Honorable Sidie Mohamed Tunis, the Leader of Government Business in the Sierra Leone House of Parliament has on Monday 30th September 2019 spoken at the Commonwealth ICT and Telecommunications Forum 2019, which is currently ongoing in Dhaka, Bangladesh, from Monday 30th September to Wednesday 1st October 2019.
Two wayward sex abusers, twenty seven years old Abu Kabbia and forty nine years old Brima Thaimu Koroma have been separately arraigned before Hon. Justice Abdul Rahman Mansaray, presiding over the High Court No.7 at Siaka Stevens Street in Freetown for the offence of Sexual Penetration of a Child under the age of eighteen years old.
The first sex offender, Abu Kabbia had earlier pleaded guilty to one indictment of Sexual Penetration of a Child, and that he committed the said offence on 11th July 2018, at Moyeiba community, where he was engaged in an Act of Sexual Penetration of a Child, which negates Section (19) of the Sexual Offences Act N0.12 of 2012.
President Julius Maada Bio added that in order to ensure sustainable financing and achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals, SDGs, “we need to invest more in ensuring a conducive environment in the Least Developed Countries, LDCs.”
In a bid to enhance biblical Knowledge and propagate the gospel at rural communities, the Church of God World Wide Mission has over the weekend commissioned a theological college at Taiama named “The Taiama Learning Institute and College of Management”. The college is the first ever tertiary learning institution in the town.
Over the years there have been several concerns over the poor culture of reading and comprehension. These have largely been attributed to the inability of spelling words.
In addressing the challenges of spelling, Initiative in Capacity Building Association International (ICBAI), has been spearheading Spelling Bee Challenges in Sierra Leone since 2010.
Spelling Bee is a competition in which contestants are required to spell a broad range of words, usually with a varying degree of difficulty.
The concept is said to have originated in the United States.
Sierra Leone is among sixteen African countries invited to take part in this year’s African Spelling Bee Competition in Kampala, Uganda.
Ahead of the competitions in October, the Initiative in Capacity Building Association International in partnership with Sierra Leone’s Ministry of Education has staged a competition to select six participants at the Miatta Conference in Freetown.
Speaking to AYV, the Founder and Director of Initiative in Capacity Building Association International, Isata Musu Harding says this is the first time Sierra Leone will be participating in this competition, noting that it will serve as a platform to select the six people who will represent the country in Uganda.
Sylvester Mbawah is among the first ten participants who reached the finals of the competitions organized in Freetown. He advised his colleagues to pay more attention to spellings.
“I improve on my spellings by reading newspapers, magazines and other forms of literature. This has helped me immensely in understanding words and making it through to this stage,’’ says Mbawah.
On his part, Dalton Berri, a parent of one of the participants called on parents to assist and supervise their children in their studies. “My daughter is my best friend. I ensure that she’s always consistent with her studies. I believe that is the reason why she is one of the best readers in her school,” says Berri.
At the end of the competitions, many of the participants in the High School category had ties in their score points. Hence the organizers called for another final competition among the four participants in which three will be selected. The finals are slated for Sunday 8th October 2019 on the Sierra Leone Broadcasting Corporation TV.
The Tacugama Chimpanzee Sanctuary (TCS) on Saturday 28th September 2019 officially launched the Roots and Shoots program at its Regent sanctuary outside Freetown.
The aim of the project, founded by the world’s renowned primatologist, Dr. Jane Goodall, who visited Sierra Leone early this year, is to catch pupils young so that they can be interested in the environment as well as protect the country’s National Animal, the chimpanzee.
Commissioners of the Human Rights Commission of Sierra Leone (HRCSL) on Tuesday 1st October, 2019 held its first referral partnership meeting at its Head quarters’ Conference room, Tower hill Freetown. This is HRCSL’s 8th referral partnership meeting since its last meeting in November 21st, 2018.
HRCSL collaborates with various Ministries, Departments and Agencies/Organization that are most suited to address certain complaints brought to the Commission. These complaints are sent to these partners for redress and are monitored regularly through effective collaboration born out from the referral partnership forum and policy.
Deputy Minister of Works and Public Assets, Philip Tetemah Tondoneh
Ministry of Works and Public Assets, has last week engaged security personnel and the cleaning agency responsible for securing and cleaning Youyi Building, so as to urge them to improve sanitation and boost security around the vicinity.
The meeting, which was held in the ministry’s conference hall in New England Ville, was to fulfill the ministry’s statutory mandate which is to maintenance all government buildings in the country.
Deputy Minister of Works and Public Assets, Philip Tetemah Tondoneh, condemned the act of peddlers, who are using the building as a market place, stating the ministerial building should always be kept clean and tidy.
