Minister of Social Welfare, Baindu Dassama: Thinking ahead
The Ministry of Social Welfare, Gender and Children’s Affairs (MSWGCA) in collaboration with its many stakeholders including the Fourth Estate has on Thursday 23rdMay, 2019 ended a three day training on Trafficking Victim Protection for Staff of Interim Care Centres (ICCs).
The training was held at a hall situated at 69 Campbell Street in Freetown and attracted a galaxy of people working in reducing trafficking of persons and providing care for trafficked persons.
Health Minister Dr. Wurie with Cuba´s Minister of Public Health, José Angel Portal Miranda
“We are currently going through the literature relating to the potential medical use of cannabinoids extracted from certain species of cannabis.
“Our approach to the drug problem is informed partly by our experience of it during the war, and partly by a number of developments relating to illicit trafficking and widespread narcotic use since the war ended. It is also informed by the more recent interest in the medical use of cannabis products and the commercial interests that have spawned.”
The Office of the Assistant Chief of Defence Staff for Public Relations/Information and Defence Spokesman Ministry of Defence on Tower Hill, Freetown yesterday talked on the runaway soldier, Captain Patrick Edwin Kamara, who was being tried in Court Martial along with two others for various offences relating to arms and ammunition.
The five soldiers, who were the security guards at the Custodial Centre where the captain escaped, have been arrested and are currently being investigated by the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) in connection with the circumstances leading to Captain Kamara’s escape.
Persons with disability (PWDs) have engaged officials of the Port Loko District Council (PLDC) in a bid to explain some of the challenges they were facing in the district and how they could subsequently find solution to some of them.
The engagement, which took place at the council hall in Port Loko, was referred to as a successful one.
…Chief Minister Prof. David Francis inform the world
The Chief Minister of Sierra Leone, Prof. David Francis has informed Sierra Leoneans and friends of Sierra Leone that the National Dialogue Forum (Bintumani 3) will not discuss anything relating to the ongoing Commissions of Inquiry, the ongoing petition case in the Judiciary of Sierra Leone and above all, will not serve as a Truth and reconciliation Commission (TRC) platform where government officials will be allowed to come and confess wrong doings and seek pardon.
Two 225/66/33kV power transformers have been delivered at the Kenema substation site Eastern Sierra Leone. EPC Contractor, SIEYUAN, is responsible for the construction of the substation. The transformers and accessories are part of the last consignment to be delivered to complete the construction of the substation, which include the installation of the control room.
China Centre for Disease Control (CDC) in collaboration with Ministry of Health is organising training for Lab Technicians across Western Area on biosafety and quality management in clinic practice on infectious diseases at the Bintumani Hotel.
In his statement, Dr Mohamed Vandy said they are happy that China CDC thought it fit to organise this training to make sure that these Lab Technicians are fully au fait with quality management and how to protect themselves from biohazard so that they will be able to help other in times of outbreaks.
Hon. Justice Alusine Sesay presiding over the High Court of Sierra Leone has convicted and sentenced Alfred Desmond Semion Koroma and Amadu Mansaray to fifteen years imprisonment each, for committing grave criminal offences contrary to law.
Both convicts were charged with the offences of Conspiracy, Store Breaking and Larceny, but one of their co- accused persons,Kebbie Conteh who were jointly charged with the aforementioned offences pleaded not guilty, when the charges were put to them at the May 2019 Criminal Session of the High Court of Sierra Leone.
The Deputy Minister of Internal Affairs Lahai Lawrence Leema has expressed optimism for the victory of His Excellency President Julius Maada Bio in the 2023 Presidential and General elections. He said that the New Direction Government has a five years project to deliver services to the people of Sierra Leone base on the campaign manifesto. Minister Leema stated that the Government of President Bio will ensure it deliver on the policies in the manifesto to the people. He maintained that President Bio’s Administration will do its best to make sure that policies are implemented with reality, for the benefit of the ordinary man.
