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.
The Government of Sierra Leone through the Ministry of Finance has remitted the sum of Le23,089,100,000 to local council across the council for first quarter (January to March 2019) for devolved functions.
This is part of government commitment in ensuring the effectiveness of local councils across the country.
Musayeroh Barrie, Hon. Tony Baldry & President Julius Maada Bio
The chairman of Westminster Group Rt. Hon. Tony Baldry has disclosed that the company is public-owned and regulated by the London Stock Exchange and by its shareholders in the United Kingdom. He debunked earlier rumor doing the round that President Ernest Bai Koroma has shares in it.
Sir Tony made this disclosure during a visit to assess the company’s work in Sierra Leone over the years and to also look at ways to invest more heavily in the country.
He said since they started operations at the Freetown International Airport at Lungi in 2012, Westminster Aviation Group has been providing security solutions to the aviation and transportation sectors ranging from specialized equipments to screen people, baggage and cargo; while providing surveillance, monitoring and detection services using state-of-the-art equipment, and sniffer dogs.
Hon. Justice Tonia Barnett presiding over the High Court of Sierra Leone at Siaka Stevens Street in Freetown has convicted and sentenced two notorious robbers to seven years imprisonment for committing very grave criminal offences, contrary to law.
The two convicts, Sahr Kanoteh Ansumana alias Richie and Alpha Sesay alias Alpha Bedor on diverse dates between 26thFebruary 2017 and 1st March 2017 in the Freetown Judicial District in the Western Area of the Republic of Sierra Leone conspired with other persons unknown to commit an offence; to wit: Robbery, which contravenes Section (32) sub Section (2) of the Larceny Act of 1916, as repealed and replaced by Section (2) of the Imperial Statute Criminal Law Amendment Adoption Act No.16 of 1971.
The Ministry of Trade and Industry (MTI) has launched its Inspection Manual for its permanent and confirmed Trade Monitors at the Ministry’s conference room.
Before the launch the MTI and Sierra Leone Standards Bureau (SLSB) assessed the level of performance of Monitors through training, which seeks to enhance the technical skills and knowledge of its monitors.
The lack of requisite training in these areas coupled with other unprofessional misconducts, led to the suspension of the activities of the Trade Monitors on the 7th November, 2019. Based on the above stated fact, MTI and SLSB developed an Inspection Manual for Business Houses, Warehouses, Stores and Factories that demonstrates collaboration between MTI’s Trade Monitors and the SLSB’s field inspectors.
Speaking on behalf of civil society organizations, Abdul Fatoma, Director of CHRDI says majority of human rights activists in the country have spoken with one voice condemning attacks on their members.
A press release issued by civil society organizations states that: “We the undersigned express our deep concerns and dismay at the shrinking space for inclusive political participation and dialogue in Sierra Leone, following the March 2018 general elections.
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) after its first economic performance review has rated Sierra Leone’s economic performance under the New Direction as very satisfactory and this will see the country benefiting from grants in the coming months.
It could be recalled that on 23rd April this year a team led by Dr. Karen Ongley as Mission Chief from the IMF commenced the first economic performance review of Sierra Leone under the New Direction and the newly-agreed programme.
Fatima Bio with the EU representative at the WISE launch
The European Union EU will fund over 5000 Sierra Leone women in the aftermath of the WISE launch by First Lady Fatima Bio.
The launch of the solar energy project is to empower and financially sustain women in Sierra Leone. Fatima Maada Jabbe Bio, in collaboration with the EU, will help to empower and financially sustain women in Sierra Leone and Africa with affordable, clean energy, which is part of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
The Sierra Leone Brewery Company Limited (SLBL) on Friday 26th April 2019 informed the media and officials of the Consumer Protection Agency about its recent investments in facilities upgrade in its new brew house as well as the recently overhauled packaging bottling line costing Le3.5 billion.
