Former President Ernest Bai Koroma between 2009-2010 from a World Bank Project, compensated residents living under high voltage power lines and other part of the power transmission for relocation in order to avoid radiation and other health problems. However, AYV has found out that residents at Congo Cross Bridge and elsewhere are still living under, between and around the power transmission lines.
Erstwhile presidential candidate of the main opposition All People’s Congress (APC) party Dr. Samura Kamara appears today Monday 10th June 2019 before the Commission of Inquiry (COI) to testify before Justice Biobele Georgewill.
London, Thursday 6th June 2019 – The English actor, producer, director and musician, Idris Elba OBE, has told President Bio of his plans to transform Sherbro Island into a world-class city as part of his drive to give back to Sierra Leone. Meeting with President Bio on the margins of the UK-Sierra Leone Trade and Investment conference, Idris Elba told President Bio that he wanted to make Sherbro Island a great touristic destination.
A well-known journalist and editor of New Age Newspaper, Ibrahim Samura who passed away on the 6th June 2018, has been commemorated and a foundation launched in his name.
The Ibrahim Samura Foundation for Democracy and Governance is named after the deceased.
Donald Theo-Harding who chaired the program said the late Ibrahim Samura was a humble and hardworking fellow who believed in the fight against corruption and the protection of human rights, adding that the criminal libel law should be repealed because there is no limit to freedom of speech.
“For people to know about the Independent Police Complaints Board (IPCB) more sensitization and training of the Luanda Guidelines must be done especially in the rural areas of the country.”
That was according to Chairman of IPCB, Richard Shealton Freeman, speaking during a training session on the Luanda Guidelines, which is a document on the Guidelines of Arrest, Police Custody and Pre-Trial Detention in Democratic Africa.
LONDON-Sierra Leonean President, Julius Maada Bio has said Sierra Leone is one of the best places for foreign direct investment with conducive atmosphere for investment returns.
President Bio made this statement while delivering his statement at the UK-Sierra Leone Trade and Investment Conference on Thursday 6th June, 2019 in London. He called on foreign investors and Sierra Leone citizens in the Diaspora to start investing in the country.
“And so I would just want to encourage the President that spending money on Statistics Sierra Leone (Stat SL) is spending money in the right way. Because when you have, and when you know the exact numbers; when you have the credible data, then you are not going to waste resources. You will plan as is necessary; you will allocate resources wisely because you have the credible data”
These were the words of Professor Osman Alimamy Sankoh, Statistician General and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Statistics Sierra Leone (Stats SL). He was speaking exclusively in the interview below and used the opportunity to send a passionate message to President Julius Maada Bio to continue supporting Stat SL for national development. He also explains his role, the current transformation drive and his vision for Stat SL as a major player in promoting national development. Excerpts:
Field Supervisor Landslide Degradation program of the United Nation Operations Project Service (UNOPS) at the Mortome Regent Village Bernard James has called on the government to help protect the Mortome Regent Mudslide site from encroachers. Bernard James made this call while debunking earlier rumors doing the rounds that people have started building structures on restricted areas at the site.
Residents around the Bomeh dump site at Colbot, in the east of Freetown, have called on government to relocate the site. They made this urgent call yesterday Wednesday 4th June, 2019 after they have been facing numerous challenges especially within the last few months.
President Julius Maada Bio has left the shores of Sierra Leone to attend the UK-Sierra Leone Trade and Investment Conference in London scheduled for Thursday 6th June 2019. The conference will provide a platform for the Government of Sierra Leone to showcase the trade and investment opportunities in Sierra Leone especially in the areas of Tourism, Energy, Mining, Infrastructure and Agriculture.
The Minister of Water Resources, Dr Jonathan Bonopha Tengbe, in line with the Government’s priority to increase access to water supply, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the China Gezhouba Group Company Limited (CGGC) to develop the Orugu and Congo Dams and Water Treatment Plants projects.
Cornelius Deveaux: National Publicity Secretary APC
It has now been confirmed that National Publicity Secretary of the All People’s Congress (APC) party, Cornelius Oguntola Melvin Deveaux is not seeking refuge at the United States Embassy in Freetown, as unconfirmed reports had earlier suggested on Monday 3rd June, 2019.
High Court Judge, Hon. Justice John Bosco Allieu presiding over the High Court of Sierra Leone has remanded one alleged child sex offender in prison for violating Section (19) of the Sexual Offences Act of 2012.
The alleged sex offender, Abdulai Kamara is on court record for penetrating the sex organ of a seven year’s old girl child (name withheld). He committed the crime on 14th August 2018, in the Freetown Judicial District of the Republic of Sierra Leone.
The accused person, Abdulai Kamara was charged to court and later committed to stand trial in the High Court of Sierra Leone, after sufficient evidence was adduced against him, during preliminary investigation by the lower court.
In a bid to meet its corporate social responsibility within the communities where its operates, Bollore Freetown Terminal Company has donated over 100 million Leones worth of food items to Sea Side Community, Moa Wharf Community, Constituency 122 and Sierra Leone Ports Authority.
The donation which served as a Ramadan token was geared towards strengthening cordial relationship between the company and the communities and it was done between 25th and 31st May 2019 at the aforementioned communities.
Dr. Priscilla Schwartz giving a Keynote Address during the launch of the Global Report- “Justice for All”
The Task Force on Justice, an initiative of the Pathfinders for Peaceful, Just and Inclusive Societies, a multi-stakeholder partnership that brings together UN member states, international organisations, civil society, and the private sector to accelerate delivery of the Sustainable Development Goal targets for peace, justice and inclusion, on Monday 29th April 2019 launched a Global report on the state of justice around the world. The report was launched at the World Justice Forum in The Hague, The Netherlands. Sierra Leone, Argentina, The Netherlands and The Elders are the Task Force Co-Chairs.
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.