SIERRATEL has got a new Managing Director in the person of Foday Sankoh who took over from Ing. Senessie Kallon, whose one year contract as MD has ended.
Speaking at a well-attended handing-over ceremony that was held at the company’s headquarters, Wallace Johnson Street in Freetown, Ing. Senessie Kallon, appreciated all those who contributed in one way or the other to the success of the company during his tenure.
NACSA Commissioner, Abubakarr Kokofele has informed journalists stated that his institution is working on a project to help communities improve their lives. He added that the project is to construct community markets, roads, health centers, water wells and other social amenities through the Ministry of Development and Economic Planning. He added that NACSA is working with local authorities like district councils in the various communities across the country to accomplish this objective.
“We want to make chiefdom headquarter towns attractive so that people won’t have to move from place to place to access social amenities. We will engage market women and establish micro credit schemes to ease financial stress,” he told journalist.
Minister of Mines and Mineral Resources Hon. Foday Rado Yokie has informed the press that reports of “cancelation or suspension of several mining licenses” as reported in various media outlets is “not true.”
Hon. Rado Yokie was appointed Minister of Mines on May 9, 2019, and is on record to have promised immediately after his appointment, to review all mining contracts in the country.
The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has on 1st August, 2019, indicted Akmed Karim, of No. 49 Matindi House, Brookfields, Freetown; Mary Banya, of No. 26 Parsonage Street, Kissy Freetown; and Momodu Allieu Sow, of 7 College Road, Freetown, all Customs Officers stationed at the Queen Elizabeth II Quay, on two (2) counts each, of Soliciting an Advantage contrary to Section 28(2), and of Accepting an Advantage, contrary to Section 28 (2) of the Anti-Corruption Act No.12 of 2008.According to the Particulars of Offence,
Minister of Youth Affairs, Mr. Mohamed Orman Bangura has officially launched a review of the National Youth Policy and two Youth Acts.
The launch took place in the conference room of the Ministry of Information and Communications and witnessed by the media, youth leaders, activists, donor partners such as the UNDP, UNFPA, Plan International, National Youth Commission, National Youth Service and the Parliamentary Oversight Committee on Youth Affairs.
Sierra Leone is set to commemorate the Second Africa Civil Registration and Vital Statistics (CRVS) Day on 9thAugust 2019 at the Miatta Conference Hall, Youyi Building, in Freetown.The Government of Sierra Leone through the National Civil Registration Authority (NCRA) in collaboration with its Development Partners is informing the general public that Sierra Leone will be joining other member states and African Governments to commemorate the Second Africa Civil Registration and Vital Statistics (CRVS) Day on 9thAugust 2019 at the Miatta Conference Hall, Youyi Building, in Freetown.
Fear and hatred of the naked posture of some deviants of morality and conduct in our society renders one timorous and unwilling to keep quiet no matter the urge to do so.The recent hue and cry raised over the so-called disrespect rendered the former head of state, Mr. Ernest Bai Koroma, at the Lungi International Airport vividly comes to mind.
Mr. Koroma reportedly arrived at the Lungi International Airport just from the blues with no prior knowledge as far as government and the public were concerned, about where he came from. All the deviants of morality and conduct under the spell of the ex-president’s magic wand could tell the public was that he arrived at the airport and was denied the pomp and pageantry befitting a former head of state. He was denied the facility at the presidential lounge and other sinecure treatments that he deserves by the airport authorities, they claimed.
Secret Bondo society members are led by the Black Devil as they begin their procession across the field of Songo village in order to perform on December 2, 2018. For youngsters in Sierra Leone, the end of a year in class can entail secretive tribal initiation rites.
Wearing a fading Mickey Mouse T-shirt, her knees hugged to her chest, eight-year-old Musu Kamara sits in a corrugated shack in Sierra Leone's capital waiting for her initiation into a secret society.
Kamara will leave for two weeks in the bush with a sisterhood called Bondo.
Africell and the Overseas Private Investment Corporation signed $100m financing commitment in November 2018 and concluded finance agreement in May 2019 OPIC is the development finance vehicle of the U.S. Government Freetown, Sierra Leone; August 6, 2019 – Africell Holding Limited (“Africell”) today reaffirmed its $100 million financing agreement with the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (“OPIC”), the U.S. government agency that finances and supports investment by American businesses in emerging markets.
Gerald Group subsidiary SL Mining has halted iron ore exports from Sierra Leone’s Marampa mine to comply with a request from the new mining ministry, which is reviewing the terms of the current license agreement, Gerald told Fastmarkets on Friday August 2.
Production at Marampa stopped on July 3 after a temporary suspension order issued by the new Minister of Mines and Mineral Resources, Foday Rado Yokie.
The mine produces a high-grade iron ore concentrate of more than 65% of iron content. The first shipments were made in June this year and destined for China.
