AYV Media Empire is thrilled to announce that SES now hosts one of our television channels (33 -News). The platform gives AYV a reach ofover 180 million viewers across the world. Our fulltime hosting on SES, is in fulfilment of the CEO’s desire to project Sierra Leonean channels to every corner of the world, irrespective of the barriers.
Sierra Leone's distinguished statesman, former President Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma, has hosted Dr. Frank-Jurgen Richter, Chairman of Horasis. Frank-Jurgen Richter, formerly director of the World Economic Forum, is visiting in preparation for the 2020 Horasis Global Meeting.
In 2015, EDSA embarked on the pilot phase of installing AMI (Automated Metering Infrastructure) system better known as Smart Meters in the Western Area. The pilot phase was a success story! The AMI system was introduced for efficient and effective revenue collection purposes for EDSA.
The portraits on display below are Venus Figurines from the Kangari Hills area in Sierra Leone. They are dated back 45,000 years as confirmed by Radio Carbon dating from the American Laboratory AMS in Seattle. Venuses are the oldest bone artifact in Africa.
All three artifacts are from different caves but from similar materials: Water Buffalo Bones.
They are older than, for example, Venus from Czech Republic (29,000 years old) or from Hohle Fels Germany – which is (35,000 years old).
After more than 70 years they will be on display for a limited time back in national Museum in Sierra Leone.
Venuses were supplied from one Europische Collector and Paleolitic (Stone Age) Arts investor.
Main sponsor to the exhibition is Historian and Solicitor Mr. Vandie Nabie.
In an attempt to derail President Bio's anti-graft reform agenda, there have recently been several attacks on President Bio's Chief Minister, the Honorable Professor David Francis, and all attempts against him have been proven to be unfounded.
The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) boss, Francis Ben Kaifala Esq. has spoken his mind on recent developments, issues, investigations and challenges the institution is involved with.
Delivering his regular quarterly update to journalists and a cross-section of civil society activists at the ACC conference hall, Gloucester Street in Freetown, Commissioner Kaifala stated that two matters that were brought to the ACC sometime ago (the matters involving the Ambassador to Ghana in the former APC regime and that of the Chief Minister in the current government) were highly politically-charged matters. He informed journalists, however, that the Commission took its time to thoroughly investigate and come out with the respective conclusions it did, adding that, “the ACC will not be caught up in the middle of any political game.”
Minister of Works and Public Assets has threatened non-performing contractors termination of road construction contracts awarded them by the Government of Sierra Leone if they fail to live to expectations. The contracts awarded are for the total rehabilitation of 142 km feeder roads in hard-to-reach agricultural communities across the country. The feeder road works project is a sub-project implemented through SCADeP (Smallholder Commercialisation and Agribusiness Development Projects). This current component is implemented in six districts; Moyamba and Bontthe in the South, Kailahun and Kono in the East and Tonkolili and Port Loko in the North and Northwest respectively.
December 9 is celebrated annually as UN International Anti-Corruption Day. This year, Sierra Leone's Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) will hold a public symposium on corruption and sustainable development and an interfaith prayer session to reflect on the role and impact of faith and religion in the fight against corruption.
Charges d’Affaires of Chinese Embassy Counselor Wang Xinmin has told Awoko that the Chinese Embassy in collaboration with China Railway Seventh Group (CRSG) will construct the Wilberforce Loop road beginning from the junction of Wilberforce.
The Northern Region Women’s Network (NRWN) offered prayers of thanksgiving at the Masjid Hamdallah at Naimbana Street on Friday 29th November 2019 as part of the first anniversary celebrations. The Network, which comprises fifty professional women drawn from various fields in society, also held their annual general meeting on Saturday 30th November 2019 where they discussed the successes, challenges and the way forward of the network, especially their strategic plan for the coming years.
Deputy Leader of the opposition All People's Congress (APC) Member of Parliament, Hon. Ibrahim Ben Kargbo has requested the Speaker of Parliament to do something about MPs who have made it a habit to come late to parliament sittings late.
It could be recalled that since the commencement of the Second Session of the Fifth Parliament, the Speaker has been constantly cautioning MPs to be in attendance and on time whenever the House is meeting. However, it would seem that law makers haven't heeded to his advice.
In response to Hon. IB Kargbo’s request, the Speaker has threatened to sanction MPs who make it a habit to come late to parliament sittings.
In a snap interview with Hon. Alhaji Ibrahim Ben Kargbo, he stated that the business of the House of Parliament is a serious affair and that it is incumbent on all MPs to act accordingly. He added that late-coming can seriously affect parliamentary deliberations. He used the opportunity to urge his colleague MPs that make it a habit to come late to parliament to change this trend.
November 25th Marks the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, a day designated by the United Nations to highlight the issue of violence against women and girls especially rape, domestic violence and other forms of violence against women and girls and to call for more action to combat it.
Sierra Leonean women have suffered so much from such violence especially rape and domestic violence in the hands of their male counterparts especially during the country's 11 year civil war, it took a different crescendo at the beginning of this year when the president, His Excellency Julius Maada Bio was forced to declare a state of emergency on rape and domestic violence against women sometimes in February.
