At the 6th Board/Management Retreat organized by the National Revenue Authority (NRA), the Chief Minister 'Professor David John Francis endorsed the National Revenue Authority (NRA) as Sierra Leone’s best change agents.
He thanked the leadership of the Authority for inviting him to the Board and Management Retreat.
His Excellency President Julius Maada Bio has engaged a high-level delegation from the Egyptian energy producing company, El Sewedy Electrometer, where he promised to provide the conducive environment for investments in Sierra Leone.
During the meeting at the Haqyatt Resort, Sharm El Sheikh in Egypt, Chairman and CEO of the company, Engineer Emad Z. Elsewedy, said his company had been to Sierra Leone once during the meter installations in 2004, a project he described as their opening to Africa.
The principal of the Milton Margai College of Education and Technology Polytechnic, Dr. Philip Kanu on Thursday 6th December 2018 announced representatives of the Interim Executive of the college’s Students’ Union as Rosaline Kamara, final year Bachelor of Education in Business Studies as Leader of the team, Atila Taylor, final Year Educational Administration, secretary to the team, Abdulai Mansaray, Higher Teachers’ Certificate Final, Business Studies, Abdulai Habib, Civil and Building Engineering and Jene Baion clarifying that the Interim Executive would hold the fort until elections are held next year.
Minister of Finance Jacob Jusu Saffa has disclosed that at least 10,000 ghost workers were identified during the recent biometric verification of civil and public servants by the National Civil Registration Authority (NCRA).
He was speaking at a press briefing held in the conference room of the Ministry of Information and Communication to respond to the approval of the Executive Board of the International Monetary Fund of a 43 months arrangement worth $172.1million under the Extended Credit Facility.
His Excellency President Julius Maada Bio has told journalists in Freetown that his New Direction Government is at an advanced stage in the repeal of Part V of the 1965 Public Order Act that criminalises libel.
He was addressing the inaugural Media Cocktail at Radisson Blu, organised by the Office of the Press Secretary and Presidential Spokesman. The occasion brought together over 120 foreign and local journalists, editors and media owners.
By Franklyn Campbell, (Intern) Mercury International, PR Department.
Concern for Vulnerable Children and Women (CVCW), with Support from Mercury International Company SL Ltd, on Saturday 17th November 2018, held a charitable event, targeting school going children at Grace of God Mission International Jesus Home, 37 Pademba road in Freetown.
The heart touching event, organized by CVCW, a local non-governmental organization registered with the Ministry of Social Welfare Gender and Children Affairs, was aimed at distributing learning materials to vulnerable school going children.
The Ernest Bai Koroma University of Science and Technology in Makeni city on Friday 30th November formally opened its new Career Advisory and Placement Services Center (CAPS) with support from the UNDP.
The CAPS was initiated by the National Youth Commission (NAYCOM) and kicked-off in 2014 to chat the career pathway of its young people in tertiary Institutions/ universities.
PRO Bonthe District Family Association, Rose Konima Stevens
Deputy Speaker of Parliament, who doubles as member of the Bonthe District Family Association, has raised concern that their tribe is neglected and gradually going into extinction, adding that they have decided to come together to undertake a vigorous campaign to ensure that their ethnic identity does not totally fade away.
Hon. Segepoh Solomon Thomas reiterated that they formed the association to collaborate and seek their interest, but more importantly to reactivate their ethnic identity as most Sherbros have identified themselves with other ethnic groups in the country.
The remains of a young lady whom they identify to be Mariama Seidy Barrie has been found at a nearby village some fourteen miles off the township of Kabala in the Koinadugu district, Northern region of Sierra Leone. Evidence surrounding her death has been closely linked to committing suicide.
Mariama Seidy Barrie was only 15 years when she was given in marriage to her father’s friend brother, a man that was twice her age. Mariama came home hungry and looking profusely tired from school on a faithful afternoon when she saw some strangers and her father dialoguing on something she never thought would be an arrangement for her to be forced into early child marriage. Our tradition prohibits us from saying no to whatsoever dictates our parents’ orders, she said.
According to the Anti Corruption Commissioner Ben Kaifala, the former President of Sierra Leone “declared his assets in 2017, a year before he left office.”
The ACC Commissioner Ben Kaifala Esq. was responding to questions in a radio programme aired on Thursday 6th December, 2018. He said among other things, that apart from declaring assets there is also what he described as “exit asset declaration”.
Thirty-five schools in Sierra Leone, including some of the top secondary schools in the country have been accused of examination malpractice by the West Africa Examination Council (WAEC).
The Council issued a statement yesterday 5th December, 2018 titled: ‘Update on Schools Involved in 2018 Private WASSCE Examination Malpractice.
The statement reads:
“The West Africa Examination Council (WAEC) and its examiners are currently remarking and investigating some certain schools that were woefully involved in examination malpractice during and after the exam whilst marking was in progress.
His Excellency President Julius Maada Bio has officially launched the WASH Annual Review Conference organised by the Ministry of Water Resources and the Ministry of Health and Sanitation at the Bintumani Hotel, Aberdeen in Freetown.
Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) is an inter-ministry initiative between the Ministry of Water Resources and the Ministry of Health and Sanitation supports the provision of safe drinking water by helping to maintain sanitation and hygiene practices in the country.
Secretary General of Sierra Leone Union on Disability Issue (SLUDI), Sallieu Turay at a symposium marking the commemoration of the International Day of Persons with Disability (IDPWD) has urged President Julius Maada Bio to implement the Persons with Disability Act of 2011 and establish disability units in the Office of the President at State House as prescribed by the Acts.
The symposiums which was aimed at empowering person with disabilities and ensure inclusiveness and equality, was held at the British Council Auditorium in Freetown.
His Excellency President Julius Maada Bio has reassured his government’s commitment to human capital development, while making a presentation at the Mandela 100 Global Citizen Festival in Johannesburg, South Africa.
This year’s festival focused on human capital development. President Bio was invited as a special guest by World Bank President Jim Yong to join other world leaders to make commitment on investing in human capital development.
Minister of Political and Public Affairs, Ambassador Mohammed Foday Yumkella, has informed journalists that his ministry is not an extension of the Sierra Leone People’s Party (SLPP), as many people might assume.
Ambassador Yumkella, was speaking on Friday, 30th November, at the Embassy of the Republic of Sierra Leone in Beijing, China. He said his ministry’s mandate is to serve the interest of the general good of all Sierra Leoneans.
Three villages in the North-West region of Port Loko District recently validated their village maps showing land plots and the sizes of all their land-owning families.
The beneficiary villages, Matatie, Rosint and Rokupr Wosie, have been involved in the validation of their plots of land including boundary lines and marks between neighbors as well as neighboring villages for three days.
The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has indicted Abdulai Barrie, a former Deputy Minister in the Ministry of Works, Housing and Infrastructure (MWHI) under the All People’s Congress (APC) led government of Sierra Leone, for various corruption offences.
Abdulai was indicted on 5 counts of Using Office to Improperly Confer an Advantage, contrary to Section 42(1) of the Anti-Corruption Act, 2008;
Priscilla Schwartz : Determined to deal with rapists
Sierra Leone is contemplating reviewing its laws to make it easier to prosecute rapists. This is according to Justice Minister Mrs. Priscilla Schwartz.
She told her audience that the idea is to place the burden of proof on guilt on the accused, rather than on the accuser. Mrs. Schwartz was speaking at a high level forum on gender based violence (GBV), as part of commemoration of the 16 Days of Activism, a global campaign against GBV.
The National Chairman and Leader of the ruling Sierra Leone People’s Party (SLPP) Dr. Prince Alex Harding aka Bullet on 4th December 2018 started a countrywide tour first with a meeting of constituency representatives in the east of Freetown.
The first of many such consultations that would end on 22nd January 2019 according to Dr. Harding, took place at the John James Complex, Jenner-Wright Road in the east of Freetown.
One of Sierra Leone's finest Economists, Prince Jacob Macauley has warned against tax increases and advised government to look into the Small Medium Enterprises (SMEs) for the country's economy to have a turnaround.
He warns that the manner in which the tax has increased in this short period, will affect the poor people but also that bread and butter issues will become more difficult.
Health and Sanitation Minister, Dr. Alpha Tejan Wurie has called on staff of the Integrated Health Projects Administration Unit (IHPAU) to merge their services with the ministry and to be strict and professional in the project they are asking to man, as well as for them to recognize that more work is needed from them.
At INTEGEMS hall in Freetown on Monday, fifteen staff from the Ministry of Energy, Electricity Distribution and Supply Authority (EDSA), Energy and Water Regulatory Commission (EWRC) and Electricity Generation and Transmission Company (EGTC) received certificates after completing three weeks of intensive training in understanding the fundamentals of electricity demand forecasting (load forecast), power flow analysis, and integrated generation and transmission expansion planning.
Magistrate Abdul Sheriff on Monday committed a sexual penetration matter involving one Juma Jalloh, 24, to the High Court for trial after four prosecution witnesses testified against him for the offense of sexual penetration of a five years old girl.
The accused person had been before Magistrate Sheriff on a preliminary investigation for allegedly penetrating a child, contrary to Section 19 of the Sexual Offences Act No.12 of 2012.
The 2018 Afro Barometer Report that was launched recently at the Ministry of Information and Communication conference hall at Youyi Building, Brookfields in Freetown by Campaign for Good Governance (CGG), has rated the Sierra Leone Police (SLP) as being at the bottom while the Republic of Sierra Leone Armed Forces (RSLAF) has risen up the ladder in terms of performance and respect for human rights.
First Lady of the Republic of Sierra Leone, Her Excellency Mrs. Fatima Jabie Bio, yesterday 4th December held a two-hour cordial interaction with management and staff of the Africa Young Voices (AYV) Media Empire during a courtesy call on the Empire at its Wesley Street campus in Freetown.