Tuesday 12th March, 2019 was a historic day for Sierra Leone and Ireland when the Ambassador of Ireland to Sierra Leone and Liberia, Catherine Campbell and the Mayor of Freetown, Yvonne Aki Sawyerr lit up the Cotton Tree in central Freetown to firstly showcase the importance of environment conservation and secondly in commemoration of St. Patrick’s Day which is Ireland’s national day.
A delegate from Swedish Red Cross (SRC), Maika Skjonjberg has stated that: “I have only been working on this project for two months. I have seen many projects in Africa in different societies. What they usually do is come in to help with the evaluations. And I must say that personally, I have been extremely impressed by this project. I am impressed by the way it has changed because this started with an environmental impact assessment. The Swedish Red Cross (SRC) and the Sierra Leone Red Cross Society (SLRCS) wanted to find out how Ebola had impacted the environment. The most important thing that came out is that people had a lot of misconceptions about Ebola and this was highly dangerous. So the project changed and this in itself is a huge positive thing to do. Sometimes we start projects with one idea and no matter the conceptions we follow the idea to the end. And this project has really evolved. The starting point was to see the impact on the environment and it switched into doing a community engagement and accountability project with the communities to have two way discussions and respond to them. So that was the first thing that struck me as a huge success.”
The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) yesterday Wednesday 13th March, 2019, re-arrested Dauda Kamara, Country Director, Sisimi Medical Foundation who had fled to the United Kingtom and was declared wanted by the Commission.
The public may recall that sometime in July 2018, Mr. Kamara was invited for interrogation in relation to the NASSIT Sisimi project investigation at the Commission’s 3 Gloucester Street office Freetown, where he fled and disappeared and never showed up again for the interviews. Thereafter, the Commission declared him wanted.He later surfaced in the United Kingdom where he had been living and failed to assist with the investigations. Mr. Kamara was very vital to the investigations as he was, together with Mr. Amara Kuyateh, the two signatories to the Account.
The wife, relatives and friends of the late former President of Sierra Leone, Alhaji Dr. Ahmad Tejan Kabbah yesterday 13th March, 2019 commemorate his 5th death anniversarywith a Quranic recitation in Freetown.
13th March, 2019 marks the 5th death anniversary of the late former president who served twice as the 3rd President of Sierra Leone, from 1996 to 1997 and from 1998 to 2007. He was an economist and attorney by profession.
Residents living within the Moyiba community in the eastern part of Freetown have called on the government to give maximum support and attention to the community with regards to the challenges they face ranging from poor road networks, lack of water and sanitation facilities, inadequate health and educational facilities, among other pertinent issues impacting negatively on the lives of the residents. They made this clarion call following an assessment of the road by Sierra Leone Roads Authority (SLRA) engineers yesterday Wednesday 13th March, 2019.
The Sport for African Youth Health Education and Youth Development (SAY HEY) has commenced a-four-day training on water safety, youth in disability issues, sexual and reproductive health and substance use at the Murray Town Municipal School in Freetown. The program is aimed at teaching and capacitating pupils on leadership and their personalities.
The organization which was formed in 2017 focuses on using sports to pass on health messages to youth and pupils. The organization is creating collaboration between sporting disciplines to bring recognition to the country through healthy young sports men and women.
Reports from markets in the city and around the country suggest that the Forl fut, along with Forl wais scarcity which started over three weeks ago, continues to deepen.
Forl Fut along with Forl Wais (Chicken feet and chicken a**s) is the major source of protein for many Sierra Leoneans, majority of whom have been pauperized following decades of IMF and World Bank economic polices, that they can’t afford meat, chicken or fish.
Washington DC, Wednesday 13th March 2019 – The Head of Agency and Vice President of the Department of Administration and Finance at Millennium Challenge Corporation, Cynthia Huger has told President Julius Maada Bio of Sierra Leone that the Millennium Challenge Corporation is impressed with his performance in office and has faith in him to deliver. She made this statement during a courtesy call on President Bio at the Willard Intercontinental Hotel in Washington on Monday 11th March 2019.
A delegation from the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Court of Justice has paid a courtesy call on the Honorable Vice President Dr. Mohamed Juldeh Jalloh in Freetown on 11th March, 2019.
The purpose of the visit was to update the Vice President on activities surrounding the delegation’s visit to Sierra Leone. Edward Amanko Asante - President of the Court informed the Vice President that they were in the country on a sensitization drive on the work of the Court, and to make sure that awareness on the workings of the Court becomes public knowledge. Mr. Asante emphasized that their visit is part of the Court’s responsibilities to ensure that the Sierra Leonean public is informed on how to access the Court and know its jurisdiction.
