By Musa Conteh, Senior Information Officer, Cabinet Secretariat
The Cabinet Secretariat (CabSec) has concluded a two–day retreat in Bo City, Southern Province.
The purpose of the retreat was for the Administrative and Technical Staff to review its Mandate and develop an operational plan for strengthening its structures, systems and processes in order to position the Institution to effectively and efficiently support the objectives of the New Direction Agenda.
In an effort to solicit sustained support on road safety campaign, the Sierra Leone Road Safety Authority – (SLRSA) past Wednesday 20th March 2019, engaged senior media practitioners in a one-day dialogue forum.
The event which was held at the Harry Yansaneh Hall, SLAJ Headquarters at Campbell Street in Freetown, brought together over 30 Managing Editors of Newspapers and 15 radio station managers across the country with representative from WIMSAL, SLAJ and Reporters Union.
His Excellency President Julius Maada Bio who departed Sierra Leone on Wednesday 20th March 2019 for the United Arab Emirates on the invitation of the Government and people of the United Arab Emirates for a state visit has landed. He is expected to participate at the annual Global Education and Skills Forum.
By Aaron Bundu Lahai-Head of Media and Public Relations
Hugees Chantry-the Belgium Ambassador to Sierra Leone resident in Ivory Coast has bid farewell to the Honourable Vice President Dr. Mohamed Juldeh Jalloh. The farewell meeting took place in the Vice President’s Tower Hill Office in Freetown on the 21st March, 2019.
Foreign Affairs Minister and outgoing Ambassador Chantry
Sierra Leone’s Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Minister, Hon. Dr. Alie Kabba had called on the Government of Belgium to establish a full diplomatic mission with consular services in Sierra Leone.
Dr Kabba made this plea at his tower Hill office in Freetown, on Wednesday, 20th March, 2019 during a farewell courtesy call by the outgoing Ambassador of the Kingdom of Belgium to Sierra Leone, Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana and Liberia, His Excellency Hugues Chantry.
Located in the Southern Province of Sierra Leone, with 32 miles long and 15 miles wide covering an area of approximately 230 square miles, Bonthe Sherbro Island is one of the areas with the greatest food insecurity and poorest access to WASH facilities in the small West African country.
Communities in Bonthe largely get their drinking water from rivers or brooks, which is a serious health risk.
“The greatest challenge in the Sherbro Island has been water and the water we are drinking has a lot of salt in it. The water resembles clay. There is no school with WASH facilities not to talk about good toilet,” said Mayor of the Bonthe Municipal Council, Layemin Joe Sandi.
Sierra Leone, 20 March 2019: SL Mining Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of Gerald Group, engaged in the exploration, development and production of iron ore concentrate at Marampa in the Port Loko District, Northern Province of Sierra Leone is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Sheikh Umarr Kamarah, a Sierra Leone native, as Community Relations and Development Director. Professor Sheikh has agreed to bring his extensive public service experience to this role, which coupled with his knowledge of Sierra Leone, best positions SL Mining to develop projects that will be in the best interest of all stakeholders.
Journalists in Sierra Leone would only meaningfully enjoy the freedom they are yearning for when there is solidarity among them.
The incessant press wars, manifestation of malevolence and bickering among them is a favourable sign to those who always aim at gagging free speech. Such manifestations are therefore a great impediment towards achieving their noble objectives in enhancing liberal democracy, protection of fundamental human rights, good governance, free, fair and credible elections and above all serving as a voice of the voiceless. If there is no solidarity among journalists, even the traditional role of informing, entertaining and educating would always be performed on a limited scale.
Titus Boye-Thompson, Strategic Media & Development Communications
Governments of developing countries are often faced with challenges of managing expectations, meeting the needs of their people with the desire to be seen to be performing rather than being dragged down by mundane issues or problems well beyond their control. Sierra Leone is a developing country and hence shares the same concerns and faces the same issues encountered by others. The question then turns on what differentiates the Government and leadership of Sierra Leone from other countries and to what extent the leadership of this country hold a promise for moving ahead.
In January 2015, during the Ebola outbreak, I arrived in Bonthe Sherbro Island, Southern Sierra Leone, leading a team of young reporters covering districts that were recording 42 days without any Ebola case. Bonthe District (the mainland to be precise) recorded the lowest Ebola cases- 1 to 5- in the entire country throughout the deadly outbreak. But the once powerful Island was suffering from a much more severe man-made disease relating to political neglect, rejection and dejection.
Mr. President your intervention is much needed here sir
Sierra Leoneans and friends of Sierra Leone are perturbed with what many have described as an ongoing ‘battle for supremacy’ within the hierarchy of the Local Government Service Commission in the Office of the President hosted at Youyi Building in Freetown.
Sierra Leone envoy and others call on King Salman, present credentialsRIYADH: A number of ambassadors of brotherly countries called on King Salman at Al-Yamamah Palace on Sunday and presented their credentials to the king.
The king welcomed the envoys and conveyed his greetings to their leaders and wished them success in their endeavors.
The Master and Registrar of the High Court of Sierra Leone, Stephen Yayah Mansaray, the Account Clerk, Adel Rose and another staff of the Judiciary are currently cooling off at the Criminal investigations Department,
Quality service delivery is a challenge in rural communities in Sierra Leone as a result of lack of understanding of government policies, especially relating to essential services such as education, health and social protection.
This came out clearly from a skit performed by school pupils, teachers, parents and education authorities on the Free Quality Education Program (FQEP) during a policy literacy session organised by Non-Governmental Organisation SEND Sierra Leone at their Kailahun Town office, Eastern Sierra Leone, last week.
