The Parliament of Sierra Leone on Thursday 28th March 2019 debated and unanimously approved the Thirty-First Report of its Committee on Appointments and the Public Service, chaired by the Leader of Government Business, Hon. Sidie M. Tunis.
ACC Public Education Officer Abdulai Saccoh addressing chiefdom authorities and residents of Samaya
‘Corruption has not only deprived our rural communities from accessing basic social services, it is gradually eroding the traditional values that have held our society together for years’ said the Paramount Chief of Tambaka Simibungie Chiefdom, Karene District, PC Kandeh Sorie Kakanday III. He made this statement at a sensitization meeting held by the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) Northern Region Office on Friday 22nd March 2019.
Prof. Alpha Wurie cutting the tape to officially commission the BSL 3 Laboratory
As Sierra Leone commemorated World TB Day, Health and Sanitation Minister, Prof. Alpha Tejan Wurie officially commissioned an Ultra-modern Bio-Safety Level 3 (BSL3) Laboratory, a newly established ward and a rehabilitated ward for Multi-Drug Resistant TB patients on Tuesday March 26, 2019 at the Lakka Teaching Hospital in the Western Area Rural District.
Socfin Agricultural Company has welcomed the commencement of the government mediation team that was set up by the Office of the Vice President to look into the long-drawn discord between the company and the people of Sahn Malen Chiefdom.
The Vice President, Dr. Mohamed Juldeh Jalloh in a mediation meeting held in Sahn Malen Chiefdom earlier, promised all parties that the government remains committed to bringing lasting peace between the company and people in the chiefdom.
On Saturday, March 23rd 2019, the Technical Mediation Team headed by the Deputy Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Abdulai Bangura, the Independent Candidate of Constituency 104 Hon. Shiaka Sama, the Resident Minister - South, Mohamed Alie, the Paramount Chief Brima Kebbie and the Secretary to the Vice President Baba Fortune visited the Chiefdom where they informed everyone that the commencement of the mediation team was as a result of government’s effort to look into allegations put forward by some people in the chiefdom against SOCFIN and to find a lasting peace in the community. The team assured all the parties of their neutrality and transparency as they hope to bring out the fact of the matter.
The Executive Director of the Civil Rights Coalition, Alphonso Manley has stated that the good work of Africell across the country should be praised.
In a recent exclusive interview with a cross-section of journalists, Mr. Manley said the good work of Africell across the country, as monitored by his organization, is reason for commendation.
"As a civil society organization it is part of our duty to monitor the activities of telecommunications companies and how they impact on the populace," he stressed.
In his view, based on investigations carried out through discussions with various sectors of society, Africell he said, has done extremely well in providing excellent services to the people and is leading in its corporate social responsibility (CSR).
Legal Aid Board Chairman, Justice Miatta Samba and team on a visit to the Correctional Service Center on Pademba Road
Two longest-serving remand inmates at the Pademba Road Correctional Center and by extension the country, Ibrahim Macauley and Yusifu Kamara were on Tuesday, 26 March 2019 discharged for want of prosecution. This follows a habeas corpus application by Legal Aid Manager Cecilia Tucker.
Mohamed and Yusifu were not served indictments since 2009 to date of their discharge on 26 March 2019.
The Office of National Security (ONS) has started four days National Security Exercise for members of the National Security Council (NSC) with the aim of enhancing their knowledge of the workings of the security architecture and the Standard Response Guidelines.
Speaking during a briefing session with a cross section of the country’s senior security officers, ONS Chief of Staff, Dr. Ahmed A. Sannoh, said the security exercise is in cognizant of the change of administration following the elections of 2018,
The Director General of Petroleum Directorate, Timothy Kabba has made a compelling presentation on Sierra Leone’s suitability as a host for investment in the upstream Oil and Gas sub-sector.
Mr. Kabba was one of five panelists that deliberated on the topic: ‘Competing for Upstream Investment-Rewriting Africa’s Story’,at a well attended forum that just concluded in Houston, Texas, USA.
The IHS Markit CERAWeek is the world’s premier energy event held annually, and attended by the world’s top industry leaders and influencers, to evaluate the state of the industry, brainstorm on how emerging challenges can be managed, and chart a future path for the wider energy industry, among other things. CERAWeek 2019 registered 8,000 participants.
Africell Brand Ambassador and one of Sierra Leone’s popular female musician Rosemarie Baryoh aka Rozay of Kabbaka Multi-Media Entertainment (KME) has embarked on a SIM card swapping from 3G to 4G campaign at former Odeon Cinema, Siaka Stevens Street in Freetown.
The Legal Aid Board and the Council of Tribal Headmen have agreed to work together to put a stop toprohibitive fines imposed by Sub-Chiefs which is undermining access to justice for their subjects. ‘We have a complaint against a Sub-Chief who imposed a fine of Le 500,000 (US $68) on a respondent,’ one of the adjudicators for the Board’s Alternative Dispute Resolution, Alghasimu Sesay said.
