We have recently seen leaders of various political parties troop to State House to meet with the President. Reports of what transpired were scanty and certainly politically coloured by the time they got to the mainstream press and social media. What we do know is that the photos showed various party heads shaking hands with the President, with some grinning like Cheshire cats.
Residents and landowners at Charlotte village in the Mountain Rural District have explained that they are bitter over the recent action of the Lands Minister Dr. Denis Sandy to demolish zinc and other structures without first informing them of his intention, adding that they were caught by surprise that fateful 28th February, 2019.
Chairman and Information Commissioner (CIC) of Sierra Leone’s Right to Access Information Commission (RAIC), Dr. Ibrahim Seaga Shaw, was among 15 Information Commissioners elected on to the Interim Executive Committee of the International Conference of Information Commissioners (ICIC) at the organisation’s 11th annual conference held at the Vodaworld Centre in Johannesburg, South Africa, between 10and 14 March 2019.
Sierra Leone’s First Lady, Fatima Jabbie Bio met with Project HOPE Board of Directors, which include pharmaceutical and healthcare industry executives of the United States of America.
The invitation of the first lady was a follow-up to a visit that was facilitated by Mariam Sow in Freetown between the First Lady and Project HOPE’s CEO and President, Dr. Thomas Kenyon. At that meeting, the First Lady shared her vision of her hospital project.
The General Manager of the National Petroleum Sierra Leone Limited (NP-SL Ltd), Kobi Walker has said that the company is owned and controlled by 35 non-political Sierra Leoneans. He debunked earlier rumor doing the round that the NP is owned by former President Ernest Bai Koroma.
The Speaker of Sierra Leone Parliament, the Rt. Hon. Dr. Abass Chernor Bundu and other Honourable Members who constitute the Sierra Leone delegation from Parliament joined their counterparts in a four-day conference in Rabat, Morocco to “Adopt a Rabat Declaration of the 14th Session of the PUIC Conference”.
The Mano River Union (MRU) has ended a two-day conference charting the way forward to harmonizing the four member countries’ economy through security, peace, and biometric ID cards, with the UNDP as partner.
Ambassador Medina Wesseh said the MRU is striving to create a single market for all four member countries benefit. She said the development of agriculture and the management of natural resources and the environment is another core issue of the MRU as the four member countries look to increasing trade among themselves.
Following recent discussions between the Ambassador of Brazil to Sierra Leone, Kaiser Araujo and the Sierra Leone Produce Monitoring Board (PMB) Executive Chairman, Dr. James Vibbi, the Ambassador has visited cocoa farms in Kenema and Kailahun districts to obtain first-hand knowledge of the challenges facing cocoa farmers and how they can be helped.
Female students pursuing sciences in tertiary institutions in Sierra Leone will soon receive grants-in-aid to assist them to achieve their potential.
President Julius Maada Bio made this known when addressing academics and students at Harvard Law School during a forum on Sierra Leone organized by the Centre for African Studies, Harvard University. Delivering his keynote address at Cambridge, Massachusetts on Friday 8th March 2019, President Bio said he prioritized human capital development because that is the foundation for sustainable development.
Parliamentarians, staff and members of the public have commended the Chinese government for their support to Parliament saying they have brought it up to international standards.
Opposition Leader in Parliament, Hon. Chernor Maju Bah aka Chericoco, said the refurbishment of the House was long overdue but that they are happy that the Chinese government came to their aid. He said the Parliament now looks like a true legislative house. The Sino-Sierra Leone relationship has been very beneficial as both countries are working assiduously to help each other and the respect between the two is of high value, he said.
On the occasion of the launch of the United Sierra Leone Diaspora Music Project 2019 Abu Fadika otherwise known as AbFad, a Sierra Leonean song writer, recording artist and video director based in the United States of America was yesterday 21st March, 2019 appointed Convenor for United Sierra Leone Festival USA.
After nearly three months of tough written exams, physical tests, medicals and interviews, three hundred and twenty-nine female officer cadets and soldier recruits finally arrived at the Armed Forces Training Centre (AFTC) in Benguema over the weekend, ready to begin up to six-months of training before taking up their places in the Republic of Sierra Leone Armed Forces (RSLAF). This exercise is supported by the International Security Advisory Team (ISAT) in collaboration with the Republic of Sierra Leone Armed Forces.
A delegation from the Embassy of the Republic of Sierra Leone in Beijing, China headed by the Ambassador, His Excellency Ernest Nbaimba Ndomahina has engaged some senior authorities and Professors at the East China Sea Fisheries Research Institute, Chinese Academy of Fishery Sciences in Shanghai as a mean of deepening the bilateral and multilateral ties between the two countries, and thereby ensure to revive the fisheries potentials in Sierra Leone.
Journalists participating in training on trafficking in persons
Sierra Leone has been wrecked by violence, civil war and Ebola in its recent history. Poverty is endemic. So is a high level of joblessness. Both feed a scourge: trafficking in forced labour.
“More than half of the youth population is unemployed so when an exciting offer, especially to go abroad, is presented, most young people seize it, often without checking its authenticity,” explained Sanusi Savage, Head of the International Organization for Migration (IOM) office in Sierra Leone.
“Young people’s desperation in the face of hardship often blinds them to the scams that permeate the recruitment sector,” Sanusi added.
Dr. Alie Kabba, Ambassador Campbell and Ambassador Minah pose for the camera
The Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Dr Alie Kabba told Diplomats and other dignitaries that the government of President Dr Julius Maada Bio is strongly committed to advancing gender equality, including the empowerment and protection of women and girls.
He made this statement at the occasion of the celebration of Ireland’s National Day, St. Patrick’s Day reception at the Irish Embassy on Spur Road, Freetown on Thursday 14th March, 2019.
GULF OF GUINEA — The U.S. Coast Guard Vessel called the “Thetis” (WMEC-910) conducted a rescue-at-sea of two fishermen, who were presumed dead, approximately 40 miles south of Sierra Leone in the Gulf of Guinea, March 14, 2019.
Watchstanders aboard Thetis spotted a 22-foot (6.7-meter) fishing vessel adrift with two people who appeared to be in distress and quickly proceeded to the vessel to render assistance.
His Excellency President Julius Maada Bio has spoken to Bloomberg Television on his vision for Sierra Leone, the fight against corruption and his plans to lure investors to Sierra Leone.
The President has granted several media interviews in the United States as part of his strategic plan to rebrand Sierra Leone while highlighting his government’s priority project of developing the human capital of his people.
The Public Education Unit of the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) Northern Region Office, on Wednesday 6th March 2019 engaged staff and management of the Government Regional Hospital in Makeni.
Speaking at the Hospital's Conference Hall at Makama, ACC Regional Manager North, Abu Bakarr Kamara expressed delight at the fair representation of staff from the various units within the hospital. Mr. Kamara informed his audience that the engagement was part of the Commission's intervention to address system weaknesses in Government Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs).
All People’s Congress (APC) party’s National Publicity Secretary One, Hon. Robin Faley, has revealed that since the last general elections, none of the party’s structures at constituencies, districts, regions and national levels are functioning.
“We have focused our attention so much on the established Commissions of Inquiry hence neglecting the operations and activities of the party. The division in the party is also grossly evident.
Stakeholders in the palm oil industry across Sierra Leone and in parts of the West Africa sub-region, yesterday Thursday 14th March, 2019 concluded a one-day Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) meeting at the Golden Tulip Essential Kimbima Hotel, at Aberdeen in Freetown.
The objective of the meeting was to inform and disseminate palm oil producers about the principles and criteria (P&C) guiding the production of palm oil to make it a more economically viable, free of health hazards, synchronized and responsible in as far as respect for human and civil rights are concerned.