“Leh Allah gee President Bio long life. Leh God bless President Bio for way ee mek am possible for leh we go Hajj. Leh God bless we president en we First Lady Fatima Bio. We dae go pray for President Bio for mek anybody way plan bad for am, leh di bad fallah di posin. We dae go pray mek God bless Salone, en mek we kontri en we leader Maada Bio get kol hart. Mek God gee President Bio more wisdom en trenk for rule we kontri. Leh God bless President Bio en ee govment. President Bio nar God gee am, so leh God bless am”
Managing Director of Africa Young Voices (AYV) Media Empire, Dr. Ezekiel Duramany Lakkoh has called on young people to concentrate on education and refrain from engaging in violence and drugs, noting that the only way Sierra Leone can develop is through quality education.
He made this call while handing over a trophy to the winner of the Students and Youth Anti-Violence Inter-Secondary School Drama and Musical Competition.
According to Dr. Lakkoh the competition was organized by the Students and Youth Anti-Violence group to promote the Hands-of-our Girl’s Campaign initiated by the First Lady of Sierra Leone.
It has been four days since the heavy downpour on Friday 2nd August, 2019, which resulted to flash floods leading to loss of lives and properties.
Speaking to the Coroner Technician who doubles as Assistant Administrator at the Connaught Teaching Hospital Mortuary, Sinneh Kamara, he told AYV that, since the 2nd of August, 2019, they have received a total of 8 corpses: 2 from Bathurst village, 2 from Kroo Bay, 1 from River Rokel,1 from Calaba Town,1 from Alpha Morlai and recently 1 from King Jimmy. He went on to say that all the bodies have been identified except the one from King Jimmy, adding that 2 of the bodies have been taken for burial by their family members. He went on to say they are expecting more corpses as there are several reports of people drowned but that their bodies have not yet been found.
The current condition of Leicester Road to Komboh in central Freetown, behind the Albert Academy and Muslim Brotherhood schools respectively is not only deplorable but a death trap. At the moment, many people are trapped indoors, especially the elderly, pupils and the handicapped because they cannot use the road especially during the rains.
The road has been neglected for many years by successive governments in spite of the fact that the community is inhabited by thousands of people, with the population estimated at over 800,000 (eight hundred thousand), including school children, who ply the route daily.
The United Nations Network (UN Network) for Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) in Sierra Leone has congratulated the government through the Ministry of Health and Sanitation and its partners for the tremendous efforts taken to influence and increase breastfeeding across Sierra Leone.
Recent data reveals that exclusive breastfeeding rate has improved, up to 62 per cent in Sierra Leone. The UN Network noted that this is a tremendous achievement that will contribute to the healthy development of children in the country.
Managing Director of West Africa Gem Academy Barickeh Koroma has stated that he is facing challenges in acquiring land for setting up a Gemologist Academy which would teach students the practical aspects in identifying gem stones.
Mr. Koroma made this statement in AYV’s flagship programme Wakeup Sierra Leone.
He explained that the focus of the Academy when completed will be giving knowledge to people in the country and teaching people on how they should grade and value diamonds.
“This country has gone a long way to make inroads in the telecommunications sector and NATCOM is doing extremely well in its regulatory functions,” the acting Secretary General of the Commonwealth Telecommunications Commission, Gisa Fuatai Purcell said.
The Minister of Information and Communication, Mohamed Rado Swarray was commended by the Commonwealth Secretary General and by foreign ministers for his leadership in hosting this year’s CTO conference.
The National Public Procurement Authority (NPPA) is the statutory institution charged with the responsibility of regulating all public procurement processes undertaken by public institutions in the country.
In a view to empower and capacitate ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs) as well as local councils across the country, and in order to ensure that Procurement Officers and Procurement Authorities are well positioned to effectively, efficiently and transparently undertake or conduct procurement activities, the Authority decided to conduct training sessions.
Memuna on arrival in India together with her guardians
The 5-year-old rape survivor whose story broke Sierra Leone’s heart has been evacuated to India, through the support of the Asmaa James Foundation (AJF) and other humanitarian organizations.
The Asmaa James Foundation has been able to raise funds for the medical evacuation and treatment of the 5-year-old rape survivor who was previously admitted at the Aberdeen Women’s Center and at the Emergency Hospital respectively.
In February 2018, Angela (not her real name) was brutally raped by her 26-year-old uncle. This caused severe damage to her spine. Angela was admitted to the Aberdeen Women’s Center. Her situation further deteriorated recently when she suffered a bone
The Vice Chancellor of Njala University has disclosed that the University will soon launch the Songhai Centre Model in Njala to serve as a centre of excellence in agribusiness education in West Africa.
This was disclosed during a press conference to share achievements made so far by the university administration in the year under review.
