To mark the World Pneumonia Day, civil society organizations from Africa and Haiti are asking their governments to step-up to eradicate Pneumonia which is responsible for more child mortalities than any other diseases like AIDS, Malaria and Measles combined.
25 Civil Society Organizations from Africa and Haiti continue to push policymakers through the media to take drastic actions to combat the disease (Cotonou, Douala, Kinshasa, Abidjan, Conakry, Accra, Bamako, Nouakchott, Abuja, Freetown, Kampala, Lusaka, Nairobi, Dakar, Monrovia, Port au Prince).
The Ministry of Technical and Higher Education has handed over traveling parcels to eleven students that were awarded scholarships to pursue higher education in Russia. The event is in line with the mandate of the ministry to provide access to Tertiary and Higher Education for Sierra Leoneans.
Addressing the beneficiaries, Deputy Minister of Technical and Higher Education, Turad Senesie wished them success as he bid them farewell, citing that it is the ministry’s responsibility to support Sierra Leoneans that are willing and ready to increase their knowledge.
Tacugama Chimpanzee Sanctuary in collaboration with the Pan African Sanctuary Alliance has organized a four-day strategic development conference at the Golden Tulip Kimbima Hotel.
The conference started on the 2nd -6th November, 2018. The objectives of the PASA conference were to gather information about the twenty-three sanctuaries and get policy makers to strengthen the wildlife protection of chimpanzees and primates in every sanctuary and put in place measures to protect the forests in Sierra Leone.
In an effort to boost education in the country, the Coordinator Hastings Community Learning Centre (HCLC) Mohamed Kamara donated school learning materials worth over five million Leones to school drop-outs. The event took place in the Hastings Community Learning Centre conference hall on behalf of the Director of Non-Formal Education at the Ministry of Basic and Secondary Education, Olive Musa.
The proactive grassroots youth in collaboration with the National Deputy Chairman of Alliance Democratic Party (ADP) Ibrahim Soumah popularly known as Brima Togo complemented the work of President Bio on Saturday 3rd November 2018 by supporting thousands of Sierra Leonean youth to take part in the monthly cleaning exercises in constituency 124.
LAKE Productions Company and the Ministry of Tourism and Cultural Affairs and other partners have announced December 24th (Christmas Eve) as the confirmed date for the holding of the 2018 National Entertainment Awards (NEA) to be held at the prestigious Bintumani Hotel auditorium.
The Human Rights Commission of Sierra Leone (HRCSL) Northern Region office has dissolved an early marriage of a 14 year old class four girl child (name withheld) in Kathekeyan Kaboli, Pa Masangbon Chiefdom in the Bombali District.
In compliance with Section 7 of the Human Rights Commission Act, 2004, the Commission’s investigation found out that the child was contracted in marriage by a forty two (42) year old Ibrahim Conteh resident of Makomp village, Bombali Shebora Chiefdom in Bombali District.
Islamic Online University (IOU) Board, Staff and Students met with the Deputy Minister of Higher & Technical Education, Dr.Turad Senesie at the latter’s New England Ville office in Freetown.
The chairman Board of Directors, of Islamic Online University, Alhaji Murtada Sesay on behalf of the chancellor said IOU has changed the mindset of those who perceive Islam negatively because IOU is using formal, digital and English medium of education to over 457,000 students worldwide and more are emerging because the classroom is unlimited no matter how great their number.
16 years old, Joshua Abdulai Gassama, a JSS II pupil of the Services Secondary School Juba, Freetown, who died after his neck was allegedly broken by a colleague pupil will today 17th October, 2018, be laid to rest at the Regent Road Lumley cemetery after a funeral service at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-days Saints Lumley.
Police at Lumley Police Division are currently investigating the matter and the suspect is in police custody.
The uncontrolled increase in the rate of drug abuse like Dragon Delay Spray, Tramadol and Jah-scotch among young people in Sierra Leone has become a serious cause for concern to many Sierra Leoneans who spoke to this reporter last evening of Monday 15th October, 2018.
In a vox pop conducted by this writer, many Sierra Leoneans expressed concern and fear that if the government through its Ministry of Health and Sanitation fail to urgently intervene and curtail the smuggling of these drugs into the country, the country’s future leaders will gradually fade away.
The Resident Minister East, Andrew Ansu Fatorma has intimated Paramount Chiefs, civil society groups and other stakeholders that health is a basic human right that deserves security.
Speaking during the handing over of five trucks loaded with free health care commodities over the weekend in Kono district, Mr. Andrew Ansu Fatorma said they are handing over the drugs to the people of Kono for it to be owned by them and to ensure they reach the beneficiaries.
The appalling rate at which female genital mutilation (FGM) is escalating in Sierra Leone amongst other West African nations is getting worrisome day-to-day. Surprisingly, many parents send their teenagers to various villages and small towns to spend their holidays which on the contrary is to get them involve in FGM.
Rugiatu Kanu is no exception to such circumstances. The teenager went missing after realizing that she was about to be initiated by 'Soweis' (Secret society heads) from her maternal lineage in October, 2018.
Upon noticing the sly act from the "Soweis", the 19 year old Rugiatu escaped into thin air after she was captured and brought to local chiefs for her to handed over to the secret society heads. Reports reaching this press can authoritatively confirm that both Rugiatu Kanu and her mother who was once heading a secret society bush on diverse dates have escaped. The reason for Rugiatu's mother escaped can be related to the high pressure she received from other "Soweis" to bring Rugiatu for her initiation session.
The said act which occurred in Mabureh mende village, Buya Romende Port Loko District in northern part of the country has been reported to the police as to the disappearance of both Rugiatu Kanu and her mother.
Sadly, Rugiatu Kanu was known to be more passionate about education and her future has been left undecided. Since her disappearance, series of investigations had been mounted by the police as well as other family members rescue the teenage girl. Series of posters of her face had been pasted in various police stations with an inscription of her missing.
Top musicians from seven countries in West Africa, namely, Sierra Leone, Guinea, Ghana, The Gambia, Nigeria, Liberia and Senegal have been officially unveiled for this year’s ECOFEST, a grand musical festival that will be held at the National Stadium on 16th November 2018. The officially launch and unveiling ceremony was held in Freetown on Friday at the Hotel 5-10.
Jimmy Bangura who gave the keynote address, called for unity between musicians and Disc Jockies. He admonished all to support KME to make Sierra Leone music go abroad.
The Government of Sierra Leone and the World Bank have both signed a $22 million project which aims at providing the necessary skills to youth so that they can be gainfully employed.
The signing ceremony which took place on Tuesday 2nd October, 2018 at the conference room in the Ministry of Finance was done by the Minister of Finance, Jacob Jusu Saffa and World Bank Country Manager, Gayle H. Martin.