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.
Executive Director of Pikin Bizness, Dr. Adonis Abboud is currently the most celebrated man in the Kamayama, Pentagon, Gbamgba Yillah, Jar Kingdom and Kondi Farm among other communities in the far west of Freetown.
Dr. Abboud, as part of his philanthropism used his personal fund to construct a very key bridge linking the above communities to the rest of Freetown and Sierra Leone by extension.
Staff of National Authorizing Office (NAO) on Friday 10th May, 2019 commemorated Europe Day with a press briefing to explain the essence of Europe Day and the work of the National Authorizing Office (NAO) in conjunction with the European Development Fund (EDF).
A photo exhibition formed part of the commemoration and visitors including members of the press were taken through the many pictures depicting the work of NAO and significance of the EDF and related matters.
One Bintu Mansaray has been charged to court for allegedly killing her boyfriend Samuel Ansumana Giboto Sesay of Spur Loop in the West of Freetown.
According to the Charge Sheet, the alleged murderer, Bintu Mansaray is said to have killed her boyfriend on Friday 8th February 2019 at Mango Town off Wilkinson Road in the Freetown Judicial District in the Western Area of the Republic of Sierra Leone.
Over the last ten days, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has been vigorously assessing the economic performance of President Bio’s Government since April 2018 to March 2019. Meeting with the nation’s Vice President, Dr. Mohamed Juldeh Jalloh in front of an array of Journalists, Dr. Karen Ogley, IMF Mission Chief observed that they are very impressed with the strides taken by the new administration to restore economic stability and credibility.
On Monday 19th May, 2019, there would be a book launch at the British Council, Tower Hill in Freetown titled: Unforgettable Life Journey. The book is a memoir written and published by the author Prince Cummings.
Sierra Leone’s national leaders and experts came together on May 8, 2019 to continue collaboration with Pacific Disaster Center (PDC) on the National Disaster Preparedness Baseline Assessment (NDPBA) underway since late 2018. The mid-term workshop held in Freetown at the Radisson Blu Mammy Yoko Hotel and facilitated by PDC—an applied science and research center of the University of Hawaii—brought together diverse stakeholders from across disciplines to help build disaster management capabilities as well as review preliminary disaster management and risk assessment findings.
The attention of the National Telecommunications Commission (NATCOM) has been drawn to series of criminal activities carried out by scammers using the 232-21 Code to perpetrate their criminal activities.
The Commission is informed that certain persons in the USA have been receiving scam calls purportedly coming from Sierra Leone, and the said criminal syndicate known as ‘WANGIRI or One Ring’ has been reported through various news channels and tabloids abroad. This has the propensity of affecting the country’s image internationally.
The New York University has hosted Sierra Leone’s Minister of Tourism and Culture – Madam Memunatu B. Pratt to throw her experience and expertise on the topic: “Knowledge Sharing on Sustainable Tourism Development.
The New York University is a private research university originally founded in New York City but now with campuses and locations throughout the world. It was founded in 1831.
The Minister of Tourism and Culture was invited to share knowledge on this topic, because this has been her drive since inception: that is sustainable Tourism development with an acute phase of Tourism Governance.
Senior Academic Staff and students from the Bai Bureh Hall, Fourah Bay College (FBC) on 10th May 2019, honored the CEO and President of the AYV Media Empire, Anthony Navo Junior with honorary award and also dedicated to him, the Hall’s victory on the recently held Inter Hall Athletic Sports Meet at the Siaka Stevens Stadium in Freetown.
Honoring the Youth Ambassador, Philanthropist and Entrepreneur, came following the successful sports meet where Amb. Navo Jr. served as Distinguished Chairman and Special Guest of Honor.
As World Press Freedom Day was globally celebrated, the Chairman of Independent Media Commission ( IMC) of Republic of Sierra Leone Mr. George S. Khoryama (pictured) has said in Freetown that efforts are in high gear for the Sierra Leone government to repeal the Criminal and Seditious Libel Laws in the 1965 Public Order Act as President Julius Maada Bio in his campaign and other official engagements including his parliamentary address on Thursday May 2,2019 has promised to write off the libel law and that IMC and other media institutions are in consultation with government in that respect.
A 45 year old woman over the weekend made a record by being one of the oldest candidates to write this year's National Primary School Examination (NPSE) in Sierra Leone.
Conventionally, school going age especially in Sierra Leone ranges between 6-12 years - i.e. a child normally starts Primary - 1 at age 6 and he/she is expected to take his/her first public exams known as National Primary School Examinations (NPSE) at age 12.
