His Excellency President Julius Maada Bio has paid a brief visit to the Guma Jungle Training Ground near Freetown where he received an update on the ongoing joint forces training by The Second Rifles Battalion Company in Britain and the Force Reconnaissance Unit (FRU) of the Republic of Sierra Leone Armed Forces.
After months of industrial action and upheaval at the Sierra Rutile mines in southern Sierra Leone, which started under the government of former President Ernest Bai Koroma, President Julius Maada Bio and senior government ministers have moved one step closer to finding a negotiated settlement to the dispute.
The Freetown City Council (FCC) last Wednesday, 20th November, 2018 started to deliver a baseline survey of the Cleanest Zone Competition across the three hundred and twenty-two (322) zones that make up the Freetown Municipality.
The aim of the survey is to determine the present state of cleanliness across the various communities and produce a baseline with which to measure community cleaning success.
Executive Director of Parene Healthcare, Juliet Laverley has donated mobile wheelchairs worth millions of leones to help support free movements of persons with disability in rural communities of Sierra Leone.
The donation was done during a courtesy call on the Minister of Social Welfare, Gender and Children’s Affairs, Hon. Baindu Dassama at his ministry in Freetown.
A high-level delegation from the United States’ based international humanitarian agency, Catholic Relief Services (CRS) and led by its Vice President of government relations and advocacy, Bill O'Keefe, has met His Excellency President Julius Maada Bio at State House.
Country representative for CRS Sierra Leone, Paul Emes, said the US government had made a huge investment in the country’s education sector.
Hon. Justice Alusine Sesay presiding over the High Court of Sierra Leone on Tuesday 27th November 2018 expressed his discontentment over various accused persons that are charged with grave criminal offences, contrary to the laws of Sierra Leone.
He said the rate at which young people are committing crimes in various parts of the country is not good for the country, and that he would not relent to place a deterrent to curb such criminal behaviors of young Sierra Leoneans whom much is expected of.
As issues on Gender Mainstreaming continue to attract policy makers and development partners, including human rights campaigners, government and interested stakeholders have renewed their pledge to promote the process to ensure a peaceful and cohesive nation. In pursuance of government’s resolve to promote the process which seeks to integrate gender concerns into policies,
Deputy Minister of Finance, Patricia Nyanga Laverley has said, addressing money laundering and other related financial crimes is very critical to the success of the New Direction Agenda.
She was speaking at the 19th GIABA Ministerial Committee in the Gambia on 17th November this year where she said that the government is putting measures in place within the banking sector to track down fraudulent or suspicious transactions, tightening up security at the airport and other border crossing points and hosts of reforms that are on the way in the country.
Sierra Leone’s leading telecommunications company, Africell Lintel Sierra Leone past weekend launched its end of year promotion dubbed Africell Wutehteh Kehkeh Promotion.
The official launch was held at the company’s Freetown headquarters at Wilberforce where the Head of Communications Nancy Joseph said the draw will commence on 3rd December and will run for four weeks through Mondays to Fridays.
His Excellency President Julius Maada Bio has commissioned the start of construction work on a mini-modern hospital at Masongbo village in the Makari Gbanti Chiefdom, near Makeni, and also launched the free ambulance service for Bombali District, northern Sierra Leone.
Work commences on 30 November this year and after completion in August 2019, the centre will have an operating theatre, X-Ray unit, drug store, public health officers’ unit and a staff quarter.
British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt and Angelina Jolie at the PSVI event
The festival, ‘Fighting Stigma through Film’, co-ordinated by Preventing Sexual Violence in Conflict co-founder Angelina Jolie, finished on Friday at the British Film Institute in London.
The festival aimed to harness the power of film to help fight the discrimination and social stigma faced by survivors of warzone rape and other forms of sexual violence in conflict, and to support filmmakers from conflict-affected countries who are part of the fight against impunity and stigma in their own societies and worldwide.
Sierra Leone's Ambassador to the Republic of Senegal, Alhaji Brima Elvis Koroma, has called at State House to bid farewell to His Excellency President Julius Maada Bio.
Ambassador Koroma, who speaks fluent French, said he was excited about the opportunity to serve his nation under the New Direction in the Francophone West African country. He commended President Bio for the confidence reposed in him to represent Sierra Leone in Senegal and its accredited nations, saying that his appointment was a testimony of the trust in his ability to represent the government and people of Sierra Leone abroad
In an effort to promote Community Development and Effective Local Governance System in Port Loko District Council, the European Union has donated two brand new Toyota (Hilux) Vehicles and Seven Yamaha Motor bikes to staff of the council. Speaking at a very short but impressive Commissioning and Handing over Ceremony at the Fore court of the council’s Administrative building in Port Loko, District, the Chairman of the Council, Ibrahim Santigie Bangura said with determination and commitment on the part of management and entire staff of the council, they have been able to make tremendous strides in spite of numerous challenges and pledged to do more.
Alhaji Osman Kamara Station Agent at the Hastings Toll Gate has stated that, he appreciates very much the West Africa Operations and Management Company Limited for giving young Sierra Leonean graduates job opportunities.
He went on to state Sierra Leone has too many unemployed university graduates, but that with the intervention of the West Africa Operations and Management Company Limited, many university graduates are now gainfully employed.
The Executive Director of the Legal Aid Board, Ms. Fatmata Carlton-Hanciles has urged Imams to encourage their followers to treat their wives with respect and pay child maintenance.
‘We have many Muslim fathers who do not take care of their children,’ she said. ‘The Board is overwhelmed by the sheer volume of child maintenance matters it has to mediate on a daily basis. You can help us reduce this number by impressing on your followers to take care of their children. We know the Holy Quran is very clear on this issue.’
Erstwhile producer of Joy Television and current Content Manager and anchor at Yali TV in Ghana, John Appiah on Wednesday 21st November 2018, delivered mentorship and inspirational messages to staffs of Africa Young Voices (AYV) Media Empire on how they can improve on their personal branding.
Addressing the staffs inside the AYV conference room, Appiah urged them to observe and work on improving themselves in five (5) main thematic areas namely: Developing on your Expertise, Attitude, Character, Communication skills, and Appearance. He touched on several other areas in which journalists can position themselves in the media space through developing a solid and strong personal branding.
Following the evidence uncovered by the Government Transition Team Report on how former APC Government facilitated the inappropriate acquisition of state assets and properties by relatives and close friends of former President Ernest BaiKoroma, including evidence of inflated Government Contracts being inappropriately awarded to relatives and friends.
A press release from the Ministry of Defence/Republic of Sierra Leone Armed Forces (MoD/RSLAF) states that for the past four weeks, MoD/RSLAF has followed some inaccurate and misleading stories making rounds in a particular media outlet about the detention of Captain Patrick Kamara, Warrant Officer Class 1 Samuel Conteh and Warrant Officer Class 2 Abu Bakarr Jalloh.
According to the press release, the MoD/RSLAF would like the public to know that the continued detention of these military personnel has been necessitated pursuant to Section 77 (2) of the RSLAF Act of 1961 (as amended).
ACC Commissioner Francis Ben Kaifala Esq. and Deputy Commissioner Shollay Davies at the conference
The ninth session of the Conference of States Parties has just ended in Vienna, Austria with an overview of the United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC) review process, in order to identify challenges and good practices and to consider technical assistance requirements that would ensure effective implementation of the Convention. Sierra Leone was represented by the ACC Commissioner, Francis Ben Kaifala Esq., and his Deputy, Shollay Davies.