First Lady of Sierra Leone, Fatima Bio has launched her flagship programme ‘Hands off Our Girls’ in Port Loko city, northern Sierra Leone. The launch coincides with the ongoing 16 days of Activism against sexual and gender-based violence. She informed a mammoth crowd that her campaign is a reflection of her husband, President Bio’s stance against in fighting violence against women and girls in all its forms.
The new executive of the Sierra Leone Association of Journalists, SLAJ, has met His Excellency President Dr Julius Maada Bio for the first time to commend government’s efforts at repealing Part V of the 1965 Public Order Act that criminalises libel.
A Contract has been signed between the Ministry of Youth Affairs and the Directorate of Science, Technology and Innovation for the creation of an electronic platform that would be known as Youth Democratic E-Platform.
The initiative comes at a time when efforts are being made by the government and its development partners to conduct a review of the National Youth Policy.
The signing which took place yesterday at the Youth Ministry conference room in Freetown attracted representatives from various youth groups across the country, government officials and members of the general public.
The Contract is for the Directorate of Science, Technology and Innovation to devise an electronic platform accessible via mobile application (app) by logging on to the Ministry of Youth Affairs website.
The government of Sierra Leone through the Ministry of Finance has signed a $28.5million financing agreement with the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD). The agreement is to help improve rice, cocoa and palm oil production under the Agriculture Value Chain Development Project (AVDP).
The High Court of Sierra Leone presided over by Hon. Justice Augustine Musa has finally drawn downthe curtains on a legal battle against Madam Aminata Turay and Mrs. Addie Valcarcel who wanted totake over the funeral arrangement and burial of the Late Dr. Ernest Surrur, instead of his lawful widow, Haja Kalaytu Bun Surrur.
Deputy Minister of Internal Affairs , Lahai Lawrence Leema
Deputy Minister of Internal Affairs, Lahai Lawrence Leema has stated that a threat to the healthy growth of the girl child is a threat to national security, adding that, a threat to the empowerment of the girl child is also a threat to national security and the well-being of the state.
By Augustine Sorie-Sengbe Marrah (Activist and Rule of Law Campaigner)
The law court building is ghosted and the machinery of justice grounded just because few international jurists are in town to train our own judges and their counterparts in the subregion on the implementation of international human right norms.
The President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Africa Young Voices (AYV) Media Empire, Ambassador Anthony Navo Jnr, has consented to serve as Keynote Speaker at this year’s Kono District Awards of Excellence Achievements Event (KDEA 2019).
The 2nd KDAE scheduled to be held at the prestigious Diamond Lodge Hotel in the Nemikoro chiefdom, Kono district on December 18, 2019, is held to celebrate the life of the late Alhaji M. B. C. Foday and it is proudly sponsored by the Ministry of Tourism and other partners.
The KDEA is set to be a conceptualized annual event in celebrating the lives of Kono indigenes for their tireless efforts in harnessing our human and cultural assets to chart the way for sustainable development.
It empowers the youth to contribute to nation building and advocate for their rights to opportunities to fulfill their potentials.
It also creates a progressive and sustainable economic, political, social achievement that promotes better lives of individuals, communities and chiefdoms development.
Last month, the Electricity Distribution Supply Authority (EDSA) announced an increase in electricity tariff. However, two community based organizations - Accountability Now - Sierra Leone and YEDA-Sierra Leone have issued a press release over the increment on tariff. The reasons for the increase were however received with mixed feelings by consumers.
First Lady of Sierra Leone, Mrs. Fatima Bio was in Kambia yesterday to popularize her flagship Hands Off Our Girls campaign to residents and authorities in that part of the country.
She would then head for Port Loko to convey the same message to residents in this part of the country before returning to Freetown.
Following the official launch of the ‘Hands off Our Girls’ programme some months ago at the Bintumani Hotel in Freetown, the energetic and charismatic First lady has taken the programme to virtually every corner of the country, apart from taking the programme to New York and other Western countries and involving her counterpart West African First Ladies to support the initiative.
The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC), in January 2019, received a report alleging that Ambassador Osman Foday Yansaneh, Sierra Leone’s former High Commissioner to Ghana, who was also serving as Ambassador to Burkina Faso, and Togo, between 19th November, 2007, and 11th August, 2015, deliberately abandoned his duty station, whilst he was still designated as Ambassador and High Commissioner, and was mostly in Sierra Leone, but continued receiving salary and other emoluments.
Following this report, the ACC initiated investigations into allegations of Abuse of Office, and Misappropriation of Public Funds, both contrary to Sections 42 and 36(1) of the Anti-Corruption Act, 2008, respectively.
Accordingly, various officials from the Accountant-General’s Office; the Finance Ministry; Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation; Sierra Leone’s High Commission in Ghana; and Ambassador Yansaneh himself, were interviewed.