The Sierra Leone Roads Authority (SLRA) has commissioned a new local ferry named: “Ribbi Ferry” at the Mabang Bridge Site, Ribbi chiefdom in the Moyamba district.
Speaking at the event marking the launch of the ferry, Deputy Minister of Works and Public Assets, Melrose Kargbo called on residents of Koya and Ribbi chiefdoms to take full responsibility of the new Ferry.
The Commissioner of the Anti-Corruption Commission has described Sierra Leone’s new vigour in the fight against corruption as being at the centre of the transformation of the country.
Francis Ben Kaifala Esq., was speaking on Wednesday at a training of representatives of civil society organisations (CSOs) on general operations of the ACC and provisions of the Anti-Corruption Act, 2008 and its proposed amendments.
Mrs. Bio - Honorary Fellow Membership of the West African College of Nursing
By the Strategic Communications Division, Office of The First Lady
During the auspicious opening ceremony of the 15th Biennial General Meeting, 24th Scientific Session and the 39th Council Meeting of the West African College of Nursing held at the Freetown Bintumani Conference hall, Her Excellency Madam Fatima Maada Bio was conferred upon, a Honorary Fellow Membership of the West African College of Nursing, as a result of her hard work and dedication to the empowerment of women and girls in Sierra Leone and her delivery drive on result based, thereby leading by example as a robust and active First Lady.
By Emperor Bailor Jalloh, PV Freetown Bureau Chief
As many charitable organisations have been responding to the clarion call for Women Empowerment in the world generally and Africa in particular, a charitable women empowerment organisation called " The Leak Experience" - Female Empowerment being operated by two Sierra Leonean women in the diaspora- Mary Fallah in the United Kingdom and Lousia Tamba in Chicago, United States have also been responding to this clarion call for women empowerment.
Putting women and girls front and centre in policy decisions and in programmes to tackle hunger and poverty is vital for reaching our goal of a Zero Hunger world by 2030. Reducing inequalities and removing barriers that exclude women from influencing development in all sectors advances food security.
This year’s UN theme for International Women’s Day – think equal, build smart, innovate for change – resonates with WFP’s gender-transformative approach: working to give everyone lives of dignity, choice and opportunities. For example, our integrated programmes using cash transfers contribute to reducing gender-based violence, strengthening women’s decision-making and increasing women’s leadership.
Members of the Indian Community in Sierra Leone have expressed discontentment over the brutal attacked of a Sierra Leone businessman on Sunday 17th March this year at No.20 Guard Street in the eastern part of Freetown.
The management and staff of G. Shakanders situated along the Freetown Bai-Bureh Road in Freetown has handed over a newly constructed police post at Wellington to the Sierra Leone Police Force.
Speaking at the handing over ceremony held at Wellington on Thursday 14 March 2019, the Deputy General of G. Shakanders Ram Shakanders informed the gathering that the construction of the Wellington Police Post is part of his company’s corporate social responsibility.
Sierra Leone, a country in West Africa. She has a special significance in the history of the transatlantic slave trade as the departure point for thousands of West African captives. The capital, Freetown, was founded as a home for repatriated former slaves in 1787.
The High Commission of Sierra Leone is already in Ghana. She will be extending invites regarding the Investor Seminar ‘Sierra Leone Investment Day in Ghana’.
The World Bank today approved a $40 million International Development Association (IDA) grant to support key policy reforms to promote sustainable and inclusive growth and build economic resilience in Sierra Leone.
The Second Productivity and Transparency Support Grant (PTSG-II) supports ongoing reforms to enhance macroeconomic stability, increase productivity in agriculture and fisheries while promoting transparency and accountability in selected government decision making processes.
Famous and talented upcoming free style street rapper, Samuel Bangura aka Lux P and Lumley Best Dancers yesterday 19th March, 2019 received cheques of Twenty-Five Million Leones (Le25,000,000) from the Africa Young Voices (AYV) Media Empire.
Disabled Foundation International Sierra Leone (DIFSIL) and United Kingdom, Imambay Kadie Kamara past weekend bagged another international award in Fluoride, United States of America as one of the 100 most outstanding successful business women around the world.
Mariam Renee Davila, Chief Executive Officer of Global Trade Chamber said the 100 Successful Women in Business Conference is a platform used each year to honor outstanding successful business women around the world.
Chief (Prof) Femi Majekodunmi with entourage and SLIA members
Past President of the International Union of Architects and a foremost Nigerian Architect, Chief (Prof) Femi Majekodunmi and his entourage on Friday 15th March 2019, paid a courtesy call on the authorities of Fourah Bay College (FBC), University of Sierra Leone.
Majekodunmi whose mother was Sierra Leonean, came last week for the funeral of his sister Mrs Gladays Conteh and took the opportunity to visit USL
Foreign Affairs Minister and Ireland’s Director General of the Development Cooperation
The Government of the Republic of Ireland on Monday 18th March, 2019 committed to invest over 50M Euros in Sierra Leone.
This was disclosed by the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Dr. Alie Kabba at the signing ceremony of the Memorandum Of Understanding (MOU) between the Government of the Republic of Ireland and the Government of the Republic of Sierra Leone, with reference to the Embassy of Ireland’s Mission Strategy 2019-2023 and Sierra Leone National Development Plan 2019-2023 at the Minister’s Conference Hall, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Tower Hill, Freetown.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Dr Alie Kabba on Monday 18th March, 2019 informed Investors from Egypt that the new government under the ‘New Direction’ Leadership of His Excellency President Rtd Brigadier Julius Maada Bio is focused on moving Sierra Leone away from dependency on foreign aid to development.