By David Moinina Sengeh,Chief Innovation Officer at Government of Sierra Leone.
This past Christmas, on my way to the launching of a Center of Excellence for Information Communication and Technology in Bonthe, I drove through a colorful party. Women of all ages were dancing and singing. It wasn’t an ordinary party – they were celebrating the passing rites of new initiates into the female Bondo society. A couple weeks later, I went on a walk with my 16 yr old cousin who had also gone through Bondo during that same period. I observed that I hadn’t seen her during the holidays and that her parents told me she'd gone to the bush. She confirmed that she had.
Chief Minister - All set to help rebuild Sierra Leone’s lost glory
The press release signed by the Office of the Chief Minister on 15th May, 2019, showing the amount raised by the timber industry in just nine months, shows that the New Direction is about delivery.
The Sierra Leone timber industry which has been known for corruption, scandals and lack of accountability and money making venture by just a few people to the detriment of the country has now being transformed by the New Direction government through the leadership of the Chief Minister.
By Ibrahim Sorie Koroma, Health Education Officer – HED/MoHS
The Ministry of Health and Sanitation through the Health Education Division on Wednesday 15th May engaged and orientated District Deputy Directors of Education, Conference of Principals of Secondary Schools and Sierra Leone Teachers Union on the upcoming Measles Rubella Vaccination Campaign scheduled for Monday 10th – Sunday 16th June this year. The engagement took place at the Atlantic Lumley Hotel in Freetown.
Residents of Saiama in the Lei Chiefdom, Kono District during the engagement
The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) sub-regional office in Kono on Friday 10th May 2019 sensitized stakeholders and other community members at Saiama on the Pay No Bribe (PNB) campaign. Saiama is the administrative headquarters of Lei Chiefdom in Kono District, and it is located approximately nine miles from the Meli River, which marks the boundary between Sierra Leone and Guinea in the chiefdom.
Her Excellency the First Lady of the Republic of Sierra Leone, Mrs. Fatima Maada Bio and the Julius Maada Bio Women’s Wing (JMBWW) have continued their donation of food and other items to Muslims across the country to help them complete the holy month of Ramadan.
On Wednesday 15th May, 2019, the women joined worshippers at the Majid Rahman Mosque in Goderich Freetown where they also gave Zakat (food and other items) in the spirit of Ramadan.
The Minister of Planning and Economic Development, Hon. Nabeela Farida Tunis, has launched the Sierra Leone Multidimensional Poverty Profile 2019 at the Ministry’s Conference Hall, Tower Hill, and Freetown.
Hon. Tunis underscored the critical nature of the technical analysis of the report and its contribution to national decision making. Taking a holistic approach to measuring poverty, she noted, that the report is vital to accurately count and respond to the needs of each and every Sierra Leonean.
Executive Director of Fambul Tok International has appealed to stakeholders and community members of Kailahun district to learn how to resolve pertinent issues affecting them than allowing them to disunite communities. He was addressing Paramount Chiefs, Councillors, youth and community members in Daru town, Jawie chiefdom, Kailahun district during a one day District stakeholder’s dialogue meeting on Wednesday, May 15, 2019.
His Excellency President Julius Maada Bio has engaged members of the Krio Descendant Association at State House, as part of his continuous engagements with different stakeholders across the country.
Special Adviser to the President and Ambassador at Large, Dr Kona C. Koroma, who gave the welcome address, recalled that in his first meeting with the Krio Descendant Association after his inauguration, President Bio promised he would be having periodic engagements with stakeholders on issues of interest to the Association and the governance of the state. She said over the past few days, there had been debates on land issues which had reached the President and as a caring father he thought it was in the right direction to call the Association for a family dialogue to discuss the issues.
Christo and Koroma: An old good friend advises a good old friend
Senior Journalist, Christo Johnson, who currently serve as President for the Veteran Journalists Union-Sierra Leone, has advised His Excellency President Julius Maada Bio to pay little or no attention to the main opposition the All People’s Congress (APC) party and concentrate on ruling and providing food on the table of Sierra Leoneans.
