The power to choose the number, timing and spacing of children can bolster economic and social development, the latest UNFPA report shows
The global trend towards smaller families is a reflection of people making reproductive choices to have as few or as many children as they want, when they want. When people lack choice, it can have a long-term impact on fertility rates, often making them higher or lower than what most people desire, according to new The State of World Population 2018 report, which was launched in Parliament by UNFPA, the United Nations sexual and reproductive health agency, in collaboration with the Ministry of Planning and Economic Development.
The Sierra Leone entertainment industry has got a new female sensation in the person of Haja Mariama Kamara aka China Nicki, a brave, clever, funny and beautiful secondary school leaver.
China Nicki, her nickname was given to her by close friends because she is an admirer of the famous American celebrity Nicki Minaj and also because her looks resemble a Chinese, and so her friends thought it wise to give her the nickname 'China Nicki' meaning Chinese Nicki Minaj.
A delegation of the Government of Sierra Leone led by the Vice-President, Mohamed Juldeh Jalloh, the Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Priscilla Schwartz, the Ambassador to Switzerland, Lansana Gberie, and the Deputy Ambassador to Switzerland, Samuel U. B. Saffa, met with FIFA officials headed by the Secretary General, Fatma Samoura, at the Home of FIFA in Zurich. The Sierra Leone Football Association (SLFA) was represented by its President, Isha Johansen. A courtesy visit was also paid to the delegation of the Government of Sierra Leone by the FIFA President, Gianni Infantino, right after the meeting.
The introduction of the Mi Yone Teller/Kiosk door-to door banking system by the nation’s leading financial institution; the Sierra Leone Commercial Bank (SLCB) has automatically changed the age-old system of banking in the country.
Within few months of launching the product, over ten thousand non-banking Sierra Leoneans have opened new accounts with the Bank due to the accessibility and easy banking methods that have been introduced.
Edmund Cowan presiding over the Freetown Magistrate Court No. 8 at Siaka Stevens Street has granted bail to one Abdul Aziz Kargbo in the sum of fifty million Leones in like sum for violating the Criminal Procedure Act of 1965 of the Laws of Sierra Leone.
As part of their dream to lighting, developing and empowering communities, the National Petroleum (NP) Sierra Leone Limited has officially launched and unveiled its new filling station at Mambo in peninsular area Freetown.
The filling station which is situated at Mambo is the 38th NP outlet across the country and it serves as the hub for Mambo community that was once seen as underdeveloped and deprived.
A cross section of the national executive of WIMSAL (Women In the Media-Sierra Leone) led by their President, Madam Tiana Alpha has called on the Minister of Information and Communication, Mohamed Rahman Swarray (Rado) to congratulate President Julius Maada Bio for appointing 30% of women on the IMC Board.
The Ministry of Energy on Tuesday 16th October, 2018 opened ten bidding documents submitted by both local and international bidders for the Rehabilitation and Extension of the Bo and Kenema Distribution System Project. The opening was done in the presence of the media, companies’ representatives and government officials.
Addressing the press, the Permanent Secretary, Morie Momoh said that during the pre-bidding conference, bidders were taken to the project sites for evaluation to give them an insight of what they would be bidding for.
Chief Minister Professor David John Francis meeting with farmers
Chief Minister Professor David John Francis has joined government ministries and international partners to celebrate World Food Day at a ceremony organized by the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Food Security at Moyamba Junction, Moyamba District.
With the theme: “Our Actions Are Our Future: A Zero Hunger World is Possible by 2030”. The event brought together farming groups and associations, local council leaders and traditional authorities from all parts of the country to grace the event, which was being observed across the world.
With this year’s theme “International Standards and the Fourth Industrial Revolution”, the Sierra Leone Standards Bureau (SLSB) has celebrated World Standards Day at its headquarters at Ferry Junction in Freetown.
The celebration is held every year on the 14th October around the world in celebrating efforts made by people and institutions towards the promotion of standards.
In his presentation to a packed audience at the event organized by the African Studies Centre of Oxford University School of Global and Area studies, Professor Osinbajo highlighted four important areas with regard to world development in the next two decades. These are population, the environment, output of goods and services and social exclusion, under which rubric comes poverty and human capital development, and its implications for global security.
The stance of the Chief Minister, Professor David John Francis, in the matter between the country's football governing body SLFA/FIFA and the Anti-corruption Commission had brought light to the country's football. What a historic move.
Haven failed to settle the impasse in SLFA for almost two years by the past administration because they were weak, timid and afraid to stand up FIFA, the no- nonsense Chief Minister stood as a hero and challenged FIFA on the basis that the country's law must be respected.
Deputy Minister of Finance, Dr. Patricia Nyanga Laverley
The International Development Association (IDA) and the government of Sierra Leone have signed a US $10m Agro-Business Financing Agreement for the Sierra Leone agro-processing competitiveness project. The loan, which is to be paid in 32 years, was recently approved by Parliament.
Presenting the loan agreement to the House for discussion, Deputy Minister of Finance, Dr. Patricia Nyanga Laverley, said the project’s main focus is the promotion of an enabling environment. This, she said, would cost $20m. Dr. Laverley said that these funds will go towards reducing the burden and constraints faced by agro-businesses through the Small and Medium Enterprise (SMEs).
According to reliable sources the Environment Protection Agency (EPA) will be in charge of reducing the cost of obtaining environmental license. Sierra Leone Investment and Export Promotion Agency (SLIEPA) will also be there to develop a program for retention of agro-processing in the country.
The Deputy Minister stated that the Standard Bureau will help to improve standards of goods in the agro-business. Moreover, the Ministry of Trade is to be the sole beneficiary tasked with providing oversight function among the institutions and also enhance coordination and the proper setting up of agro-business.
