The Commissioner of the Anti-Corruption Commission, Francis Ben Kaifala Esq. has sent a strong warning that the Commission will not hesitate to close down businesses that have failed to pay their taxes to government for the period of two years.
Commissioner Ben Kaifala has made it explicitly clear that his Commission has the legal mandate under Section 48 of the ACC Act of 2008 to investigate the none payment of taxes.
The China Civil Engineering Construction Company (C.C.E.C.C) is expected to work on the rehabilitation of the Limkokwing ring road up to the Regent village in the urban set up of the western area.
Works and Public Assets Minister, Raymond De' Souza George said he was so grateful to the Republic and People of China for this great gesture in improving on the road sector adding that such venture will add to the economic aspect to Sierra Leone.
The Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry through the Boosting Agriculture and Food Security (BAFS) project on Tuesday 13th November, 2018 organized a policy and implementation workshop at the ministry’s conference room.
The workshop is aimed at looking into the Cashew Policy implementation plan under the BAFS Project
Welthungerhilfe is implementing a Waste Sector Reform project in Bo, Makeni and Kenema (Improved Waste Management in Bo, Kenema and Makeni) with Funds from DFID (UKAID) with matching funds from WHH. This is done in collaboration with WASTE-NL, One World Link and German Toilet Organization and the three cities councils to enhance the capacity of Bo, Kenema and Makeni City Councils as well as of private sector actors through promotion of Integrated Waste Management Programs to improve on environmental sanitation and socio-economic conditions in secondary towns of Sierra Leone.
The Ministry of Technical and Higher Education has handed over traveling parcels to eleven students that were awarded scholarships to pursue higher education in Russia. The event is in line with the mandate of the ministry to provide access to Tertiary and Higher Education for Sierra Leoneans.
Addressing the beneficiaries, Deputy Minister of Technical and Higher Education, Turad Senesie wished them success as he bid them farewell, citing that it is the ministry’s responsibility to support Sierra Leoneans that are willing and ready to increase their knowledge.
Thirty four –year old Hassan Murray alias Sani, on Monday 12thNovember this year re-appeared before Hon. Justice John Bosco Allieu of the High Court of Sierra Leone for committing capital offence, contrary to law.
The accused person is alleged to have committed the said offence on 17 July 2018 within the Freetown Judicial District in the Western Area in the Republic of Sierra Leone at the Old School Complex vicinity on the hills overlooking Freetown capital.
The Public Account Committee (PAC) in the Sierra Leone Parliament has referred the Sierra Leone People’s Party (SLPP) Ministries of Defense and that of Agriculture to face the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) for further investigation on the findings of the 2016 Audit Report.
Ignite Power Sierra Leone is pleased to announce that on Sunday Ignite team of engineers have connected the entire village of Koidu with a population of 400 people which include women and children, and a school now have access to safe, green power.
On Sunday, the families of Koido woke up to a new reality and a brighter future filled with opportunities and potential. From now on, all the families in the village will enjoy access to modern energy services by use of the Ignite solar systems while their children will be able to read at night, they can charge their mobile phone during the day without traveling to the nearby city which was the closest with EDSA connections, they can live more safely and build a more modern way of life.
Former Commissioner General of National Revenue Authority (NRA), Haja Kallah Kamara has refunded one billion Leones (Le1,000,000,000) to the ACC in respect of Anti Corruption Commission (ACC) investigations into budget payments whilst she was in office.
The former NRA Commissioner General is required to pay back two billion Leones but has entered into a settlement agreement with the ACC to pay the remaining one billion Leones within a period of one year effective 1st November, 2018.
“To attain food sufficiency, all leadership hands must be on deck.” First Lady, Mrs. Fatima Bio – wife of the President of Sierra Leone, has demonstrated her commitment to the attainment of food sufficiency in Sierra Leone, by establishing a 200-acre farm in Masiaka, in the Northern Province. The farm is to grow cash crops.
The United Kingdom (UK) Member of European Parliament (MEP), Steven Marcus Woolfe has joined his colleague parliamentarians to hail His Excellency President Julius Maada Bio in recognition of what he referred to as ‘his vibrant leadership and an excellent start in moving Sierra Leone to the right direction’.
The Chairman of the Renaissance Movement, Augustine Sorie-sengbe Marrah’s lawsuit against the Inspector General of Police comes up today, Tuesday 13th November 2018 in the Supreme Court of Sierra Leone. The Plaintiff, Augustine S. Marrah, has petitioned the Supreme Court to determine and hold accordingly that the vehicular restriction by the Sierra Leone Police during the last general elections on 7th March 2018 was an infringement of his right to freedom of movement as enshrined in Section 18 of the Constitution of Sierra Leone (Act No. 6 of 1991). The Plaintiff also contends that the arrest and detention of his vehicle on elections day amounted to arbitrary arrest and detention and also contravened his right to property as enshrined in Sections 17 and 21 of the Constitution of Sierra Leone respectively.
A Sierra Leonean Physician trained and based in the United States of America, Dr. Fouad Sheriff, over the weekend opened the Cotton Tree Pharmacy at Pademba Road in Freetown with the aim of providing affordable treatments and drugs to meet the needs of Sierra Leoneans at home and abroad.
“Cotton Tree Pharmacy will carry genuine brand name and generic products for the body sourced from makers across the world,” said the Dr. Fouad Sheriff, adding that the pharmacy’s warehouse sells retail and wholesale drugs as well as medical accessories to health care professionals.
