“The increase of Le400 billion will cater for the recruitment of 5000 teachers, 3000 health sector workers and 1000 police officers in 2019. Of the total wage bill, Le154.7 billion is allocated for pensions, gratuities and other allowances.”
This was contained in the speech delivered in parliament by the Minister of Finance Jacob Jusu Saffa on the Bill entitled "The Appropriation Act 2019" being an Act to authorize expenditure from the Consolidated Revenue Fund for the services of Sierra Leone for 2019.
Society for Democratic Initiatives (SDI) in collaboration with civil societies has organized a one-day consultative meeting with heads of NGOs on the threat to civic space and the new draft NGO Policy.
The consultative meeting was geared towards the new NGO campaign CSO have embarking for the past nine years as it could be recalled that the government of Sierra Leone introduced a policy in 2009 to regulate NGO.
His Excellency President Julius Maada Bio of Sierra Leone and President Jean-Claude Juncker of the European Commission (EC) are both set to meet as part of President Bio’s weeklong official trip to Senegal, Malawi, Brussels and other parts of the world respectively.
Minister of Tourism and Cultural Affairs, Mrs. Memunatu Pratt, has appealed to Sierra Leoneans at home and abroad to stop posting negative images about Sierra Leone on social media, as this is not helping the growth of the Tourism industry as well as other sectors of the country and its economy.
She added that such negative and unpatriotic practice seriously undermines the moves and plans of the Ministry of Tourism and Cultural Affairs to rebrand the country and attract tourists and more foreign investments in the tourism sector and generally in the country.
The Chairman of the Western Area Rural District Council (WARDC) Kasho Holland-Cole has instructed that henceforth, children below 18 years would not be allowed on the beach after 7 pm.
He was speaking at a meeting with social clubs and community headmen within the ward. The meeting was to discuss the Local Government Act 2004 which gives the council the sole responsibility to establish a Social Service Department that will look at how people engage in social activities and how the council can monitor and regulate such activities.
Support for artisanal mining sector, increase in geological knowledge and strengthening governance of the mineral sector are underway now.
Thanks largely to the government of Sierra Leone that is collaborating with the World Bank that recently launched the second phase of the Extractive Industries Technical Assistance Project (EITAP 2) in the country. Reports say, the objective of the $20 million project is to continue to build on the improvements to mineral sector governance vis-à-vis strengthening the legal and regulatory frameworks and supporting the implementation of the recently updated Minerals Policy and Artisanal Mining Policy.
The Network pole constructed near Masumbirie village
Da yu Mining has invested over one hundred and fifty thousand United States Dollars ($150,000) to construct the road leading to the hilltop where Africell constructed its network tower to provide coverage for villages in Simiria and Kafe chiefdoms in Tonkolil District, northern Sierra Leone.
This revelation was made to journalists by the company’s Community and Human Resource Consultant, Mohamed Sultan Daffae.
“Its past six months and I believe as a president, he (President Julius Maada Bio) means well and will do well. But I should also mention in the context of him achieving what he wishes that what I personally don’t like is the rise of identity politics and extremism. By this, I mean preferential treatment given to one group. And this has been demonstrated in his statements, his utterances, and even in public appointments; and the way people are sent out of public offices… and in so many other ways.”
Twenty year-old Abdul Turay has been committed to stand trial in the High Court ofSierra Leone by Santigie Bangura presiding over the Freetown Magistrate Court No.1 at Siaka Stevens Street for committing grave criminal offences, contrary to law.
The accused person is facing seven count charges ranging from Robbery, Wounding, Possession of Small Arms without License and Robbery with Aggravation, which contravene Section (23) sub Section (1a) of the Larceny Act of 1916, as repealed and replaced by Section (2) Act No.16 of 1971.
Some months ago, the Freetown City Council (FCC) prohibited street trading along 17 streets in the Central Business District (CBD).
Amongst the prohibited streets include Liverpool, Bathurst, Wellington, and Siaka Stevens streets.
However, according to some traders along Sani Abacha and ECOWAS streets this ban has made life difficult for them and even more difficult because according to them, FCC Metropolitan Police daily harass them anywhere they are doing their small businesses.
A life changing and crusade scheduled to take place on 12th November at the National Stadium main bowl in which Pastor E.A. Adeboye, General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church from Nigeria will be ministering is expected to be fireworks and full of signs and wonders. This is according to the organizers of the event who also say the night will be a time of divine intervention in the lives of Sierra Leoneans.
Past Sunday 28th October, 2018, His Excellency President Julius Maada Bio continued his thank-you tour to Bo city where he paid an inspection visit to the 16-Megawatt thermal plant that will provide electricity within the city and its environs.
The extra power supply will add to the current expansion of the 33kV Bo-Kenema Distribution Network, being supported by the ministry of finance, African Development Bank and British Department for International Development.
One of Sierra Leonean’s leading journalists and artistes, Ahmed Sahid Nasralla popularly known as ‘De Monk’ has declared his intention to run for the Presidency of the Lebanese Committee in Sierra Leone in the Committee’s forthcoming elections.
Born in Fadugu, Koinadugu district, De Monk is the son of the late popular Transport Merchant Pa Hassan Alie Nasralla who resettled in Sierra Leone from Lebanon in the early 70's.
Former President of Sierra Leone Ernest Bai Koroma, has finally broken silence since his party lost the presidential and general elections held in March this year.
According to APC stalwart Chernor Ojuku Sesay, the former president on Friday 26th October 2018, while responding to a report by a 9-man Committee he had appointed in May this year to investigate the reasons for the party’s defeat at the polls, apologized to the members and appealed for unity to prevail.
The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has recovered a total sum of Five Billion, Four Hundred and Sixty-Five Million, Nine Hundred and Eleven Thousand, Three Hundred and Seventy-Four Leones (Le5,465,911,374) within the last five months.
“Nothing will stop the Commissions of Inquiry from coming into effect. This is not malice or witch-hunt, but a way of eradicating corruption in its entirety from our country. We will ensure that all stolen monies are brought back to our country and are utilized on national development programmes,” he assured.
These were the words of His Excellency President Julius Maada Bio while commissioning 167 ambulances in Kenema, eastern Sierra Leone, to provide emergency ambulance services across the country. This is his first official visit, commencing a nationwide thank-you tour over the weekend.
Reliable sources in the Intelligence Unit of the Sierra Leone Road Safety Authority (SLRSA) informed journalists that Sierra Leone Police in collaboration with SLRSA operatives mounted a successful operation and arrested two persons suspected to be producing and issuing fake driver’s license to innocent persons and unqualified drivers.