Dr. Laverley further stated that $6m will be channeled towards increasing productivity and strengthening the key value chain of agro-business. It will also be used as investment to key innovators for the provision of secondary goods.
Approximately US $2m will be used for the implementation, monitoring and evaluation to help support the Coordinating Units to oversee the project preparation and contract management. Dr. Laverley explained that the project will enhance job creation and income generation, adding that it would also provide technical advancement to the SMEs and will strengthen productivity and also increase new investment in the market sector.
An opposition Member of Parliament for Constituency 066 in Karene District, Hon. Mohamed Bangura has informed journalists that he supports 100% the appointment of veteran Journalist, George Khoryama as Chairman of Independent Media Commission (IMC).
Hon. Bangura was former Minister of Information and Communication in the last APC administration of former President Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma. He informed his colleague MPs that, the presidential nominee is more than qualified for the job.
FIFA has promised to advise CAF to reschedule the Leone Star matches against Black Star after accepting Sierra Leone's apology in Zurich.
Reliable reports from the FIFA headquarters in Zurich, Switzerland indicate that the world football governing body will now advise the Confederation of African Football (CAF) to reschedule Sierra Leone’s matches against the Black Star of Ghana that were cancelled last week due to the impasse between FIFA and the Sierra Leone Football Association (SLFA).
Hon. Justice Manuella Harding presiding over the High Court of Sierra Leone has incarcerated four accused persons at the Male Correctional Centre at Pademba Road in Freetown for allegedly committing capital offences, contrary to law.
The four alleged murderers, Ibrahim Kalokoh alias Cartel, Festus Mansaray alias Big Man, Alhaji Steven Bangura and Alpha Umaru Bah alias Maju are facing multiple offences ranging from Conspiracy to Commit a Crime, Robbery with Aggravation and Murder.
Certification ceremony after the one month training in China
Da Yu Mining Company operating in Tonkolili District, northern Sierra Leone has provided scholarships to three Sierra Leoneansto study in China.
As a registered mining company operating that wasgranted a large scale mining license (ML 01/2018) in January 2018 the company’s management has confirmed that their intention is to support the growth and development of the mining industry.
Chairman of National Commission for Privatization (NCP), Umaru Napoleon Koroma was among a high-level government delegation that left Sierra Leone recently for this year’s’ Annual Meetings of the International Monetary Fund in Bali, Indonesia. The International Monetary Fund and World Bank Annual Meetings in Bali, Indonesia were against a backdrop of stark climate change warnings, economic uncertainty, and geopolitical rivalry.
The Human Rights Commission of Sierra Leone (HRCSL) Northern Region office has dissolved an early marriage of a 14 year old class four girl child (name withheld) in Kathekeyan Kaboli, Pa Masangbon Chiefdom in the Bombali District.
In compliance with Section 7 of the Human Rights Commission Act, 2004, the Commission’s investigation found out that the child was contracted in marriage by a forty two (42) year old Ibrahim Conteh resident of Makomp village, Bombali Shebora Chiefdom in Bombali District.
The Director of Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU), Ahmed Kamara has stated that they will be hosting the Maritime Conference on Money Laundering under GIABA from 24 to 26 October this year. He added that the event will take place at the Radisson Blu Hotel, Freetown.
According to him, there is urgent need to sensitize the public well so they can combat money laundering in the country.
A report released recently by the Institute of Governance Reforms (IGR) headed by its Director, Andrew Lavalie, has stated that President Julius Maada Bio’s administration has undertaken several bold and commendable reforms in their first six months in office to ensure quality delivery of service to the populace, but noted that enduring concerns still remain.
The report titled: “Beyond Business as Usual: Looking Inward to Change our Story” further stated that domestic revenue figures have almost doubled, which is also a bold and commendable initiative.
Residents of Moyamba district and surrounding communities are currently mourning the untimely deaths of some of their people who lost their lives by drowning in the Mabang river.
This reporter made a conducted tour of the district past weekend and was greeted with the sad news of over six people who recently drowned in the river trying to make their way across to the other end.
Haja Mariama Kamara aka China Nicky, winner of Big Sister Salone, the country’s first ever reality television show organized in Sierra Leone by AYV Media Empire and ZedZee Multimedia, sponsored by Africell and others, has secured sixty million leones from one of Sierra Leone’s leading telecommunications company, Africell.
Solidaridad West Africa has joined Sierra Leone Government ministries and international partners to celebrate World Food Day (WFD) at a ceremony organized by the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Food Security at Moyamba Junction, Moyamba district.
The event which has its theme: “Our Actions Are Our Future: A Zero Hunger World is Possible by 2030” was graced by the country’s Chief Minister, Professor David John Francis, who was well pleased with Solidaridad’s display of some of its wonderful works in its areas of operations in Sierra Leone.
Islamic Online University (IOU) Board, Staff and Students met with the Deputy Minister of Higher & Technical Education, Dr.Turad Senesie at the latter’s New England Ville office in Freetown.
The chairman Board of Directors, of Islamic Online University, Alhaji Murtada Sesay on behalf of the chancellor said IOU has changed the mindset of those who perceive Islam negatively because IOU is using formal, digital and English medium of education to over 457,000 students worldwide and more are emerging because the classroom is unlimited no matter how great their number.
Independent Police Complaints Board (IPCB) Communications Officer Amadu Femoh Sesay confirmed over the weekend that the IPCB is currently investigating two alleged shootings and killings by police of a 29 years-old man in Mateboi village near Mile 91, Yonibana Chiefdom, Tonkolili District, in the north of the country and a small boy in the Thonko community, Kambia District, North- West of the country.