High court Judge, Hon. Justice Alusine Sesay has granted bail to an alleged murderer, KadiatuMansaray who gave birth to a baby girl while in detention at the Female Correctional Centre for the offence of Murder, Contrary to law.
The bail condition stated that the accused person should produce two sureties in like sum and surety should be residents within the Freetown Judicial district of the Republic of Sierra Leone.
The First Lady of Sierra Leone, Mrs. Fatima Bio has extended her Ramadan donations to 9 Mosques in the east end of Freetown. She where he prayed at Ghaddafi mosque at Rokupar and 8 other different mosques around the east end of the capital city of Sierra Leone. As she is known for being proud of her religion, the first lady thanked the people of the different mosques and encouraged the Muslim "Umah" to be steadfast in praying for the country and the leaders to rule in the favour of the masses.
The Parliament of Sierra Leone has debated and unanimously ratified eight financing agreements geared toward the improvement of water, sanitation and agricultural activities in the country.
Presenting the agreements, Deputy Minister of Finance, Patricia Laverly said that they include loans and grants aimed at improving access to safe and clean water supply, sanitation, and access to rural financing for our farmers.
Sierra Leoneans and friends of Sierra Leone from all walks of life across the world will be heading to the Bintumani Conference Hall in Aberdeen, west end of Freetown this morning to grace the country’s meeting on national peace and cohesion, code named: ‘Bintumani 3’.
It can be recalled that Bintumani One was a demand by citizens for the National Provisionary Ruling Council (NPRC) administration to negotiate peace with the Revolutionary United Front (RUF), as citizens had lost trust in the military to end the war.
President Julius Maada Bio has once again demonstrated his passion and commitment to creating the necessary platform for national discourse followed by recommendations that would see Sierra Leone grow not only economically but at the same time, add value to the country’s international acclaim for being one of the most peaceful and nationally cohesive countries in Africa and the world at large.
It could be recalled that this is not the first time President Julius Maada Bio is engaging Sierra Leoneans in general, policy makers and other contributors to discussing the way forward for the good of Sierra Leone and its citizens
His Excellency President Julius Maada Bio has decorated Dame Ann Gloag with the Grand Commander of the Order of Rokel, GCOR, Sierra Leone’s highest and most prestigious decoration, for her work with women and children.
The ceremony at State House also recognised the Scottish billionaire businesswoman for her dedication to transforming the lives and fortunes of tens of thousands of women and children through her philanthropic work across the country.
As Muslims continue to observe the Holy month of Ramadan, Madam Fatima Maada Bio joined Muslims across the country at Fourah Bay College for the 6th National Quranic memorization competition 2019.This event was organized by the Foundation of Islamic Information, Sierra Leone Limited (FOISIL) on 19th May 2019 at the Adjai Crowther Amphitheatre (F.B.C.) where she served as the special guest of honor.
President Bio in one of the waste collection vehicles donated by china to Sierra Leone
An appreciable number of Sierra Leoneans in various parts of the country have described the ongoing National Cleaning Exercise as a “big success”. Responding to questions posed by a cross-section of the media on the status of the exercise in their localities, during the last National Cleaning Programme held on the 4th of May, 2019, the residents showered praises on President Julius Maada Bio and his government for what they described as a laudable venture. The residents, who also called for a continuation of the process, outlined a number of challenges facing them and proffered meaningful recommendations on how they could be ameliorated.
Head of Directorate of Public Relations and Information at the Ministry of Defense, Major Yayah Brima has confirmed to AYV newspaper the escape of SL/1246 Captain Patrick Edwin Kamara who was facing court martial on charges relating to Missing Arms and Ammunitions in Freetown.
Panasonic, a Japanese multinational electronics corporation and IOM, the UN Migration Agency have donated solar lamps to some Peripheral Health Centers (PHUs) in Moyamba District, Southern part of Sierra Leone.
Access to electricity is still a challenge in some rural parts of the country including Moyamba District.According to a State enrolled Community Health Nurse in the District, because of lack of electricity in some PHUs, patients who are admitted into these centers normally bring their own lights.