The Deputy Minister of Fisheries and Marine Resources, Ibrahim Turay has assured guests at the just concluded World Food Day Programmeheld on the outskirt of Moyamba Town of his ministry’s determination to complement government’s effort in meeting the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) for food security by providing the needed support to schools interested in constructing Fish Ponds as alternative sources of livelihood.
Lawmakers in the Sierra Leone Parliament yesterday, Monday, 22nd October, voted on whether or not to pass into law three Constitutional Instruments that will eventually legitimize the setting up of a Commission of Inquiry by government to investigate allegations contained in the Governance Transition Team Report.
His Excellency Julius Maada Bio, President of the Republic of Sierra Leone, on Monday, 22nd October, 2018, began a 2-day official visit to Ghana.
The purpose of the visit is to strengthen and deepen the ties of friendship and co-operation between Ghana and Sierra Leone, as well as explore other areas of co-operation between the two countries, which will inure to the benefit of their two peoples.
In an effort to settle land dispute and foster development in Makpele chiefdom, Pujehun district under its Voluntary Guidelines for Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land, Forest and Fisheries (VGGT), Solidaridad West Africa in partnership with Natural Habitat past weekend held a Multi Stakeholders meeting that brought together the aggrieved parties.
As the 2017 Hajj-gate corruption matter continues, Ibrahim Sesay, an accountant at the Ministry of Social Welfare on Wednesday 17 October 2018 testified before Justice Reginald Fynn that all disbursement requests made by the 2017 Hajj Committee were granted.
A Paris-based company will soon erect a modern 300-seater cinema in Freetown.
Bollore Group is the French firm planning this edifice. This is in line with the promotion of the SLPP government’s New Direction strategy and all became clear following the recent tour of Europe to seek economic assistance by the Sierra Leone Vice President Mohamed Juldeh Jalloh.
The power to choose the number, timing and spacing of children can bolster economic and social development, the latest UNFPA report shows
The global trend towards smaller families is a reflection of people making reproductive choices to have as few or as many children as they want, when they want. When people lack choice, it can have a long-term impact on fertility rates, often making them higher or lower than what most people desire, according to new The State of World Population 2018 report, which was launched in Parliament by UNFPA, the United Nations sexual and reproductive health agency, in collaboration with the Ministry of Planning and Economic Development.
The introduction of the Mi Yone Teller/Kiosk door-to door banking system by the nation’s leading financial institution; the Sierra Leone Commercial Bank (SLCB) has automatically changed the age-old system of banking in the country.
Within few months of launching the product, over ten thousand non-banking Sierra Leoneans have opened new accounts with the Bank due to the accessibility and easy banking methods that have been introduced.
A cross section of the national executive of WIMSAL (Women In the Media-Sierra Leone) led by their President, Madam Tiana Alpha has called on the Minister of Information and Communication, Mohamed Rahman Swarray (Rado) to congratulate President Julius Maada Bio for appointing 30% of women on the IMC Board.
The Ministry of Energy on Tuesday 16th October, 2018 opened ten bidding documents submitted by both local and international bidders for the Rehabilitation and Extension of the Bo and Kenema Distribution System Project. The opening was done in the presence of the media, companies’ representatives and government officials.
Addressing the press, the Permanent Secretary, Morie Momoh said that during the pre-bidding conference, bidders were taken to the project sites for evaluation to give them an insight of what they would be bidding for.
Chief Minister Professor David John Francis meeting with farmers
Chief Minister Professor David John Francis has joined government ministries and international partners to celebrate World Food Day at a ceremony organized by the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Food Security at Moyamba Junction, Moyamba District.
With the theme: “Our Actions Are Our Future: A Zero Hunger World is Possible by 2030”. The event brought together farming groups and associations, local council leaders and traditional authorities from all parts of the country to grace the event, which was being observed across the world.