Adekule King, Minister of Labor signing the outstanding settlement
On 26th March 2019, the new management of the Sierra Leone Port Authority (SLPA) signed an agreement with line ministries, departments and agencies and other stakeholders to settle all outstanding payments for former and current SLPA employees. The signing ceremony was held at the SLPA conference room at Cline Town.
The Sierra Leone Port Authority administration inherited huge amount of unpaid backlog salary from the past administration and the current administration has now signed to settle all payments to staff.
Most of the communities in Bonthe Sherbro Island depend on sources like this for drinking water
Located in the Southern Province of Sierra Leone, with 32 miles long and 15 miles wide covering an area of approximately 230 square miles, Bonthe Sherbro Island is one of the areas with the greatest food insecurity and poorest access to WASH facilities in the small West African country.
Communities in Bonthe largely get their drinking water from rivers or brooks, which is a serious health risk.
“The greatest challenge in the Sherbro Island has been water and the water we are drinking has a lot of salt in it. The water resembles clay. There is no school with WASH facilities not to talk about good toilet,” said Mayor of the Bonthe Municipal Council, Layemin Joe Sandi.
All People’s Congress (APC) Members of Parliament (MP) yesterday 26th March, 2019, staged a peaceful Walk Out in Parliament and vowed not to ever participate in the parliamentary approval of any nominee for any position in the National Electoral Commission (NEC).
The decision came following discussions tabled before the House on a presidential nominee, Edmond Sylvester Alpha for National Electoral Commissioner for the Southern province was presented in the Well for approval.
Ibrahim Sannoh, Deputy Executive Director (DED) of the Sierra Leone Road Safety Authority (SLRSA) has said in a meeting with Transport Stakeholders that the SLRSA's responsibility is to the citizens of Sierra Leone.
He made this statement while addressing cross section of road transport stakeholders at the Mile 38 Check Point along the Waterloo - Masiaka Highway, where he said they were appointed by His Excellency Julius Maada Bio to fulfill their promise in having a better and a well secured road network and transport system.
Ministry of Transport and Aviation in collaboration with partners, have engages community stakeholders on report about the social and environmental project of the Freetown Integrated Urban Transport Project. The project according to the Monitoring and Evaluation Manager at the Ministry of Transport and Aviation, Abdul Kamara, is geared towards the construction of a Transit Market and Car Park to reduce traffic congestion at Lumley and Juba.
Following the March 17 incident at 20 Guard Street, in Freetown which attracted enormous public interest, the Sierra Leone Police on Tuesday 19th March, 2019, came out with a press release indicating that the Criminal Investigations Department Headquarters was tasked to undertake that investigation, and to bring finality to it at the most reasonable time.
In compliance with that instruction and also complying with Section 17 (3) of Act No.6 of 1991,
ACC Public Education Officer, Abdulai Saccoh addressing staff and councilors of Karene District Council
Constructive engagement with pillars of integrity is one of the Anti-Corruption Commission’s (ACC) preventive mechanism used to dialogue with public sector institutions on how corruption safeguards can be integrated into their daily operational activities. In this regard, the ACC Public Education Unit, North has engaged staff and councilors of the Karene District Council (KDC) to enlighten them on the aforementioned subject at the Conference Hall, Karene District Council, Kamakwie town, Karene District on Thursday 21st March 2019.
As part of government’s programmes to commemorate the 2019 World Tuberculosis (TB) Day, a National TB Reference Laboratory has been launched at the Lakka Government Hospital in Freetown.
The country’s Ministry of Health and Sanitation yesterday 26th March, commemorates World TB Day with an event held at the Lakka Government Hospital, featuring WHO, CDC/APHL, PIH, SOLTHIS, GLRA, CISMAT and other stakeholders, with the theme: “It’s Time to End TB”.
Hon. Justice Biobele Georgewill yesterday 25th March, 2019 ordered that three All People’s Congress (APC) Members of Parliament (MP) appear before the Commissions of Inquiry to explain their roles in the Youth in Fisheries Project.
The three MPs include Hon. Amadu Kanu of Constituency 093, Hon. Kamokoh Conteh of Constituency 108 and Hon. Abdul Karim Kamara of Constituency 069 respectively.
Importers Association’s President and his executive are concerned with recent ugly development, with certain individuals purporting to be members of the association and yet cowardly attempting to drag the name of the association and its executive into disrepute.
Alhaji Alpha Tanue Jalloh has tried to put the records straight; and addressing a cross section of journalists at their Rawdon Street Office Monday, the president confessed that the leadership position has been very tasking, taking most of his time off his business and personal issues of expedience.