Since 1962, SLBL has pride itself with that rich heritage tied to the history of the country with the vision of growing with Sierra Leone as well as to further improve the efficiency of its bottling operations and to ensure that that its services are to its valued consumers and consumers in the future.
In order to tackle the increasing rate of cyber crime, the National Telecommunications Commission (NATCOM), recently slammed a 90-days ultimatum on mobile network operators (MNOs) for them to do proper registration of all SIM cards in the country.
Abdul Kamara, Head of Cyber Security at NATCOM, stated on Tuesday, 7th May, 2019, at his office in Freetown, that NATCOM is sternly warned MNOs to register all mobile sim cards within 90 days.
The Chairman of the Political Parties Registration Commission, PPRC, Abdulai Masiyamday Bangurah, and the Deputy Commissioner of the Anti-Corruption Commission, ACC, Augustine Foday Ngombie, have subscribed to the oath of office before His Excellency President Julius Maada Bio.
Parliament on 11 April 2019 approved the PPRC boss and on 30 April 2019 approved the deputy head of the anti-graft agency as public officials after they had earlier been nominated by the President as provided for in the country’s 1991 Constitution.
The Sierra Leone Red Cross Society yesterday Wednesday 7th May, 2019 observed their World Red Cross Love Celebration. During the ceremony, SLRCS speakers cried for subvention from the government so that they can continue doing their good work. They made this call at the Miatta Conference Center in Freetown.
The program was attended by Members of Parliament, the Iranian Red Crescent, the Youth Minister and other key stakeholders including the press.
The new Chinese Ambassador to Sierra Leone, H.E. HU Zhangliang on Wednesday 8th May 2019 paid a courtesy call on the Rt. Hon. Speaker of Parliament, Dr. Abass Chernor Bundu, in his Office at Parliament Building, Tower Hill, and Freetown.
They exchanged diplomatic pleasantries and spoke on the need to continue the process of strengthening the good bilateral relationship between the two countries.
It is very alarming and unfortunate to hear that the current batch of West Africa Examinations Council (WAEC) candidates sitting this very important life determining/changing public examinations are complaining of intimidation and harassment.
To recap, it is a fact that on Thursday 11 April 2019, the government of Sierra Leone paid Le3,527,730,000 and Le16,200,000,000 to the West Africa Examination Council to cover examination payment for pupils taking both the National Primary School Examination (NPSE) and the West Africa Senior Secondary School Examination (WASSCE) respectively, in this year’s April - June public examinations. The payments cover pupils in government and government-assisted schools across Sierra Leone.
Members of Parliament (MP) are honorable members expected to be role models of our future leaders. MPs are supposed to exhibit good character and good representation. To be honorable means to be honest, direct, downright, sincere, trustworthy, tec. That is, an MP must not defraud or cheat, nor be deceptive or fraudulent.
An MP must be honest, just, noble, reputable, revered, etc. That is why he/she must behave honorably. They are the direct representatives of their constituents. The role of an MP is crucial to the governance structure of any country.Their role has been important since Plato and Aristotle’s time of propounding democracy.
One of the basic tenets of a democracy is to hold regular and periodic election; election to elect the representatives of the people. These representatives must come from among the people.
Democracy itself is government by the people, for the people and of the people. In short, it means government and its elected representatives.
In Sierra Leone we call these representatives Members of Parliament. The responsibilities of these representatives according to Section 97 a and b) of the 1991 Constitution is; All Members of Parliament shall maintain the dignity and image of Parliament both during the sittings in Parliament as well as in their acts and activities outside Parliament.
b) All Members of Parliament shall regard themselves as REPRESENTATIVES of the people of Sierra Leone and desist from any conduct by which they seek improperly to enrich themselves or alienate themselves from the people.
In Sierra Leone, parliamentary elections have been held even before the country gained independence on 27 April 1961. Those who were elected worked in the interest of the people of Sierra Leone who elected them. They ensured that the people got good roads, food, shelter, quality education. They ensured that the people got 24 hours electricity especially in Freetown and in all district headquarter towns.
