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.
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.
The Public Relation Officer of the Government Rokel Old Pupils Association (ROPA) Joseph Dumbuya has lamented that the school is faced with numerous challenges ranging from lack of water facilities, inadequate classrooms, unequipped library and lack of electricity among other constraints.
He made this statement when updating AYV about the activities of their 50th Anniversary celebration on Wednesday 3rd October, 2018.
Solidaridad an international civil society organization which for the past three years has been working towards improving agriculture in the country has held its maiden media engagement workshop for both print and electronic journalists.
The workshop was to share with journalists the work of the institution in the country over the past years.
Patrick Sandi, Director of Communication and Outreach at the ACC
The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) of Sierra Leone has informed the press that it is widening the scope of its probe into what it described as the largest suspected examination malpractice in the country in recent years.
The Church of the First Born Youth Fellowship Ministry situated at off-Fergusson Street in Freetown, has donated school learning materials worth over three million Leones (Le3M) to the Dr. S.M Broderick Municipal School. The donation was done in the school compound also situated at off-Fergusson Street.
Making the donation on Tuesday 2nd October, 2018 of behalf of the Youth Ministry, Pastor Abraham Samuel Koroma told his audience that members of the Youth Ministry decided to complement the government’s agenda in providing free, quality, affordable and sustainable education in the country.
Sierra Leone’s Deputy Minister of Youth Affairs, Lusine Kallon has told thousands of Sierra Leoneans at the Sierra Leone Police Academy in Hastings that the government is providing two hundred (200) jobs for university graduates to be deployed across the country for National Youth Service (NYS).
He said: “We are here today to swear in 200 young graduates and officially declare the orientation camp open. Out of the 200 young university graduates, 75 are female and 125 are male.”
Set in the cosmopolitan city of Paris, France, the Youth Global Forum is composed not only to equip young business people with the necessary tools to thrive in the realms of impact investment, but also to foster leadership, human values and a strong sense of social responsibility. Through a harmonious combination of educational programs and cultural exchange activities, participants will leave the event feeling empowered and inspired to generate positive change within their communities. A series of informative keynotes, master classes, case studies and highly-interactive workshops conducted by esteemed experts will help attendees not only from around but Sierra Leone in specific to gain insight into the complex world of impact investing and learn about the opportunities which could allow them to realize their maximum potential.
The Legal Aid Board secured discharge for a blind man, Osman Bangura in the September 2018 criminal sessions of the High Court presided over by the Honorable Abdulai Charm, Chief Justice of the Republic of Sierra Leone.
Legal Aid Board Lawyer, Nicky Spencer Coker applied for discharge of the accused for want of prosecution because the Prosecution did not offer evidence in the matter.
Some 90 percent of prison inmates nationwide comprises of young people, the head of Sierra Leone’s prisons has disclosed, warning that crime among this category of the population is on the rise and needs attention.
Mr. Sanpha Billo Kamara, Director General of the Sierra Leone Correctional Services, was speaking to journalists on Monday. He stated that as of last week, August 22, there were a total of 4, 445 inmates locked up in about 16 prison facilities across the country.
Weeks after losing the March 2018 elections, former President Koroma announced the formation of a Committee of Nine responsible for conducting a review of the party’s performance at the elections, and report on how best to restructure and reform the party.
A little over four months on, there are accusations by party members and supporters that the Committee of Nine has failed to achieve its brief, as former President Koroma continues to maintain a tight grip on the party.
One Rashid Momoh has been remanded in custody by Santigie Bangura adjudicating the Freetown Magistrate Court No.1 at Siaka Stevens Street for allegedly impersonating the Minister of Youth Affairs, Mohamed Orman Bangura.
The accused person is charged with the offences of Conspiracy to Defraud, contrary to law and Forgery, which negates Section (2) sub Section (1a) of the Forgery Act of 1913 of the laws of Sierra Leone.
Minister Kallon partaking in the disposal of waste
In line with President Julius Maada Bio's clarion call to have a healthy environment, the Deputy Minister of Youth Affairs-Lusine Kallon has over the weekend joined his colleague Ministers to clean the Kono Government hospital and other parts of the township.
Head of the Emergency and Resuscitation Unit, Madam Umu Hawa Jalloh described the Deputy Minister of Youth Affairs as "a servant of the people."
"This is a novelty in Kono's history to have a sitting Mayor flanked by two Deputy Ministers and Senior Government functionaries from Freetown to participate in the national cleaning exercise," Nurse Jalloh said. She averred that the beauty about President Bio's New Direction is a collective effort that is backed by action.
According to recent report on the SLPP Government’s achievements within one hundred days in office, one of is that the National Youth Scheme is at present recruiting the first set of Youth Corps.
The report states that this project targets young graduates from tertiary institutions to participate in a year voluntary service to the state. The Ministry in order to achieve this has toured the entire country, holding meetings with stakeholders including paramount chiefs, students, Civil Society Organizations, among others.