The Royal Commonwealth Society, in partnership with The British High Commission in Sierra Leone and Master Peace Sierra Leone, have launched the 2019 Queen’s Commonwealth Essay Competition in Freetown.
The Queen’s Commonwealth Essay Competition is the world’s oldest schools’ international writing competition, established in 1883. With thousands of young people taking part every year, it is an important way to recognise achievements, elevate youth voices and develop key skills through creative writing.
The Vice-President of Sierra Leone has said girls should be educated, healthy, safe and be counted. He was speaking at the Siaka Stevens Stadium during an Education Symposium.
“For too long, adolescent girls have been invisible and ignored. Making sure that girls count is a critical way to guarantee that their rights and needs are recognized. When they’re educated, healthy, safe, and counted, they can transform their communities and the world we live in,” Vice President Dr. Mohamed Juldeh Jalloh said on 9th May 2019 during a One-Day Conference organized by the Ministry of Basic and Senior Secondary Education for those children seeking Careers in the disciplines of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).
The Human Rights Commission of Sierra Leone (HRCSL) during a monitoring of the Makeni Correctional Center has observed several human rights violations.
Despite progress noted during HRCSL regular visits, there were still challenges in the correctional center in the areas of overcrowding, poor hygiene and medicare. The Chairman and Commissioners of HRCSL visited the Makeni Correctional Center to assess the general conditions.
The Ghanaian High Commission in Freetown Sierra Leone has donated food items to Muslims at the Masjid Ijtihad Mosque in Freetown.
The donated items include bags of rice, containers of cooking oil and tins of milk among other items.
Handing over the food items on behalf of the Ghanaian High Commission, Head of Chancery at the Ghanaian High Commission Tahiru Iddrisu said the High Commissioner His Excellency Francis Abakar sympathized with Muslims in that part of the country, especially during the holy month of fasting and thought it fit to provide them with the food items.
‘Poda poda’ owners have instructed their drivers to park their vehicles in protest against the decision by the Sierra Leone Road Safety Authority (SLRSA) to enforce the ban on the use of metal seats in commercial transport. This occurred on Monday 13th May, 2019.
According to seasoned political scientists no country on earth can attain true socio-economic prosperity if its citizens are not cohesively united. Widespread disenchantment, according to them, is a recipe for conflagration and such has the tendency of reversing gains that have been achieved.
This sharply brings to the fore the proposed Bintumani 3 slated to commence on the 23rd May 2019 in Sierra Leone which is geared towards creating a platform where citizens of all shades of opinion will sit around a roundtable to deliberate on sensitive national issues to chart a formidable roadmap to move the country in the right direction for an improved standard of living.
President Ouattara and President Bio in a warm handshake
His Excellency President Alassane Ouattara of the Republic of Côte d’Ivoire has commended his brother and colleague, His Excellency President Julius Maada Bio for good governance and the fight against corruption in Sierra Leone during a one-day working visit by President Bio to Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire.
During a press conference by the two Heads of State following an hour-long bilateral meeting, President Alassane Ouattara commended President Bio for the progress he has made in recovering his country's economy and consolidating democracy since he took up office last year.
Residents of Makali town, Kunike Barina Chiefdom in the Tonkolili district have benefitted from an ultra-modern hospital.
It can be recalled that during President Julius Maada Bio’s first visits to Tonkolili district, the residents made several appeals and prominent amongst these appeals was for them to have a well strengthened medical facility.
The role of parliamentarians in Sierra Leone is very significant in ending Tuberculosis (TB) in Sierra Leone. It is against this background that there is now a global call on the role of parliamentarians across the world with Sierra Leone being no exemption to take political responsibility to bring TB to the forefront of global advocacy.
The newly-appointed representative of the World Health Organization Country Office in Sierra Leone, Mr. Evans Majani Liyosi, on 15 May 2019 presented his credentials to the acting Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Nimatulai Bah Chang, in Freetown.
