The Big Brother Housemates Salone Reality TV Show is the latest social, entertainment and youth empowerment project designed by the Africa Young Voices (AYV) Media Empire in collaboration with Sierra Leone’s biggest mobile telephone and internet service provider Africell. This project is the latest result of several years of collaboration between Africell and AYV. This TV show comes on the heels of the huge success of the Big Sister Salone 2018.
In Sierra Leone, Solidaridad has received 11 young university graduates for additional training to enhance their skills in sustainable agriculture. This forms part of Solidaridad’s effort to build requisite human capacity to drive inclusive and sustainable supply chains in the country.
The support aligns with the government’s agenda of empowering youths to play a greater role in national development.
Managing Director of KP Information and Security Services (KPISS) has informed this press in an exclusive interview that the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) can be achieved through dissemination of quality information and efficient security services.
KP Information and Security Services (KPISS) is a registered private company that provides quality information and security services to the public on request.
Minister of Finance Jacob Jusu Saffa has informed Members of Parliament that the Sierra Leone People’s Party (SLPP) government will increase the minimum pension wage of retirees from Le20,000 per month to Le250,000 effective January 2019 (an additional Le230,000).
“As part of our efforts to improve the living conditions of our retirees, Government is increasing the minimum pension to Le250, 000 per month which is consistent with the NASSIT Act 2001 (50 percent of the minimum wage) effective January 2019,” the minister told MPs.
Following the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding with the government of Sierra Leone for the extension of the Freetown International Airport and the construction of a 5 star hotel at the airport in Lungi, executives of Ghana-based Heiland Construction Company in partnership with Natur Global Sierra Leone, over the weekend conducted visibility study of the facilities in the airport.
The visibility study is geared towards achieving President Bio’s manifesto promise to expand the facilities at the airport rather than construct a new airport.
Santigie Bangura presiding over the Freetown Magistrate Court No.1 at Siaka Stevens Street, on Friday 9th November 2018, granted five million Leones bail each to thirty four accused persons and ordered that theirbail bonds must first be approved by theDeputy Assistant Master and Registrar.
The thirty four accused persons are charged with the offence of Throwing Missiles, which negates Section (6) of the Public Order Act No.46 of 1965.
Ten alleged Cannabis Sativa producers have made their fifth appearance before Santigie Bangura presiding over the Freetown Magistrate Court No.1 at Siaka Stevens Street, for cultivating large quantity of Cannabis Sativa in the northern part of the country.
They are charged with grave criminal offences ranging from Conspiracy to Committing a Felony to Unlawful Possession of Cannabis Sativa, contrary to section (48) sub Section (1) of the Pharmacy and Drugs Act of 2001.
(L-R) EU Ambassador Tom Vens; Chief Minister David Francis, Development Minister Nabeela Tunis, Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the EC, President Maada Bio, Foreign Minister AlieKabba and Finance Minister Jacob Saffa
President Julius Maada Bio has received a huge boost from the European Commission in Brussels, after the Commission promised to provide 73 million Euros funding to the government of Sierra Leone.
This follows a successful meeting between President Bio and the European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker.
The United States Embassy in Freetown has issued a press statement following days of unrest around the Lumley vicinity in Freetown. The release went further to advice its citizens as to what line of action to take and what not to do in the event the situation deteriorates.
Mr. Ali Hussein Bazzy has said that he is standing to be elected as a member of the Lebanese Executive Committee in order to be a voice for the thousands of Sierra Leonean-Lebanese mulattos in the country. Talking to this newspaper in an exclusive interview, Mr. Bazzy stated that he believes that the Sierra Leonean-Lebanese mulattos must have representation in the Lebanese Committee since they are born by either Lebanese fathers or mothers.
Freetown in recent years has been hit by water shortage. The Ministry of Water Resources says that up to 60% of residents within the capital city Freetown do not have access to clean drinking water. In a bid to salvage this problem, the Ministry of Water Resources and the Chinese Geo Engineering Corporation recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that will pave the way for the construction of the Rokel River Water System. The signing is a way of tackling the perennial water problem urban areas face.
The Minister of Youth Affairs Mohamed Orman Bangura has assured the Secretary General of the Sierra Leone Red Cross Society (SLRCS), Kpawuru Sandy of government support in the areas of SLRCS youth development programmes among others.
In a friendly meeting held between the two leaders on Wednesday 8th November at the SLRCS headquarters in Freetown, the minister acknowledged SLRCS as an auxiliary that continues to live up to its expectation by rendering humanitarian services dating back from the war, and in emergency response interventions with the cholera and Ebola outbreaks and the mudslide.
Hon. Vice President Dr. Mohamed Juldeh Jalloh delivering the keynote speech
The Hon. Vice President Dr. Mohamed Juldeh Jalloh on Monday 5th November, 2018 reiterated government’s commitment to supporting the country’s health sector.
He made the pronouncement during the official opening of the 42nd Annual General and Scientific Meeting of the West African College of Physicians at the Freetown International Conference Centre at the Bintumani Hotel in Aberdeen, Freetown. The theme of the meeting was: “Defining the role of laboratory in the era of emerging and re-emerging diseases in the sub-region.”
The SLPP government of President Julius Maada Bio has awarded the Sierra Leone Government Grant-in-aid scholarship to thousands of students reading Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) subjects and that have been admitted to read Engineering, Agriculture, Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics for the 2018/19 Academic Year.
The Office of the Clerk of Parliament on Wednesday 7th November, 2018 wrote a letter to the Financial Secretary in the Ministry of Finance, requesting information on the salaries of Judges, Magistrates, Permanent Secretaries and other Heads of Government institutions, following last week’s public row over MPs demand for increase in their salary.
Rashid Turay CEO of Infinity and Rush Construction Company Ltd.
In order to salvage the plight of pregnant women in Bonthe Island the government of Sierra Leone through the Ministry of Finance in 2016 invited bids for the supply of a Sea Ambulance that will serve the people of Bonthe Island. Infinity and Rush Construction Company Ltd. eventually won the bid to supply the boat.
Sierra Leone MPs in Rwanda (center is Hon. Sengepoh Solomon Thomas, Deputy Speaker)
A high-level gathering of African legislators in Kigali, Rwanda following two weeks of deliberations on corruption and other topics has ended with Sierra Leone’s leader of the delegation who doubles as Deputy Speaker of the House of Sierra Leone Parliament, thrilling his colleague MPs with his concise, but clear and detailed presentation on what his country (Sierra Leone) is doing with regard fighting corruption among other important issues tabled for discussion.
The historic Ordinary Session of the Fifth Pan-African Parliament (PAP) came to an end on November 3, 2018 after two weeks of brainstorming by law makers from Africa including five MPs from Sierra Leone.