“Youyi Building houses most of the country’s ministries. Hawkers should not be wandering around selling as if the facility is a public market place. People should not be loitering in and around the building,” he said.
If nothing concrete is done by the government and other stakeholders to ensure that the welfare of men and women seafarers are brought up to international standards, then there could be danger for Sierra Leone seafarers. This is according to the head of Sierra Leone Seafarers Union (SLSU), Tejan Savage.
In his statement, Tejan Savag (Merchant Navy Officer class 2 (Unlimited) went on to state that “the adoption through Parliament of the Maritime Labour Convention 2006 in early 2019 through the SLMA and Ministry of Labour and Social Security and review of the Merchant Shipping Act 2003by SLMA are clear signs that Sierra Leone is attempting to change its attitude of neglect of the industry, and is willing to adopt paradigm, and new trajectory of adopting to change in the Maritime industry.”
Hon. Justice Simeon Allieu adjudicating over High Court No.2 at Siaka Stevens Street in Freetown has granted bail to four accused persons in the sum of five hundred million Leones, including one surety each in like sum.
The bail condition indicted that the sureties should be residents in the Freetown Judicial District in the Western Area of the Republic of Sierra Leone.
Hon. Justice Simeon Alieu also ordered that the sureties should be property owners, and that their properties should worth five hundred million Leones and they should surrender their valid national identity or voter cards.
Regional Coordinator West, National Safety Net at the Ministry of Labour and Social Security, Thomas Kamara has called on citizens to stop discrimination against aged people. Mr. Kamara made this clarion call when speaking to AYV ahead of the launch of the National Aging Policy slated for 20th October 2019. The event aims at strengthening the provisions under the country’s Social Safety Net program.
ACC Regional Manager North-West Alhassan Sesay and community people listening to ACC messages
In its drive to enhance integrity in public exams, the North-West Regional Office of the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has engaged Head Teachers and Principals of primary and secondary schools in Bureh Kasseh, Makonteh, Maforki, Bakeh Loko, Tainkatopa Makama, Lokomasama, Marampa, Masemera and Koya chiefdoms in Port Loko District.
A three-day stakeholders workshop to discuss a draft document on Grievance Redress Mechanism (GRM) for Nurses and Midwives in Sierra Leone ended on Thursday September 26, 2019 at the J&E Resort at Koribondo Highway in Bo district, targeting senior cadre of the Nursing and Midwifery profession.
Organized by the Directorate of Nursing and Midwifery Services, the workshop attracted Hospital Matrons, District Health Sisters from the different District Health Management Team and the Sierra Leone Nurses and Midwives Association with support from the World Bank.
In recognition of what the Fullah Progressive Union (FPU) North America described as his "Extraordinary Initiative towards Free Quality Education," the Acting Head (Hooreejo) of the Organization, Algassimu Monorma Bah accompanied by a cross section of his executive has on behalf of the entire FPU North America presented a plaque to Sierra Leone's President Julius Maada Bio.
The short but colorful ceremony took place at the Marriott Hotel on 525 Lexington Avenue, East 49 Street in New York on Friday, September 27, 2019.
The President also received with appreciation a 'Puuto' (Fouta Djalon Golden Era Hat) from the FPU.
Africell has once again demonstrated that it is the FIRST when it comes to mobile technology and improving communication services in Sierra Leone.
Since its inception in Sierra Leone, Africell has demonstrated over and again that it is an innovative and fast-forward thinking company which seeks to improve the lives of its subscribers through the provision of quality and affordable telecommunication and internet services for its hundreds of thousands if not millions of subscribers.
Lady Fatima Bio has hosted a successful “Hands Off Our Girls” campaign event on the margins of the 74th United Nations General Assembly to raise global awareness on reducing early marriage and rape in Africa.
Speaking on her motivation to embark on such a laudable campaign, Her Excellency First Lady Fatima Bio narrated an emotional personal story, recalling that, because of their culture, at age 12 a suitor had already been identified for her. She spoke of the ordeal that she went through in trying to challenge that culture, especially with her father. She also told the audience of how she escaped the early marriage by traveling to London.
Following a march-past from the National Stadium to Maritime House at government Wharf in Freetown to mark World Maritime Day, September 26, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) has been signed between the Sierra Leone Maritime Administration (SLMA) and Njala University (NU).
The theme of this year’s celebration was ‘Empowering Women in the Maritime Community’ and speaker after speaker explained to a crowed SLMA conference hall at Government Wharf the benefits of including and more women in not only the maritime industry but in other areas as well for maximum output and production.
President Julius Maada Bio has categorically stated that: “Africa’s demand for two Permanent Seats (on the United Nations Security Council) with all the rights and prerogatives of current members, including the right of veto, and two additional Non-permanent Seats is a matter of common justice and the right to have an equal say in decision-making on issues pertaining to international peace and security.”