Sierra Leone stands to gain more by signing the Continental Free Trade Agreement despite reservations over loss of import duties; the country representative of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) Ms. Iyabo Masha has said. She is currently urging the government to sign the agreement.
President Julius Maada Bio has signed an Accord De Siege and a Protocol Agreement with Mercy Ships to begin fresh working partnership for 2019-2023.
The country engagement plan, initiates a period of assessment, then a 10-month surgical ship deployment which will include provision of free surgical and dental care in partnership with local institutions for training of health care workers, followed by additional support after the ship’s departure and, lastly, impact evaluation.
“On behalf of the Government and people of Sierra Leone I wish to express profound gratitude to Mercy Ships for their continuous humanitarian and medical supports towards providing treatment to people with various medical conditions,” stated Dr. Anthony Sandy Deputy Minister of Health and Sanitation.
National coordinator for Civil Society Consortium on Community Accountability and Service Delivery, William Sao-Lamin has stated that Sierra Leone is currently faced with several environmental challenges which if not addressed will hinder and undermine the country’s development.
The District Chief Imam Karene District, Alhaji Mustapha Turay of the United Council of Imams has applauded the government of President Julius Maada Bio for introducing Free Quality Education in the country to help parents reduce the burden of paying school fees and buying textbooks.
By David Moinina Sengeh Chief Innovation Officer at Government of Sierra-Leone.
We are Talking (passed each other). We are not Communicating (with each other).
As a techno-enthusiast, I am amazed at the levels of engagement in politics and governance; social events; and accountability and corruption particularly among young people online. Facebook and Whatsapp have lowered the barrier to have a thought and share it to thousands of people instantaneously. This brings tremendous and equal power to youth that we never had. But I fear that if we are not intentional about our engagement: defining the purpose; the rules of engagement; and most importantly declaring the facts and opinions through references, we risk getting further apart from each other.
Sierra Leone’s Ambassador to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia says the late Fullah Tribal Head, Falaba district, Northern Sierra Leone, Alhaji Abubakar Leigh has finally been laid to rest today, 2nd June, 2019 after a very successfully funeral arrangement.
Dr. Ibrahim Jalloh told me that the corpse was transferred from the port city of Jeddah where Alhaji Leigh passed away last Friday to Islam’s largest and sacred ‘Al-Haram’ Mosque in Makkah (a distance of 95 kilometers).
In Makkah, the Ambassador said, Sierra Leoneans and other African nationals were joined by a good number of Saudi dignitaries to perform funeral (Janaza) prayers for the late Chief Leigh.
The Manager of Rainbo Center in Kenema, Safiatu Jajah Jalloh, has warned of a rise in cases of sexual violence, AYV has learnt. She said this is also fueling teenage pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases, adding that the district has recorded 186 rape cases since January this year.
Speaking on the line over the weekend, Jalloh said: “Sexual penetration is on the increase. Most of the cases are causing other problems like teenage pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases such as gonorrhea.”
In presenting the draft coffee policy Daniel Sarmu, said apart from a retired crop specialist in the country who for years undertook studies in coffee related research activities, there is presently no specialized personnel found in Sierra Leone Agriculture and Research Institute (SLARI) and the Ministry of Agriculture Forestry (MAF) to undertake such study.
Ambassador Horst Gruner sardined by cross section of NYS Directors
The newly appointed Executive Director, National Youth Service (NYS)- Onanah Jalloh has led a delegation to the Germany Embassy in Freetown ahead of the review of the NYS Act as proclaimed by President Julius Maada Bio during his 2018 state opening address in Parliament.
The NYS team comprises the Director of Research, Monitoring and Evaluation-Tenneh Martina Kuteh, Director of Programmes, Training and Recruitment-Sylvester Ansu Bewie, Secretary-Ramatu Koroma and Elkass Sannoh Director of Communications. The NYS team was received by the German Ambassador and the Deputy Head of Mission, Helmut Kuhmunch.
ICAP Sierra Leone in collaboration with the Ministry of Health and Sanitation (MoHS) with funding from Centre for Disease Control (CDC) has trained 26 House Officers in the first cohort of its leadership and management certificate program.
The program caters for newly graduated medical doctors, deployed at various hospitals across Sierra Leone.
Njala University is taking a new approach to learning with a focus on technology and innovation in Sierra Leone.
Leaders at the university say that if graduates do not have the skills to match emerging job market opportunities in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics, the institution would be failing its students and not be fit for purpose.
For the first time in history, A First Lady joins prisoners in prayers. Her Excellency Fatima Maada Bio, on Wed 30th May, shows she is the mother of the nation, as she visited Sierra Leone correctional centre to pray with the inmates. It was open-air place of worship in the centre. She is passionate about every Sierra Leonean, and believes a person’s past does not have to dictate his or her future.
Sierra Leone’s economic development has for far too long been held back by poor financial investment regulations, especially regarding the borrowing and lending of money for business growth or start-ups.
But all that may be about to change, following Thursday 30th May, 2019 passing into law by parliament, various amendments to existing laws.
Sierra Leone Police Media has confirmed to AYV newspaper that they have arrested One Hundred and Thirteen (113) Sierra Leoneans, mainly young people who were actively involved in a riot that broke up between the Sierra Leone Police and alleged members and supporters of the main opposition All People’s Congress (APC) party on Friday 31st May, 2019 in Freetown.
By Department of Public Relations, Parliament of Sierra Leone
Sierra Leone House of Parliament over the weekend sworn in the new Members of Parliament who won petition cases in the Court of Sierra Leone on Friday 31st May, 2019.
The development came in light of the Orders of the High Court of Sierra Leone.
Speaker of Parliament, Rt. Hon. Dr. Abass Chernor Bundu said he hoped the new MPs will live up to the expectations of the nation and their constituents during the course of executing their duties as Members of Parliament.
Newly approved Ministers and Deputy Ministers have subscribed to the Oath of Office before His Excellency President Julius Maada Bio in accordance with the 1991 Constitution of Sierra Leone at a ceremony inside State House.
The public servants were Honourable Foday Rado Yokie as Minister of Mines and Mineral Resources, Dr. Edward Hinga Sandi as Minister of Trade and Industry, Umaru Napoleon Koroma as Deputy Minister of Justice and Ms. Mamadi Gobeh-Kamara as Deputy Minister of Information and Communications.
Executive Director of Green Scenery Joseph Rahall has called on the government to look at the issue of intimidation by SOCFIN in Sahn Malen Chiefdom Pejehun District.
Joseph Rahall made this call during the launching of their report on how SOCFIN is running their business and how it is affecting human rights of the residents in the chiefdom negatively.
Land grabbing has been an alarming issue in the country, and over the years it has developed great interest for national and international civil society organizations and it’s against this backdrop that Green Scenery used SOCFIN as a case study.
Timothy Kabba, Director General of Sierra Leone’s Petroleum Directorate
Some major oil and gas companies are poised to make use of the massive investment opportunities provided by the Sierra Leone government. If managed well, the oil and gas sector will serve as a golden opportunity to transform the country’s economy, resulting in bettering the lives of citizens.
“Oil and gas is not a partisan enterprise, it is not about politics and not a mafia enterprise. It is a natural endowment that we should make good use of for the benefit of all,” says the Director General of Sierra Leone’s Petroleum Directorate, Timothy Kabba and added that “our opportunities are unlimited, we hope to have many companies to make use of the good opportunities provided in the oil and gas sector.”