Anthony Brewah(Right) handing over the items to Schools for the Blind And Deaf
In response to President Julius Maada Bio’s clarion call on all to send helping hands to the deprived and needy in the country, the Minister of Local Government and Rural Development, Anthony Brewah has on 1st December, 2018, donated food and non food items to management staff and pupils of the Milton Margai School for the Blind and National School for the Deaf in Freetown.
Hon. Justice Alusine Sesay presiding over of the High Court of Sierra Leone on Monday 3rd December, 2018 sentenced and convicted a fifty six years old man to twelve years imprisonment for the offence of sexual penetration.
Fifty six years old Williams is said to have penetrated the sex organ of a seven year-old child on 8th August this year at the Amputee Camp, Newton in the Freetown Judicial District in the Republic of Sierra Leone.
The Minister of Information and Communication, Mohamed Rado Swarray has reiterated President Julius Maada Bio’s desire to end impunity while ensuring that the ‘culture of buff case’ is eliminated in the country.
He was speaking during the official presentation of Afro Barometer’s findings on Sierra Leoneans perception of democracy, elections and dual citizenship.
Guaranty Trust Bank Sierra Leone Limited (GTB) has donated learning materials to pupils of St. John, St. Anthony, and Aberdeen Municipal primary schools respectively, as part of their contribution towards President Julius Maada Bio’s free quality education initiative.
According to the Managing Director of GTB, Ade Adebiyi, education would give pupils the opportunity to be better placed in society.
The U.S. Ambassador to Sierra Leone Maria E. Brewer has launched the McGovern-Dole International Food for Education School Lunch Project at the Town Field in Kabala, northern Sierra Leone.
President Julius Maada Bio attended the event and spoke about the project and his administration’s prioritization of children’s education.
Active since 2008, led by Catholic Relief Services CRS and funded by United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), the USA has invested over $37 million to provide daily, nutritious school meals to over 30,000 school children annually.
President Julius Maada Bio has visited and worked from Koinadugu and Falaba districts, as part of his thank-you tour and to appreciate their voting in the March 2018 elections that brought him to power.
National Chairman of the Sierra Leone People’s Party, Dr Alex Prince Harding, extended appreciation on behalf of the party to the people of Koinadugu and Falaba. He said that one of the best gifts from God to Sierra Leone was when Julius Maada Bio became its democratically elected president.
Sierra Leone’s Anti-Corruption Czar – Francis Ben Kaifala, was in Botswana to address the African Union’s conference on ‘Governance in Africa’. He is expected to speak on the theme: “Winning the fight against Corruption: A sustainable Path to Africa’s Transformation”.
British Chamber of Commerce has been relaunched at the British High Commissioner’s Hill Station residence.
The event attracted representatives from Sierra Leone’s business community, MDAs and NGOs who all gathered to witness the relaunch of the British Chamber of Commerce Sierra Leone.
Established in 2012 to aid and encourage the development of trade, commerce and investment between Sierra Leone and the United Kingdom, the Chamber is being relaunched under the theme “Sierra Leone is taking a New Direction”. In his opening remarks, British High Commissioner Guy Warrington, who doubles as Deputy Chair of the Chamber, reiterated that the UK remains deeply committed to Sierra Leone. This has been proven time and again, during the Civil War, Ebola and the landslide. The UK has also made long term commitments in the Security Sector and remains the largest bilateral donor to SL by far, with contributions through bilateral and multilateral programmes of over £132 million last year. He however stressed that wealth creation can never primarily be a government business, but this can be achieved through a vibrant local private sector and overseas investment. Her Majesty’s Government and this Chamber will support Sierra Leone in this. He thanked guests for demonstrating their faith in Sierra Leone through their investments, and urged them to sign up for membership, forms for which can be obtained from The High Commission, British Council or on the, soon to be launched, Chamber website. Presenting the revised Chamber, newly elected Chair Mr. Idrissa Kamara, Managing Director of Standard Chartered Bank, explained that the Chamber ‘believes in the longterm investment opportunity presented by Sierra Leone and is committed to strengthening commercial ties between Britain and Sierra Leone’. Chronicling the achievements of the Chamber, Mr Kamara highlighted British private sector support to Sierra Leone during the Ebola period and its role in the production of the publication “Sierra Leone: An Investor’s Guide – A Private Sector Perspective on the Investment Landscape”. Responding to Mr. Kamara’s comments, Deputy Minister of Finance Dr. Patricia Laverley highlighted the importance of strategic alliances to attract much needed foreign direct investment to Sierra Leone which would, in turn, drive economic growth. She expressed the government’s desire to see Sierra Leone harness her potential to create sustainable long-term growth and become a real economic force and a major market in which to do business.