District Medical Officer of Moyamba District Dr. James Jongopie has disclosed that they recorded more than 40 maternal deaths this year as a result of inadequate ambulance service and attitude of community members in accessing health facilities. Dr. James Jongopie made this disclosure during the launch of the National Emergency Medical Service in Moyamba District.
NRA’s Board Chair: Tuma Adama Jabbi Esq., making a statement
Chairperson, Board of Directors of the National Revenue Authority (NRA), Tuma Adama Jabbi Esq., has stated that her institution’s goal is to raise revenue that will contribute to 20 percent of the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) by 2023.
The NRA Board Chair was speaking at an event organized by the Embassy of the Republic of Sierra Leone in Beijing, in recognition of her election as Belt and Road Initiative Tax Administration Cooperation Mechanism (BRITACOM) Vice Chairperson, on Monday, 22nd April, 2019.
Sierra Leone law enforcement received expert training on how to identify, investigate, report and prosecute suspected cases of human trafficking during a 5-day training (6-10 May 2019) in Makeni. The training workshop was organized by IOM, the UN Migration Agency in partnership with the Ministry of Social Welfare Gender and Children’s Affairs (MSWGCA).
Every year, thousands of young girls and boys are trafficked into sexual slavery or forced labor in Sierra Leone. In 2005, the Sierra Leone government enacted the Anti-Human Trafficking Act No.7 of 2005 which officially made trafficking in persons an offence.
Rehabilitated SLMB primary school in Tombo Bana village, Kaffu Bullom Chiefdom
Port Loko District Council (PLDC), has over the weekend, commissioned constructed and rehabilitated multi-purpose hall, maternal and child health posts (MCHPs), hand-dug-water wells, and primary schools, among others, in five chiefdoms within Port Loko District.
The council also distributed wheelchairs and crutches to persons with disabilities, fabricated furniture to eight primary schools, and handed over projects and contractors to communities to replicate the same in other chiefdoms.
President Maada Bio has appointed Rtd Colonel Alhaji Fanday Turay who currently serves with the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force in the Golan Heights as his replacement to the chairmanship for the National Commission for Privatization (NCP).
He will be taking over from Umaru Napoleon Koroma who is heading to the Justice Ministry as its Deputy Minister.
President Bio has instructed Vice President Dr. Mohamed Juldeh Jalloh to preside over all the concerns expressed by Krio Descendants Union (KDU), in relation to recent disputes over land ownership between the Krio community and the Ministry of Lands, for amicable and speedy resolution.
This comes after several weeks of anger and frustration felt across the Krio community in Freetown over accusations of forceful land grabbing by the Ministry of Lands, President Julius Maada Bio finally met with representatives of the Krio Descendants Union (KDU) at State House over the weekend.
Alleged murderer, Ibrahim Mansaray on Friday 17thMay 2019 was denied bail by Magistrate Mark Ngegba presiding over the Freetown Magistrate Court No. 2 at Pademba Road for the offence of Murder, contrary to law.
He was charged together with one Bashiru Mahoi for Receiving Stolen Goods, but was granted bail in the sum of one hundred million Leones including one surety, who should be a residential citizen within the Freetown Judicial District of the Republic of Sierra Leone.
By Joseph S. Margai, Strategic Communications Coordinator, State House
National Telecommunications Commission (NATCOM), has on 17th May, 2019, supported the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) to celebrate the world telecommunications and Information Society Day.
Held in the Moyamba District Council Hall with the theme “Bridging the standardisation gap”, NATCOM took this year’s celebration, for the first time, to Moyamba town, where chiefs, traders’ union, women groups, commercial motor bike riders’ union, Moyamba District Council officials, pupils of primary and secondary schools, among others, were in attendance.
Chinese Ambassador to Sierra Leone Hu Zhangliang has commended the Africa Young Voices Media Empire for what he described as independence and objective role as a leading media outlet in the country.
Speaking during a courtesy call to his office by the President and Chief Executive Officer of the African Young Voices Media Empire Ambassador Anthony Navo, Ambassador Zhangliang said the media is very important in strengthening the mutual ties between Sierra Leone and the Peoples Republic of China.