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.
Africa Young Voices (AYV) Media Empire is the biggest media institution in Sierra Leone with about 80% national coverage in terms of news, entertainment, sports programmes for television, radio and newspaper. AYV also has a commercial printing press.
The AYV currently operates two television channels (channels 33 and 34), a radio station and a newspaper. Next year the media conglomerate is considering launching a quarterly magazine.
The SLPP led government of President Julius Maada Bio through the Ministry of Water Resources has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with China Geo Engineering Corporation (CGC) for the construction of the River Rokel Water Supply Facilities in the country.
The signing ceremony took place at State House on Thursday 25th October, 2018 and was witnessed by Sierra Leone’s Vice President, Chief Minister and other senior government officials.
During the budget speech delivered by Minister of Finance Jacob Jusu Saffa, he informed the Well of Parliament that while the prospects of the economy are promising, a number of risks can constrain the achievement of the projected macroeconomic objectives.
"I am very much disappointed by the manner and method through which some individuals in society are interpreting the refusal of the UK government to grant Haja Mariama Kamara aka China Nicky visa for the global tourism event.” These were the words of the Minister of Tourism and Cultural Affairs, Dr. Memunatu Pratt.
Her disappointment came after the winner of the Big Sister 2018 reality show in Sierra Leone, Haja Mariama Kamara popularly known as China Nicky and four other persons in the Tourism Ministry's delegation were not granted British visas to attend the World Travel Market in London.
"CHRDI notes with considerable alarm that this is very unfair behavior by our members of parliament. This Bill lacks consideration for the public interest and it is not justifiable under the current economic status of the country.
"As a respectable rights-based public social policy advocacy organization, we are charged with the responsibility to draw attention to the responsibility of duty bearers to uphold human rights and seek to support rights holders to claim their rights.”
A government delegation from Sierra Leone is now in Cambodia to explore partnership opportunities, particularly in the agriculture sector.
As expressed during a meeting on Monday between the Cambodian Minister of Agriculture Veng Sakhon and his Sierra Leone counterpart Joseph J. Ndanema, Sierra Leone is interested in importing Cambodian rice.
Mr. Ndanema said during the meeting that now is the right time for both nations to engage in comprehensive cooperation.
The Executive Director of the Legal Aid Board, Ms. Fatmata Claire Carlton-Hanciles is calling on parliament to recruit a sign language interpreter for its proceedings so that the Deaf and Dumb would know what their representatives are doing.
Ms. Carlton-Hanciles argued this will improve their participation in politics and most importantly in elections.
“In just four months – July to October 2018, a total of Le135 million was collected in local taxes, compared to Le43 million collected for the whole of 2017.”
Mayor Aki-Sawyer was speaking at the launch of Sierra Leone’s first phone-based tax collection system in Freetown on 26th October 2018. She informed her audience that the new payment system will help the council collect more taxes.
In an effort to boost education in the country, the Coordinator Hastings Community Learning Centre (HCLC) Mohamed Kamara donated school learning materials worth over five million Leones to school drop-outs. The event took place in the Hastings Community Learning Centre conference hall on behalf of the Director of Non-Formal Education at the Ministry of Basic and Secondary Education, Olive Musa.
“The increase of Le400 billion will cater for the recruitment of 5000 teachers, 3000 health sector workers and 1000 police officers in 2019. Of the total wage bill, Le154.7 billion is allocated for pensions, gratuities and other allowances.”
This was contained in the speech delivered in parliament by the Minister of Finance Jacob Jusu Saffa on the Bill entitled "The Appropriation Act 2019" being an Act to authorize expenditure from the Consolidated Revenue Fund for the services of Sierra Leone for 2019.
Society for Democratic Initiatives (SDI) in collaboration with civil societies has organized a one-day consultative meeting with heads of NGOs on the threat to civic space and the new draft NGO Policy.
The consultative meeting was geared towards the new NGO campaign CSO have embarking for the past nine years as it could be recalled that the government of Sierra Leone introduced a policy in 2009 to regulate NGO.
The proactive grassroots youth in collaboration with the National Deputy Chairman of Alliance Democratic Party (ADP) Ibrahim Soumah popularly known as Brima Togo complemented the work of President Bio on Saturday 3rd November 2018 by supporting thousands of Sierra Leonean youth to take part in the monthly cleaning exercises in constituency 124.
His Excellency President Julius Maada Bio of Sierra Leone and President Jean-Claude Juncker of the European Commission (EC) are both set to meet as part of President Bio’s weeklong official trip to Senegal, Malawi, Brussels and other parts of the world respectively.
Minister of Tourism and Cultural Affairs, Mrs. Memunatu Pratt, has appealed to Sierra Leoneans at home and abroad to stop posting negative images about Sierra Leone on social media, as this is not helping the growth of the Tourism industry as well as other sectors of the country and its economy.
