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NOTICES & DOCUMENTS
Honourable Dr. Sylvia Olayinka Blyden, Officer Of The Order Of The Rokel And Cabinet Minister, Answers Enquiries From Pastor Mohamed Sesay, Editor Of The Comment Newspaper And Releases Four Government Documents To Him Under The Right To Access Information Act No. 2 Of 2013 - Being An Act To Provide For The Disclosure Of Information Held By Public Authorities In The Republic Of Sierra Leone.
I have received your request for information directed to me under the Right to Access Information Act. First of all, I want you to know that this APC-led Government is very transparent and we do not hesitate to release documents to citizens.
Aug 29, 2016, 12:10

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News : Minority Leader Speaks of her Last Term in Parliament
On the 24th August 2016, Minority Leader of the House of Parliament Hon. Dr. Bernadette Lahai has confirmed that she is no longer going to contest for a seat in the next Parliamentary elections that are proposed to take place in Sierra Leone in 2018.
Aug 29, 2016, 12:08

NEWS : Politics
SLPP and APC React Heavily on Corrupt Civil Service
The main opposition Sierra Leone Peoples Party (SLPP) and the ruling All Peoples Congress (APC) political parties have been reacting to the recent arrest of a top civil servant Mr. Bockarie Foh, permanent secretary at Ministry of Social Welfare who was caught attempting to steal $3,000 meant for religious Muslim Hajj affairs. For the SLPP, the entire government was corrupt whilst for the APC, they consider themselves as having strengthened the fight against corruption.
Aug 29, 2016, 12:06

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News : SSL Briefs on December 2015 Population and Housing Census
A cross section of journalists from the print and electronic media were on Friday 26th August 2016 updated by Statistics Sierra Leone (SSL) on the December 2015 Population and Housing Census.
Aug 29, 2016, 12:04

NEWS
VP Foh in Kenya for TICAD Summit
Sierra Leone's Vice President, Dr. Victor Bockarie Foh on Friday 26th August, arrived in Nairobi, Kenya's capital, representing His Excellency, President Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma at the Sixth Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD), presently taking place at the Kenyatta International Conference Centre in Nairobi, Kenya.
Aug 29, 2016, 12:02

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News : China Dashes Scholarship to Deserving SL Female Students
At a programme organized by the Chinese Embassy and the Sini- Sierra Leone Alumni Association, on Wednesday 24th August 2016, the People’s Republic of China awarded scholarship to 14 deserving female students. The awarding ceremony took place at the Bintumani Hotel, Aberdeen, in Freetown.
Aug 29, 2016, 12:00

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News : Social Welfare PS Caught like a Rat in $3,000 Bank Scam
The Anti Corruption Commision has Thursday 25th August 2016, confirmed to Awareness Times newspaper that the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Social Welfare, Gender and Children’s Affairs Mr. Momo Bockarie Foh was arrested and interrogated by their investigators.
Aug 26, 2016, 17:16

NOTICES & DOCUMENTS
Hon. Dr. Sylvia Blyden addresses Forum Against Harmful Practices (FAHP)
August 25th 2016: I have read media reports of a press conference held on August 24th by the Forum Against Harmful Practices (FAHP) in which I am accused of refusing to give the green light to implement a so-called "National Strategy" against female circumcision which is also dubbed as FGM. Notable is that female circumcision is practised by Bondo Women who make up the vast majority of our female populace in Sierra Leone.
Aug 26, 2016, 17:14

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News : Education Ministry Gets New Website
Minister of Education, Science and Technology on Thursday 25th August 2016, officially launched the Education Website (www.education.gov.sl), which seeks to provide quality information on the operations of the education sector in Sierra Leone.
Aug 26, 2016, 17:12

NEWS : Local News
Securiport: Advancing Civil Aviation Security Technology in Sierra Leone
In the year 2012, the Government of Sierra Leone contracted the United States’ company Securiport to modernize its civil aviation security systems. The systems deployed by Securiport to protect the security of civil aviation in Sierra Leone perform the recognition and risk evaluation of passengers on three levels:
Aug 26, 2016, 17:10