The West African College of Physicians has conferred an honorary degree on His Excellency President Julius Maada Bio at State House in Freetown, making him the ninth Awardee of the honorary fellowship degree since the college’s establishment in Lagos, Nigeria in 1976.
President of the College, Dr Ifeoma Egbuonu, thanked President Bio for receiving the honour, in Latin a degree honoris causa. She said the college would continue to contribute to the country’s health sector and had done so especially during the Ebola Virus Disease outbreak.
The every first Saturday national cleaning was re-introduced by the current government with the aim of keeping the country clean and citizens healthy. It is against this backdrop that the government has been doling huge sums of money to local councils and bodies as logistics and other arrangement to ensure that the cleaning exercise is successful.
In fulfillment of government’s desire to remember and honor those who died during the Ebola Epidemic, the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development in collaboration with its partners has organized a number of activities in the most affected districts of Western Area Rural, Bombali, Port Loko and Western Urban Districts where planting of trees in Ebola cemeteries, dedication of several projects and joint Memorial Services were undertaken to commemorate the victims.
Minister of Tourism and Cultural Affairs has urged African leaders to collaborate effectively and showcase their tourism potentials in order to foster socio-cultural cohesion among African countries.
Madam Memunatu Pratt made the above call during the West African Integrated Travel Dinner organized at the Novatel Hotel in the United Kingdom.
She said that the tourism sector could be used as a platform to create huge opportunity for the country, adding that her ministry has embarked on a massive campaign to rebrand Sierra Leone through culture, tourism and trade.
The Directorate of Human Resources for Health, with support from partners has concluded a one-day Regional Consultation Workshop to generate inputs that will inform a comprehensive Rural Retention Action Plan for the Ministry of Health and Sanitation.
The objective of the workshop which was held at the Civil Service Training College in Freetown on Thursday November 8, 2018 was to present findings from recently analyzed data on rural area reclassification in Sierra Leone.
The Big Brother Housemates Salone Reality TV Show is the latest social, entertainment and youth empowerment project designed by the Africa Young Voices (AYV) Media Empire in collaboration with Sierra Leone’s biggest mobile telephone and internet service provider Africell. This project is the latest result of several years of collaboration between Africell and AYV. This TV show comes on the heels of the huge success of the Big Sister Salone 2018.
In Sierra Leone, Solidaridad has received 11 young university graduates for additional training to enhance their skills in sustainable agriculture. This forms part of Solidaridad’s effort to build requisite human capacity to drive inclusive and sustainable supply chains in the country.
The support aligns with the government’s agenda of empowering youths to play a greater role in national development.
Managing Director of KP Information and Security Services (KPISS) has informed this press in an exclusive interview that the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) can be achieved through dissemination of quality information and efficient security services.
KP Information and Security Services (KPISS) is a registered private company that provides quality information and security services to the public on request.
Minister of Finance Jacob Jusu Saffa has informed Members of Parliament that the Sierra Leone People’s Party (SLPP) government will increase the minimum pension wage of retirees from Le20,000 per month to Le250,000 effective January 2019 (an additional Le230,000).
“As part of our efforts to improve the living conditions of our retirees, Government is increasing the minimum pension to Le250, 000 per month which is consistent with the NASSIT Act 2001 (50 percent of the minimum wage) effective January 2019,” the minister told MPs.
Following the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding with the government of Sierra Leone for the extension of the Freetown International Airport and the construction of a 5 star hotel at the airport in Lungi, executives of Ghana-based Heiland Construction Company in partnership with Natur Global Sierra Leone, over the weekend conducted visibility study of the facilities in the airport.
The visibility study is geared towards achieving President Bio’s manifesto promise to expand the facilities at the airport rather than construct a new airport.
Santigie Bangura presiding over the Freetown Magistrate Court No.1 at Siaka Stevens Street, on Friday 9th November 2018, granted five million Leones bail each to thirty four accused persons and ordered that theirbail bonds must first be approved by theDeputy Assistant Master and Registrar.
The thirty four accused persons are charged with the offence of Throwing Missiles, which negates Section (6) of the Public Order Act No.46 of 1965.
Ten alleged Cannabis Sativa producers have made their fifth appearance before Santigie Bangura presiding over the Freetown Magistrate Court No.1 at Siaka Stevens Street, for cultivating large quantity of Cannabis Sativa in the northern part of the country.
They are charged with grave criminal offences ranging from Conspiracy to Committing a Felony to Unlawful Possession of Cannabis Sativa, contrary to section (48) sub Section (1) of the Pharmacy and Drugs Act of 2001.
The Senior Examinations Officer at the Milton Margai College of Education and Technology, Goderich Campus, Richard Koddah on Thursday 8th November 2018 informed the media that two students were caught for impersonation during the conduct of the second semester reference examinations at the college on Wednesday 7th November 2018 and handed over to the police for further investigations.
The Hon. Vice President Dr. Mohamed Juldeh Jalloh on Thursday November 8th 2018 stated that the ‘New Direction’ Government is taking the issue of transparency in the Extractive Industry very seriously.
He made this statement during a courtesy call on him at his Tower Hill Office in Freetown by the EITI Validation Team from Oslo, Norway who are in the country to assess whether the EITI implementation of the country is consistent with EITI standard.
(L-R) EU Ambassador Tom Vens; Chief Minister David Francis, Development Minister Nabeela Tunis, Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the EC, President Maada Bio, Foreign Minister AlieKabba and Finance Minister Jacob Saffa
President Julius Maada Bio has received a huge boost from the European Commission in Brussels, after the Commission promised to provide 73 million Euros funding to the government of Sierra Leone.
This follows a successful meeting between President Bio and the European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker.