Chief Electoral Commissioner of Sierra Leone National Electoral Commission (NEC), Mohamed N’Fah Ali Conteh, has been appointed by ECOWAS to head a pre-election fact-finding mission to Nigeria ahead of that country’s presidential election slated for 16th February 2019.
His appointment is in line with the ECOWAS Supplementary Protocol on Democracy and Good Governance in the sub-region ahead of every election; the regional body appoints credible electoral commissioners to embark on two weeks mission to collect all texts governing the concerned elections.
A team of Sierra Leonean Diaspora medical professionals from United Kingdom, Switzerland and the United States of America are in Sierra Leone to deliver free medical services in Kailahun District. The medics are in country to take part in the second phase of the Migration and Development in Africa (MIDA) Project.
Speaking on behalf of his colleagues at a meeting held at the Office of Diaspora Affairs (ODA) in Freetown, Dr. Charles Senessi who is an influential Sierra Leonean Diaspora medical professional, said with enthusiasm that they are happy to come back to Sierra Leone to render their services to the country as a way of giving back .
Following his promises to develop his constituency during the election, Hon. Kemokoh Conteh of Constituency 108, Western Area Rural District has commissioned the Bassa Town community field in Waterloo.
The fencing of the playing field according to Hon. Conteh is a project he started during his first tenure as Member of Parliament. He added that the field is the hub of Waterloo where social events within and around the community usually take place.
A team from the Freetown Emergency Recovery Project supported by World Bank has briefed the Minister of Works and Public Assets Raymond De’ Souza George on their various piloted projects to be implemented in Freetown before the next rainy season.
In his brief remarks, the team leader Niels Holm revealed that this project is geared to address issues of roads, bridges and drainages within prone communities and will also establish a Training Coordination team.
Two Sierra Leoneans have invented a 600 watts in-built generator that supplies non-stop electricity; powers all appliance - with the exemption of refrigerators.
The ‘Sierra Power Plant Generator’ does not produce smoke and noise. Its main power source is a button and not a crank, because it does not use fuel. With an internal cooling system - when powered on, it constantly and efficiently supplies Alternating Current (A/C).
The Ghanaian High Commissioner to Sierra Leone, His Excellency Francis Abakah has praised the Legal Aid Board for providing legal assistance to Ghanaians living in Sierra Leone. The High Commissioner singled out the case of Edward Kofi Dogbe which is being appealed by the Board. Mr. Dogbe is serving a four year prison term at the Pedemba Road Correctional center. He was convicted of obtaining money by false pretense in November 2017.
President Bio speaking with Antwerp World Diamond Centre, CEO Ari Epstein
President Julius Maada Bio on Monday 5th November visited the Antwerp World Diamond Centre (AWDC) in Belgium, where he called for diamonds to be cut and polished in Sierra Leone.
Addressing board members and management of AWDC, diamond traders, miners, bankers and the Press, President Bio said that Sierra Leone is a major exporter of diamonds, but more focus should now be placed on value addition to diamonds in Sierra Leone.
‘In reflecting the importance it attaches to infrastructure development, an amount of Le104.9 billion is allocated from the recurrent budget to the Ministry of Energy.’
This is according to Minister of Finance Jacob Jusu Saffa while reading the 2019 Budget in Parliament on Friday 2nd November, 2018. He added that of this amount, subsidies to the energy sector including Karpower Energy and other Independent Power Providers as well as fuel for EGTC thermal generators will amount to Le100 billion.
Ambassador of China to Sierra Leone, HE Wu Peng has stated that his country is supporting the New Direction Government of his colleague President of Sierra Leone, Julius Maada Bio of the Sierra Leone People’s Party (SLPP).
According to HE Wu Peng the “the New Direction’ agenda of President Julius Maada Bio is to prioritize education; deeming it a strong pillar for the nation’s development and the moral regeneration and revival of its people, and so as a good friend of Sierra Leone,
Bollore Transport and Logistics Manager Bertrand Kerguelen, flanked by members of Seaside Community
Bollore Transport and logistics, which controls the Freetown Terminal at the Queen Elizabeth II quay, on Friday, 2nd November, donated more than fifteen million Leones worth of building materials to the Seaside Community for the construction of a mosque.
Speaking during the handing over of the donated items, Chairman of Seaside Community, Lamin Koroma, said when he took up office in 2017 he promised the people that he would bring development to their doorstep, adding that the donation is a testament of what he had promised his people.
The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) says Sierra Leone has passed the ‘Control of Corruption’ Indicator in the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) Scorecard, scoring 71 percent, 22 points upwards, moving from 49 percent last year. This is the country’s highest score in the ‘Control of Corruption’ Indicator since the introduction of the MCC Scorecard in 2004.
Hon Justice John Bosco Allieu adjudicating over the High Court of Sierra Leone has issued specific orders to two police officers who are yet to testify at the murder trial of Hannah Bockarie who was brutally murdered at the Aberdeen Beach in the western part of Freetown three years ago.
Police alleged that two accused persons, Mohamed Lamin Kamara (alias Coke N G) and Paul Con who appeared before Hon. Justice Bosco Allieu on Monday 5th November this year are both charged with the offences of Conspiracy and Murder, contrary to the Offences against the Persons Act of 1861.
Santigie Bangura presiding over the Freetown Magistrate Court No.1 at Siaka Stevens Street, on Tuesday 6th November 2018 committed two cocaine cases to High Court for trial.
Nigerian-born Issac Chukuowonsu, Inspector Donald Kandeh Zizer and Police Sergeant Ibrahim Bangura are facing multiple charges ranging from Conspiracy to Import a Prohibited Drug and Importation of a Prohibited Drug into Sierra Leone without Lawful Authority.
The SLPP led government of President Julius Maada Bio through the Ministry of Water Resources has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with China Geo Engineering Corporation (CGC) for the construction of the River Rokel Water Supply Facilities in the country.
The signing ceremony took place at State House on Thursday 25th October, 2018 and was witnessed by Sierra Leone’s Vice President, Chief Minister and other senior government officials.
During the budget speech delivered by Minister of Finance Jacob Jusu Saffa, he informed the Well of Parliament that while the prospects of the economy are promising, a number of risks can constrain the achievement of the projected macroeconomic objectives.
"I am very much disappointed by the manner and method through which some individuals in society are interpreting the refusal of the UK government to grant Haja Mariama Kamara aka China Nicky visa for the global tourism event.” These were the words of the Minister of Tourism and Cultural Affairs, Dr. Memunatu Pratt.
Her disappointment came after the winner of the Big Sister 2018 reality show in Sierra Leone, Haja Mariama Kamara popularly known as China Nicky and four other persons in the Tourism Ministry's delegation were not granted British visas to attend the World Travel Market in London.
A government delegation from Sierra Leone is now in Cambodia to explore partnership opportunities, particularly in the agriculture sector.
As expressed during a meeting on Monday between the Cambodian Minister of Agriculture Veng Sakhon and his Sierra Leone counterpart Joseph J. Ndanema, Sierra Leone is interested in importing Cambodian rice.
Mr. Ndanema said during the meeting that now is the right time for both nations to engage in comprehensive cooperation.
The Executive Director of the Legal Aid Board, Ms. Fatmata Claire Carlton-Hanciles is calling on parliament to recruit a sign language interpreter for its proceedings so that the Deaf and Dumb would know what their representatives are doing.
Ms. Carlton-Hanciles argued this will improve their participation in politics and most importantly in elections.
“In just four months – July to October 2018, a total of Le135 million was collected in local taxes, compared to Le43 million collected for the whole of 2017.”
Mayor Aki-Sawyer was speaking at the launch of Sierra Leone’s first phone-based tax collection system in Freetown on 26th October 2018. She informed her audience that the new payment system will help the council collect more taxes.