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News : We will work diligently with the EITI - President assures
President Dr Ernest Bai Koroma has registered firm commitment that his administration will work diligently with the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) process. He made this commitment when receiving the EITI Chair, Fredrick Reinfeldt and Head of the EITI Secretariat, Jonas Moberg at State House on Thursday August 25, 2016.
Aug 26, 2016, 17:08

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News : Chief of Staff Receives EITI Chair
The State House Chief of Staff, Mr Saidu Conton Sesay who also doubles as champion of the Sierra Leone Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (SLEITI) on Wednesday August 24, 2016, received the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) Chair, Fredrick Reinfeldt and Head of Secretariat, Jonas Moberg at State House in Freetown.
Aug 26, 2016, 17:06

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News : “We Should Not Trivialize Issues of Corruption”-Acc Commissioner
The Commissioner of the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) Ady Macauley on Wednesday 24th August 2016 told civil society members and public officials that the issues of corruption should not be trivialized. He made this statement in a symposium on the topic: Prosecuting anti-corruption cases and increasing citizens interest to track corruption offences, organized by the Campaign for Good Governance (CGG) at the Civil Service Training college Tower Hill Freetown.
Aug 26, 2016, 17:04

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News : STRIVE! - A great success - Madam Zuliatu Cooper
Thursday 25th August 2016: The Deputy Minister of Health and Sanitation II, Madam Zuliatu Cooper has disclosed that the Sierra Leone Trial to Introduce a Vaccine against Ebola (STRIVE) has been a great success.
Aug 26, 2016, 17:02

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News : Boat Accident- 2 Dead 8 Survived
On Wednesday 24th August 20016, two passenger on board a boat died at about 7: 30 in the morning, when the boat capsized while it was heading from the Targrin, Lungi terminal to Kissy, Freetown terminal.
Aug 26, 2016, 17:00

COMMENTS & OPINIONS
Hon. Dr. Sylvia Olayinka Blyden Writes to her Officers at the Ministry of Social Welfare, Gender & Children's Affairs on Plans to Contract over 600 Young People
The following piece can be shared. It was limited initially only to the official MSWGCA Whatsapp Group for staff only - but has now been opened up for suggestions from the wider public to be sent in. The Ministry sources say interested readers may input suggestions through local MSWGCA District or Regional Offices. Or by contacting Social Welfare Director Francis Kabia with suggestions.
Aug 25, 2016, 17:14

NEWS
Sierra Leone and Brazil Advance Bilateral Relations in Korea
Brazilian Ambassador to the Republic of Korea, His Excellency Ambassador Luis Fernando Serra paid, on Wednesday 23rd August 2016, a courtesy call to Sierra Leone’s Ambassador to the Republic of Korea, His Excellency Ambassador Omrie Golley at the Sierra Leone Mission in Seoul, Korea’s Capital.
Aug 25, 2016, 17:12

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News : MMCE&T on Curriculum Review
The Milton Margai College of Education and Technology (MMCE&T) on Monday 22nd August 2016 started a week-long comprehensive curriculum review exercise of its outdated syllabus at its conference hall, Goderich campus in Freetown.
Aug 25, 2016, 17:10

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News : Camco Ends Public Disclosure Meetings in Tonkolili
A two-day public disclosure meetings organized by Camco Gold Mining Company in collaboration with the Environment Protection Agency (EPA) respectively held on Friday, August 19th and Saturday 20th of the same month this year at Kalmaro Village in the Kholifa Rowalla Chiefdom and Magburaka town in the Tonkolili district have ended at the Magburaka District Council hall.
Aug 25, 2016, 17:08

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News : African Youth Network Awards AG and Legal Aid
23rd August 2016: In marking this year’s World Humanitarian Day, the African Youth and Children’s Network (AYCN) has recognized the Attorney-General and Minister of Justice, Hon. Joseph Kamara, the Executive Director of the Legal Aid Board, Ms. Fatmata Claire Carlton-Hanciles, and Defence Counsel of the Legal Aid Board Cecilia Tucker for promoting access to justice.
Aug 25, 2016, 17:06