The investigations, among other things, revealed the following:
That Ambassador Yansaneh was appointed High Commissioner to the Republic of Ghana on the 19th November 2007 and recalled on 11th August 2015;
That he was appointed Secretary General of the All People’s Congress (APC) in August 2013 while still in his post as ambassador;
Ambassador Yansaneh insists that his absence from post was at the behest of the Former President who wanted him to be in Sierra Leone for various reasons;
That he finally returned to Sierra Leone in January 2016 following the repatriation;
That during his tenure as Ambassador to Ghana, Ambassador Yansaneh was absent from his duty post for a total of 708 (seven hundred and eight days);
That during this period he was receiving full salaries, and the Head of Chancery, Mrs. Remoe-Doherty, was receiving full acting allowance for serving as Charge d’Affaire of the Embassy when Ambassador Yansaneh was away;
That the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation did not have any policy guidelines on the conduct of officers on foreign missions with regards absenteeism; and
That Ambassador Yansaneh received salary for the month of January 2016, after his end of mission in January 2016, as evidenced by the LCP, dated 31st January 2016, and did not receive any other salary after this period.
The investigations further exposed risky practices in the management of Public Funds; an absence of a systematic and appropriate monitoring of attendance; and the lack of functional standards in Sierra Leone’s foreign embassies and high commissions.
Consequently, we believe many foreign state employees have been taking advantage of the lack of policy guidelines militating against bad practices, including, but not limited to, staying away from their post for onerous periods, and continue receiving salaries; while other staff normal salaries receive hefty acting allowances in their places, leading government to serious unnecessary financial loss.
While the Commission finds this state of affairs a cause for concern and needs policy intervention, after due consideration of the statements obtained from various players, analysis of the legal and regulatory framework for foreign service, and the circumstances involved, the Commission has concluded that though the actions of Ambassador Yansaneh were clearly preposterous and a bad example for public service, the necessary evidential threshold required to proceed with prosecution has not been attained.
Therefore, in accordance with Section 7(f), (g), and, (h); and Section 8 of the Anti-Corruption Act, 2008, the ACC Prevention Department shall engage the Ministry and relevant stakeholders to discuss and plan for a system review with a view to not only avoiding such anomalies, but to also give clear guidelines and directives to deal with the aforesaid operational weaknesses in Sierra Leone’s Foreign Service.
The Commission wishes to reassure the public of its unshaken resolve to fight corruption at all levels.
His Excellency President Dr Julius Maada Bio has told the Judicial Training Workshop and Dialogue for Anglophone West Africa that bad political governance and corruption restrict civic space and destroy democratic polity.
The gathering of distinguished lawyers from Sierra Leone, Nigeria, Ghana and the Gambia, which opened today, hopes to look at the effective implementation of global, regional and sub-regional human rights norms in Anglophone West Africa. The forum was jointly organised by the Judicial and Legal Training Institute and the International Commission of Jurists.
The Minister of State in the Office of the Vice President, Mrs. Francess Alhgalie on Tuesday 3rd December 2019 officially launched the World Food Program (WFP), United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and the Government of Sierra Leone pilot project to mitigate localized resource-based conflicts and increase community resilience in Pujehun and Moyamba Districts.
Ministry of Health and Sanitation in collaboration with Statistics Sierra Leone has launched the 2019 Demographic and Health Survey Key Indicators Report, which shows that infant mortality rate, is fast decreasing in Sierra Leone.
Executive Director of the World Bank Group for Africa – Group 1 Constituency, Anne Kabagambe, has informed President Julius Maada Bio that his government’s vision of constructing a bridge across Lungi to mainland Freetown will be one of his greatest achievements for Sierra Leone, according to a State House report.
A press release from State House dated 26th November, 2019 reads, “His Excellency the President has returned the Finance Bill, 2020, through a Memorandum to the Clerk of Parliament, pursuant to Part V, Section 106(7). In the Memorandum, the Secretary to the President stated the reason for the refusal of the signature of the President. “His Excellency the President has perused the document and has expressed grave concern over the open-endedness of the non-accountable imprest” as provided for in the said Act. He is of the view that this is prone to improper use of public funds”. The long and short of it all is that, the President has refused to sign the Finance Bill, 2020. It has been sent back to Parliament for the necessary to be done. Period! I will return to this issue later!
I would have been a dead man by now because of two heartless Sierra Leonean truck drivers who were driving the Chinese trucks when they had almost finished constructing the Jui-Regent Road. But I thank God, they could not kill me for their habitual bad heart driving.
Bad heart driving by drivers in Sierra Leone has killed many people. Most or all gruesome road accidents that occur daily along all the tarred roads in Sierra Leone are caused by drivers whom I believe have no love for their fellow drivers, pedestrians, okada/keke riders and their passengers.
It was 24 April 2014. I left Bo City at dawn to travel to Freetown same day in order to come and deposit a filled-DAAD Scholarship Form at German Embassy. While in the car, I was worried that I will arrive after the Embassy had closed for the day. But I was fortunate to arrive at Jui before 11 A.M.