Sierra Leonean students that were fortunate to get scholarships to study various subjects in Beijing, China are full of praise for the Chinese government.
In her vote of thanks, Theresa Alpha noted that this is a journey they will never forget and expressed thanks to the Chinese team, the government of Sierra Leone and the People’s Republic of China and others who made it happen. She said China’s diverse cultural norms and atmosphere will continue to grow stronger. Theresa promised on behalf of the whole team that they will obey all laws that guide the country and set a landmark.
Earlier, a farewell ceremony dubbed China Night 2019 brought together 116 Sierra Leonean aspiring students en-route to China, dignitaries from different universities across the country and ministers of government and officials of the Chinese Embassy in Sierra Leone.
Residents at the Bottom Oku Crab Tong community in Wellington are accusing the government of neglecting them after they voted President Julius Maada Bio and the SLPP to power. They say they are yet to have a community health center, secondary school and a police post.
As a way to provide sustainablesolutionto future disasters in coastal communities, the Institute of Marine, Biology and Oceanography (IMBO) has trained representatives from different government agencies and sectors including the Office of National Security, National Tourist Board, Sierra Leone Maritime
Group picture of some of the beneficiaries and the CEO (center)
The Sierra Leone Education and Development (SLED) on Thursday 29th August 2019 observed its 15th anniversary with the presentation of over 34 scholarships to underprivileged pupils in primary, secondary and university at the Buxton Methodist Church Hall, Charles Street in Freetown at which ceremony the Chief Executive
By Abdul Fonti, Communication Strategist in the Office of the President
The Ministry of Finance has confirmed that administrative and academic staffs of the University of Sierra Leone (FBC, COMAHS and IPAM) have not received salaries for July and August 2019, chiefly because of delay on the part of university authorities in submitting staff payroll data.
A press release by the Finance Ministry disclosed that the payroll data submitted had inconsistencies requiring verification.
Sierra Leone’s former President Ernest Bai Koroma, arrived in Accra, Ghana, on Monday 2nd September, 2019 to join his peers at the maiden edition of the Kofi Annan Peace and Security (KAPS) forum on the theme: “Peace Operations in the Context of Violent Extremism in Africa”.
The government of Sierra Leone has won a major foreign direct investment deal with a Japanese company – ITOCHU Corporation, who has agreed to establish a pineapple farm and processing plant in Sierra Leone.
The first phase of this development will cost around $40 million, which has already been approved.
More than 3,000 jobs are expected to be created by Sierra Tropical Ltd. – the operating company of ITOCHU Corporation in Sierra Leone.
Despite the fact that State Witnesses Paul Sandi former Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Information and Communication, Foday Conteh former Finance Director NATCOM and Mr. Senesie Kallon former Director General NATCOM had all given evidence at Commission 65 alleging that the former Minister of Information and Communication Hon. Mohamed Bangura inappropriately received $44,000, $50,306 and $100,000 respectively from NATCOM and SALCAB during his tenure in cabinet, the latter denied collecting such an amount.
Five music artists comprising Team Best have instructed their legal team to file a lawsuit on Ecobank for what the artists described as “intellectual theft and for using their music to promote the bank’s own interest and benefit” without consulting them and without the consent of the artists.
Plan International Sierra Leone has supported the ministries of Youth Affairs, Social Welfare, Gender and Children’s Affairs and the National Civil Registration Authority with office equipment worth over 250 million Leones.
According to the organization, this support is geared towards ensuring that Gender Transformation Child Protection Systems and capacity of young people are strengthened through the effective functioning of these public offices.
Global Network of Civil Society for Disaster Reduction (GNDR) secretariat in collaboration with ActionAid and partners has launched their chapter in Sierra Leone and held a national coordinating meeting.
The Deputy Minister of Youth Affairs, Lusine Kallon, has told the Qatar Fund for Development (QFFD) delegation that their visit to Sierra Leone will now send a strong message to the world that President Bio's recent visit to Qatar was important and fruitful.
He was speaking at the ministry's conference room, National Stadium in Freetown during a courtesy call on the Ministry of Youth Affairs.
A cross-section of the leadership of the United Council of Imams - Sierra Leone led by the Director of Communication Sheikh Ibrahim Kamara paid a courtesy call on the Executive Director of the Legal Aid Board Ms. Claire Carlton-Hanciles to express appreciation at the legal aid services provided to their members around the country.
The poro society is cracking now on boys and men fleeing initiation in karboro chiefdom, southern Sierra Leone. Initiation has become a well planned event these days as boys and young men are refusing not to get initiated into the society and don’t mind risking their lives to escape it. The body of one James Samuels , 24 was discovered on the beach of yonkey island a small island within shenge in the municipality on the 28th September 2014. According to sources his father Albert Samuels who is a strong member of the poro society in shenge wants him to be initiated into the society and take his position.
It is not often that a 33-year-old is made a minister in Africa. Mohammed Orman Bangura is gaining popularity in Sierra Leone for substantive work and for his style.
The Youth Affairs Minister is determined to prove that young people in positions of authority can make a lasting impact in citizens’ lives.
Orman Bangura’s life journey has been a remarkable one. The death of his father when he was a toddler devastated the family’s finances. At the time, his widowed mother thought her son’s best shot at a good life was becoming a tailor or a baker. At just 11 years old, Mr. Bangura enlisted as an apprentice in a tailoring shop.
