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.
Fast-forward to 2019, and the 33-year-old Bangura is Sierra Leone’s minister of youth affairs, the youngest minister in the cabinet.
He credits his mother for ensuring his focus on education. “She made all the sacrifices for me,” he says. After his secondary school education, Mr. Bangura received a government grant to attend Fourah Bay College, the University of Sierra Leone, where he graduated in 2011 with a bachelor’s degree in accounting.
His professional career includes finance and accounting positions with different institutions in his country. These were the Standard Chartered Bank, the London Mining Company and the Total Global Steel Company. Before his ministerial appointment, he was the chief accountant at the Sierra Leone branch of eHealth Africa, an organization with headquarters in Washington, D.C., that supports health systems in poor communities.
The Director General, National Social Security and Insurance Trust and the Commissioner General of National Revenue Authority, Fouad Daboh and Dr. Samuel Jibao respectively, on Thursday 8th August, 2019 signed a Memorandum of Understanding aimed at sharing data in order to provide better services to taxpayers, subscribers and the general public.
The NASSIT Director General Fouad Daboh informed AYV in an interview that the signing is epoch-making and would go a long way to ensure that relevant data for workers, pensioners, taxpayers and other categories of people of interest to both institutions would be shared and managed only for official purposes, adding that confidentiality and privacy is assured.
Sierra Leone’s Ministry of Social Welfare, Gender and Children’s Affairs has out rightly debunked fake reports making the rounds, especially on social media that the last batch of Sierra Leonean pilgrim who left Freetown on Monday morning of 5th august, 2019 got stranded at the Saudi Arabia airport on arrival.
Speaking to this writer in an exclusive telephone interview from the City of Mecca in the kingdom of Saudi Arabia last evening, Deputy Minister of Social Welfare, Gender and Children’s Affairs, Alhaji Mohamed Hajji Kella confirmed that all Nine Hundred pilgrims from Sierra Leone have safely landed in Saudi and are now performing the Hajj rituals.
Tomorrow, Saturday 10th August 2019, the 9th day of Dhu'l-Hijjah (the 12th and final month of the Islamic calendar) is the Day of ‘Arafah’.
It is the day when the pilgrims stand on the plain of Arafah to pray. On this day, Muslims all over the world who do not witness the annual Hajj should spend the day in fasting, in preparation for the three day festivity following Eid UL-Adha (the celebration marking the end of the Hajj commemorating the Prophet Ibrahim's willingness of sacrifice).
In a bid to support President Bio's agenda for access to free and quality education, to impact the growth in the educational sector in the country, especially in the area of reading, access to information and infrastructure, The Madiba Project, a charitable Australian organization has boosted the Sierra Leone Library Board with the donation of relevant library furniture’s to ensure better storage and seating accommodation in the Library.
Because currency has a global flavour and poor small Sierra Leone is involved. So if are discussing currency it is a very wide issue
The Public Relations Officer (PRO) for Sierra Leone Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture, Alhaji Alpha Tanu Jalloh has stated that with regard heightened inflation of foreign currency (US Dollar) against the Leones; it is because the Leones has nothing backing it and also because the Leones is not a free currency.
He was speaking in an exclusive interview with AYV at his Rawdon Street office in Freetown on Wednesday 7th August, 2019. He went on to say that shortly after the transition when the SLPP took over there was the narrative that the previous government didn’t leave anything in the vault, but that the former government came out and said they left five hundred and seven million US dollar reserves.
The International Organization for Migration (IOM) in collaboration with the Ministry of Social welfare Gender and children's Affairs recently concluded a five day training for Government Officials and Civil Society Organizations on protection of victims of Human Trafficking. The training was held at Dohas Hotel in Bo City.
State House, Freetown, June 2019 – Sierra Leone Members of the Female Parliamentary Caucus have met with His Excellency President Dr Julius Maada Bio to present recommendations from their visit to Parliaments in the East African countries of Kenya and Rwanda.
Presenting the report of their benchmarking exercise at State House, President of the Female Parliamentary Caucus, Honourable Veronica Kadie Sesay, said the recommendations were products of the relentless efforts of the Caucus to support President Bio’s 2018 Elections Manifesto to the women of Sierra Leone.