Journalist Christo was speaking on AYV television front page show yesterday 15th May, 2019 where he reminded President Bio that he has a mandate to accomplish within a period of 5 years giving to him by the people of Sierra Leone in March 2018.
All People’s Congress (APC) National Publicity Secretary, Cornelius Oguntola Melvin Deveaux is reported to have been attacked by alleged supporters of the Sierra Leone People’s Party (SLPP) on the night of Monday 13th May, 2019 at about 9:30pm in Waterloo.
Explaining his ugly encounter on social media, Deveaux wrote: “I was standing at the junction of William and Wilson streets, Waterloo when SLPP thugs attacked me throwing missiles and bottles at me but myself and friend were able to repel them and they fled.
A very senior delegation form the Ahmadiyya Mission in Sierra Leone headed by Head of the Mission in Sierra Leone, Mauvi Sadeeur Rahman, has paid courtesy call to the Africa Young Voices (AYV) Media Empire.
The purpose of the visit was to congratulate the Empire’s ownership and management for providing the people of Sierra Leone credible, factual and balanced media reporting since its establishment.
High Court Judge, Hon. Mrs. Justice Bintu F. B. Alhadi has slammed a court injunction on the interim executive committee of the Motor Drivers’ and General Transport Workers’ Union from holding any election, until the matter is determined by the High Court.
The injunction which seeks to restrain the interim executive committee and ex-executives of the Motor Drivers and General Transport Workers’ Union headed by President Alpha Amadu Bah, was dated Monday 6th May 2019.
The Anti- Corruption Commission has trained auditors, finance and procurement officers in twenty public institutions on their role in upholding ethics and integrity in their respective workplaces. The training was held at the ACC’s conference hall at Cathedral House, 3 Gloucester Street in Freetown.
The purpose of the training was geared towards enlightening auditors, finance and procurement officers on how to use ethics and integrity in executing their work effectively and to be efficient in service delivery.
VP Juldeh displaying the three mineral sector polices
The gains to be derived from the mining sector are huge. To derive such gains will no doubt involve the viable management of the sector, including improving the overall governance, starting with establishing the legal and policy frameworks.” These were the words of Sierra Leone Vice President, Dr. Mohamed Juldeh Jalloh.
Launching three mineral sector policies; namely the Sierra Leone Minerals Policy, Artisanal Policy and Geo-Data Management Policy at the Bintumani Conference hall in Freetown recently, Dr. Jalloh spoke about the importance the ‘New Direction’ government’s attachment to improving the governance and management of the minerals sector.
Vice Chancellor of the University of Sierra Leone, Professor Foday Sahr flanked by authorities of Amadou Dieng University in Guinea
The University of Sierra Leone (USL) on 10th May, 2019 signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Amadou Dieng University in Guinea.
According to the press release from the Alumni and Internationals Directorate of the University of Sierra Leone, the MOU aims at establishing meaningful collaboration between the USL and Amadou Dieng University in Guinea.
“The Memorandum of Understanding solidifies cooperation between the two Universities in the promotion of scholarship and creates a framework for the exchange of students and staff, joint research and development projects, curriculum development and review, development and printing of publications and cooperation in other areas that may be agreed upon by the two universities,” the release stated.
As the dust is yet to rest on praises heaped on the Minister of Lands, Dr. Denis Sandy by President Julius Maada Bio during the State Opening of Parliament recently, the Krios in Sierra Leone are currently in swift talks with the Minister of Lands to meet at an amicable point in addressing concerns raised by the Krios relating to land issues.
The AYV Newspaper at this point wish to retract and correct an article published on its front page edition of Tuesday 14th May, 2019, titled: “Krios Plan ‘Naked March’.
Pikin Bizness, an organization that works to support children by providing health related assistance, economic and educational support to the child survivors of the post conflict period in Sierra Leone has saved another life.
