The people of lower Samu Chiefdom in Kambia district have voiced concerns over the lack of proper health care facility; proper drinking water, quality education and good roads which they said have made the area almost unfriendly for human existence.
Yeliboya Island has over 2000 people living in poorly constructed and shabby makeshift structures with subsistent farming as their main source of livelihood in the Island. Yeliboya is about 43 miles off the District Headquarter town of Kambia and one of the hardest t reach communities.
Public Relations Officer (PRO) Ministry of Basic and Senior Secondary Education, Brima Michael Turay has stated that the Ministry needs about 400 workers to effectively implement the free education project. According to Mr. Turay, the long term problem of the Ministry of Education has been understaffing. “We are understaffed even though we are trying to do our best. But when a ministry is understaffed by close to 400 people you can only imagine the kind of challenge we are facing as a ministry,” he explained recently.
Sierra Leoneans are badly worried that the country’s Ministry of Health has confirmed new strains of Ebola virus have been found in bats in Bombali northern Sierra Leone. The new strain of Ebola virus is known as the Bombali Virus (BOMV).
This ugly development is coming merely two years after the end of another Ebola outbreak that killed over 11,000 people across West Africa, Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia specifically.
ACC Commissioner Francis Ben Kaifala Esq. addressing stakeholders
The Commissioner of the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has told stakeholders in the fight against corruption countrywide about how corruption has adversely affected the development of Sierra Leone. Francis Ben Kaifala Esq. was speaking during his maiden regional tour of Bo, Kenema, Makeni and Kono respectively where he met with ACC staff and other stakeholders in the fight against corruption.
Nimatulai Bah-Chand, Staff of MFAIC and the African Court Team
An advance team from the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights (AfCHPR) lead by the Senior Information & Communication Officer, Sukhdev Chhatbar has paid a courtesy call on the Acting Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Mrs. Nimatulai Bah-Chang at her Tower Hill office, Freetown.
The Deputy Minister of Finance, Dr. Particia Leverly has officially launched the Rokel Commercial Bank (RCB) SIM Korpor which is a safe, reliable and fast way of sending and receiving money and is also useful for paying utility bills among other transactions.
Before launching RCB Sim Korpor, the Deputy Minister of Finance Dr. Patricia Leverly informed her large audience that what Rokel Bank is doing is the norm in modern day banking which makes use of advance technology to take banking to the doorsteps of ordinary people that do not have easy access to banking facilities.
The African Union Commission (AUC) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Pan African Federation of Accountants (PAFA) at the AU Headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia in the spirit that will facilitate collaboration.
The MOU was signed by the Director of Programming, Budgeting, Finance and Accounting, Mrs. Assietou Diouf, representing the AU Commission and the Chief Executive Officer of PAFA, Mr. Vickson Ncube.
Two accused persons, Abubakar Siddiq Doe Nagbeh and Brima Bah have been docked before Santigie Bangura presiding over the Freetown Magistrate Court No.1 at Siaka Stevens Street in Freetown, for allegedly committing grave criminal offences, contrary to law.
Both accused persons are facing charges of Conspiracy to Defraud and Obtaining Money by False Pretences, contrary to Section (32) Sub Section (1) of the Larceny Act of 1916.
During the International growth Centre launch at the Miatta Conference Center over the weekend, former President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf told the conference that the transition process in Liberia is going on peacefully and it is also productive for the country.
She said they started the transition before she left power and they copied the Ghanaian model where her government and the incoming one produced the same number of people in the team to make sure that they work together.
President Julius Maada Bio has issued strong warning to Paramount Chiefs across the country against illicit mining and illegal timber logging among other illegal activities going on in their respective chiefdoms.
The interactive meeting between the paramount chiefs and the president was held at Miata Conference Hall and geared towards increasing revenue generation from our mineral and natural resources
The President of the Emergency Hospital, Rossella Miccio has called on the Government of Sierra Leone to increase its support from 10% to at least 20%. She made this call during a courtesy call on President Julius Maada Bio at State House.
President Miccio requested for the hospital to be included in the national system, stating that 80% of the Emergency Hospital funding is coming from their individual donors.
President Bio has disclosed that the country’s tax policy needs to be reviewed and promised that his administration is working towards making it better in a bid to improve trade. He was speaking to a cross-section of Chamber of Commerce members.
Members of Sierra Leone Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture have assured President Bio of their commitment to working with the government in transforming the economy. They made this pledge during a courtesy call on President Bio at State House.
Representing at least twenty five thousand sorghum farming families in Sierra Leone, a cross-section of sorghum farmers and marketers in Sierra Leone are making a passionate appeal to President Julius Maada Bio to review the Finance Act 2016 which according to them is not supportive of local farmers especially sorghum farmers.
The Chairman of National Assets and Government`s property Commission, Mr Abu Hindolo Moseray and team visited the Southern Regional Headquarters, Bo. According to the Chairman, the visit aimed at having a first-hand information about the status of national assets and government properties in Bo.
Whilst in Bo the Chairman and his team met with key stakeholders including community land owners hosting Government properties, the Local Unit Commander of the SLP in Bo, Ombudsman etc.
The prices of different sizes of cooking gas is expected to slightly increase by the end of July, this year, as a result of the continued increase in the foreign exchange rate.
'AfriGas' a private Company, is one of the importers of cooking gas in Sierra Leone. Its Customer Service, on 1 Wilberforce Street, Freetown, has issued a Notice, to inform the public, through its Agents and Customers that the costs of its product will slightly increase by ten thousand Leones (Le10,000), on most items, effective July 28th, 2018.
