The Public Relations Officer (PRO) of the Milton Margai College of Education and Technology, (MMCE&T) polytechnic, Elizabeth Sesay has said at her Goderich campus office that the administration recently investigated and withheld the results of 19 students for examination malpractices, rusticated 13 for riotous conduct during the Students’ Union elections and withheld the results of 9 others for disrespecting the college administration as they sat to the examination while on suspension adding that 14 of the students are from the Goderich campus and 5 from the Congo Cross campus.
Audience listening to the outcome and major findings on FAW
The Sierra Leone mission to Brazil has shared outcome and major findings on lesson learnt on how to tackle the Fall Armyworm (FAW) on a visit made through the Boosting Agriculture and Food Security (BAFS) project funded by the European Union under the 11th European Development Fund (EDF in Sierra Leone.
The Executive Secretary of National Commission for Persons with Disability Saa Kortequee says the Commission is embarking on accessibility audit to ensure that all public buildings are friendly to persons with disability. This according to him is in accordance with the PWD Act of 2011 which makes place for the adjustment of all public buildings to make them disable-friendly. He made this statement while speaking to AYV about the accessibility audit exercise.
The August 6th flooding in Tombo destroyed property worth millions of Leones while leaving hundreds of people homeless. The worst affected by the flooding were school going pupils. As part of its efforts to improving communities, Foundation for Rural and Urban Transformation FoRUT has provided learning materials to over two hundred flood-affected school-going pupils in Tombo.
Police have arrested three persons suspected of involvement in the theft and violent attacks on popular Sierra Leone artists last week in Freetown.
Star Zee: Attacked
The Sierra Leone Promoters Union-SLPU shortly after in a press release condemned the acts of violence and theft perpetrated against popular Star Zee and her Doz Family which happened on Thursday night.
Animal husbandry is a branch in agriculture that concerned with domestic animals such as cows, sheep, goats, fowls etc. but most times, farmers involving in this form of agriculture do face certain challenges in curing these domestic animals when they become infected by a particular viral or bacterial disease. And from time to time, farmers have been experiencing huge loss as result of this problem.
Speaking before Members of Parliament, the Finance Minister, Jacob Jusu Saffa has stated that “building on the confidence reposed in the Bio-led Administration, we have also mobilized about $413 million, and expect to mobilize an additional $200 million before the end of December 2019.”
The High Court of Sierra Leone, presided over by the Honourable, Justice Bintu Alhadi, yesterday Tuesday 12th November, 2019, convicted Adele Faya, Former Account Clerk of the Judiciary of Sierra Leone, Isatu Ulaikatu Kiamp Kamara, and Abubakarr Bangura, both Former Revenue Officers of the National Revenue Authority, on two counts of Conspiracy to Commit a Corruption Offence, Contrary to Section 128(1) and Misappropriation of Public Revenue, Contrary to Section 36(1), of the Anti-Corruption Act, No 12 of 2008.
President Julius Maada Bio has called on the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) to take urgent action on the deteriorating political situation in Guinea Bissau and prevent any instability in the region.
In an effort to make air transport affordable and accessible to all Sierra Leoneans and also to promote tourism, the Government of Sierra Leone (GoSL), through the Ministry of Finance, has eliminated the Goods and Service Tax (GST) levied on all aviation charges at the Freetown International Airport.
The subject of empowerment of women has become a burning issue all over the world including Sierra Leone. United Nations member states and agencies and even President Julius Maada Bio have emphasized on gender empowerment issues for it to be given utmost priority. However, women involved in recycling sachet plastics and cables at Bomeh dumpsite, Kingtom in Freetown says fumes emitting from the dumpsite is a major challenge for them and their children as they strive to make ends meet through collection of plastic sachets for recycling purposes.
The Chief Executive Officer of the Millennium Challenge Coordinating Unit (MCCU), Ndeye Fatu Koroma says a country can be considered to have passed the Millennium Challenge Cooperation scorecard if it is able to pass the democratic rights, civil liberties and hard hurdle of control of corruption.
At the Extraordinary General Assembly convened by the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) of the Network of National Anti-Corruption Institutions in West Africa (NACIWA) held in Lome-Togo from 5th-6th November 2019, the Commissioner of the Anti-Corruption Commission of Sierra Leone, Francis Ben Kaifala has been unanimously endorsed to serve as the new President and Chairman of the Executive Committee of the Network comprising 15 West African Countries.
Charged with this responsibility, Commissioner Kaifala - who happens to be the youngest Commissioner on the Continent, will be the President of the regional Association and Chairman of the Executive Committee. He will be the face, voice and principal representative of the Association in ECOWAS and other Global bodies and shall lead in the attainment of the objectives of the Association as mandated by ECOWAS. He shall work closely with the Permanent Secretariat of the Network in Dakar, Senegal and preside over all Executive Committee Meetings and General Meetings for the next one year.
The 15 Members Association was established by ECOWAS Resolution to spearhead efforts of ensuring transparency and accountability in West Africa; it brings together Heads of National Anti-Corruption institutions that have the mandate to fight corruption in respective West African Countries.
“I am aware that we have been elected on the ticket for change with huge, if not, immediate expectations to deliver not only basic and essential services but also to bring meaningful change in the lives of the people of Sierra Leone. While the task to change and transform Sierra Leone is monumental, with our collective determination that task is not insurmountable. In Sierra Leone today, everything or sector area is a priority that needs immediate attention; from the dilapidated State House premises to the lack of sustainable electricity supply across the country. Fellow Sierra Leoneans, let me assure you that this change is not impossible and I believe in the will and commitment of the people to change and transform Sierra Leone. I cannot do it alone, so today I ask all of you to believe in your capacity as citizens that together we can change Sierra Leone”.
The Deputy Minister of Ministry Social Welfare, Gender and Children’s Affairs, Mohamed Haji-Kella says resource mobilisation, sharing of information and expertise with their partners is key for the ministry to achieve its strategic plan.
Mr. Haji-Kella was speaking during the ministry’s workshop on its validation strategic plan for 2019-2023 that will protect vulnerable women, children, persons living with disability and older people.
The Permanent Representative of Colombia to the United Nations and Chair of the Peacebuilding Commission (PBC), Ambassador Guillermo Fernandez de Soto led a high level delegation of members of the Commission to a joint visit in Sierra Leone from 3 to 5 November 2019 with the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for West Africa, Mr. Mohamed Ibn Chambas, and the Assistant Secretary-General for Peacebuilding Support, Mr. Oscar Fernandez-Taranco.
Principals, Head Teachers in Magburaka and its Environs
Consistent with its proactive approach in the fight against corruption, the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) remains resolute to inspire public sector institutions to inculcate anti-corruption values with the aim of improving service delivery. It is in this regard that the North-East Region Office of the ACC in Makeni engaged staff of the Teaching Service Commission (TSC), Ministry of Basic and Senior Secondary Education (MBSSE), Principals, Head teachers and School Management Committees’ members in Magburaka and its environs. This engagement, which was held on Thursday 31st October 2019, witnessed the signing of Integrity Pledge by principals and head teachers which they will in turn ensure that teachers in their respective schools sign.
A high level delegation from the United Nations Peace Building Commission, PBC, led by its Chairman, His Excellency Guillermo Fernandez de Soto Valderrama, has met His Excellency President Dr Julius Maada Bio to commend Sierra Leone on its attainment of peace and stability.