In my last article - Of “ghosts” and legal identity: meeting Sierra Leoneans in Zambia - I wrote about some Sierra Leoneans I met at the Fifth Conference of African Ministers Responsible for Civil Registration in Zambia and that my general impression was that the team’s performance was outstanding.
The Sierra Leone team I met at the Mulungushi International Conference Centre in Lusaka included the Minister of Internal Affairs Edward A. Soloku; the Deputy Minister of Information Mamadi Gobeh Kamara; Director-General Mohamed M. Massaquoi of the National Civil Registration Authority (NCRA); and Ag Director of Births and Deaths, Brima Victor Kamara. Also attending the meeting were Director Sonnia Jabbi of Statistics Sierra Leone and Dr. Francis Smart – Director, Planning, Policy and Information of the Ministry of Health. I also met Stefano Schwarz from UNICEF.
Animal husbandry is a branch in agriculture that concerned with domestic animals such as cows, sheep, goats, fowls etc. but most times, farmers involving in this form of agriculture do face certain challenges in curing these domestic animals when they become infected by a particular viral or bacterial disease. And from time to time, farmers have been experiencing huge loss as result of this problem.
Sierra Leone will open their 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying campaign against Crocodiles of Lesotho, today 13th November at the Siaka Stevens Stadium in Freetown in an empty stadium after latest FIFA sanction.
Speaking before Members of Parliament, the Finance Minister, Jacob Jusu Saffa has stated that “building on the confidence reposed in the Bio-led Administration, we have also mobilized about $413 million, and expect to mobilize an additional $200 million before the end of December 2019.”
The High Court of Sierra Leone, presided over by the Honourable, Justice Bintu Alhadi, yesterday Tuesday 12th November, 2019, convicted Adele Faya, Former Account Clerk of the Judiciary of Sierra Leone, Isatu Ulaikatu Kiamp Kamara, and Abubakarr Bangura, both Former Revenue Officers of the National Revenue Authority, on two counts of Conspiracy to Commit a Corruption Offence, Contrary to Section 128(1) and Misappropriation of Public Revenue, Contrary to Section 36(1), of the Anti-Corruption Act, No 12 of 2008.
President Julius Maada Bio has called on the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) to take urgent action on the deteriorating political situation in Guinea Bissau and prevent any instability in the region.
In an effort to make air transport affordable and accessible to all Sierra Leoneans and also to promote tourism, the Government of Sierra Leone (GoSL), through the Ministry of Finance, has eliminated the Goods and Service Tax (GST) levied on all aviation charges at the Freetown International Airport.
The subject of empowerment of women has become a burning issue all over the world including Sierra Leone. United Nations member states and agencies and even President Julius Maada Bio have emphasized on gender empowerment issues for it to be given utmost priority. However, women involved in recycling sachet plastics and cables at Bomeh dumpsite, Kingtom in Freetown says fumes emitting from the dumpsite is a major challenge for them and their children as they strive to make ends meet through collection of plastic sachets for recycling purposes.
The Chief Executive Officer of the Millennium Challenge Coordinating Unit (MCCU), Ndeye Fatu Koroma says a country can be considered to have passed the Millennium Challenge Cooperation scorecard if it is able to pass the democratic rights, civil liberties and hard hurdle of control of corruption.
The Sierra Leone Rollball Association was given the green as a member association to take part in the Fifth Edition Roll ball World Championship in India. The tournament will commence on 12th and end on 17th of this month. The Rollball National team last took part in the Eecond Edition Roll ball World Cup in Bangladesh.
16 teams have been selected to commence the first edition of the Romende Community Football Championship at Karene District with the teams promoting peace, unity, and national cohesion for development in the North of Sierra Leone.
Amidst ongoing bashing over the current hardship and suffering in Sierra Leone, the Julius Maada Bio led New Direction government has again fell in the ‘bad mouth’ of citizens over its latest Cabinet reshuffle announced yesterday Thursday 7th November, 2019.
The National Grand Coalition (NGC) Party has expressed sadness in the current hardship in the country under the President Julius Maada Bio’s New Direction leadership. The Party was addressing the press at its National Headquarters in Freetown where it revealed that three out of every five Sierra Leoneans today are living below the poverty line and this is the result of many years of decline, mainly due to mismanagement, corruption and bad governance.
At the Extraordinary General Assembly convened by the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) of the Network of National Anti-Corruption Institutions in West Africa (NACIWA) held in Lome-Togo from 5th-6th November 2019, the Commissioner of the Anti-Corruption Commission of Sierra Leone, Francis Ben Kaifala has been unanimously endorsed to serve as the new President and Chairman of the Executive Committee of the Network comprising 15 West African Countries.
Charged with this responsibility, Commissioner Kaifala - who happens to be the youngest Commissioner on the Continent, will be the President of the regional Association and Chairman of the Executive Committee. He will be the face, voice and principal representative of the Association in ECOWAS and other Global bodies and shall lead in the attainment of the objectives of the Association as mandated by ECOWAS. He shall work closely with the Permanent Secretariat of the Network in Dakar, Senegal and preside over all Executive Committee Meetings and General Meetings for the next one year.
The 15 Members Association was established by ECOWAS Resolution to spearhead efforts of ensuring transparency and accountability in West Africa; it brings together Heads of National Anti-Corruption institutions that have the mandate to fight corruption in respective West African Countries.
“I am aware that we have been elected on the ticket for change with huge, if not, immediate expectations to deliver not only basic and essential services but also to bring meaningful change in the lives of the people of Sierra Leone. While the task to change and transform Sierra Leone is monumental, with our collective determination that task is not insurmountable. In Sierra Leone today, everything or sector area is a priority that needs immediate attention; from the dilapidated State House premises to the lack of sustainable electricity supply across the country. Fellow Sierra Leoneans, let me assure you that this change is not impossible and I believe in the will and commitment of the people to change and transform Sierra Leone. I cannot do it alone, so today I ask all of you to believe in your capacity as citizens that together we can change Sierra Leone”.
