(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.
The United States Embassy in Freetown has issued a press statement following days of unrest around the Lumley vicinity in Freetown. The release went further to advice its citizens as to what line of action to take and what not to do in the event the situation deteriorates.
Mr. Ali Hussein Bazzy has said that he is standing to be elected as a member of the Lebanese Executive Committee in order to be a voice for the thousands of Sierra Leonean-Lebanese mulattos in the country. Talking to this newspaper in an exclusive interview, Mr. Bazzy stated that he believes that the Sierra Leonean-Lebanese mulattos must have representation in the Lebanese Committee since they are born by either Lebanese fathers or mothers.
Freetown in recent years has been hit by water shortage. The Ministry of Water Resources says that up to 60% of residents within the capital city Freetown do not have access to clean drinking water. In a bid to salvage this problem, the Ministry of Water Resources and the Chinese Geo Engineering Corporation recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that will pave the way for the construction of the Rokel River Water System. The signing is a way of tackling the perennial water problem urban areas face.
The Minister of Youth Affairs Mohamed Orman Bangura has assured the Secretary General of the Sierra Leone Red Cross Society (SLRCS), Kpawuru Sandy of government support in the areas of SLRCS youth development programmes among others.
In a friendly meeting held between the two leaders on Wednesday 8th November at the SLRCS headquarters in Freetown, the minister acknowledged SLRCS as an auxiliary that continues to live up to its expectation by rendering humanitarian services dating back from the war, and in emergency response interventions with the cholera and Ebola outbreaks and the mudslide.
High Commissioner Tamba Lamina (right) discussing with the High Commissioner of the State of Kuwait, who is also the Dean of the Diplomatic Corps in London
Barely two weeks into his post, Sierra Leone’s newly-appointed High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, Tamba Sylvanus Lamina, is off to a flying and busy start.
From his office in central London, High Commissioner Tamba Lamina is busy working his way through tons of diplomatic files, dusting off and reactivating long ignored projects, as well as working hard to unveil new plans that should spark more international interests in Sierra Leone, which should help to transform the nation’s image in line with the policy goals of the government’s New Direction Agenda.
Hon. Vice President Dr. Mohamed Juldeh Jalloh delivering the keynote speech
The Hon. Vice President Dr. Mohamed Juldeh Jalloh on Monday 5th November, 2018 reiterated government’s commitment to supporting the country’s health sector.
He made the pronouncement during the official opening of the 42nd Annual General and Scientific Meeting of the West African College of Physicians at the Freetown International Conference Centre at the Bintumani Hotel in Aberdeen, Freetown. The theme of the meeting was: “Defining the role of laboratory in the era of emerging and re-emerging diseases in the sub-region.”
The SLPP government of President Julius Maada Bio has awarded the Sierra Leone Government Grant-in-aid scholarship to thousands of students reading Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) subjects and that have been admitted to read Engineering, Agriculture, Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics for the 2018/19 Academic Year.
The Ministry of Youth Affairs on Tuesday 6th November, 2018 brought together various stars in the entertainment industry to a dialogue forum in a bid to chart the way forward in reviving the industry and making it outstanding in the West Africa sub-region.
Speaking during the event, hosted at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation conference hall in Freetown, legendary musician Jimmy Bangura aka Jimmy B, said entertainment is a profession that should be respected and embraced by all and sundry, adding that he believes that the changing dynamics in the industry is very necessary and timely.
The Office of the Clerk of Parliament on Wednesday 7th November, 2018 wrote a letter to the Financial Secretary in the Ministry of Finance, requesting information on the salaries of Judges, Magistrates, Permanent Secretaries and other Heads of Government institutions, following last week’s public row over MPs demand for increase in their salary.
Rashid Turay CEO of Infinity and Rush Construction Company Ltd.
In order to salvage the plight of pregnant women in Bonthe Island the government of Sierra Leone through the Ministry of Finance in 2016 invited bids for the supply of a Sea Ambulance that will serve the people of Bonthe Island. Infinity and Rush Construction Company Ltd. eventually won the bid to supply the boat.
