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.
The new Ambassador of the Kingdom of Belgium to Sierra Leone and other accredited countries to West Africa, His Excellency Michael Wimmer has paid a courtesy call on His Excellency, the Sierra Leone Ambassador to the Kingdom of Belgium and the European Union, HE Samuel Tamba Musa at the Sierra Leone Embassy in Brussels on Friday, 26 July 2019.
Welcoming the Belgian envoy to the Sierra Leone Embassy, Ambassador Samuel T. Musa informed his colleague that he was taking up his assignment at a very exciting time in Sierra Leone. He recalled that relations between Sierra Leone and the Kingdom of Belgium have always been cordial, and expressed the hope that the longstanding friendship between the two counties will grow from strength to strength. H.E. Samuel T. Musa expressed appreciation to Ambassador Michael Wimmer`s visit, and expressed his gratitude to the government and people of the Kingdom of Belgium for their support during the Ebola crisis.
The Acting Vice Principal, Dr. Mohamed Alie Jalloh, with the nurseries at the planting site
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 totaling 1,000.
Among others, Dr. Mohamed AlieJalloh, 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.
Police Headquarters has confirmed the suspension of two senior Police Officers of the Sierra Leone Police (SLP), Assistant Inspector General Thomas Mustapha Lahai who is Regional Police Commander Freetown West and Chief Superintendent
Musa Bandabla, Local Unit Commander at the Adonkia Police Station, Goderich.
The Minister of Technical and Higher Education, Prof. Aiah Gbakima has ended a visit to the University of Makeni (UNIMAK), following a fire incident that gutted down the University's Mass Communication Practical Lab.
The Minister's visit was meant to ascertain the level of damage caused by the fire incident and to commiserate with the administration and students.
At the University's Fatima Campus in Makeni City, the Minister was escorted to the site of the fire incident where he saw the facility that was raised aground.
Minister of Works and Public Assets, Peter Bayuku Conteh, has on Thursday, 1st August, 2019, temporarily opened the newly constructed Atlantic Bridge on Atlantic Beach Road-Juba Junction to the public, thereby assuring local contractors that government would always strengthen local content.
“I’m here on behalf of the government, led by President Julius Maada Bio, to authorise access for the public to use the newly constructed Atlantic Bridge. We would have to come for the official commissioning when the entire project would have been completed,” he said.
He said the New Direction administration would always continue to construct quality roads, and strengthen Sierra Leonean contractors which would subsequently boost the local content.
The Commissioner of the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) Francis Ben Kaifala Esq, has on Thursday 1st August 2019 handed over the keys to RIBAR HOTEL IN KONO to the Attorney-General and Minister of Justice, Dr. Priscilla Schwartz at her Lamina Sankoh Street Office-Guma Building in Freetown.
Sierra Leone’s health ministry has made a nationwide appeal for men to get involved in the decision of breastfeeding their babies as part of efforts to enhance their nutritional status.
The call made in commemoration of World Breastfeeding Week (WBW) – August 1 – 7is part of efforts to bridge a huge deficit in the coverage of breastfeeding for babies in the country, especially exclusive breastfeeding which is crucial in the fight against malnutrition.
According to the National Nutrition Survey 2017, the latest study conducted by the Ministry of Health and Sanitation (MoHS) on nutrition, one in three under five children are malnourished in the country. This translates to about half a million children.
Director of Disaster Management in the Office of National Security (ONS) John Rogers has disclosed that they have identified cracks around the Fadika Drive, Samura Drive, Mortomeh, Bangbayila and Madina at Regent Village.
The cracks according to him were reported by the community people, who have also identified 40 houses standing close to these cracks and therefore prone to any future natural disaster.
It could be recalled that on 14 August, 2017 Sierra Leone woke up to a devastating mudslide at the Regent Village Mortomeh community where hundreds of people lost their lives, many more still missing, houses destroyed and property worth millions equally destroyed and many families displaced.
According to John Rogers the ONS is working to ensure that the lives of the people in the Mortomeh mudslide site and other disaster sites are safe from any future occurrence.
He said the country suffered a similar situation two years ago and after the incident efforts were made to ensure that institutions were brought onboard to stabilize the site.
He added that, UNOPS has been working at the site to ensure that the slope is stabilized, noting that it was snips that led to the disaster.
“UNOPS has made significant efforts and I go there every two weeks to determine what exactly has been done” he said, adding that the ONS is going to report the extent and length and breadth of the cracks.
He went on to say that some houses have been impacted from the initial assessment they conducted and that they will be required to have an engagement with the owners.
The cracks according to him occurred along a drive called Samura Drive which stretches down to the Mortomeh area, citing that the Western Area Peninsular Forest stretches across the length and breadth of that particular region.
Head Woman for Regent Village Elenorah Jokemie Metzger said she was informed by youth in the community that they saw cracks leading to the Mortomeh area, adding that when she went to the place she realized that a large rock split into two had rolled down.
The crack according to the community people leads up to Fadika Drive, and is dangerous and therefore the residents should be evacuated before disaster occurs.
These cracks have made a very big gutter that runs up to the main road leading to Bangbayila, and the back of Fadika Drive.
AYV is doing a follow-up with the ONS and the community people to know the way forward.
Chairman of Independent Media Commission (IMC) George Khoryama has informed journalist that the Commission has suspended Radio Tempo, Future Newspaper, Times Sierra Leone Newspaper, Eagle Radio F.M 91.3, Eastern Radio and Culture Radio respectively for “violating with impunity the ethics, rules and regulation of the Independent Media Commission Acts of 2000.”
Mr. Khoryama made this disclosure during a press conference at the commission’s conference room. Kissy House at Siaka Stevens Street in Freetown.
Newly-appointed Permanent Representative of Sierra Leone to the United Nations Dr. Alie Kabba has said one of the opportunities of this new appointment will provide is to continue the great battle for Africa’s representation in the United Nations Security Council.
The Sierra Leone Roads Authority (SLRA), in collaboration with the Minister of Works and Public Assets, will this morning, Thursday 1st August, 2019 open the rehabilitated Atlantic-Juba Road to traffic.
The Public Private Partnership Unit (PPPU) has ended a two-day orientation and risk analysis training workshop on Public Private Partnerships for Ministries, Departments and Agencies. This is according to the Director of Public Private Partnership Unit Abu Kamara and will help give fair understanding about the fundamentals of Public Private Partnerships.
His Excellency President Dr Julius Maada Bio has delivered an inspirational lecture at the National Defence College to Graduands of Course 27 on the theme “Youth Inclusiveness and Good Governance: Imperatives for Regional Security and Development”.
He started by narrating his personal story of how at the age 4 he lost his father and had a mother who was illiterate but believed in the power of education and was determined to make him a better person through education.
“But I could have easily dropped out of school, worked menial jobs, and lived rough on urban streets. I could have adopted a life of drugs and crime and embraced violence in order to survive. I could have joined a violent anti-government insurrection as a rebel.