A new Managing Director of Sierratel, Foday Sankoh has taken over the operations of the company, following the end of Engineer Senessie Kallon’s one year contract as Managing Director.Speaking at a well-attended handing over ceremony held at the company’s headquarters on Wallace Johnson Street in Freetown, Engineer Senessie Kallon thanked all those who contributed in one way or the other to the success of the company during his tenure.
A revitalised and vibrant Sierra Leone is hoping to entice visitors with a responsible tourism focus, discovers Karl Cushing
Cradled mere feet away in the arms of Mama P, his surrogate human mother, Caesar the baby chimp toys his tufty hair before casting me a stare so cute and innocently wide-eyed that my heart squeaks.
This being Sierra Leone’s Tacugama Chimpanzee Sanctuary, though, home to 89 orphaned chimps, such arresting interactions come served with a healthy dollop of education.
“We have a moral obligation to protect the chimps – they may be extinct in 10 years,” warns my host Aram Kazandjian, Tacugama’s manager. His team is working tirelessly to protect the critically endangered western chimpanzee, from establishing new reserves and “wildlife corridors” to tackling bushmeat poaching. To help raise funds, the sanctuary offers packages in its homely onsite lodges, backed by activities such as yoga weekends and film nights. It’s all rather inspiring.
Tacugama is at the vanguard of the west African country’s attempts to develop responsible tourism in the wake of the crushing Ebola epidemic of 2014 and its earlier civil war. The government is acknowledging and backing the move, recently using the visit by renowned chimp expert Dr Jane Goodall to announce it had adopted the chimp as the new symbol for tourism.
Now, backed by its cuddly new symbol, recently appointed representation agency Kamageo and a catchy “Sierra-ously Surprising” tag line, it has UK visitors firmly in its sights.
Natural treasures feature highly in my April visit, not least the birdlife. Salone, as the country is nicknamed, is home to 640 recorded species, including the great blue turaco. Top spots include Gola Rainforest national park – where I keep an eye out for sooty mangabey monkeys, forest elephants and birds including white-necked picathartes – and meet the team aiming to raise the park’s profile through ventures such as chocolate production tours and a new hiking and biking trail.
Nearby Tiwai island, set in the Moa river and part of the same ecosystem as Gola, lays claim to the highest concentration of primates in the world, its habituated Diana monkeys being the undisputed stars. Despite overnighting on the island, they’re a no-show on my guided dawn walk, although a galago and some red colobus monkeys are among those making an appearance. My hunt for an elusive pygmy hippo on a dugout canoe trip down the Moa proves similarly fruitless, although one canoe in the convoy thinks they see a tell-tale rump melt into the forest so we claim it, feebly.
Smarter, better, fairer
Smarter: Suggest clients grab an Africell mobile sim card at Freetown airport and load it with data – it’ll prove invaluable in-country (africell.sl).
Better: Cap a tour with some beachfront luxury at The Place, a fabulous property in Tokeh, with rooms that face either the beach or the mountains.
Fairer: Money spent at attractions such as Tacugama, Tiwai and Gola helps fund eco-tourism initiatives, while community visits and stays generate direct revenue for villages such as Kambama.
Huddersfield Town has today completed the signing of Trevoh Chalobah on a season-long loan from Chelsea!
The 20-year-old joins the Terriers on the back of a full season of experience in the Sky Bet Championship with Ipswich Town and is eligible for this weekend’s game at Queens Park Rangers.
A midfielder who operates in the more defensive ‘number six’ role, Trevoh can also play in defence.
The 6t 3’ tall youngster, who has Captained England’s youth teams from Under-16 level to Under-20, was part of the Chelsea youth team that won the UEFA Youth League, two FA Youth Cups and the Under-18 Premier League. He was also part of the England side that won the 2017 UEFA European U19 Championships.
Police say they are investigating a case of alleged rape of a 60 years old woman, perpetrated by a 28 years old man.
The victim (name withheld), according to Chernor Wunjuru Jalloh the Executive Director Advocacy Foundation for the Aged is his grandmother.
Speaking to AYV as co-complainant, he further explained that the victim informed him after the incident that one young man known as Security, waylaid her and forcibly had sex with her when she came out of her house at around 10:00pm to empty her stool.
