Ambassador David Mendegila addressing pupils and journalists
In a bid to complement government’s effort in the provision of free quality education across the country, the Sierra Leone Progressive Union (SLPU), a US based organization, has donated desks and chairs to three primary schools each in the North, South and Eastern part of Sierra Leone.
The schools include, St. Theresa Police Primary School, New Police Barracks, Bo, Kenema Eastern Polytechnic Practicing School, and the Ahmadiyya Muslim Primary, Roruks, Yoni chiefdom, Port Loko District.
Members of the Parliamentary Committee on Internal Affairs have cautioned police officers attached at the Massingbi–Motema Checkpoint, in Kono and Tonkolili districts to stop conniving with local councils to allegedly extort money from the people living and transacting business in that part of the country.
According to Chairman of the Internal Affairs Committee, Hon. Alusine Kanneh, the police officers were summoned following persistent complaints to the House by Hon. Hafiju Kanja of Constituency 18 in Kenema District, claiming that a checkpoint had been mounted between Konike-Massingbi - the road leading to his constituency and that the police manning this checkpoint are extorting money from drivers and passengers plying the route.
Senior officials of the Sierra Leone Investment and Export Promotion Agency (SLIEPA), have met with representatives of the Whitaker Group from Washington DC and Invest Africa from London, to discuss the many investment opportunities that Sierra Leone offers.
Both Whitaker Group and Invest Africa are working to promote trade and investments in Sierra Leone particularly and Africa in general.
The Freetown City Council (FCC) has installed rubbish collection bins across the capital Freetown, to help combat the problem of waste collection and disposal.
Speaking to journalists, Mayor Aki-Sawyerr said garbage collectors will be collecting garbage from houses and taking them to the transit points for onward transfer to dump sites.
She admonished residents to always deposit their garbage in dustbins and not on the streets. She frowned on residents who would not deposit their garbage in the street bins close to their homes or put them in bags and wait for garbage collectors to take away the garbage for a small fee.
The Islamic Forum of Islamic Organizations for Peaceful Coexistence on Wednesday 30th January, 2019 paid a courtesy call on the Minister of Local Government and Rural Development Anthony Brewah, to thank him for the swift action of the government in addressing the plight of Imams on the excesses of members of the secret society (Poro), as Imams were forcefully conscripted, harassed, molested, their properties destroyed and some valuable items carted away.
The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has developed a System Review Report, with objective to strengthen integrity in the management of drugs and medical-related services in government medical facilities.
At a meeting with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation in Moscow on Wednesday 30th January, 2019, Sierra Leone’s Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Minister, Dr. Alie Kabba informed him that Sierra Leone is determined to ensure that the country’s historically friendly relationship with the Russian Federation “continues to flourish for the mutual benefit of our two countries and people’s”.
Five of the trucks loaded with free health care commodities
Continuing promoting transparency and accountability in service delivery and ensuring that drugs are available in hospitals and health centres, the Ministry of Health and Sanitation with support from partners on Tuesday January 29, 2019 handed over six trucks of Free Health Care drugs and commodities to the people of Bo District.
The Chief Minister, Professor David Francis on Wednesday 30th January 2019 said that the launch of the Solade Adams Public Lecture Series and commissioning of the Milton Margai College of Education and Technology Library and Science Laboratory is very important. He emphasized that public lectures create the platform for lecturers and students to discuss important issues as well as engage students.
Youths in Upper Falaba Road, Port Loko District engaged in commercial bike riding to make living
Youths in Upper Falaba Road, in the Port Loko District are calling on the New Direction government to provide jobs and other empowerment skills for them.
Port Loko District is one of the most deprived districts in country, with little chance for youths to succeed due to lack of commitment over the years by various governments to create jobs for this cadre of Sierra Leoneans.
In a press release issued by the main opposition All People’s Congress (APC) party immediately after the launching of the Commissions of Inquiry on Tuesday 29th January, 2019, the Party has reemphasized its stand that without addressing its numerous concerns relating to the Commissions of Inquiry, which include that of the Rules of Evidence among others, the Party will not make available any of its members to answer to the call of any of the Commissions.
Sèmè City, the International Knowledge and Innovation City, has partnered with the TonyElumelu Foundation (TEF), the leading philanthropic organization empowering African entrepreneurs to train and empower additional 50 Beninese entrepreneurs. Sèmè City will join a growing list of governments, development agencies and private sector organisations partnering with the Tony Elumelu Foundation to explore the Foundation’s sustainable model of philanthropy geared at addressing the root cause of poverty in Africa while creating jobs and economic wealth for all.
Transparency International (TI), the global anti-corruption, civil society organization, on 29th January 2019, released its annual Corruption Perception Index (CPI) for the year 2018.Sierra Leone improved from 130 to 129 out of 180 countries surveyed, with a score of 30.
According to the statement read by the National Coordinator of CWS-SL, Martha B. Kanu, “recent statistics from the Family Support Unit of the Sierra Leone Police showed that as of last year, 8,505 rape cases were reported nationwide, out of a population of 7.5 million people.”
