Cassava leaves and other food items displayed on bare floor
By Alhassan Bah
Traders occupying one of the oldest markets in Freetown, King Jimmy Market, have expressed grave concern over the deplorable condition of the market, noting that foodstuffs sold to consumers are left to rot which results in an unhealthy environment, and poses serious health hazard to the public.
A high powered delegation of officials from the Minister of Lands, Housing and the Environment led by the Minister himself, Dr. Denise Sandy has after rigorous deliberations resolved the outstanding land impasse between the Njala University Administration and the Land Holding Families of Kori Chiefdom.
Executive Senior Vice President of Japan International Cooperation Agency, JICA, Koshikawa Kazuhiko, has pledged support to the Government of Sierra Leone during a meeting on the margins of the Seventh Tokyo International Conference on African Development, TICAD7.
Welcoming His Excellency President Dr Julius Maada Bio, Mr. Koshikawa lauded his Government for recently signing the Cooperation Agreements with the Government of Japan on 22 August 2019 in Freetown. He also explained the support JICA had provided to the West African nation over the years, which included financial and humanitarian assistance.
Yokohama, Tuesday 27th August 2019 – His Excellency President Dr Julius Maada Bio and Her Excellency Madam Fatima Bio have arrived in Yokohama ahead of the Seventh Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD7) scheduled for the 28th – 30th August 2019.
His Excellency President Dr Julius Maada Bio, First Lady Fatima Bio and other members of the delegation were received in Yokohama by senior officials of the Government of Japan and Sierra Leone’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Honorable Mrs Nabeela Tunis who had been part of an advanced team on the preparation of the TICAD7 Summit.
Head of Office for theInternational Organization for Migration (IOM) in Sierra Leone, Alhaji Sanusi Tejan Savage on Tuesday 27th August signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Sierra Tropical Limitedwhich is a subsidiary company of Dole/ ITOCHU, Japanese Corporation.
His Excellency President Dr. Julius Maada Bio, Pilot of a flying national plane, which many people had perceived is on its verge of crashing, has assured all and sundry that “we will all land safely” on a shore of success.
At the launch of the Blockchain National Digital Identity System for Sierra Leone in Freetown over the weekend, Pilot Bio said: “A few have spoken about experiencing turbulence.
The bye-election that took place in Constituency 110 in Freetown was cancelled by the National Electoral Commission (NEC) after irate youth ransacked the polling centers when the NEC was about tallying the votes.
Our investigations could not ascertain which political group of party supporters destroyed the polling materials and drove away voters. However, it was ascertained that police were invited and are now investigating with the assistance of NEC officials.
His Excellency President Dr Julius Maada Bio will attend the Seventh Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD7) in Yokohama, Japan, following an invitation from Prime Minister Shinzō Abe.
This year’s TICAD7 Summit has been scheduled for 28 – 30 August and the theme for the summit is: “Advancing Africa’s development through people, technology and innovation”.
The Ministry of Basic and Senior Secondary Education has said even though Port Loko district emerged with the 7th position in this year’s NPSE examination result at district level with 75.9%, yet, the overall performance of pupils in Mathematics and English Language is below 50% and that more than a quarter of schools in the district are below average score in the exam. This was revealed during a two-day engagement with Education Partners and other key Stakeholders.
As part of the crystallization of the strong bilateral relationship between Sierra Leone and the People’s Republic of China, spanning decades, thirty Sierra Leonean journalists were awarded scholarships to benefit from a three-week media related training programme in China.
The beneficiaries, who departedyesterday, Monday 26th August 2019, are drawn from both the Print and Electronic media, all coming from different news outlets.
It must be noted that this is not the first time that China has offered Sierra Leonean media practitioners the opportunity to benefit from media training and to get first -hand experience of that country’s cultural mix bag. Of course this is a clear demonstration, on the part of China, to meaningfully contribute towards improving the capacities of journalists in the country and by extension enhance the overall media landscape.
The new executive of the Sierra Leone Bar Association has paid a courtesy call on His Excellency President Dr Julius Maada Bio at State House in Freetown.
President of the association, Robert Kowa, commended President Bio for his strides to ensure that the state was smoothly run amidst the challenges, noting that they were aware of the challenges. He said they were prepared to give their support and work with the government, adding that the Bar Association was a professional body and would remain so in the best interest of the country.
He said the new executive had adopted a collaborative approach and would constructively continue to engage in the governance of the state, while also ensuring that the rule of law prevailed in the country.
Photo: A cross section of participants at the 2-day training held at Kobeibu Hotel in Bo City, Southern Sierra Leone.
Many African countries including Sierra Leone are seeking better ways of attracting responsible agri-based investments as a catalyst for achieving economic growth through industralization. However, analysis shows that large-scale agricultural investment in Sierra Leone is yet to meet the international Corporate Social Responsibilty (CSR) principles for enhancing local livelihoods.
To strike a balance between attracting foreign agricultural investments while ensuring a responsible investment climate, the Government, led by the Sierra Leone Investment and Export Promotion Agency (SLIEPA) is in the process of finalizing a tool known as the ‘Agribusiness Investment Approval Process (AIAP)’. The tool is currently being tested on existing four investment companies to assess the applicability while ensuring that existing legislations are aligned with the AIAP.
In compliance of its Cooperate Social Responsibility (CSR), the management of Karpowership has donated food items to residents of its operational areas of Kingtom and KrooBay communities respectively.
The assorted food items include bags of rice, flour, cooking oil, Sugar, water and juice, worth millions of Leones.
On behalf of the management of Karpowership, Mr. Joseph Skeff, presenting the donation to the various communities said that it is heir pleasure to give back to communities where they are operating from. He said that they are mindful of their Cooperate Social Responsibility, adding that this is not the first time they have been supporting the people that are residing in their operational areas and beyond.
Sierra Leoneans who attended the Tony Elumelu Foundation conference which brings together young African entrepreneurs from across the continent were on Friday 23rd August, 2019 warmly welcomed back home by the United Bank of Africa (UBA) SL.
Every year, the Tony Elumelu Foundation - Africa’s foremost champion of entrepreneurship in collaboration with UBA hosts the largest convening of entrepreneurs, policymakers and business leaders in one location.
The Environment Protection Agency of Sierra Leone (EPA-SL) in its strides towards working with policy makers in the country for cogent actions towards environmental safety and security had led Members of Parliament of the Parliamentary Committee on Lands and the Environment to disaster prone areas in the city. Present among the delegation were the Chairman of the Committee on Lands and the Environment, Hon.
APC Hon. Sheriff Carew making his statement during the official lunching of the Fourah Bay Community football kits at Suliamaniya Primary School ‘Bottom school’
Hon. Sheriff Carew, former MP of constituency 122 (APC) who lost his seat in the last elections, has told his people that despite he lost his seat, he is determined to ensure that politics should not dent his image or good relationship with anyone.
In preventing disaster, the Office of National Security (ONS) and partners have engaged stakeholders from four eminent disaster-prone areas to mark the inception of the “Freetown Emergency Recovery Project” funded by the World Bank. The project is targeting 13 disaster-prone communities in Freetown, with the theme: “All-Inclusive Approach to Disaster Risk Reduction and Resilience”.
The Government of Sierra Leone on Thursday August 22, 2019 signed two corporation agreements with the Government of Japan on technical cooperation and the Japan Overseas Cooperation Volunteers Programme (JOCV) at the conference Hall of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation at Tower Hill in Freetown.