Siera Leone Tourism Minister takes another robust Tourism promotion and Investment approach to a new niche Canada. The Minister of Tourism and Culture Dr. Memunatu Pratt and her team her presently in Ottawa Canada. One may curious to ask why Canada? Canada is also another key tourist generating regions with a we managed tourism receipt and potentials that should be harnessed with a thorough partnership and cooperative approach.
The Delegation arrived safe and ready to fully engaged those who matters in society to press the right bottons to push the tourism machine for Sierra Leone.
According to the Annual Global Peace Index (GPI – 2019) Report that will be launched in Washington DC this week, Sierra Leone has dropped 18 places; and is among the five countries suffering the worst in terms of deterioration of peace.
“Sierra Leone is part of the global village; the action or activities in one country impacts negatively or positively on the other. Sierra Leone dropped 18 places on the GPI – 2019, and this has far reaching implications.
Addressing representatives from the Mano River region in an opening ceremony of a two day workshop on counter-illegal wildlife trade held at the Bintumani Hotel in Freetown yesterday 18th June, 2019, Mrs. Fatima Maada Bio expressed her delight in witnessing such an event aimed at ending illegal wildlife trade in the sub region.
This is a symbol of His Excellency Julius Maada Bio's commitment under the new direction to eradicate the illegal wildlife trade in Sierra Leone.
Cross section of SLAJ executive receiving the donated items
The acting Minister of Youth Affairs, Hon. Lusine Kallon, whilst donating to the Sierra Leone Association of Journalists (SLAJ) encouraged journalists to stand up for responsible journalism and also do their job with patriotism and sincerity.
The acting Minister yesterday donated two calculators, cartoons of A4 packets, 4 packets of pens, flip charts and paper files as his own support to SLAJ’s triennial general conference slated for Friday 12th July to Saturday 13th July at 9am, on the theme: “Social Media and the Future of Journalism in Sierra Leone.”
Carlton-Hanciles having a chat with the Attorney General of Canada David Lametti
The Legal Aid Board has been honored with presenting its national report at the opening session of the International Legal Aid Conference at the Ottawa Art Gallery in Canada on Monday, 17 June 2019. The Legal Aid Board is among three legal aid schemes and the only scheme from the continent of Africa to present its national report at the three-day event. The other presenters were from Canada and Japan. The Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, David Lametti presented his country’s national report.
Four alleged killers have been relocated at the Male Correctional Centre by Magistrate Hannah Bonnie presiding over the Freetown Magistrate Court No.1 at Pademba road for violating Offences Against the Persons Act of 1861.
The four alleged killers are Santigie Bangura, Alhassan Kamara, David Fortune and Abdul Rahman Dumbuya.
A court matter involving a certain Sayoh Sesay who is presently at large and his co- accused persons has been mentioned before Magistrate Hannah Bonnie presiding over the Freetown Court No.1 at Pademba Road for further hearing.
Fugitive Sayoh Sesay’s co-accused persons ,Alfred Vandi Sesay and Fatmata Sesay are charged with the Offences of Conspiracy to Commit a Crime and Perverting the Cause of Justice, contrary to law.
The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations with the International Labor Organization (ILO), in collaboration with the Government of Sierra Leone with support from the Peace Building Fund (PBF), on Friday 14th June 2019 concluded a 3-days Training of Trainers (ToT) on Gender and Land Rights within the framework of implementing the PBF project on'Creating Peaceful Societies Through Women's Improved Access to Management of Natural Resources, Land Tenure Rights and Economic Empowerment in Sierra Leone.'
Police have confirmed to AYV Newspaper that they prevented opposition leader Alhaji Samuel Sam Sumana and ‘an illegal crowd’ of hundreds of supporters from entering Port Loko on Sunday 16th June 2019 because they failed to seek police clearance to do so.
Sam Sumana is sacked former vice president of Sierra Leone and current Leader of the Coalition for Change (C4C) party. Past Sunday, he set out to visit Port Loko town to watch a football match between Bai Bureh Warriors of Port Loko town and the Freetown-based FC Johansen on a friendly match at the Old Port Loko Mini Stadium when he and his entourage were prevented from entering the township.
An e-Justice tool that uses a Geographic Information System (GIS) developed at The Directorate of Science, Technology, and Innovation (DSTI) digitizes local courts and cases in Sierra Leone. E-Justice is the use of technology to improve transparency and efficiency for wider access to justice.
Developers at DSTI have created an integrated GIS platform that allows citizens and lawmakers to better understand national data on population, education, health, water, financial institutions, communication-related assets, and access to justice.
The Sierra Leone Bottling Company (SLBC) formerly known as ‘Cold Storage’ at George Brook in Freetown, says it has “decided to take steps to transform the facility into a distribution plant to ensure (better) service to our customers.”
A press release issued by SLBC management on Friday 14th June, 2019 stated that: “In reference to the recent news about changes at the Sierra Leone Bottling Company (SLBC), the company confirms that a number of our employees have been made redundant as part of the number of changes taking place at the company.
The Anti-Corruption Commission, ACC, has presented to His Excellency President Dr Julius Maada Bio a second cheque of Le7.5 billion as part of Le16 Billion of cash so far recovered from corrupt officials.
Before his presentation in the presence of journalists and civil society members the ACC boss, Francis Ben Kaifala, told the President that since his assignment to lead the country’s anticorruption agency he had proven to be result-oriented, a vision that captured the sufferings of the people of Sierra Leone in the hands of corrupt public officials. He disclosed that his team had placed tremendous efforts on the cause and now the results were coming in.
His Excellency President Dr. Julius Maada Bio has launched the Ahmad Tejan Kabbah Foundation for Peace and Democracy in honour of the late statesman who served as President of Sierra Leone during the war years and later brought peace.
He said President Kabbah retired gracefully from politics at the end of his term of office, having led the country between 1996 and 2007 with diligence and integrity, noting that his persistence demonstrated great courage and faith.
“Today, we celebrate the life and legacy of a worthy citizen, our former President - a man of great faith and courage who remained passionate about fostering a culture of peace and building enduring institutions; a man whose humility, simplicity, and dedication to service and nation will forever live on,” he told the gathering in Freetown.
The Sierra Leone People’s Party on 15th June, 2019 re-established their patrons’ council, at a meeting held at their Wallace Johnson Street head office in Freetown.
The re-establishment of the patrons’ council is in order to help grassroots and jobless supporters. The patrons’ council would address concerns of supporters whilst raising funds for their supporters across the country.
Regional Director for World Bank, Henry Godfrey Kerali, has called at the presidency to bid farewell to His Excellency Dr. President Julius Maada Bio, marking the end of his mission to the country.
Minister of Finance, Jacob Jusu Saffa, who presented Mr. Kerali, said as protocol demanded the Regional Director had to bid farewell to the President. He said within the one-year period, the Government especially his ministry had had a very good working relationship with Mr. Kerali, adding that they would miss his clever decisions.
The Regional Maritime University (RMU) of Ghana has conferred an honorary Doctorate Degree on His Excellency, President Julius Maada Bio, at the University’s Thirteenth Congregation for the award of degrees and diplomas in Accra, Ghana.
Other dignitaries for this year’s conferment of the degree of Doctor of Letters, Honoris Causa, were His Excellency President John Agyekum Kufuor, former President of Ghana and Capt. Aaron Obeng Turkson, the immediate past Rector of RMU.
As the first international Maritime University in West and Central Africa and 61 years on since its inception as the Ghana Nautical College, the institution attained full University status on 1 October 1982 formally with Sierra Leone, Cameroon, The Gambia, Ghana and Liberia as founding members.
During the launch of the Free Quality Education (FQE) programme almost a year ago, President had stated that:“subjecting children to excessive chores and sending them for trading instead of schooling will not be acceptable”. However, one year on, there are still many children engaged in street trading even during school hours when they should be in aclassroom learning.
At least four murder cases presided over by Hon. Justice John Bosco Allieu of the High Court in Sierra Leone have stalled, due to the non-appearance of some jurors and the prosecution witness or witnesses.
One of the murder cases that have stalled is related to three accused persons, charged with the Offences of Conspiracy and Murder, contrary to law.
In the last few weeks, I have been travelling across West Africa, speaking to more than 100 people ranging from academics, journalists, lawyers, activists, survivors and victims of conflicts and human rights violations, politicians and policy makers. In fact, I am writing this piece from Banjul, The Gambia where I intend to continue my consultation on what kind of support is needed to help countries in transition cope with their transitional challenges. It’s our fourth country in as many weeks. My colleague and I have been consulting in advance of our grant-making support to civil society and community-based organisations in seven West Africa countries (more on that below). In all these countries I have been to so far, my interactions with people has led to two major revelations for me.
President Julius Maada Bio's led Cabinet will soon approve three (3) cash crops policies so as for them to meet not only regional and international standards but to provide the expected income for rural farmers and the country.
Agriculture is said to be the backbone of Sierra Leone's economy. The sector employs at least 70% of the national labour force and contributes about 40% of the gross domestic product. The government recognises the important role of agriculture in the economy and the great potential in the sector to alleviate poverty and promote economic growth.