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News : Constituency 025 MP Presents Cheque of 60 Million Leones to His Constituency
Member of Parliament for Constituency 025 in Kono District, Honorable Tom Isaac Tucker, past weekend at Sewafeh Town Court Barray in Nimiyama Chiefdom, presented a cheque of Sixty Million Leones to undertake community development projects (Le. 60,000,000) for the two chiefdoms –Nimiyama and Gorama, under his constituency.
Aug 25, 2016, 17:04

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News : Kemoh Sesay Says Port Loko District will not Support Alpha Khanu
Popular politician from Port Loko District, and Serra Leone, current Minister of Works, Housing and Infrastructures; Hon. Alhaji Kemoh Sesay has on Wednesday 24th August, 2016, during a radio interview with one of our local radio stations here in Sierra Leone, said that the district, and some stakeholders will not support the presidential intentions of Hon. Alhaji Alpha Bakarr Khanu.
Aug 25, 2016, 17:02

NEWS : Local News
Helen Keller International Finance Manager Job in Sierra Leone
Established in 1915 with Helen Keller as a founding trustee, Helen Keller International (HKI) works to save the sight and lives of the most vulnerable and disadvantaged. Headquartered in New York City, HKI currently conducts programs in 21 countries in Africa and Asia as well as in the United States. HKI is known for sustainability, reliability, efficiency and the highest level of technical expertise in fighting and treating blindness and malnutrition.
Aug 25, 2016, 17:00

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News : Koroma Says C-10 Has Come Out With Renewable Mandate
President Dr Ernest Bai Koroma has said that the African Union Committee of Ten Heads of State and Government (C-10) on United Nations Security Council Reform had come out with a renewed mandate and determination on the reform of the United Nations Security Council after a successful meeting in Kigali about two months ago.
Aug 24, 2016, 17:14

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News : NaCSA pays LIPW beneficiaries in Western Area Rural District
Sixteen communities in the Western Rural District on Thursday 18th August, 2016 received payment from the National Commission for Social Action (NaCSA) under the Labour Intensive Public Works (LIPW) Program.
Aug 24, 2016, 17:12

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News : Deputy Speaker Turns Agriculturist
22nd August 2016: The Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Hon. Chernor Bah is planning to undertake some massive investment in the agriculture sector as his own contribution to help the country attain self-sufficiency.
Aug 24, 2016, 17:10

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News : Ambassador Alimamy P. Koroma calls on Shandong Iron/ Steel Group to Start Processing Raw Iron Sierra Leone
Sierra Leone’s envoy to China has called on Shandong Iron and Steel Group Co. Ltd in Shandong Province, North of China to strongly consider processing raw ore in Sierra Leone into finished product given the company’s huge presence in the country through its operations in the Tonkolili District.
Aug 24, 2016, 17:08

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News : Social Welfare Ministry Donates Brand New Jeep to Ebola Survivors
Hon. Dr. Sylvia Olayinka Blyden, Minister of Social Welfare, Gender and Children's Affairs, has on Friday 19th August 2016, handed over a brand new 9-seater TOYOTA Landcruiser jeep to the national executive of Sierra Leone Association of Ebola Survivors (SLAES) so as to facilitate their nationwide movements under President Koroma's Post-Ebola Recovery Priorities.
Aug 24, 2016, 17:06

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News : Open Government Partnership Awards CSOs, Partners
Open Government Partnership (OGP) secretariat in the Office of the President on Friday 19th August, 2016 presented certificates to Civil Society Organizations, the media and other partners at State House in Freetown, as part of government’s acknowledgement of the outstanding role being played by the OGP Steering Committee comprised of government, CSOs and the fourth estate.
Aug 24, 2016, 17:04

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News : SL Maritime To Donate HF Radio Sets Coming Week
In order to boost communication, effective and efficient monitoring of Maritime zones, and optimizing the committee’s operational capability, the Sierra Leone Maritime Administration(SLMA) has on Tuesday 23rd August, 2016 confirmed that it is donating High Frequency Radio sets to boats plying the waters of Sierra Leone in the coming week.
Aug 24, 2016, 17:02

