As a way to provide sustainablesolutionto future disasters in coastal communities, the Institute of Marine, Biology and Oceanography (IMBO) has trained representatives from different government agencies and sectors including the Office of National Security, National Tourist Board, Sierra Leone Maritime
Group picture of some of the beneficiaries and the CEO (center)
The Sierra Leone Education and Development (SLED) on Thursday 29th August 2019 observed its 15th anniversary with the presentation of over 34 scholarships to underprivileged pupils in primary, secondary and university at the Buxton Methodist Church Hall, Charles Street in Freetown at which ceremony the Chief Executive
By Abdul Fonti, Communication Strategist in the Office of the President
The Ministry of Finance has confirmed that administrative and academic staffs of the University of Sierra Leone (FBC, COMAHS and IPAM) have not received salaries for July and August 2019, chiefly because of delay on the part of university authorities in submitting staff payroll data.
A press release by the Finance Ministry disclosed that the payroll data submitted had inconsistencies requiring verification.
Sierra Leone’s former President Ernest Bai Koroma, arrived in Accra, Ghana, on Monday 2nd September, 2019 to join his peers at the maiden edition of the Kofi Annan Peace and Security (KAPS) forum on the theme: “Peace Operations in the Context of Violent Extremism in Africa”.
The government of Sierra Leone has won a major foreign direct investment deal with a Japanese company – ITOCHU Corporation, who has agreed to establish a pineapple farm and processing plant in Sierra Leone.
The first phase of this development will cost around $40 million, which has already been approved.
More than 3,000 jobs are expected to be created by Sierra Tropical Ltd. – the operating company of ITOCHU Corporation in Sierra Leone.
Despite the fact that State Witnesses Paul Sandi former Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Information and Communication, Foday Conteh former Finance Director NATCOM and Mr. Senesie Kallon former Director General NATCOM had all given evidence at Commission 65 alleging that the former Minister of Information and Communication Hon. Mohamed Bangura inappropriately received $44,000, $50,306 and $100,000 respectively from NATCOM and SALCAB during his tenure in cabinet, the latter denied collecting such an amount.
Five music artists comprising Team Best have instructed their legal team to file a lawsuit on Ecobank for what the artists described as “intellectual theft and for using their music to promote the bank’s own interest and benefit” without consulting them and without the consent of the artists.
Plan International Sierra Leone has supported the ministries of Youth Affairs, Social Welfare, Gender and Children’s Affairs and the National Civil Registration Authority with office equipment worth over 250 million Leones.
According to the organization, this support is geared towards ensuring that Gender Transformation Child Protection Systems and capacity of young people are strengthened through the effective functioning of these public offices.
Global Network of Civil Society for Disaster Reduction (GNDR) secretariat in collaboration with ActionAid and partners has launched their chapter in Sierra Leone and held a national coordinating meeting.
The Deputy Minister of Youth Affairs, Lusine Kallon, has told the Qatar Fund for Development (QFFD) delegation that their visit to Sierra Leone will now send a strong message to the world that President Bio's recent visit to Qatar was important and fruitful.
He was speaking at the ministry's conference room, National Stadium in Freetown during a courtesy call on the Ministry of Youth Affairs.
A cross-section of the leadership of the United Council of Imams - Sierra Leone led by the Director of Communication Sheikh Ibrahim Kamara paid a courtesy call on the Executive Director of the Legal Aid Board Ms. Claire Carlton-Hanciles to express appreciation at the legal aid services provided to their members around the country.
Deputy Minister of Works and Public Assets, Hon. Philip Tetema Todoneh, has stated that his ministry is planning to transform the public works yard, which would be responsible to maintenance all government vehicles and subsequently save billions of Leones for the government.
Hon. Tondoneh made the above disclosure during a ‘stock taking session’ last Friday (30th August, 2019), at the Civil Service Training College on Tower Hill in Freetown.
“With the re-development of the public works yard, the Ministry of Works could save billions of Leones for the government of Sierra Leone. The resources mobilised through this could be utilised for many other developmental programmes in the country,” he said.
He said the carpentry workshop would be in charge of repairing all government furniture, adding that it could similarly create job opportunities for skills trained youths.
He noted that many officials of Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) are occupying rented houses in Freetown and the provinces without the knowledge of the Ministry of Works.
“The ministry is only aware when it’s time to make payment for those houses, and the documents are brought to us to sign. We are changing that narrative, we want to make sure we establish an administrative village that will accommodate a lot of MDAs, which would subsequently break down on government’s expenditure,” Hon. Tondoneh said.
He said when his ministry would have transformed the public works yard on Pademba Road in Freetown, it would create job opportunities, and there would also be value for money and fiscal control in the aspect of misused vehicles.
President Bio discussing with potential investors in Yokohama
President Julius Maada Bio has called for the right investment to prepare Africa for the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR). He made this call at the Seventh Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD7) in Yokohama, Japan, on Wednesday 28 August 2019
The 4IR is the current developing environment in which disruptive technologies and trends such as Artificial Intelligence (AI) Internet, Robotics, and Virtual Reality are changing the way people around the world live and work.
High Court Judge Justice Simeon Allieu has on Friday 30th August, 2019 granted bail in the sum of Le200M and one surety each to the Deputy Organizing Secretary of the main opposition All People’s Congress party Karamoh Kabba and twenty-two others.
In could be recalled that the accused persons Karamoh Kabba and twenty-two others were charged with Conspiracy to Commit Riotous Conduct, Disorderly Behavior, Wounding with Intentand other related felonies contrary to section 11, 12 18, 20 and 20 of the Criminal Procedure Acts of 1965.
Seven people have been confirmed dead after a gruesome road accident along the Port Loko -Freetown Highway on Wednesday night. Five people died on the spot and the two others succumbed to death shortly upon arrival at the Port Loko Hospital where all the victims were taken, according to eye witnesses.
Public Relations Officer in the Ministry of Finance, Ahmed Sesay has distanced the Finance Ministry from allegations that it is responsible for late payment of salaries of intermediate and junior staffs at Fourah Bay College, University of Sierra Leone.
His denial came after intermediate and junior staff workers at Fourah Bay College, University of Sierra Leone, on 30th August protested over what they said is the slow salary payment process, which has now accumulated to two months without them getting paid.