The Child Welfare Society-Sierra Leone (CWS-SL) a non-government, charitable organization has urged President Julius Maada Bio to declare a national emergency on the increasing number of rape and sexual violence cases against women and children.
As part of combating drug abuse and alcoholism by youths in Sierra Leone, the Youth Empowerment and Development Association of Sierra Leone (YEDA-SL) a civil society organization based in Freetown has revamped the Campaign against Drug Abuse and Alcoholism by young people in Sierra Leone.
The Tombo wharf is being misused as a toilet by some children and fishermen
Residents of the fishing community of Tombo in the Western Area Rural District, are calling on the relevant authorities to come to their aid as they are currently facing extremely poor sanitation, lack of modern toilet facilities, added to an acute shortage of water.
Sierra Leone’s newly-appointed Ambassador to Brussels, Samuel Musa, has informed his colleagues and audience that he plans on taking the New Direction Agenda to the Committee of Ambassadors of Africa, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) States in Brussels.
During the visit of President Julius Maada Bio in his `Thank You Tour ’ on Friday 25th January, 2019, he promised the people of Kailahun that his government will do everything possible to take development to that once neglected district. President Bio expressed his gratitude to the people of Kailahun for always standing by him and the Sierra Leone People’s Party (SLPP).
“My main motive to visit you is to say thanks to you all for your overwhelming votes that brought me to power”, President Bio said.
Magdalene Ada Duwai aka Ziggizz is a Sierra Leonean multiple award winning Professional Athlete who was born and raised in Freetown Sierra Leone where she went to school and studied Telecommunication Engineering at Njala University of Sierra Leone. Presently living in the USA where she is pursuing a professional football career.
Her passion for sports started at an early age playing football with her brothers when she was a little girl about the age of six, running around the neighborhood which became a norm at that tender age.
The Confucius Institute at the University of Sierra Leone (CIUSL) has held the 2019 Spring Festival Serial Cultural Experiencing Activities at the Tai Chi Garden situated at Kortright 22, Fourah Bay College, yesterday Tuesday 29th January, 2019.
The program was graced by Professor He Mingqing, Director of CIUSL, Mr. Wiston Webber, Special Assistant to the Vice Chancellor of the University of Sierra Leone, the Deputy Registrar of FBC, Mr. Lebbie, the Chinese Ambassador to Sierra Leone, His Excellency Wu Peng and other dignitaries.
Judges on the Commissions of Inquiry have today subscribed to the Oath of Office before His Excellency President Julius Maada Bio during a ceremony at State House.
The three judges, appointed recently, were Justice Biobele Georgewill from the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Justice William Annan Atuguba from the Republic of Ghana and Justice Bankole Thompson, a Sierra Leonean judge.
In an interview with Herbert Bangura, the Executive Director of Young Peace Builders (YPB), he said; "Young people are not just the future, they are the present. Today, more than half of the world’s population is under the age of 26. By offering young people a possibility to take part in shaping their own future, young people can be at the front line of Peacebuilding".
A press release issued by the Anti Corruption Commission (ACC) states that: “The ACC has discovered huge structural and agency loopholes at the West Africa Examinations Council (WAEC)
The press release dated Friday 25th January, 2019 mentioned among the ACC findings “serious lapses in the scripts and examination management regime; weak controls in the script room; lack of proper records in respect of script movements and no records of issued scripts maintained by the script room staff”.
Mayor of Freetown Municipality, Her Worship Yvonne Aki Sawyerr accompanied by the Director General of National Social Security and Insurance Trust (NASSIT), Mohamed Fouad Daboh and the Minister of Labor Adekunle King have visited the market complex at Sewa Ground in central Freetown on Friday 25th January 2019.
The subject of empowerment of women has become a burning issue all over the world including Sierra Leone.
United Nations member states and agencies and even President Julius Maada Bio have emphasized gender issues for it to be given utmost priority. However, female stone miners at the Baw Baw Quarry in the Peninsular Area of Freetown are asking whether they are not among the women of Sierra Leone as they daily suffer to make ends meet through stone mining.
Lions, the killers from the East End of Freetown, made a magnificent start to the new season and sent their thousands of supporters dancing in delirium all the way back to their base as they mauled their traditional arch-rivals Mighty Blackpool 1-0 in the first round of Superclash 2019 ,at the Siaka Stevens Stadium last evening.
With a sold-out crowd of over 35, 000 watching and thousands more at home and abroad viewing live TV streaming by the SLBC and AYV ,
The rate of illegal exportation of Sierra Leone fishes, rice and palmoil through the Sierra Leone-Guinea borders in the Kambia district has become very much worrisome and causing Sierra Leone to lose billions of leones to illegal exporters.
Dozens of crooks are seen on an hourly basis stealing away to neighboring Guinea, large quantities of bags of rice, drums of palmoil and cartoons of fishes, evading tax.
President, Lebanese Committee in Sierra Leone - Samir Hassanyeh
Sources close to the Secretariat of the Commissions of Inquiry (COI) have informed AYV that at least eleven Lebanese contractors/suppliers are to appear before the Commissions relating to several government contracts in the Ministries of Defense, Health and Agriculture respectively.