Minister of Water Resources Dr. Jonathan Bonopha Tengbe, has confirmed to AYV that he has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Chinese engineering firm – China Gezhouba Group Company Limited (CGGC) to construct and manage the Orugu and the Congo Dams and Water Treatment Plants project.
He said the signing is important as it is consistent with the Bio-led government priority to increase access to water supply in the capital Freetown.
First Lady of Sierra Leone Mrs. Fatima Maada Bio payed an unannounced visit to the emergency hospital where she visited her 5 years old friend who was raped, as she fell in love with her brilliance and affectionate personality right from the first visit.
Few months before the ‘Hands Off Our Girls Campaign, the 5 years old girl was brutally raped and doctors diagnosed a damaged spine, which will prevent her from walking.
She is currently in a wheel chair and going through medical procedures at the emergency hospital.
A team of Air Cote D’Voire led by the Deputy Ministers of Finance and Transport and Aviation and Senior Officials from the Ministry of Transport paid a courtesy call on the Chief Minister in his office at State House past weekend.
Introducing the team, the Deputy Minister of Transport and Aviation Mr. Sadiq Silla informed the Hon. Chief Minister that the team arrived yesterday to work with the Ministry to resume air transportation in Sierra Leone and that all meetings held were very fruitful.
A high-level delegation from the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation, UNESCO, led by its Regional Director, Ydo Yao, has met with His Excellency President Julius Maada Bio at State House to pledge their support to Government’s Free Quality Education Programme.
UNESCO is a UN body that seeks to build peace through international cooperation in Education, Science and Culture. It develops educational tools to help people live as global citizens, free of hate and intolerance. The UN body also works so that each child and citizen has access to quality education.
Staff of CRS, TCS & staff of one of the schools in front of the waiting park
The Tacugama Chimpanzee Sanctuary (TCS), in collaboration with the Catholic Relief Services (CRC), on Tuesday 11th June 2019 commissioned and handed over the waiting area at the Logus Academy, SS Camp where there was no place for parents and visitors to wait as well as the furnished one classroom at the Saio Elementary Community School, Regent with 20 tables and 20 benches to seat between 40-60 pupils.
The Ombudsman of the Republic of Sierra Leone, Leon Jenkins-Johnston has paid an unannounced visit to institutions of higher learning in Makeni. The visit is part of the ongoing sensitisation and awareness raising drive which he started upon assumption of office in December.
Section (b) of the short title of the ombudsman’s acts states that one of the functions of the ombudsman is to investigate any action taken or omitted to be taken on behalf of “any statutory corporation or institutions of higher learning setup entirely of partly out of public funds.
Hundreds of blood donor volunteers and aspiring blood donors on Friday 14th June, 2019 gathered at the Miatta Conference Center to commemorate World Blood Donor and to sensitize would-be blood donors on the importance of donating blood in order to save lives.
The Monuments and Relics Commission (MRC), in collaboration with the Ministry of Tourism and Cultural Affairs and other stakeholders, on Thursday 13th June 2019 proclaimed the gravesite of the hero of the 1898 uprising in Sierra Leone, Bai Bureh as a National Monument at a solemn and auspicious ceremony in Kassei Chiefdom in the Port Loko District at which event the Minister of Tourism and Cultural Affairs, Dr. Memunatu Pratt, disclosed in her keynote address that President Julius Maada Bio is determined to make all Sierra Leoneans proud of tourism as one of the growth sectors.
Obedience is better than sacrifice! This truth was aphorized by the storied prophet Samuel in the Bible when he confronted King Saul after the latter had defied God’s explicit instruction. Consequently, God appointed David to replace King Saul. This story like many other narrations in the Bible reveals God’s character about observance of His divine instructions. I have shared previously that many Pentecostal Christians had prophesied that God had anointed His own (a born-again Christian) for the exacting task of delivering judicial justice from the hands of the oppressor and his cohorts in darkness. I certainly did not hear the voice of the Holy Spirit myself in those terms, but I associated with the desire for a new direction revival of the judiciary.
When ordinary people work together, they can change history. That core belief guides the Obama Foundation, and resonates strongly with the justice innovation philosophy that drives us at HiiL.
Of course, we can continue now with a formal text, all well meant and heartfelt. But what we really want to say, Funkola and Sorieba, a very big congrats on your Obama Fellowships!
Your selection – as two justice innovators – by the Obama Foundation fills us with joy, because we know how hard you have worked to get where you are now with your justice innovations. Like the Foundation says: ordinary people working together can change history. Well, you both have already achieved something amazing.