Sierra Leone MPs in Rwanda (center is Hon. Sengepoh Solomon Thomas, Deputy Speaker)
A high-level gathering of African legislators in Kigali, Rwanda following two weeks of deliberations on corruption and other topics has ended with Sierra Leone’s leader of the delegation who doubles as Deputy Speaker of the House of Sierra Leone Parliament, thrilling his colleague MPs with his concise, but clear and detailed presentation on what his country (Sierra Leone) is doing with regard fighting corruption among other important issues tabled for discussion.
The historic Ordinary Session of the Fifth Pan-African Parliament (PAP) came to an end on November 3, 2018 after two weeks of brainstorming by law makers from Africa including five MPs from Sierra Leone.
Chief Electoral Commissioner of Sierra Leone National Electoral Commission (NEC), Mohamed N’Fah Ali Conteh, has been appointed by ECOWAS to head a pre-election fact-finding mission to Nigeria ahead of that country’s presidential election slated for 16th February 2019.
His appointment is in line with the ECOWAS Supplementary Protocol on Democracy and Good Governance in the sub-region ahead of every election; the regional body appoints credible electoral commissioners to embark on two weeks mission to collect all texts governing the concerned elections.
A team of Sierra Leonean Diaspora medical professionals from United Kingdom, Switzerland and the United States of America are in Sierra Leone to deliver free medical services in Kailahun District. The medics are in country to take part in the second phase of the Migration and Development in Africa (MIDA) Project.
Speaking on behalf of his colleagues at a meeting held at the Office of Diaspora Affairs (ODA) in Freetown, Dr. Charles Senessi who is an influential Sierra Leonean Diaspora medical professional, said with enthusiasm that they are happy to come back to Sierra Leone to render their services to the country as a way of giving back .
Following his promises to develop his constituency during the election, Hon. Kemokoh Conteh of Constituency 108, Western Area Rural District has commissioned the Bassa Town community field in Waterloo.
The fencing of the playing field according to Hon. Conteh is a project he started during his first tenure as Member of Parliament. He added that the field is the hub of Waterloo where social events within and around the community usually take place.
A team from the Freetown Emergency Recovery Project supported by World Bank has briefed the Minister of Works and Public Assets Raymond De’ Souza George on their various piloted projects to be implemented in Freetown before the next rainy season.
In his brief remarks, the team leader Niels Holm revealed that this project is geared to address issues of roads, bridges and drainages within prone communities and will also establish a Training Coordination team.
Two Sierra Leoneans have invented a 600 watts in-built generator that supplies non-stop electricity; powers all appliance - with the exemption of refrigerators.
The ‘Sierra Power Plant Generator’ does not produce smoke and noise. Its main power source is a button and not a crank, because it does not use fuel. With an internal cooling system - when powered on, it constantly and efficiently supplies Alternating Current (A/C).
The Ghanaian High Commissioner to Sierra Leone, His Excellency Francis Abakah has praised the Legal Aid Board for providing legal assistance to Ghanaians living in Sierra Leone. The High Commissioner singled out the case of Edward Kofi Dogbe which is being appealed by the Board. Mr. Dogbe is serving a four year prison term at the Pedemba Road Correctional center. He was convicted of obtaining money by false pretense in November 2017.
President Bio speaking with Antwerp World Diamond Centre, CEO Ari Epstein
President Julius Maada Bio on Monday 5th November visited the Antwerp World Diamond Centre (AWDC) in Belgium, where he called for diamonds to be cut and polished in Sierra Leone.
Addressing board members and management of AWDC, diamond traders, miners, bankers and the Press, President Bio said that Sierra Leone is a major exporter of diamonds, but more focus should now be placed on value addition to diamonds in Sierra Leone.
A one year education project launched by the Honorable Member of Parliament Keikura Vandy of Constituency 088, Bo District costs four hundred and seventy two million, seven hundred thousand Leones (Le472,700,000).