The stance of the Chief Minister, Professor David John Francis, in the matter between the country's football governing body SLFA/FIFA and the Anti-corruption Commission had brought light to the country's football. What a historic move.
Haven failed to settle the impasse in SLFA for almost two years by the past administration because they were weak, timid and afraid to stand up FIFA, the no- nonsense Chief Minister stood as a hero and challenged FIFA on the basis that the country's law must be respected.
Deputy Minister of Finance, Dr. Patricia Nyanga Laverley
The International Development Association (IDA) and the government of Sierra Leone have signed a US $10m Agro-Business Financing Agreement for the Sierra Leone agro-processing competitiveness project. The loan, which is to be paid in 32 years, was recently approved by Parliament.
Presenting the loan agreement to the House for discussion, Deputy Minister of Finance, Dr. Patricia Nyanga Laverley, said the project’s main focus is the promotion of an enabling environment. This, she said, would cost $20m. Dr. Laverley said that these funds will go towards reducing the burden and constraints faced by agro-businesses through the Small and Medium Enterprise (SMEs).
According to reliable sources the Environment Protection Agency (EPA) will be in charge of reducing the cost of obtaining environmental license. Sierra Leone Investment and Export Promotion Agency (SLIEPA) will also be there to develop a program for retention of agro-processing in the country.
The Deputy Minister stated that the Standard Bureau will help to improve standards of goods in the agro-business. Moreover, the Ministry of Trade is to be the sole beneficiary tasked with providing oversight function among the institutions and also enhance coordination and the proper setting up of agro-business.
Dr. Laverley further stated that $6m will be channeled towards increasing productivity and strengthening the key value chain of agro-business. It will also be used as investment to key innovators for the provision of secondary goods.
Approximately US $2m will be used for the implementation, monitoring and evaluation to help support the Coordinating Units to oversee the project preparation and contract management. Dr. Laverley explained that the project will enhance job creation and income generation, adding that it would also provide technical advancement to the SMEs and will strengthen productivity and also increase new investment in the market sector.
Hon. Justice Manuella Harding presiding over the High Court of Sierra Leone has incarcerated four accused persons at the Male Correctional Centre at Pademba Road in Freetown for allegedly committing capital offences, contrary to law.
The four alleged murderers, Ibrahim Kalokoh alias Cartel, Festus Mansaray alias Big Man, Alhaji Steven Bangura and Alpha Umaru Bah alias Maju are facing multiple offences ranging from Conspiracy to Commit a Crime, Robbery with Aggravation and Murder.
Certification ceremony after the one month training in China
Da Yu Mining Company operating in Tonkolili District, northern Sierra Leone has provided scholarships to three Sierra Leoneansto study in China.
As a registered mining company operating that wasgranted a large scale mining license (ML 01/2018) in January 2018 the company’s management has confirmed that their intention is to support the growth and development of the mining industry.
Chairman of National Commission for Privatization (NCP), Umaru Napoleon Koroma was among a high-level government delegation that left Sierra Leone recently for this year’s’ Annual Meetings of the International Monetary Fund in Bali, Indonesia. The International Monetary Fund and World Bank Annual Meetings in Bali, Indonesia were against a backdrop of stark climate change warnings, economic uncertainty, and geopolitical rivalry.
The Director of Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU), Ahmed Kamara has stated that they will be hosting the Maritime Conference on Money Laundering under GIABA from 24 to 26 October this year. He added that the event will take place at the Radisson Blu Hotel, Freetown.
According to him, there is urgent need to sensitize the public well so they can combat money laundering in the country.
A report released recently by the Institute of Governance Reforms (IGR) headed by its Director, Andrew Lavalie, has stated that President Julius Maada Bio’s administration has undertaken several bold and commendable reforms in their first six months in office to ensure quality delivery of service to the populace, but noted that enduring concerns still remain.
The report titled: “Beyond Business as Usual: Looking Inward to Change our Story” further stated that domestic revenue figures have almost doubled, which is also a bold and commendable initiative.