Bus drivers at the Sierra Leone Road Transport Corporation (SLRTC) yesterday, Monday, 31st August, 2015 staged a sit-down strike action. This unfortunate action of bus drivers coincided with the first day of the reopening of schools following a six week break.
The Sierra Leone Broadcasting Corporation has ended a five days training conducted to capacitate broadcast journalists from different media outlets in Sierra Leone.
The training which started on Monday, 26th January, 2015 was held at the corporation’s broadcasting house, New England Ville in Freetown.
Deputy Director of Media and Public Affairs at the SLBC, Samuel Valcacel said the purpose of the training was to ensure that broadcast journalists were capacitated with new and modern broadcasting skills, which he noted most of them lack.
He said the objective of the training was to ensure that broadcast journalists in Sierra Leone where up to international standards of journalism. This, Valcacel said would greatly help the country’s media landscape
Also, Valcarcel went on to state that capacitating media practitioners and the media landscapes is part of the SLBCs mandate, assuring that such trainings would continue in future.
The Deputy Director of Media and Public Affairs hoped that participants had learnt new skills and techniques of broadcast journalism, having completed the training exercise.
He revealed that the training was the beginning of several trainings that would be conducted by the corporation for journalists in the country.
At the end of the training, participants expressed thanks and appreciation to the SLBC for conducting the training and asked that the corporation continues such trainings in future.
IMC Chair Reading the IMC Code Of Conduct to Journalists
The newly appointed Chairman of the Independent Media Commission (IMC), Ambassador Allieu Ibrahim Kanu (Esq) has in a meeting with Station Managers of various Radio Stations stated that he is prepared for any court action taken by the Sierra Leone Association (SLAJ) of Journalist over his appointment as the new IMC Chairman.
Workers of Bolore Africa Logistics have yesterday 14th January 2015 down tools over what they described as poor conditions service. This, according to the striking workers include, among others, delay in payment of salaries, rent allowance, and a host of other issues that are affecting their welfare at the Queen Elizabeth II Quay.
Like a bolt from the blue, Prison Watch Sierra Leone, an organization targeting persons whose liberties have been deprived has discovered anomalies on the part of government and stakeholders in the national fight against the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in the country.
Sierra Leone and the world over are commemorating the international anti-corruption day (IAC Day) – a day set aside by the United Nations General Assembly Resolution 58/7 in October 2003 to raise awareness on the dangers of corruption. The day has become a reminder to political authorities, civil society organizations and business people for a more robust action and positive attitude towards tackling graft.
A mysterious fire, last Friday night consumed parts of the fourth floor, of the six storey building of the Electricity House on Siaka Steven Street, Freetown that houses the Ministry Of Energy and the National power Authority (NPA), living the offices of the Permanent Secretary and the Accountant of the Ministry completely razed by the raging inferno.
The poro society is cracking now on boys and men fleeing initiation in karboro chiefdom, southern Sierra Leone. Initiation has become a well planned event these days as boys and young men are refusing not to get initiated into the society and don’t mind risking their lives to escape it. The body of one James Samuels , 24 was discovered on the beach of yonkey island a small island within shenge in the municipality on the 28th September 2014. According to sources his father Albert Samuels who is a strong member of the poro society in shenge wants him to be initiated into the society and take his position.
Series of concern surrounding the end of female genital mutilation in Sierra Leone and other parts of Africa have been raised amongst political, religious and traditional leaders far and wide as to how such barbaric act should be put to and end immediately.
As tensions continue to mount regarding the the end to such practice, it is yet unclear whether or not the government is ready to curtail or put a halt to such practice as preferred by the international community. In the case of the genital mutilation issue, well wishers of loved ones below consent and those above eighteen years have as well lost their loved ones in such practice.
Members of the Poro Society in Sierra Leone have declared one Abdulai Kamara, Mamamah village, Koya chiefdom Port Loko district wanted, for failing to undergo traditional initiation, which tradition demand.
According to confirmed report, Abdulai, born on 16th March 1975 as the eldest son to his parents, was supposed to succeed his father, Pa Morlai Kamara as one of the Gbanikas-Heads of the Poro Society, upon his death in 2009, refused to succumb to the very harmful initiation processes.