Guaranty Trust Bank (GTB) has donated school and learning materials to the Aberdeen Municipal School, the St. John Primary School, the St. Anthony Boys and Girls and the DT Akibo Bete Primary School in Freetown.
The move is part of the Bank’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) to communities where they operate and also part of its move towards boosting His Excellency President Julius Maada Bio New Direction government’s ledfree education initiative.
His Excellency President Julius Maada Bio yesterday 28th November, 2018 launched the McGovern Dole Food for Education Program for Koinadugu and Falaba districts with the theme: "All Pikin for Learn phase IV" at the Kabala Community Field.
His Excellency President Julius Maada Bio has paid a brief visit to the Guma Jungle Training Ground near Freetown where he received an update on the ongoing joint forces training by The Second Rifles Battalion Company in Britain and the Force Reconnaissance Unit (FRU) of the Republic of Sierra Leone Armed Forces.
After months of industrial action and upheaval at the Sierra Rutile mines in southern Sierra Leone, which started under the government of former President Ernest Bai Koroma, President Julius Maada Bio and senior government ministers have moved one step closer to finding a negotiated settlement to the dispute.
The Freetown City Council (FCC) last Wednesday, 20th November, 2018 started to deliver a baseline survey of the Cleanest Zone Competition across the three hundred and twenty-two (322) zones that make up the Freetown Municipality.
The aim of the survey is to determine the present state of cleanliness across the various communities and produce a baseline with which to measure community cleaning success.
Executive Director of Parene Healthcare, Juliet Laverley has donated mobile wheelchairs worth millions of leones to help support free movements of persons with disability in rural communities of Sierra Leone.
The donation was done during a courtesy call on the Minister of Social Welfare, Gender and Children’s Affairs, Hon. Baindu Dassama at his ministry in Freetown.
A high-level delegation from the United States’ based international humanitarian agency, Catholic Relief Services (CRS) and led by its Vice President of government relations and advocacy, Bill O'Keefe, has met His Excellency President Julius Maada Bio at State House.
Country representative for CRS Sierra Leone, Paul Emes, said the US government had made a huge investment in the country’s education sector.
Hon. Justice Alusine Sesay presiding over the High Court of Sierra Leone on Tuesday 27th November 2018 expressed his discontentment over various accused persons that are charged with grave criminal offences, contrary to the laws of Sierra Leone.
He said the rate at which young people are committing crimes in various parts of the country is not good for the country, and that he would not relent to place a deterrent to curb such criminal behaviors of young Sierra Leoneans whom much is expected of.
As issues on Gender Mainstreaming continue to attract policy makers and development partners, including human rights campaigners, government and interested stakeholders have renewed their pledge to promote the process to ensure a peaceful and cohesive nation. In pursuance of government’s resolve to promote the process which seeks to integrate gender concerns into policies,
Deputy Minister of Finance, Patricia Nyanga Laverley has said, addressing money laundering and other related financial crimes is very critical to the success of the New Direction Agenda.
She was speaking at the 19th GIABA Ministerial Committee in the Gambia on 17th November this year where she said that the government is putting measures in place within the banking sector to track down fraudulent or suspicious transactions, tightening up security at the airport and other border crossing points and hosts of reforms that are on the way in the country.