A cross-section of people living with disabilities from Handicap Action Movement at Joshua Street in Wellington, Freetown, staged a protest against the Commissioner of the National Commission of Persons Living with Disabilities, James Taiwo Cullen at New England Ville in Freetown.
The protest according to them is as a result of the Commissioner’s refusal to sign a document for possession of state land for development purposes.
Health and Sanitation Minister, Prof. Alpha Tejan Wurie has officially opened the 31st Annual General Meeting and Scientific Symposium of the West African Postgraduate College of Pharmacists (WAPCP) on Tuesday March 12, 2019 at the Freetown International Conference Centre, Bintumani Hotel in Freetown.
The Northern Region Office of the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) on Thursday 7th March, 2019, enlightened staff and students of the School of Clinical Sciences in Makeni.
Addressing staff and students on their role in the fight against corruption, ACC Regional Manager North, Abu Bakarr Kamara expressed profound thanks to the administration of the School for embracing ACC in their institution to enlighten them on the Commission's activities.
Firefighters working at SL Mining were first on the scene to put out a fire at St. John of God Nursing School campus at Lunsar.
Sister Beatrice Bangali a lecturer at the St. John of God Nursing School was in her office after lectures at midday when she heard disturbing sounds. When she got up to investigate she noticed that the noise was coming from the back of the hostels. Sister Beatrice raised the alarm to some students that she suspected fire but they did not believe her. The school’s caretaker proactively walked in the direction of the sound, returned and confirmed that fire had broken out at the back of the campus hostels. It was a windy day, and the fire was fast approaching the campus.
All People’s Congress (APC) party’s National Publicity Secretary One, Hon. Robin Faley, has demanded that the current National Chairman and Leader of the party, Ernest Bai Koroma, his deputy Minkailu Mansaray, scribe Osman Foday Yansanneh and all other current executive members including his very self to resign immediately. According to him, the Koroma team is now tired and will not be able to continue leading the party to the next election. See our tomorrow’s (Friday March 14) edition for full interview with Robin.
Tuesday 12th March, 2019 was a historic day for Sierra Leone and Ireland when the Ambassador of Ireland to Sierra Leone and Liberia, Catherine Campbell and the Mayor of Freetown, Yvonne Aki Sawyerr lit up the Cotton Tree in central Freetown to firstly showcase the importance of environment conservation and secondly in commemoration of St. Patrick’s Day which is Ireland’s national day.
A delegate from Swedish Red Cross (SRC), Maika Skjonjberg has stated that: “I have only been working on this project for two months. I have seen many projects in Africa in different societies. What they usually do is come in to help with the evaluations. And I must say that personally, I have been extremely impressed by this project. I am impressed by the way it has changed because this started with an environmental impact assessment. The Swedish Red Cross (SRC) and the Sierra Leone Red Cross Society (SLRCS) wanted to find out how Ebola had impacted the environment. The most important thing that came out is that people had a lot of misconceptions about Ebola and this was highly dangerous. So the project changed and this in itself is a huge positive thing to do. Sometimes we start projects with one idea and no matter the conceptions we follow the idea to the end. And this project has really evolved. The starting point was to see the impact on the environment and it switched into doing a community engagement and accountability project with the communities to have two way discussions and respond to them. So that was the first thing that struck me as a huge success.”
The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) yesterday Wednesday 13th March, 2019, re-arrested Dauda Kamara, Country Director, Sisimi Medical Foundation who had fled to the United Kingtom and was declared wanted by the Commission.
The public may recall that sometime in July 2018, Mr. Kamara was invited for interrogation in relation to the NASSIT Sisimi project investigation at the Commission’s 3 Gloucester Street office Freetown, where he fled and disappeared and never showed up again for the interviews. Thereafter, the Commission declared him wanted.He later surfaced in the United Kingdom where he had been living and failed to assist with the investigations. Mr. Kamara was very vital to the investigations as he was, together with Mr. Amara Kuyateh, the two signatories to the Account.