Addressing members of the press and community stakeholders at the University secretariat on Friday, 2ndAugust 2019, the Vice Chancellor of Njala University Professor Abdullah Mansaray said the centre will serve as a hub for youth wishing to become entrepreneurs in agribusiness in the West Africa sub-region.
The Chief Executive Officer and owner of non-division side Med- Mans Football Club has disclosed to AYV Sports that, his team will soon kick-start its traditional open-door trials for all non-division players across the country.
Mohamed Mansaray aka Med-Mans told a meeting witnessed by cross-section of community stakeholders, non-division players and supporters of the team that, the participation of the team in the non-division competition is necessary as it has been dormant for some time now, when compared to other previous mini-leagues especially the COFA non-division season amongst others within the Freetown Municipality.
Prince Williams who happens to be the chief organizer of the annual Bureh Village Beach Football competition has told this medium that the committee has reached agreement for this year’s one million Leones’ gala competition.
Mr. Williams stated that, they have been engaged into such activities for the past years in the interest of peace amongst the people of Bureh Village. He noted that by organizing football competitions it will help bring peace and unity amongst the residents of Bureh Village.
Close sources have informed this press that, Abdulai Mansaray has been approached by few Sierra Leone Premier League clubs to secure his signature for the 2019-2020, National Premier League season.
It was also said that the player who was crowned Best Central defender for the 2019 Fourah Bay Amateur Football Association non-division championship has already turned down the very first negotiation few days ago as the deal was not in his best interest to secure his future and take him to professional level.
As part of her commitment and support to community development, the President of Sierra Leone Football Association (SLFA) Isha Johansen has commissioned 5 water tanks at the Mountain Cut community in Freetown. This is to help salvage the water crisis the community is facing.
Mountain City Community Football Club is based at Mountain Cut in Freetown. They were the champions in the Central One Football Association Inter Community football League in 2016.
Sierra Leone’s quota for Hajj visas in 2019 has been increased by 100. This is according to the Deputy Minister of Social Welfare, speaking in a radio interview on Thursday. The Ministry of Social Welfare oversees religious affairs, and in a statement said 900 Sierra Leoneans will be performing this year’s Hajj in Saudi Arabia. The first batch of pilgrims left the shores of Sierra Leone on Saturday 3rd August, 2019 while the second batch left on Sunday 4th August, 2019.
Last year 800 visas were allocated to Sierra Leone for the annual pilgrimage to Mecca. However, there were concerns over the small slot allocated to the country, which meant that many people who had expressed the desire to perform the ritual couldn’t go. The current government promised to negotiate with the Saudi government to increase its quota.
On Friday 2nd August, 2019 during heavy downpour, the perimeter wall of the country’s seaport – the Queen Elizabeth Water Quay in Cline Town, Freetown, was breached by massive flow of water.
Several shipping containers tipped over, and there are fears for the lives of many dock workers.
It could be recalled that many parts of Freetown – the capital of Sierra Leone, were on Friday 2nd August, 2019 under several feet of water, following several hours of rainfall which started in the early hours of that fateful day.
In the mountainous village of Regent, there were reports of huge cracks opening up on the hills, reminiscent of the causes of the 14 August 2016 mudslide, which took the lives of thousands of people living on the valley.
Chairlady for Disabled Residents in Waterloo has appealed to President Julius Maada Bio to allocate a bus to help their members travel from place to place. She was speaking in an exclusive interview with AYV at her Waterloo home on Thursday 1st August, 2019.
Mrs. Rugiatu Sillah, made this appeal due to the daily transportation problems disabled persons including students and adults face on daily basis to and from Waterloo where most disabled persons reside but travel to central Freetown and converge around the Cotton Tree area to hustle for their livelihoods.
"I am appealing to our President Julius Maada Bio, on behalf of my members, to allocate one of the new buses recently brought in by the SLPP government to help reduce transportation problems faced by our numerous members commuting daily between Waterloo to Freetown," Rugiatu Sillah passionately appealed.
The Ministry of Finance has confirmed that the Government of Sierra Leone has paid July Salaries of Academic and Administrative Staff of Six (6) Tertiary Institutions, in line with the recent agreement to operationalise the integration of their salaries and core allowances into the centralised and computerised government payroll system.
Sierra Leone’s oldest financial services provider, the state-owned Sierra Leone Commercial Bank (SLCB) is celebrating a two year lead on commercial bank ratings in the ranking by the Bank of Sierra Leone (BSL) otherwise known as the Central Bank.
The SLCB topped the Bank of Sierra Leone (BSL)’s first and second quarterly performance rating for 2018, according to a statement issued by the Bank on Wednesday 31st July, 2019.
AYV further learnt that this followed on a trend maintained in the last two years.