lady of Sierra Leone, Mrs Fatima Bio in collaboration with the JMB women on the 17th May 2019 has donated some food items to five mosques in Port Loko district and five other mosques in Kambia district. This timely arms is to extend charity to the Muslim communities in these districts and to the less privileged.
The first lady also asked all the head Imams of these various mosques to continue to pray for the country's development and for God not to accept anyone who is trying to destroy the plans of the president Julius Maada Bio.
By David Moinina Sengeh,Chief Innovation Officer at Government of Sierra Leone.
This past Christmas, on my way to the launching of a Center of Excellence for Information Communication and Technology in Bonthe, I drove through a colorful party. Women of all ages were dancing and singing. It wasn’t an ordinary party – they were celebrating the passing rites of new initiates into the female Bondo society. A couple weeks later, I went on a walk with my 16 yr old cousin who had also gone through Bondo during that same period. I observed that I hadn’t seen her during the holidays and that her parents told me she'd gone to the bush. She confirmed that she had.
Chief Minister - All set to help rebuild Sierra Leone’s lost glory
The press release signed by the Office of the Chief Minister on 15th May, 2019, showing the amount raised by the timber industry in just nine months, shows that the New Direction is about delivery.
The Sierra Leone timber industry which has been known for corruption, scandals and lack of accountability and money making venture by just a few people to the detriment of the country has now being transformed by the New Direction government through the leadership of the Chief Minister.
By Ibrahim Sorie Koroma, Health Education Officer – HED/MoHS
The Ministry of Health and Sanitation through the Health Education Division on Wednesday 15th May engaged and orientated District Deputy Directors of Education, Conference of Principals of Secondary Schools and Sierra Leone Teachers Union on the upcoming Measles Rubella Vaccination Campaign scheduled for Monday 10th – Sunday 16th June this year. The engagement took place at the Atlantic Lumley Hotel in Freetown.
Residents of Saiama in the Lei Chiefdom, Kono District during the engagement
The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) sub-regional office in Kono on Friday 10th May 2019 sensitized stakeholders and other community members at Saiama on the Pay No Bribe (PNB) campaign. Saiama is the administrative headquarters of Lei Chiefdom in Kono District, and it is located approximately nine miles from the Meli River, which marks the boundary between Sierra Leone and Guinea in the chiefdom.
Her Excellency the First Lady of the Republic of Sierra Leone, Mrs. Fatima Maada Bio and the Julius Maada Bio Women’s Wing (JMBWW) have continued their donation of food and other items to Muslims across the country to help them complete the holy month of Ramadan.
On Wednesday 15th May, 2019, the women joined worshippers at the Majid Rahman Mosque in Goderich Freetown where they also gave Zakat (food and other items) in the spirit of Ramadan.
The Minister of Planning and Economic Development, Hon. Nabeela Farida Tunis, has launched the Sierra Leone Multidimensional Poverty Profile 2019 at the Ministry’s Conference Hall, Tower Hill, and Freetown.
Hon. Tunis underscored the critical nature of the technical analysis of the report and its contribution to national decision making. Taking a holistic approach to measuring poverty, she noted, that the report is vital to accurately count and respond to the needs of each and every Sierra Leonean.