Minister of Local Government addressing particpants
As President Julius Maada Bio’s New Direction Agenda focuses on improving the welfare of the “rural poor”, development partners continue to deliberate on issues that would ensure the president’s dream is realized. At the Taia Resort, Taima, Moyamba District, last week end, a two-day Strategic Planning Retreat on the National Framework for Inclusive Governance and Local Development was organised by a Local Non- Governmental Organisation, Fambul Tok International in collaboration with the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development, United Nations Development Programme and Catalyst for Peace. The main thrust of the forum was to offer a deep dive into the Wan Fambul National Framework for the new government leaders, harmonise the framework and emerging national policies and plans, clarify roles and responsibilities among the relevant ministries and the secretariat, operationalise a working relationship between the different ministries and the secretariat and develop a fund raising Action Plan.
The Chairperson, Board of Directors of the National Revenue Authority (NRA), Ms. Tuma Adama Jabbi, has told this press that: “Frankly, NRA is on the best path now as we speak and all President Bio is interested in is to make sure that his legacy that stays behind is to build Sierra Leone. He wants to make Sierra Leone great again and make the people of this country to be proud wherever they go. Sierra Leone is a country that can generate its own funds and look after itself.”
The Chairman, National Commission for Privatization (NCP), Umaru Napoleon Koroma Esq. has marked his first 100 days scoring very high marks in overall performance. The lawyer-cum-politician was appointed on 30th May, 2018 to shepherd the privatization of state parastatals into viable entities.
Following a needs assessment/familiarization visit to the Freetown International Airport on 13 June, 2018, the young and dynamic NCP chairman identified certain operational constraints at the sole international airport, including the need for a reliable and sustainable power supply and the need for a modern fire engine to keep it in line with international aviation standards. His subsequent intervention swiftly led to the approval for the procurement of a brand new one-megawatt standby generator for the Freetown International Airport at Lungi.
Kenyan-born Chimmezie Ume Ibeh and two Sierra Leoneans, Sheka Massaquoi and Moses Williams made their first appearance yesterday before Santigie Bangura presiding over the Freetown Magistrate Court No.1 at Siaka Stevens Street for importing one point seven kilograms of Heroin into Sierra Leone.
The three alleged drug traffickers are charged with the offence of Conspiracy to Commit an Offence to wit: Importation of a prohibited drug into the Republic of Sierra Leone, contrary to Section (15) of the National Drugs Control Act of 2008.
“We need the Chinese experience, knowledge and skills in Africa in order to enhance development. We need the transfer of relevant technology that will be beneficial to us. Private Chinese enterprises are welcome to invest in Africa at all times.”
The above is part of his keynote address during the opening ceremony. President of the Republic of Senegal, Macky Sall, urged Chinese companies to start processing Africa’s natural resources into finished products in the African continent.
University of Sierra Leone former lecturer, Professor Thomas Yormah has started work as the country’s new Executive Director of the Sierra Leone Standards Bureau (SLSB). Ha has warned staff at the Bureau that during his tenure there is no place for sacred cows. He succeeds Ing. James Saio Dumbuya.
The handing-over event last week was attended by the acting Minister of Trade and Industry, Rev. Abraham Sesay-Jones, the Permanent Secretary, Abdul Rahman Fofana and the Director of Trade, Charles Mere-weather Thompson.
The Freetown City Council has announced a competition meant to encourage residents to clean their environment.
The Mayor of Freetown Municipality, Yvonne Aki-Sawyer, said on Thursday that the approach is the latest in a series of initiatives designed to free the city of filth while preventing recurrent flooding.
A Sierra Leonean woman and educationist Mrs. Memuna Warne, who was on a visit to London and was due to fly back to Sierra Leone last week, has reportedly died in a fire which engulfed the house she was staying in Woolwich, South-East London.
According to a London Standard News report, dozens of firefighters tackled the flames after the blaze broke out at the house in Centurion Square, Woolwich, in the early hours of Thursday, 6 September 2018.
The newly-appointed General Manager of the Sierra Leone Road Transport Corporation (SLRTC), Mr. Isaac Ken-Greene has taken over control of the institution in a colorful ceremony at the corporation’s headquarters at PWD-Kissy in Freetown.
Chairing the Program, the Chairman of National Commission for Privatization (NCP), Umaru Koroma commended the outgoing Manager, Bockarie Lewis Kamara for doing his best during his tenure. He assured the incoming boss his administration’s full support in whatever capacity to transform the sector to its true value.