This home care centre is the recent project supported by Teratec in Germany meant to create a safe space for 500 orphans and valuable children across four districts namely Western Rural, Western Urban, Portloko, and Kailahun district especially those from the Ebola and Mudslide disasters.
The Development initiative program is an NGO that gives supports women and children that are vulnerable in society.
Regional Director for the International Civil Aviation Organization, ICAO, Mam Sait Jallow, has met with His Excellency President Julius Maada Bio at State House to discuss the launch tomorrow of ICAO’s Safe Fund Project to strengthen Sierra Leone’s aviation safety compliance.
ICAO is a UN specialised agency, established by states in 1944 to manage the administration and governance of the Convention on International Civil Aviation ICAO, work with the Convention’s 193 Member States and industry groups to reach consensus on international civil aviation Standards and Recommended Practices and policies in support of a safe, efficient, secure, economically sustainable and environmentally responsible civil aviation sector.
Land grabbing and fighting for land is a menace to our society. Unlike other countries where the citizens acquire plot/s of land to build a bungalow without fisticuffs; it is not so in Sierra Leone.
In Sierra Leone the process of acquiring a piece of land is one of the most tedious and one of the most life-threatening things on earth. It is daily occurrence especially in the big towns and cities to see one, two or more people fighting over a piece of land.
The first in a series of courses kicked off on Wednesday May 8 at the U.S. Peacekeeping Logistics Depot in Murraytown. This first course will be one month long and the Republic of Sierra Leone Armed Forces (RSLAF) soldiers will be training for sustainable peacekeeping operations and vehicle maintenance.
We have recently seen leaders of various political parties troop to State House to meet with the President. Reports of what transpired were scanty and certainly politically coloured by the time they got to the mainstream press and social media. What we do know is that the photos showed various party heads shaking hands with the President, with some grinning like Cheshire cats. This obviously did not go down well with some of their political supporters who would have preferred them to look menacing and “breathe fire’, in light of what they perceived as “very contentious and unsavoury circumstances in the country”.
The High Court of Sierra Leone, holden at Makeni,on Wednesday 8th May, 2019, and presided over by HON JUSTICE UNISA KAMARA, convicted two Head Teachers, EDWARD MOMODU SALIFU MANSARAYof the Roman Catholic Primary School Kabala; and ANDREW SAIO MANSARAYof the Wesleyan Church Sierra Leone Primary School, Kabala, Koinadugu District, on two counts of Soliciting and Accepting Advantage, contrary to Section 28(2);and Abuse of Office, contrary to Section 42(1) of the Anti-corruption Act No. 12 of 2008 respectively, after both men pleaded guilty.
The European Union has boosted the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry (MAF) Crops Division through it project tittle “Boosting Agriculture for Food Security” (BAFS) with equipment and materials in the fight against the Fall Armyworm to the tune of 19, 121,962 Euros.
The handing over ceremony took place at the Ministry Agriculture conference room on Tuesday 7th May 2019.
Deputy Minister of Youth Affairs, Hon. Lusine Kallon has donated shovels, rakes, hand gloves, reflector gears, bags of rice and two wheel barrow to youth of Jui community to aid them carry out their monthly cleaning.
Receiving the equipment, the APC Member of Parliament, Hariyatu Ariana Bangura said when you appoint good people in leadership positions it will positively reflect on the society.
APC national chairman and leader & secretary general
If information making the rounds within the corridors of the main opposition, the All People’s Congress (APC) Headquarters in Freetown that the party is planning to boycott the proposed Bintumani 3 conference slated for May 23, 24 and 25 is anything serious to go by, then this by all indications will definitely mark the beginning of the downfall of the APC.
Vice President of Sierra Leone, Dr. Mohamed Juldeh Jalloh on Thursday 9th May, 2019 simultaneously launched three new policies designed by the Ministry of Mines and Mineral Resources aimed at ensuring bigger and better conditions of service for those working in this industry and at the same time give the owners of the land a better deal in terms of surface rent and other benefits and also to ensure that Sierra Leone as a whole maximizes gains from its mineral resource endowments.
The Deputy Commissioner of the Anti-Corruption Commission Augustine Foday Ngobie has said that the Commission is pleased with the objectives of the The Foundation for Rural and Urban Transformation (FoRUT) in empowering men, women and children to fight poverty, injustice, alcohol and drug abuse through social mobilization, advocacy, capacity building and provision of services for long term development in the country.