On Tuesday 6th August, 2019 the small fishing village of Tombo in the Western Area Rural District, at Waterloo was inundated by raging floods which rendered hundreds of people homeless and destroyed properties worth millions of Leones.
When the raging floods calmed, AYV spoke with the Waterloo Area District Council (WARDC) Chairman, Kasho Holland-Cole. He said among several things that the village suffered torrential rain for several hours resulting to flooding of vast areas of the village.
The Milton Margai College of Education and Technology (MMCET) polytechnic on Wednesday 7th August 2019 at the conference room of the Ministry of Technical and Higher Education, New England Ville in Freetown signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Chinese Embassy in Freetown to support the Practical Arts Department of the college headed by Mr. Marco Conteh.
According to the MoU, the Chinese Embassy will provide the equipment, vehicles and expertise to train 45 students in the Practical Arts Department to make pottery items. The representative of the Chinese Embassy underscored that the short term course would create jobs and appealed to Government, through the Ministry, to provide waiver for some of the equipment.
Following the suspension of his newspaper by the Independent Media Commission (IMC) for “violating with impunity the ethics, rules and regulations of the Independent Media Commission Act of 2000,” the Managing Editor of The Times Sierra Leone Newspaper Sallieu Tejan Jalloh, says the IMC suspended his newspaper because he is critical against the President Bio government.
The mandate of the Independent Media Commission among other things is to ensure that media houses achieve the highest level of efficiency in the provision of media services; and to protect the interest of both the public and that of journalists against exploitation.
Mr. Augustine F. Ngobie, ACC and Mrs. Georgiana Kamara, PSRU exchanging the signed MOU
The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) on Tuesday 6th August 2019 signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Public Sector Reform Unit (PSRU) at its 3 Gloucester Street office in Freetown.
The MOU outlines the collaborative engagement and partnership between PSRU and ACC which is geared towards fostering cooperation and collaboration between the two institutions in enhancing good governance through the fight against corruption and public sector reforms.
The Deputy Minister of Youth Affairs, Lusine Kallon, has led a delegation to champion President Julius Maada Bio's New Direction priority in using agriculture as the backbone for the country's economy.
As a policy directive, the Deputy Minister is currently on a nationwide tour in Kenema, Kono, Magburuka, and Kabala to establish Youth Farms.
Sierra Leone’s finest celebrity and Cultural Ambassador in China, Mariatu Kargbo has continued her charity work in China.
The strong, passionate and energetic celebrity is commonly known for not just stage performance but also for her philanthropic activities around the world. This time, her philanthropic work focused on supporting the needy in China with various items and amusements through Xiang Jin Ji which is one of the biggest charities helping the needy in China and OBB from Shanghai helping the needy, kids and old people.
Sierra Leone Members of Parliament have commended Seawright Mining Company for undertaking a tour in relation to fish farming before implementing it in Sierra Leone.
Hon. Alex Mattia Rogers of Constituency 102, Pujehun District described the venture as a laudable sustainable development project which Seawright Mining Company is determined to implement in Sierra Leone.
Winner of BlogforDevelopment for Sierra Leone, Tholoma Sumah will be among other speakers to grace the Kenema District Youth Ambassadors (KeDYA) regional youth summit slated for the 11-12 August 2019 in Kenema District with the theme: Transforming Education.
The summit which will be organized by KeDYA will be bringing together youth from across the country to discuss development challenges and proffer solutions.
Tholoma Sumah who works as a Reporter, Script Editor, Producer and Presenter at the AYV Media Empire will be speaking on the topic: Youth in Agriculture.
In preparation for the 2019-2020 National Premier League Season, Coach Alfred Kamara of Lamboi Football Club in Lungi has started training his squad for the players to be on top of situation ahead of their upcoming play-off matches.
He said the management of the FC has reached an agreement at a meeting to map out how to upset their counterparts in the North-west division one play-off season.
Salvation FC which is divided into four different categories including under-eight, under-ten, under- twelve, and under-fourteen respectively will this weekend name thirty boys to begin training.
According to the head coach of the team Mohamed Sesay, it is a matter of fact that Salvation FC has been working on trials during the off-season for all the above mentioned categories to develop their talents at the Central Parade Ground for a month now.
FREETOWN, (Reuters) - At the foot of a slag heap some 40 meters high, Adi Kalie Bangura showed the black welts that dot his arms and legs that he says are the result of drinking and bathing in water contaminated by Sierra Leones largest diamond mine.