She added that such negative and unpatriotic practice seriously undermines the moves and plans of the Ministry of Tourism and Cultural Affairs to rebrand the country and attract tourists and more foreign investments in the tourism sector and generally in the country.
The Chairman of the Western Area Rural District Council (WARDC) Kasho Holland-Cole has instructed that henceforth, children below 18 years would not be allowed on the beach after 7 pm.
He was speaking at a meeting with social clubs and community headmen within the ward. The meeting was to discuss the Local Government Act 2004 which gives the council the sole responsibility to establish a Social Service Department that will look at how people engage in social activities and how the council can monitor and regulate such activities.
Former Minister of Information and Communication, Alhaji Alpha Kanu in the Ernest Bai Koroma administration was recently prevented from leaving the country after being allegedly blocked at the Sierra Leone - Guinea border.
Alpha Kanu is a senior member of the main opposition All People’s Congress (APC). He was apparently leaving the country by road through the border with neighboring Guinea over the weekend, but was prevented from doing so due to faulty documents.
Support for artisanal mining sector, increase in geological knowledge and strengthening governance of the mineral sector are underway now.
Thanks largely to the government of Sierra Leone that is collaborating with the World Bank that recently launched the second phase of the Extractive Industries Technical Assistance Project (EITAP 2) in the country. Reports say, the objective of the $20 million project is to continue to build on the improvements to mineral sector governance vis-à-vis strengthening the legal and regulatory frameworks and supporting the implementation of the recently updated Minerals Policy and Artisanal Mining Policy.
The Network pole constructed near Masumbirie village
Da yu Mining has invested over one hundred and fifty thousand United States Dollars ($150,000) to construct the road leading to the hilltop where Africell constructed its network tower to provide coverage for villages in Simiria and Kafe chiefdoms in Tonkolil District, northern Sierra Leone.
This revelation was made to journalists by the company’s Community and Human Resource Consultant, Mohamed Sultan Daffae.
TEF Cover 1, 2, 3 and TEF 1: Founder, The Tony Elumelu Foundation, Mr. Tony O. Elumelu and The President, Republic of Ghana, Dr, Nana Akufo-Addo, at the TEF Entrepreneurship Forum 2018, the largest gathering of young African entrepreneurs, and the launch of TEF Connect, the world’s largest digital platform for African Entrepreneurs , organised by The Tony Elumelu Foundation in Lagos on Thursday
Thursday, October 25, 2018: 5,000 African entrepreneurs, private and public sector leaders and the broader entrepreneurship ecosystem convened in Lagos on Thursday, October 25, 2018 for the annual Tony Elumelu Foundation (TEF) Entrepreneurship Forum.
“Its past six months and I believe as a president, he (President Julius Maada Bio) means well and will do well. But I should also mention in the context of him achieving what he wishes that what I personally don’t like is the rise of identity politics and extremism. By this, I mean preferential treatment given to one group. And this has been demonstrated in his statements, his utterances, and even in public appointments; and the way people are sent out of public offices… and in so many other ways.”
Twenty year-old Abdul Turay has been committed to stand trial in the High Court ofSierra Leone by Santigie Bangura presiding over the Freetown Magistrate Court No.1 at Siaka Stevens Street for committing grave criminal offences, contrary to law.
The accused person is facing seven count charges ranging from Robbery, Wounding, Possession of Small Arms without License and Robbery with Aggravation, which contravene Section (23) sub Section (1a) of the Larceny Act of 1916, as repealed and replaced by Section (2) Act No.16 of 1971.
Some months ago, the Freetown City Council (FCC) prohibited street trading along 17 streets in the Central Business District (CBD).
Amongst the prohibited streets include Liverpool, Bathurst, Wellington, and Siaka Stevens streets.
However, according to some traders along Sani Abacha and ECOWAS streets this ban has made life difficult for them and even more difficult because according to them, FCC Metropolitan Police daily harass them anywhere they are doing their small businesses.
Following the unfortunate incident regarding the fight between the Coalition for Change (C4C) and the Sierra Leone People’s Party (SLPP) supporters, past Sunday 28th October, 2018 in the Koidu city, Kono district, the Kono Members of Parliament have condemned the action of supporters of both parties on the one hand, criticizing the police for their high-handedness on the C4C supporters on the other hand.
The Parliament of Sierra Leone has deliberated on theme “parliamentarians as champions for children, strengthening food and nutrition security in Sierra Leone”. The programme was organized by Focus 1000 and other partners in development with the view of strengthening and advocating stronger legislations on food and nutrition in the country.
Sierra Leoneans living in Edmonton belted out both their country’s national anthem and her national pledge, in a show of unity and solidarity at the weekend.
They were cued by the new leader of their community, Dr. Abu Conteh (seen with mike in photo with his opponent Kai Ngegba by his side). It was the first thing he did moments after winning the presidency of the Sierra Leone Association of Alberta on Saturday 27 October 2018.