They sacrificed their time, energy and resources to represent the people in their best interests. The laws they passed were all in the interests of their electors. They did not pass laws that were in the interests of Prime Minister, Sir Milton Margai and his colleagues as it seems to be done today when parliamentarians pass laws in either their own interests or in the interest of the president of Sierra Leone.
The style of representation of the Members of Parliament was to work diligently for the people of Sierra Leone. They showed themselves as patriots of Sierra Leone. They feared God. They did not enrich themselves. In fact, their main aim was to remove their people from the claws of colonial administration and chart for them the way to positive development.
That is why they left good legacies for the children of Sierra Leone that are worthy to emulate. They entrusted virtues and other moral values in the people of Sierra Leone. They lived as exemplary leaders worthy of emulation.
However, it seems that the Members of Parliament in Sierra Leone today are interested more in themselves than in the interest of those that they were sent to represent. It is for this kind of attitude of our parliamentarians that Sierra Leoneans are yearning for good electricity supply, quality education, good roads, food self-sufficiency, affordable health service and housing for all Sierra Leoneans as it is done in Europe, America, some parts of Asia and Australia.
For instance, in Brazil, USA, Europe and South Korea, the parliamentarians have demonstrated that they are the real representative of the people who elected them. They never allowed their presidents to influence their legislative powers.
The Members of Parliament, House of Commons or Senate, are servants of the people. Every law or bill they pass is geared towards the interests and positive development of their respective countries.
Nevertheless, it seems our MPs who walked out of parliament recently during State Opening of Sierra Leone’s Parliament while the National Anthem was going on, are no longer prepared to be called ‘honorables.’
Their walkout was a demonstration of not only contempt for the people who sent them to represent them but contempt for the country and contempt for President Julius Maada Bio.
Those MPs behaved dishonorably. They should not have walked out if they actually went to parliament to represent people and not their respective egos.Their behavior was not an honorable course of action.
Being an MP is a privilege; not a right. A privileged position must be exercised with respect. Whatever grievance they have for President Julius Maada Bio and his Government must not be displayed at the well of parliament during such an auspicious occasion.
The APC MPs who walked out of Parliament may have a flimsy excuse/s for staging such a naive behavior if they are jittery of the petition against some of their members or if they are jittery of the Commission of Inquiry (COI).
If an MP who is supposed to behave honorably behaves dishonorably, then he is not fit to be called HONOURABLE.The COI is to ensure accountability and transparency which every leader in Sierra Leone has been paying lip service to.President Julius Maada Bio wants to bring sanity into the country by ensuring that tax payers’ money both within and outside are used in a fiscal manner.
Also, petitions have been held in Sierra Leone after elections even during the infamous one-party system of Government.The murder of a key witness in an election petition case led to the notorious ndoigboiswui in Pujehun District because the brothers of the murdered man sought to avenge his slaughter.
If these MPs who walked out of parliament are indeed honorable and stand for the truth, why behave dishonorably when they know it is neither witch hunt nor today that election cases have been held in Sierra Leone?
Walking out of parliament when the national anthem was on is a big crime. If these MPs know that they are not guilty of corruption neither are they not jittery of the election petition filed against them, let them behave as honorable MPs.
They should be role models; not the reverse. These Members of Parliament must be passing bills or laws that are geared towards ensuring genuine quality education, affordable health and housing, good roads, reduced cost of living, affordable and accessible food security, equal justice, etc. Are they in parliament for themselves or for the people?
How representative are they to the people of Sierra Leone who elected them? What legacy will their tenure leave? What will they tell their children as Members of Parliament of the USA, Brazil, India, Europe, Australia, etc, have done?
A group of few people that are not great fans of any particular political party say they were galled as they stood in utter disbelief looking at APC Members of Parliament on Thursday 2nd April, 2019 dressed in suits, and donning APC regalia with matching bright red berets emblazoned with the APC red sun logo. The group of predominantly young male APC lawmakers were shamelessly parading the street in front of the Law Court Building in central Freetown; ostensibly staging a protest.
The Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Information and Communication, Augustine Sheku has called on government to leverage and improve the existing laws of the National Telecommunication Act. He made this call during a consultative workshop on the Review of the 2006 Telecommunication Law at Shangri La Banquet Hall, Aberdeen in Freetown.
It its usual style of giving back to its numerous subscribers, Sierra Leone’s biggest mobile phone operator and internet service provider Africell is once again poised to make millionaires of its subscribers during the month of Ramadan which begins today Monday 6th May, 2019.
Speaking at the launch of Africell Ramadan Show 2019, the company’s Chief Corporate Affairs Officer (CCAO) Joe Abass Bangura informed the press that “in line with our proud tradition of always being at the cutting edge of technological innovation in the industry, and for innovative promotional events that provide our subscribers with opportunities to celebrate their religious festivals, play fun games and win great prizes in the process, we are announcing today, (Friday 3rd May, 2019) the launch of the Africell Ramadan Show 2019 – dubbed: ‘The Treasure Hunt’; giving our subscribers the opportunity to win more than Le500,000,000 (five hundred million Leones) during the month of Ramadan.”
President Julius Maada Bio’s delivery of his televised and radio broadcast state opening of parliament address, was overshadowed by the spectacular walking out by opposition APC MPs, who are protesting against what they see as the president’s abuse of power.
But their walk out did not deter the president, whose speech was for the consumption of citizens and the international community, as it was for the MPs who stayed behind to listen.
First Lady of the Republic of Sierra Leone, Mrs. Fatima Bio was bestowed with the meritorious World Peace Ambassador medal at an auspicious occasion held at the Office of the First Lady at Spur Road in Freetown on Friday 3rd May, 2019.
Before presenting the award and adorning the First Lady Fatima Bio with the prestigious award and medal respectively, the Founder and President of World Peace Diplomacy Organization, Prof. G. D. Shingh informed the First Lady and his audience that the World Peace Diplomacy Organization started eleven years ago and that since then it has recognized a number of people scattered across the globe and honored such people by appointing them as World Peace Ambassadors among other honorary titles.
Minister of Planning and Economic Development, Nabeela Tunis, has presented the Government of Sierra Leone’s Medium Term National Development Plan 2019-2023, to the British Chamber of Commerce in Sierra Leone. She said that the government recognised that the private sector is key in ensuring the successful implementation of the plan.
Deputy Minister of Information and Communication, Solomon Jamiru has said in Freetown that his institution is willing and ready to assist members of the Court Reporters Association in the area of improving their professional capacity.
He informed journalists reporting court proceedings that his Excellency the President, RTD Brigadier Dr. Julius Maada Bio has pledged his government support to development and improvement of the media in Sierra Leone.
The work of the Legal Aid Board in implementing Goal 16 of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) on access to justice has been showcased at a side event at the just concluded World Justice Forum in The Hague, Netherlands. Sierra Leone, South African and Brazil were the only countries to be showcased at the side event.
The Executive Director of the Legal Aid Board, Ms. Fatmata Claire Carlton-Hanciles presented a paper on the topic, ‘Agenda 2030 – Approaches to nationalizing and Implementing Goal 16 and Access to Justice’ at the Forum on Tuesday 30 April 2019.’
Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry, Rev. Abraham James Sesay-Jones on Friday 7th May, 2019; officially launched the Trade Inspection Manual and approved the resumption of activities of the Trade Monitors.
In his remarks, Rev. Abraham Sesay-Jones emphasized that the role of Trade Monitor is very key to the Ministry, hence there was need to enhance their technical skills and knowledge on trade related issues, interpersonal relationship with the business community, reliable trade data collection, report writing, understanding the Civil Service Code, Rules and Regulations.
The public is hereby informed that Mariatu Jalloh, the Publisher of the AYV Newspaper, is declared wanted by the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) of the Sierra Leone Police for attempting to create chaos and civil unrest in the country.