Sacked Independent Media Commission (IMC) boss, Ambassador Alieu Sesay is among lots of other Sierra Leonean senior citizens that have been arrested by the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) following the execution of arrest of certain persons at the US Embassy in Freetown’
Commissioner of the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC), Francis Ben Kaifala Esq, has noted that corruption is a dangerous act that has the tendency to attack the foundation of democratic governance and bestow more importance on individuals than the collective.
“Corruption is a dangerous thing. It attacks the very foundation of democratic governance, it makes the individual more important than the collective and when the individual is more important the collective suffers because without the collective there is no stake,” he said.
His Excellency President Julius Maada Bio has completed the verification, updating and registration exercise being conducted by the National Civil Registration Commission (NCRA) for all civil and public servants in the country.
Shortly after the process, Director General NCRA, Mohamed Massaquoi, thanked President Bio for going through the biometric verification exercise. He disclosed that the process was in line with the request by the Ministry of Finance and the Human Resources Management Office to clean up and then set up an accountable government payroll system.
Ministers who returned with His Excellency President Julius Maada Bio from the combined trips of a state visit and the Forum for Africa-China Cooperation Summit (FOCAC) in Beijing have addressed the press on sector specific interests.
Present at the conference hall of the Ministry of Information and Communications at Youyi Building in Freetown were the Finance Minister, Jacob Jusu Saffa, Development and Economic Planning Minister, Nabeela Tunis, Agriculture Minister, Joseph Ndanema, Information and Communications Minister, Mohamed Rhaman Swaray, Trade Minister, Peter Bayuku Conteh, and Press Secretary and Presidential Spokesman, Yusuf Keketoma Sandi.
The Managements of the Africa Young Voices Media Empire and the Tacugama Chimpanzee Sanctuary are almost completing partnership arrangements for bringing goodies to the people of Sierra Leone, especially schools, Churches, colleges and organizations in and out of the country.
Tacugama management yesterday 12th September hosted AYV management on a conducted tour aimed to give the latter a first hand assessment and view of the Sanctuary situated at Regent.
Director General of the Arab Bank for Economic Development in Africa (BADEA), H.E. Dr. Sidi Ould Tah, has assured President Julius Maada Bio that the bank will support his government to achieve its priority areas.
He said BADEA was closely following the initial steps already taken by the new administration, noting that they were pleased with the gains made so far. He added that the bank was determined to push for more Arab capital to invest in Africa and expressed hope that President Bio would help with the cooperation between Sierra Leone and the Bank.
IPC National Coordinator and team handing over the items to the In-Charge of the Health Centre
In continuous support to health facilities on hygiene and sanitation practice, the Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) Unit of the Ministry of Health and Sanitation on Monday, September 10, 2018 supported the Dwarzack Community Health Centre with hygiene and sanitation items.
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.