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News : We have the Right to Monitor Your Work…. Avers Hon. Aaron
The acting Chairman for Agriculture Oversight Committee in Parliament, Hon. Aaron A. Koroma said they reserve in the country the constitutional right to monitor the work of all Ministry Departments, and Agencies (MDAs).
Aug 24, 2016, 17:00

NEWS : Politics
SLPP & APC MPs Call for Checks on All NGO Vehicles
Parliament of Sierra Leone, which comprises members from both the ruling All Peoples Congress(APC) and the main opposition Sierra Leone Peoples Party (SLPP) has on Monday 22nd August 2016, engaged the Sierra Leone Police, Sierra Leone Non -Governmental Organizations (SLANGO), the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development (MOFED) and the Sierra Leone Roads Safety Authority (SLRSA) on vehicles using NGO registration plates.
Aug 23, 2016, 17:06

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News : IG Munu Suspends 2 Senior Police Officers over Kabala Incidence
18th August, 2016: Local Unit Commander, Alimamy Bangura, and OSD Boss in Koinadugu District- Inspector Foday Fofanah have been suspended till further notice, for having allegedly giving the command to junior officers to shoot at peaceful protesters.
Aug 23, 2016, 17:04

NEWS
Sierra Leone, South Sudan Meet on Post War Reconciliation and Justice Experience Sharing
Envoys of Sierra Leone and South Sudan to China on Monday, 22nd August, 2016 had information and experience sharing session on both countries’ wars, post war challenges, process of truth, reconciliation and healing, hybrid courts and international justice tribunals and legislation for truth commission.
Aug 23, 2016, 17:02

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News : WHO Assures Cottage Hospital
Monday 22nd August 216:Country Representative of the World Health Organization (WHO) in Sierra Leone, Anders Nordstrom, has assured his organization’s continued support to Sierra Leone’s only maternal referral hospital, Princes Christian Memorial Hospital (PCMH) commonly known as Cottage hospital in Freetown in handling Emergency Obstetric and Neonatal Care (EmONC).
Aug 23, 2016, 17:00

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News : Gbangbatoke & Largo Youths Repeat Kabala Arson & Lawlessness
Just days after Sierra Leone youths of Kabala in the northern Koinadugu district rioted lawlessly burning down buildings on Tuesday August 16th 2016, youths in Lower Banta chiefdom of southern Moyamba district, have on Friday August 19th 2016, staged an encore with lawlessness and burning down of buildings.
Aug 22, 2016, 12:14

COMMENTS & OPINIONS
Awareness Times Reacts as Deputy Social Welfare Minister Rugiatu Neneh Turay References Us Whilst Publicly Challenging Government Policy & Her Boss right on her Facebook page
CABINET MINISTER HONOURABLE DR. SYLVIA OLAYINKA BLYDEN ON FRIDAY 19TH AUGUST 2016, SUCCINCTLY STATED GOVERNMENT POLICY AS OUTLINED UNDER PILLAR 8 OF THE AGENDA FOR PROSPERITY WHEN SHE SAID: "Whilst I will most vehemently protect our girls from being subjected to female circumcision, I will never stop a woman above age 18 years from exercising her right to be circumcised or be initiated into the Bondo Society!"
Aug 22, 2016, 12:12

SATIRE
RETRACTION!!
“We wish to hereby retract the article published in our last Friday August 19th 2016 edition with headline of:“"Alie Kabba the alleged Bigamist fails to produce Defence Witnesses".
Aug 22, 2016, 12:10

NOTICES & DOCUMENTS
World Vision pledges support to ending early marriage in Sierra Leone
(Freetown Sierra Leone, 22 August 2016) Following the recent launch of the African Union’s Campaign to end early marriage in Sierra Leone by his excellency the Vice President, Dr. Victor Bockarie Foh and First Lady, Mrs. Sia Nyama Koroma of the republic of Sierra Leone, World Vision is pledging its unreserved support to the government of Sierra Leone, especially the office of the first Lady and the Ministry of Social Welfare Gender and Children’s Affairs.
Aug 22, 2016, 12:08