Some three thousand two hundred pupils in Bo District have officially registered and commenced free Saturday remedial education classes launched by Hon. Keikura Vandy of Constituency 088 in the District.
‘In reflecting the importance it attaches to infrastructure development, an amount of Le104.9 billion is allocated from the recurrent budget to the Ministry of Energy.’
This is according to Minister of Finance Jacob Jusu Saffa while reading the 2019 Budget in Parliament on Friday 2nd November, 2018. He added that of this amount, subsidies to the energy sector including Karpower Energy and other Independent Power Providers as well as fuel for EGTC thermal generators will amount to Le100 billion.
Ambassador of China to Sierra Leone, HE Wu Peng has stated that his country is supporting the New Direction Government of his colleague President of Sierra Leone, Julius Maada Bio of the Sierra Leone People’s Party (SLPP).
According to HE Wu Peng the “the New Direction’ agenda of President Julius Maada Bio is to prioritize education; deeming it a strong pillar for the nation’s development and the moral regeneration and revival of its people, and so as a good friend of Sierra Leone,
Tacugama Chimpanzee Sanctuary in collaboration with the Pan African Sanctuary Alliance has organized a four-day strategic development conference at the Golden Tulip Kimbima Hotel.
The conference started on the 2nd -6th November, 2018. The objectives of the PASA conference were to gather information about the twenty-three sanctuaries and get policy makers to strengthen the wildlife protection of chimpanzees and primates in every sanctuary and put in place measures to protect the forests in Sierra Leone.
Bollore Transport and Logistics Manager Bertrand Kerguelen, flanked by members of Seaside Community
Bollore Transport and logistics, which controls the Freetown Terminal at the Queen Elizabeth II quay, on Friday, 2nd November, donated more than fifteen million Leones worth of building materials to the Seaside Community for the construction of a mosque.
Speaking during the handing over of the donated items, Chairman of Seaside Community, Lamin Koroma, said when he took up office in 2017 he promised the people that he would bring development to their doorstep, adding that the donation is a testament of what he had promised his people.
The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) says Sierra Leone has passed the ‘Control of Corruption’ Indicator in the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) Scorecard, scoring 71 percent, 22 points upwards, moving from 49 percent last year. This is the country’s highest score in the ‘Control of Corruption’ Indicator since the introduction of the MCC Scorecard in 2004.
Hon Justice John Bosco Allieu adjudicating over the High Court of Sierra Leone has issued specific orders to two police officers who are yet to testify at the murder trial of Hannah Bockarie who was brutally murdered at the Aberdeen Beach in the western part of Freetown three years ago.
Police alleged that two accused persons, Mohamed Lamin Kamara (alias Coke N G) and Paul Con who appeared before Hon. Justice Bosco Allieu on Monday 5th November this year are both charged with the offences of Conspiracy and Murder, contrary to the Offences against the Persons Act of 1861.
Hon. Vice President Dr. Juldeh Jalloh (center), Minister of State, Mrs. Francess P. Alghali (right) and members of the FIFA delegation
FIFA Inquiring Group has jetted in to commence their investigation as agreed during the Hon. Vice President Dr. Mohamed Juldeh Jalloh and his delegation’s visit to FIFA head offices in Zurich to discuss issues pertinent to the suspension of the country from participating in world football activities.
Welcoming the guests, the Hon. Vice President reminded the delegation that he was part of the Sierra Leone delegation that went to FIFA head offices in Zurich on 17th October, 2018 to discuss the issue that triggered FIFA’s pronouncement in banning the country from world football activities.
Santigie Bangura presiding over the Freetown Magistrate Court No.1 at Siaka Stevens Street, on Tuesday 6th November 2018 committed two cocaine cases to High Court for trial.
Nigerian-born Issac Chukuowonsu, Inspector Donald Kandeh Zizer and Police Sergeant Ibrahim Bangura are facing multiple charges ranging from Conspiracy to Import a Prohibited Drug and Importation of a Prohibited Drug into Sierra Leone without Lawful Authority.