Ahead of the meeting of Heads of State and Government of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS) on 30 July 2018 in Lomé, Togo; Sierra Leone’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Dr. Alie Kabba will join other Ministers of Foreign Affairs and those in charge of Defence or Security to consider and adopt the draft Declaration and the draft joint final communiqué to be issued at the end of the joint summit of leaders of the two Regional Economic Communities.
According to recent report on the SLPP Government’s achievements within one hundred days in office, one of is that the National Youth Scheme is at present recruiting the first set of Youth Corps.
The report states that this project targets young graduates from tertiary institutions to participate in a year voluntary service to the state. The Ministry in order to achieve this has toured the entire country, holding meetings with stakeholders including paramount chiefs, students, Civil Society Organizations, among others.
The Mankind’s Activities for Development Accreditation Movement-Sierra Leone (MADAM-SL) with support from CARE-Sierra Leone has in a two day refreshers training engagement built the capacities and empowered women to become entrepreneurs in Bombali and Tonkolili Districts.
The training attracted two hundred and fifty (250) beneficiaries who are members of the Village Savings and Loan Associations (VSLAs) across Bombali and Tonkolili Districts.
Hon. Vice President Dr. Mohamed Juldeh Jalloh giving the keynote address
The Hon. Vice President Dr. Mohamed Juldeh Jalloh has stated that, in Sierra Leone, the fisheries sector is contributing about 12% of the country’s GDP and that it provides an estimated 80% of animal protein intake for Sierra Leoneans.
He made this disclosure while giving the Keynote Speech at the official opening of the 20th Ordinary Session of the Conference of Ministers of the Sub- Regional Fisheries Conference (SRFC), at the Bintumani Conference Hall, Aberdeen, Freetown on the 26th of July, 2018.
As a way of protecting the environment from disaster the Ministry of Lands, Country Planning and Environment has started demolishing eighty-six houses on close to twenty acres of land in the disaster-prone area in Regent.
According to the Minister of Lands, Country Planning and Environment Dr. Dennis Sandy it is the second stage of the process in ensuring that they protect the environment under the New Direction, and that they have paid the land and house owners to move out of the Red Zone demarcated area.
According to the SLPP First 100 Days Report, the Ministry of Basic and Senior Secondary Education transferred teacher management functions to the Teaching Service Commission (TSC); opened a Teachers’ Records Repository at the TSC and developed four policy guidelines that are now being harmonized for better coherence.
The report states that during this period, the TSC conducted a baseline study on characteristics of teacher training providers. The Ministry of Basic and Senior Secondary Education developed a course for school leaders on performance management and standards. The TSC also looked into developing and popularizing the standards for teachers and school leaders the districts.
Reliable eye witnesses reported that yesterday morning a number of police officers actually went to the Society for Radio Democracy 98.1FM at New England Ville to arrest the former Resident Minister East, Karamoh Kabba.
Speaking to AYV after escaping what Mr. Kabba termed a harrowing experience, he explained to AYV that he went peacefully to the radio station asa guest to articulate his APC party’s response to the SLPP’s GTT report and a range of other issues affecting the masses; which as opposition, he is entitled to do.
One forty three years old man, Abdulai Jalloh has been incarcerated at the Male Correctional Centre in Freetown by Abdul Sheriff presiding over the Freetown Magistrate Court No.7 at Siaka Stevens Street in Freetown. He allegedly sexually penetrated his own daughter under the age of eighteen years (name withheld).
The accused person is charged with the offence of Sexual Penetration of a Child, contrary to Section (19) of the Sexual Offences Act of 2012 of the country’s laws.
Sierra Leone’s Deputy Minister of Finance, Dr. Patricia Nyanga Laverley represented Sierra Leone at the Africa50 Pan-African Platform in Nairobi, Kenya to scale up infrastructural development on the African continent. The conference took place on Thursday 19th July 2018.
It is the third general shareholders meeting aimed at providing an account of progress made in the strategic agenda of Africa50 and further consolidate their shared vision and commitment to accelerating infrastructure development in Africa.
A pupil of the Albert Academy, Alie Francis Allian Mansaray has been jailed for one month, three weeks by Santigie Bangura presiding over the Freetown Magistrate Court No.1 at Siaka Stevens Street for the offence of Defamatory Libel, contrary to section (26) of the Public Order of 1965.
The accused person who lives at 20 Kenema Street, Goderich along the Freetown Peninsular Road ischarged with the offences ofDefamatory Libel and Insulting Conduct, which contravene, Section (3) Sub Section (1) of the Public Order Act No.(46) of 1965 of the laws of Sierra Leone.
According to the recently-released Sierra Leone People’s Party (SLPP) Government Transition Team (GTT) Report, the abuse and misuse of duty and tax waivers in recent years by the former APC administration resulted in significant loss in domestic revenue amounting to Le1.12 trillion.
The report states that within 100 days, the SLPP Government established a Special Committee to review the current process and develop an appropriate policy for granting duty and tax waivers.
Vice President, Dr. Mohamed Juldeh Jalloh has reiteratedgovernment‘s commitment to provide the required support to policies that lead to positive transformation of the Decentralization Process. Addressing Mayors, Chairpersons, Paramount Chiefs and Councilors at a two – day meeting organized by his office and the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development at the Bo City Council, the Vice President described the forum as the first step in ensuring that local councils are empowered to carry out their mandate effectively. He expressed the need to assess the current status of the decentralization process, identify key development priorities and how they can be aligned to national development agenda.
Mayor Aki-Sawyer explains who citizens lost confidence in FCC
Mayor of Freetown City Council (FCC) has explained that she has discovered that residents of the capital city had for long lost confidence in the ability of the FCC to provide much-needed social services for the Metropolis of Freetown.
In a recent public engagement in Freetown, Mayor Yvonne Aki-Sawyerr said that the social contract between Freetown citizens and the FCC eroded over the years due to the lethargic and poor manner the council was being run.