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News : PFMICP Trains TAC MPs on Accountability & Transparency
Transparency and Accountability Committee in the House of Parliament has on Thursday 18th August 2016, undergone training conducted by Public Financial Management Improvement and Consolidation Project (PFMICP) under the Finance and Economic Development in committee room one, Parliament building Tower Hill, Freetown.
Aug 22, 2016, 12:06

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News : MAFFS Minister Inspects Farms in the North
Friday 19th August 2016: Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Food Security- Professor Monty Jones was joined by the Chairman for the Parliamentary Oversight Committee on Agriculture, Hon. Aaron Koroma, Hon Sahr Tengbeh and Hon Lahai Marah, together with Hon Arthur Harvey Chairman of Sierra Leone Roads Authority and some professionals from the Ministry to visit some major farm projects in the north part of Sierra Leone.
Aug 22, 2016, 12:04

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News : Acquila Company to Invest in Gold Refinery
Friday 19th August 2016: The Chief Executive Officer of Acquila Company-Dr. Jan Katelaar has revealed that plans are underway to construct a Gold refinery in the country to help create more employment and boost the national economy.
Aug 22, 2016, 12:02

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News : Agriculture Ministry Desperately in Need of Fertilizers
Friday 19th August 2016: The Ministry of Agriculture is currently faced with the challenge of providing fertilizers for the second application, which will subsequently affect the planting season. So far, 36, 000 bags of fertilizers have been supplied to farmers for the first application, which were procured by the government.
Aug 22, 2016, 12:00

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News : Youths take over streets of Freetown during Fadika Vigil, chanting out: Aye Super!Aye Super!Aye Super!
Between fifty to one hundred thousand gallant youths took over the streets of Freetown last night as they jogged alongside the ambulance and convoy which was bringing the body of the late Ambassador Gibril Moseray Fadika (aka Super) into the city. They were screaming out loud wails of "Aye Super! Aye Super! Aye Super!" as they jogged gallantly.
Aug 19, 2016, 17:14

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News : Hon. Dr. Sylvia Blyden Vows to Protect Bondo Society
Sierra Leone Honourable Minister of Social Welfare, Gender and Children’s Affairs; Dr. Sylvia Olayinka Blyden has yesterday, on Thursday 18th August, 2016 vowed to protect one of Sierra Leone’s cultural societies, the female secret society known as Bondo.
Aug 19, 2016, 17:12

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News : Alie Kabba the alleged Bigamist fails to produce Defence Witnesses
“We wish to hereby retract the article published in our last Friday August 19th 2016 edition with headline of:“"Alie Kabba the alleged Bigamist fails to produce Defence Witnesses". On further investigation, it is clear our Court Reporter totally misrepresented what transpired during the Bigamy trial. “This is a newspaper that places very high value on truthful and accurate reporting.
Aug 19, 2016, 17:10

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News : Parliament is not A Lying House…Says Leader
Majority Leader of Sierra Leone Parliament, Hon. Ibrahim Bundu has stated that ”theHouse of Parliament is not a lying House.”
Aug 19, 2016, 17:08

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News : 3 Days 10-24 Month Presidential Recovery Plan Workshop on Health Kicks off
Deputy Health and Sanitation Minister 1, Madam Madina Rahman has described the 10-24 month Presidential Recovery Plan as a way forward for building and expanding the Ministry’s success story of the 6-9 months programme which she said provided an opportunity to work effectively on the momentum.
Aug 19, 2016, 17:06

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News : NRA Gbalamuya Customs Post Making Progress Amidst Challenges
Thursday 18th August 2016: National Revenue Authority (NRA) under the current leadership of the hardworking Commissioner General, Haja Kallah Kamara was established through an Act of Parliament, the NRA Act of 2002 with core mandates of assessing and collecting revenues on behalf of the government.
Aug 19, 2016, 17:04

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News : Professor Gbamanja Condemns Cultism
Professor Sahr Gbamanja, who is the Deputy Vice Chancellor of Fourah Bay College, University of Sierra Leone, has harangued that the Institution was not founded on the ticket of cultism, but on academic grounds.
Aug 19, 2016, 17:02

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News : