“I shall not hesitate to discipline anyone even in my government who violates the Civil Service Code. State resources are meant to deliver services to our people. State resources are not for personal or family use. Bad actors will be singled out, shamed and punished in accordance with the law, henceforth. There is no place for impunity in this government.”
The above were the fiery words of President Julius Maada Bio during the recently-concluded retreat that brought together cabinet ministers and heads of Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs).
Total MD poses with winners of star and consolation prizes
Total petroleum, one of the leading French petroleum companies operating in Sierra Leone, has ended its first lubricant promotion and presented a brand new motor bike and three-wheeled cycle (Kekeh) to two winners.
On 1st of November, 2018, Total petroleum, launched their lubricant promotion, asking people to buy any size of the lubricant and stood a chance to win various prizes including small and big sizes of Awango solar lights, motor bike and ‘Kekeh’.
A Sierra Rutile Special Taskforce, set up by government to investigate the disparities between the Sierra Rutile Mining Company and the workers union, has called at State House to present its findings and recommendations to His Excellency President Julius Maada Bio.
New Chief Justice Desmond Babatunde taking the oath of office
Confirmed reports have revealed that the SLPP Commission of Inquiry, slated to kick off this month, will rope nearly 300 APC/SLPP suspects.
President Julius Maada Bio's New Direction SLPP administration, in its determination to enforce transparency and accountability in the country’s public sector, has announced that the Commissions of Inquiry will look into the performance of former All People’s Congress (APC) Government officials as well as some SLPP officials suspected of corruption.
Beginning 1st February, 2019 the Fifth Parliament of the Second Republic of Sierra Leone will commence sittings at the Bank Complex at Kingtom. This is to allow interior rehabilitation work go on inside the parliament building.
The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is engaged in educating the general public on how bail is carried out in our courts.
The Judiciary in Sierra Leone is currently on a nationwide tour to popularize the New Bail Regulations. The team will meet with mayors, paramount and section chiefs, commercial motor bike rider unions and other stakeholders.
Over sixty pupils and teachers from 10 education institutions and schools across the Western Rural District attended last Saturday’s launch of an innovative school environmental management and reforestation project at the Freetown Teacher’s College.
The project is jointly developed by a partnership involving the Sierra Leone School Green Club and the Society for Climate Change Communication, and funded by the Sierra Leone Poverty Alleviation Charitable Trust (SALPACT) – a registered charity based in the UK – founded and chaired by Mr. Abdul Rashid Thomas.
Polygamy is a century-old practice in Africa that has yet to disappear from modern life. The Republic of Guinea is the latest to legalize polygamy.
After three months of negotiations, lawmakers in Guinea on Saturday, December 29, 2018, finally made amendments to a law that will govern relations between people, with the most controversial change being on polygamy.
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and Sierra Leone have expressed their desire to strengthen bilateral and diplomatic ties, according to a statement from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation..
This was following the visit of the Ethiopian Deputy Prime Minister Demeke Mekonen led a delegation on a two-day working visit this weekend to Freetown, Sierra Leone.
His Excellency the President of Sierra Leone, Julius Maada Bio, was joined by the Vice President, Chief Minister and other Ministers to launch a country-wide distribution of text books and essential learning equipment under the Free Quality Education Initiative.
With support from UK aid, 2.7 million English and maths books will be provided to all community, mission and government secondary schools in the country.
The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has announced that the former Executive Director of the Sierra Leone Maritime Administration (SLMA), Dr. Sarah Bendu and her husband, Mr. Dante Bendu have both been arrested and detained by the ACC on Friday 11th January 2018.
Sierra Leone’s First Lady Fatima Bio has called on Sierra Leonean women to take full advantage of a new opportunity provided by the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) to empowerment themselves through business.
The ‘50 Million African Women Speak (50MAWS) platform, a project implemented by the West African bloc, seeks to provide opportunity for women in business to use the internet to advertise their businesses for a wider reach.
The new Chief Justice of the Republic of Sierra Leone, Hon. Babatude Edwards has said that his office will put systems in place to address challenges inmates face in their trial. He requested The Legal Aid Board to do a report highlighting the challenges for the attention of his office.
Attorney-General and Minister of Justice, Dr. Priscilla Shwartz, has reacted to a series of queries regarding the Human Rights Commission and Human Rights defenders in Sierra Leone.
She wrote that her statement “is a response to the various queries regarding the Human Rights Commission of Sierra Leone (HRCSL) and human rights defenders addressed to my office directly and indirectly through other channels of the Government of Sierra Leone (GOSL).