Born in Magburaka, Tonkolili district and an alumnus of the Government Secondary School for Boys, Magburaka (MSSB), Dr. Allhassan Fouard-Kanu is presumably the first home-based Sierra Leonean to become a doctor of public health (DrPH), awarded by the Walden University, in the U.S.A. The DrPH is a professional degree that improves knowledge and analytical skills in leadership, policy, program management, and professional communication. The DrPH program situates public health practitioners to become effective leaders advocating for policy and change.
According to recent revelation from the Justice William Annan Atuguba Commission of Inquiry 67, former President Ernest Bai Koroma intervened several times between NASSIT and the contractor for the Sewa Grounds Market popularly known as Victoria Park.
Led in evidence by state Counsel Mr. Musa Mewa, Director of Investment at NASSIT Dr. Brima IbrahimBaimba Kargbo delved into the structure of the Sewa Grounds Market project and how constant intervention by former President Ernest Bai of forced NASSIT into making unjustifiable payments to the contractor even though the trust was unwilling to do such. Dr. Kargbo said the contract was separated into various components; $15.5m for the market, $12m for the school and park, $3.7m for the consultant engineer, and $3.3m for Freetown City Council.
Deputy Minister of Works and Public Assets, Hon. Philip Tetema Todoneh, has stated that his ministry is planning to transform the public works yard, which would be responsible to maintenance all government vehicles and subsequently save billions of Leones for the government.
Hon. Tondoneh made the above disclosure during a ‘stock taking session’ last Friday (30th August, 2019), at the Civil Service Training College on Tower Hill in Freetown.
“With the re-development of the public works yard, the Ministry of Works could save billions of Leones for the government of Sierra Leone. The resources mobilised through this could be utilised for many other developmental programmes in the country,” he said.
He said the carpentry workshop would be in charge of repairing all government furniture, adding that it could similarly create job opportunities for skills trained youths.
He noted that many officials of Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) are occupying rented houses in Freetown and the provinces without the knowledge of the Ministry of Works.
“The ministry is only aware when it’s time to make payment for those houses, and the documents are brought to us to sign. We are changing that narrative, we want to make sure we establish an administrative village that will accommodate a lot of MDAs, which would subsequently break down on government’s expenditure,” Hon. Tondoneh said.
He said when his ministry would have transformed the public works yard on Pademba Road in Freetown, it would create job opportunities, and there would also be value for money and fiscal control in the aspect of misused vehicles.
President Bio discussing with potential investors in Yokohama
President Julius Maada Bio has called for the right investment to prepare Africa for the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR). He made this call at the Seventh Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD7) in Yokohama, Japan, on Wednesday 28 August 2019
The 4IR is the current developing environment in which disruptive technologies and trends such as Artificial Intelligence (AI) Internet, Robotics, and Virtual Reality are changing the way people around the world live and work.
High Court Judge Justice Simeon Allieu has on Friday 30th August, 2019 granted bail in the sum of Le200M and one surety each to the Deputy Organizing Secretary of the main opposition All People’s Congress party Karamoh Kabba and twenty-two others.
In could be recalled that the accused persons Karamoh Kabba and twenty-two others were charged with Conspiracy to Commit Riotous Conduct, Disorderly Behavior, Wounding with Intentand other related felonies contrary to section 11, 12 18, 20 and 20 of the Criminal Procedure Acts of 1965.
Seven people have been confirmed dead after a gruesome road accident along the Port Loko -Freetown Highway on Wednesday night. Five people died on the spot and the two others succumbed to death shortly upon arrival at the Port Loko Hospital where all the victims were taken, according to eye witnesses.
Public Relations Officer in the Ministry of Finance, Ahmed Sesay has distanced the Finance Ministry from allegations that it is responsible for late payment of salaries of intermediate and junior staffs at Fourah Bay College, University of Sierra Leone.
His denial came after intermediate and junior staff workers at Fourah Bay College, University of Sierra Leone, on 30th August protested over what they said is the slow salary payment process, which has now accumulated to two months without them getting paid.
Victims of an illegal demolition undertaken at No. 67 Freetown - Lumley Road, have called on the government and judiciary to urge Adham Mackie to re-develop their property that was demolished allegedly under the command of Superintendent Murana despite an earlier High Court ruling favor of the victims.
Director-General of the Petroleum Directorate, Timothy Kabba
The World Bank office in Freetown has commended the Director-General of the Petroleum Directorate, Timothy Kabba and his team for maintaining decorum and stability in the country’s effort to explore oil and gas.
August 31, 2019: InfraCo Africa, part of the Private Infrastructure Development Group (PIDG), has signed a shareholders' agreement (SHA) with PowerGen, committing $6.9 million to develop the Sierra Leone mini-grid project. As part of wider efforts by the government of Sierra Leone to address limited rural electrification, the groundbreaking project will roll out clean solar power in up to 41 remote communities, delivering first-time access to electricity for homes and businesses.
The project company, Off-grid Power, will develop a portfolio of solar mini-grids across the southern and eastern half of Sierra Leone. The project plans to establish approximately 12,500 new connections, with around 85 percent allocated to households and 15 percent to micro, small and medium enterprises and public institutions such as schools and health clinics, it is anticipated that the initiative will generate employment and will have a significant positive impact upon living standards in rural Sierra Leone.
The Office of the Clerk of Parliament has issued a statement informing all Members of Parliament and the general public, that parliamentary sittings will resume after its annual recess, today Thursday 29th August 2019 at 10:00 am the Chamber of Parliament, at Tower Hill, Freetown.