Commissioner of the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) Francis Ben Kaifala, in a widely distributed letter, has responded to claims by the former Attorney General and former ACC Commissioner Joseph Fitzgerald Kamara (JFK) that recent steps taken by the ACC to revolutionize the fight against corruption were “illegal” and not good for the country. Below is the article by Ben Kaifala:
My attention has been drawn to an article in the Sierra Leone Telegraph, by Joseph Kamara (also “JFK”) which raises legal questions around the amendments tabled before Parliament which, the current leadership of the Commission believes, will revolutionize the fight against corruption and consolidate the gains made for good of the country.
Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) and partners yesterday 12th March, 2019 met at the FAO Conference Room in Freetown to validate nutrition stakeholders and do an action mapping exercise.
Giving an overview of the meeting, National Coordinator Scale Up Nutrition, Office of the Vice President, Dr. Mohamed Bockarie Foh said the Government of Sierra Leone is committed to reducing malnutrition in Sierra Leone.
The newly-appointed Director General of Sierra Leone Local Content Agency (SLLCA), Fodeba Daboh has called on Foreign Direct Investors, corporate entities and the general business sector in the country to submit their Local Content Plans to the Agency as the law requires.
In a snap interview, Mr. Daboh explained that the Local Content Plan enables the Agency to get an insight into the activities of these companies and business houses to determine their compliance to the country’s labor, employment and other laws as far as it concerns empowerment of the citizens of Sierra Leone.
The Programme Manager, National Leprosy and Tuberculosis Control Programme (NLTCP) in the Ministry of Health and Sanitation, Dr. Lynda Foray has said that plans are currently underway for the commissioning of a well-equipped ultra-modern TB Laboratory in Freetown come March 2019
She made this disclosure during the Ministry of Health and Sanitation National Leprosy and TB 2018 Annual Review Meeting held at the Kobeibu Hotel in Bo district.
The Hon. Minister of works and Public Assets,Raymondde'Souza George has concluded a five-day business-development orientation visit to the Netherlands from 26th February to 3rd March 2019.
An important result during this visit was the signing of an MoU between the government of Sierra Leone on one hand and OSO-Enschede and MD Consultancy, a Sierra Leonean Holland based business group that spearheaded the program on the other hand, on the 1st March, 2019 in The Netherlands. OSO-Enshede has developed Road Rapid, a specialized and sustainable product, as a solution for developing feeder roads in a cost-effective and environmentally friendly manner.
The Minister of Social Welfare, Gender and Children`sAffairs, Madam Baindu Dassama has officially launch the Eastern Regional National Strategy for the Reduction of Adolescent Pregnancy and Child Marriage 2018-2022.
Launching the Strategy on Thursday March 7, 2019 at the Peace Garden in Kenema, Madam Baindu Dassama said the aim is to reduce adolescent pregnancy and child marriage for 2018 -2022 so that much will be achieved as a Country if they fully implement and follow activities stated in the strategy.
Magistrate Hannah Bonnie presiding over the Freetown Magistrate Court No.1 at Siaka Stevens Street has re-incarcerated one John Kamara at the Male Correctional Centre at Pademba Road for the offence of Murder, contrary to law.
The State alleged that the accused person murdered Isata Sankoh in January this year at Mountain Cut in the Freetown Judicial District in the Western Area of the Republic of Sierra Leone.
"President Bio’s agenda will guarantee his legacy and place in history” Kristalina Georgieva, World Bank Group Interim President
“We are impressed with your performance just 10 months in Office. So we are ready to support your government” Hafez Ghanem, World Bank vice President for Africa Region
Washington, DC, Tuesday, March 12, 2019 – The World Bank Group has committed US $325 million to increase financial support in Sierra Leone during a meeting held in Washington on Monday 11th March 2019 between His Excellency President Julius Maada Bio and the World Bank Group Interim President Kristalina Georgieva. President Georgieva commended
Ambassador of Ireland to Sierra Leone and Liberia, Catherine Campbell yesterday Monday 11th March, 2019 updated a cross-section of the media about her country and government’s current interventions in supporting the overall development programmes of the Sierra Leone government.
Addressing journalists in the conference room at the Embassy of Ireland at Spur Road in Freetown, Madam Campbell said Irish Aid is the Irish Government’s official development assistance programme, managed by Ireland’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
Shortly after the return of Baby Mariama, Master Carlos and Baby Marian who went to India for Biliary Atresia and complex brain surgeries a few week ago, five other children 16 years old Aminata Marrah, two years old Badamasie Samura, three years old Jeremiah Koroma, Mustapha Tunis and five months old Jamal Sesay also need urgent help from philanthropists in and out of the country for medication abroad.
The Chairman of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) Wang Yang has during the second session of the 13th National Committee that was held at the Great Hall of the people in Beijing said China is committed to developing friendly ties with other countries and working hard to create a favorable external environment.