Chairman Freetown Cheshire Home Management Committee, Dr. Abdulai Dumbuya has lamented that the home is facing numerous challenges in terms of refurbishing the structure and taking good care of the children.
Group picture of the Chinese Ambassador & his Sierra Leonean counterpart, the Minister of Higher Education, principal & staff
The Chinese Ambassador in Sierra Leone, Wu Peng on Wednesday, 9th January, 2019 visited the Milton Margai College of Education and Technology (MMCE&T), Goderich campus.
The visit was as a result of an earlier meeting between the Principal of the college, Dr. Philip John Kanu and the Chinese Ambassador at the Chinese Embassy to solicit assistance for the college in the areas of health, internet, transportation and capacity building for both lecturers and students, especially award of scholarships.
Just weeks after naming his cabinet following his election victory, President Bio convened a one day retreat involving his ministers, top civil servants and heads of parastatals, to discuss his mission and plan ahead for the delivery of his government’s New Direction agenda.
The aim of the first retreat was to establish cross-departmental working relationships to improve public service delivery across government.
ACC Commissioner Francis Ben Kaifala Esq and CEO of CHRDI Abdul Fatorma
“In fact, corruption is driven by the private sector in most cases.”
These were the words of Anti-Corruption Commission Boss, Francis Ben Kaifala while speaking at the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the commission and the Campaign for Human Rights and Development (CHRDI). The MoU is to provide a framework of cooperation and to facilitate collaboration in areas of interest, especially in combating private sector corruption.
A rape victim (name withheld) has narrated her ordeal at the Freetown Magistrate Court No.1 presided over by Magistrate Abdul Sherrif, on how an alleged sex offender, Abdul Nahim Lansana alias (Bangla) penetrated her sex organ.
The accused person made his sixth appearance before Magistrate Abdul Sherriff of Court No. 7 at Siaka Steven Street in Freetown on Friday 11th January 2019.
Madam Fatima Bio (left) and Vice president of ECOWAS Commission, Finda Koroma
The First Lady of Sierra Leone, Fatima Bio, has officially launched the 50 Million African Women Speak Platform project. The historic event took place at the Bintumani International Hotel, Aberdeen in Freetown.
National Coordinator for the Free Quality Education (FQE) programme in the Ministry of Basic and Secondary Education, Amara Sowa has stated that he is disappointed over assertions that government has not taken into consideration issues of disability in the provision and distribution of free core textbooks for visually impaired school children.
A senior lecturer of the Freetown Teachers’ College, (FTC) Dr. Sahr Fillie has been detained at the Male Correctional Centre at Pademba Road in Freetown by Santigie Bangura adjudicating over the Freetown Magistrate Court No.1 at Siaka Steven Street for allegedly committing capital offence.
Cross-section of Junior Doctors with Health Minister and Deputy
A cross-section of the Junior Doctors’ Association Sierra Leone (JUDASIL) has held an interactive meeting with the Minister of Health and Sanitation, Dr. Alpha Tejan Wurie and top ministry officials at the ministry’s conference hall at Youyi Building in Freetown.
Speaking on behalf of his colleagues, the President of the Junior Doctors, Dr. Abdul Jibril Njai said the meeting was a follow-up to get update about latest development on some of their demands.
Despite rumors doing the rounds that the former NPRC chairman and Head of State, Valentine E.M. Strasser is dead, officials at State House have quickly shot down this wild rumor posted on social media.
AYV can confirm that Valentine Strasser left the shores of Sierra Leone yesterday at around 10am for Accra, Ghana for advance medical examination and surgery.
Honorable Dr. Kandeh KollehYumkella leader of the National Grand Coalition (NGC) and a Member of Parliament representing one of the constituencies in the northern Kambia District said on FM 98.1 Radio News & Current Affairs programme Good Morning Salone early this week: "do it right so that tomorrow it will not be done wrong with you."
The Mohamed Sixth (VI) Foundation for African Oulema Sierra Leone Chapter has been launched by the Deputy Minister of Social Welfare, Gender and Children’s Affairs Alhaji Mohamed Haji-Kella who represented the Hon. Vice President of Sierra Leone Dr. Mohamed Juldeh Jalloh.
The program which attracted hundreds of scholars in various parts of the country was the first national conference with the theme:" Common Religious Principles between the Ash’are doctrine and the Malikie Schools of Thought. "
IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, and West Africa Regional Stock Exchange, Bourse Régionale des Valeurs Mobilières, has signed an agreement to cooperate toward improving corporate governance practices of listed companies.
Under the agreement, IFC will help BRVM design, develop, draft and implement a Corporate Governance Code in several West African states including Sierra Leone.