The water makes us get headaches and feel sick in our stomachs, said Bangura, a traditional healer and community elder in Koidu, the largest city in the West African country’s diamond-rich Kono district. The aluminum roof of the mud brick house he shares with a dozen family members is pockmarked by holes he says are the result of rocks loosened by years of blasting by the mine.
Bangura’s claims are part of those made by a group of Koidu residents in a lawsuit against diamond mining firm Octea Limited and related companies, highlighting how communities in developing countries are becoming increasingly emboldened to use courts to pursue grievances against mining firms.
The group alleges Octea poisoned the water, destroyed houses and failed to relocate hundreds of households away from the blasting. According to a 2003 mining-license agreement, the Octea subsidiary that operates the mine Koidu Limited said it would relocate all households within 500 meters of the mine.
The World Bank says Macroeconomic Management Weakens While Social Inclusion Policies Improve Slightly in Africa's Poorest Countries whilst sustainability concerns on the rise.
WASHINGTON, July 31, 2019-Africa's poorest countries saw little to no progress on average in improving the quality of their policy and institutional frameworks in 2018, according to the World Bank's annual Country Policy and Institutional Assessment (CPIA) released today. The average CPIA score in Africa's 38 International Development Association (IDA)-eligible countries in 2018 remained unchanged at 3.1 on a scale of 0 to 6, with some areas of social policy seeing improvements while macroeconomic management weakened. The rule of law, accountability and transparency, and the quality of public administration remained major areas that impede the efficient use of public resources across the region.
This year's CPIA Africa report takes a closer look at debt management, as the median government debt-to-GDP ratio reached 54.9 percent of GDP in 2018, an 18.5 percentage-point increase since 2013. At the same time, the share of foreign currency bonds in total external debt increased by 10 percent while the shares of debt owed to commercial and non-Paris Club creditors rose by 5 percentage points since 2010, and sovereign bond issuances have increased rapidly.
Numerous Sierra Leoneans say they are happy over President Julius Maada Bio’s decision to refrain or reduce overseas travel by his ministers, ministers of state, deputy ministers and other state functionaries.
Speaking to AYV on Tuesday 6th August, 2019 Franklin Davies a student at IPAM said he is happy that President Bio has finally placed what he described as “an interlocutory injunction” on overseas travel by state functionaries because according to him, most of the ministers were just travelling overseas having fun, collecting per diem and having little time to concentrate on the jobs they were appointed to do.
The Acting Vice Principal of the Milton Margai College of Education and Technology (MMCET), polytechnic (MMCET), Dr. Mohamed Alie Jalloh, staff and students, in collaboration with the Conservation Society of Sierra Leone (CSSL) on Friday 1st August 2019 planted over 200 fruit trees like mangoes and plum around the Goderich campus. This is in addition to the 800 trees earlier planted totalling 1,000.
Among others, Dr. Mohamed Alie Jalloh, who is also Director of Studies, enlightened that the college’s administration had put modalities in place to plant new trees to replace the old ones that have been cut down and advanced reasons why they were cut down, one of which is the huge amounts spent to repair the buildings as a result of the damage caused by the extension of the roots underground affecting the foundations of the buildings, pavements, gutters and the branches that fall on the buildings.
Following the death of at least six people so far in different circumstances and at different times at the Jorpoh Farm, property of the King Family, the High Court Judge J.B. Allieu has given his ruling on the matter.
The ruling stated inter-alia that upon reading the Notice of Motion dated 17th November, 2018 together with the Affidavit in support and all the exhibits attached; and after hearing A. Koroma Esq., Counsel for Plaintiff Application
Corps members at the Lunsar Baptist Convention hall
With support from the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), the National Youth Service (NYS) has embarked on capacity building training on sexual reproductive health and rights and the demographic dividend.
The training started in Freetown with over fifty graduate corps and has been cascaded to the provinces to enrich their knowledge and further encourage the corps members to become ambassadors in their respective communities.
It could be recalled that in September, 2018 the Vice President Dr. Mohamed Juldeh Jalloh inaugurated the first batch of 200 national youth graduate corps at the Peace Keeping Military Training Center at Rogbangba, Hastings in the east end of Freetown.