Suppliers of local content goods to supermarkets in the country have called on the Sierra Leone Local Content Agency to have a verified specification of local content producers. They made this suggestion during a round table discussion organized by the Sierra Leone Local Content Agency with Suppliers and Supermarket owners in the country on Wednesday 30 October 2019 at the Sierra Leone Local Content Agency.
There were two people who at the beginning of Johnny Paul’s (or was it Sahr Gborie’s) 1997 coup which overthrew the democratically elected SLPP government of President Ahmad Tejan-Kabbah. One was Dr. James Jonah our Permanent representative to the United Nations in New York. The other was Mr. John Leigh an Attorney at Law practicing in
In its maiden monthly press conference held yesterday 6th November, 2019 at their Freetown Headquarter, opposition National Grand Coalition (NGC) has hipped praises on the transformation initiatives implemented by the New Direction government in Sierra Leone so far.
A delegation from the Chinese Embassy in Sierra Leone has donated 20 solar-street lightings and fittings, as well as smaller indoor and outdoor solar lightings to the Freetown City Council (FCC) to help ease electricity difficulties faced by residents across the capital.
The Deputy Minister of Ministry Social Welfare, Gender and Children’s Affairs, Mohamed Haji-Kella says resource mobilisation, sharing of information and expertise with their partners is key for the ministry to achieve its strategic plan.
Mr. Haji-Kella was speaking during the ministry’s workshop on its validation strategic plan for 2019-2023 that will protect vulnerable women, children, persons living with disability and older people.
The Permanent Representative of Colombia to the United Nations and Chair of the Peacebuilding Commission (PBC), Ambassador Guillermo Fernandez de Soto led a high level delegation of members of the Commission to a joint visit in Sierra Leone from 3 to 5 November 2019 with the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for West Africa, Mr. Mohamed Ibn Chambas, and the Assistant Secretary-General for Peacebuilding Support, Mr. Oscar Fernandez-Taranco.
Principals, Head Teachers in Magburaka and its Environs
Consistent with its proactive approach in the fight against corruption, the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) remains resolute to inspire public sector institutions to inculcate anti-corruption values with the aim of improving service delivery. It is in this regard that the North-East Region Office of the ACC in Makeni engaged staff of the Teaching Service Commission (TSC), Ministry of Basic and Senior Secondary Education (MBSSE), Principals, Head teachers and School Management Committees’ members in Magburaka and its environs. This engagement, which was held on Thursday 31st October 2019, witnessed the signing of Integrity Pledge by principals and head teachers which they will in turn ensure that teachers in their respective schools sign.
A high level delegation from the United Nations Peace Building Commission, PBC, led by its Chairman, His Excellency Guillermo Fernandez de Soto Valderrama, has met His Excellency President Dr Julius Maada Bio to commend Sierra Leone on its attainment of peace and stability.
Executive members of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat in Sierra Leone have called at State House to commend His Excellency President Dr Julius Maada Bio and his New Direction Government for its development strides and for improving the lives of citizens.
Left winger George Davies who is playing professional football in Austria for Saint Polten, has been named most valuable player of the season. The Sierra Leonean who is based in Austria playing professional football has made 10 appearances for the national team Leone Stars but is yet to score. Davies was in Latvia playing for Riga but was later loaned to SKN St. Polten in Austria. Out of 12 clubs in the top-tier Austrian League, his side SKN St. Polten finished sixth position with 36 points. The 1.38 meters left-winger Davies was part of the Sierra Leone Liberia match. The technical team of Leone Stars is expecting to call him up for this month’s clash against Lesotho in Freetown.
The technical team of Leone Stars has slammed an indefinite suspension on Musa Noah Kamara and Baimba Sesay over what they described as professional misconduct. The two home-based strikers are currently with the national team preparing for this month’s Cameroon 2021 African Cup of Nations qualifiers against Lesotho in Freetown. According to sources at the Football Association secretariat in Kingtom, the two players will likely miss next week Wednesday’s clash against Lesotho in Freetown. For Musa Noah Kamara fondly known as Musa Tombo, he failed to travel with the home-based national team to Kono over the weekend, telling the technical team he was bereaved. However, it was later noticed that he went ahead to play in a community league at the Brima Attouga Mini- Stadium for the Kissy Community FC. On the other hand, East End Tigers forward Baimba Sesay breached player’s transfer regulations by signing for two clubs - FC Kallon and FC Johansen. However, head coach Sellas Tetteh and his backroom staff have no option that to allow few more foreign-based professionals to be part of the line-up for the match ahead.
Ernest Allison scored two goals in the first half for Old Edwardians Football Club against East End Lions to win the first edition Tornado Football Gala which lasted for three days at the Siaka Steven Stadium. The May Park Boys came into the grand final after defeating FC Johansen on post-match penalties while East End Lions had a narrow win against their rivals East End Tigers Football Club.The first edition Tornado Solution Football Cup saw four premier league clubs East End Tigers, FC Johansen, Old Edwardians and East End Lions taking part. The three day football gala commenced on Friday 1st November at the Siaka Stevens Stadium with a match between FC Johansen and Old Edwardians Football Club competing for 40 million Leones, according to Mohamed McCarthy Bangura media contact for Tornado Solution.The grand final saw the winner clinching the star prize and trophy while the runner-up East End Lions received their second place trophy. However, it could be recalled that at the just-concluded Sierra Leone Premier League, East End Lions collected four points from Old Edwardians FC and ended winning the league with an unbeaten run. Ironically, at the Tornado gala East End Lions stooped to the May Park Boys.