At 15:30 yesterday Tuesday 14th May, 2019, Kenya Airways landed at Lungi bringing back home
Former Commissioner of the National Commission for Social Action (NaCSA) Alie Badara Mansaray has been arraigned before Hon. Justice Miatta Samba of the High Court of Sierra Leone for corruption- related offences, contrary to the Anti-Corruption Act of 2008.
Alie Badara Mansaray was charged to court together with the former Director of Finance of the Commission, Richard Turay.
Sierra Leone Ambassador to the United States of America, Sidique Wai, has said he will use his office to attract Sierra Leoneans in the diaspora to provide their expertise, mobilize resources and invest back home.
According to Wai, the biggest kept secret is that there are very successful Sierra Leoneans in the diaspora with a wealth of experience and expertise who are working for multinational companies, understand corporate language and have strong relationship with potential investment that can be tapped into.
Africell Mobile Company has rewarded a lucky subscriber in the ongoing 2019 Africell Ramadan Show.
Samuel John, a businessman, won Le100 million last week and other Africell subscribers were also fortunate to win other prizes.
Mr. John after winning told journalists that he is just incredibly lucky. He went on to say that he deals in used clothing in Freetown. He thanked the management of Africell for its generosity, adding that for a very long time he has been yearning to win previous Africell Ramadan shows.
In a bid to enhance community participation in the fight against corruption at local level, the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) through the Public Education and Outreach Department, on Saturday 11th May 2019 held a community outreach meeting with residents of the Newton Community in the Western Rural District.
The objective of the engagement was to empower the people through information sharing as well as soliciting their support to identify and expose corrupt practices within and outside their community.
Wildfires have been a huge concern lately in the interior as a result of poor sensitization and with reference to that, the Environmental Protection Agency has embarked on village to village sensitization at Mosorie, Momaligi, Bengeh, Gbunumbu and Rocampany villages in Moyamba District, following a wildfire disaster that left many residents homeless.
Head Teacher of Kulafai Rashideen Islamic Mission in Bengeh Village, Bumpeh Chiefdom in Moyamba District, Andrew Koroma has told AYV that the village is facing many challenges ranging from poor road network, schools, inadequate health and educational facilities, lack of water and sanitation facilities among other issues impacting negatively on residents. He made this statement to AYV when the latter visited the community over the weekend.
Titanium miner Sierra Rutile has in a statement issued over the weekend that it is defending a planned expansion of its operations in Sierra Leone despite opposition by mining and other rights campaigners over its social and environmental implications.
Sierra Rutile is seeking a partnership with the International Finance Corporation (IFC) to embark on the expansion into two operational areas in Bonthe and Moyamba.
I had to change seat one Monday night while watching SLBC’s MAKE YOU POINT programme. A caller to the programme and was unashamed enough to say that invigilators are too strict and that they do not give the candidates chance to spy while sitting to the West African Secondary School Examination (WASSCE).This is due to the examination malpractice cankerworm eating into the country’s education fabric.
The fear and hatred of the opposition All People’s Congress (APC) party’s tactics gradually eating into the fabric of the government of the Sierra Leone People’s Party (SLPP) of His Excellency President Julius Maada Bio has once again prompted me into this action of calling the government to attention. The opposition APC’s concerted effort to undermine the SLPP government into failure in the eyes of the people of Sierra Leone and the international community started the very day March 7, 2018 when the SLPP was declared winner of that year’s election and Rtd. Brigadier Julius Maada Bio became President. Firm in their uncanny notion that the governance of Sierra Leone is their exclusive right and power their domain, they vowed never to recognise the government and leadership of the SLPP under President Bio. They then went to work, improved on their 99 tactics and put them into motion. And like the Edison’s light bulb, the tactics are working.
Krios across in Freetown have planned to hold a ‘naked’ protest if the President Julius Maada Bio fails to intervene and caution his appointed Minister of Lands, Dr. Denis Sandy against intimidating the Krios over their personally owned lands.
The Krios’ complain is just one among the many complaints made against Minister Sandy since he was appointed by His Excellency to head that ministry.