Sierra Leone’s Minister of Transport and Aviation, Kabineh Kallon, has signed an agreement with Golden Dragon, a Chinese transportation company, for the supply of two hundred buses to Sierra Leone.
In his statement during the 2018 Beijing Summit for the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation, which he referred to as an “epoch making event,” the Minister said the new government in Freetown is struggling to provide certain social amenities to its citizens, adding that President Julius Maada Bio is determined to change that.
President Bio joined by the First Lady and government ministers
The President of Sierra Leone, Retired Brigadier Julius Maada Bio, has urged investment in his country, while assuring investors that his government has put policies in place to support their businesses.
President Bio, who addressed both the Sierra Leonean and Chinese business communities in Beijing assured investors that his government will create a lawful environment so that they can conduct business in the country without fear.
Police have confirmed that three school authorities from various schools in the country have been arrested for extorting money from parents for admission of their children and other charges even though a moratorium is in force against such payments.
Briefing journalists at Police Headquarters on George Street, the Director of Operations, Assistant Inspector General of Police Augusta said despite the efforts of the president to provide give free quality education, some school authorities are still bent on extorting money from parents which she described as undermining the much-appreciated presidential initiative.
Staff at Limkokwing University of Creative Technology, instituted a strike action on Monday over non-payment of backlog salaries and poor working conditions. The issue is still unresolved and the protesters demands are yet to be met, according to a number of the affected staff that spoke with this press.
However, administrative work was brought to a standstill at the Malaysian-owned institution on Monday after all the local staff laid down their tools in protest against delay in their salary, among other concerns.
In a bid to promote economic development through investments and improve the lives of youths, a young man Sulaiman Bah founder of the Traffic Lights Investment Company is ready to roll out thousands of dollars investment packages for Sierra Leone and Africa.
Speaking to this writer in an exclusive interview at the Radisson Blu Mammy Yoko Hotel in Aberdeen, the investor disclosed that his inspiration to establish Traffic Lights is to translate his business knowledge and a wealth of experience gained through his living in West and other African countries for decades. Sulaiman Bah said Traffic Lights is a parent investment company which aims to promote the relevant sectors including mining, import and export, procurement, entertainment among others.
The Minister of Local Government and Rural Development, Anthony Brewah has described the just concluded National Cleaning Exercise held on Saturday, 1st September, 2018 as impressive. Speaking during an inspection tour of various communities in Freetown, the minister commended stakeholders, especially youths for their enthusiasm and commitment in ensuring that their surroundings are clean. At the junction of Jui where he first met with key stakeholders, including the Councilor and Headman of the community, Mr. Brewah thanked them for taking the lead in cleaning their environment. He reiterated the government’s determination and commitment to promoting a safe and healthy society. In response, the stakeholders thanked him for the gesture, noting that his visit will serve as a source of motivation for others, especially youths.
His Excellency President Julius Maada Bio past weekend engaged the PowerChina International Group Ltd. on the construction of Lungi Bridge despite the fact that he has never promised it in his manifesto and campaigns.
The president, who had always kept the massive project very close to his heart, could not hide that sentiment weeks ago when a foreign delegation paid him a courtesy call at State House and he told them that he was actively looking for reputable companies to engage in the construction of a bridge linking the port city of Freetown on the Atlantic Ocean to the north-western airport town of Lungi.
Chinese President Xi Jinping has agreed with his Sierra Leonean counterpart to further promote the comprehensive strategic cooperative partnership between the two countries. Both sides have also agreed to expand cooperation in education, agriculture, health and infrastructure, among other fields.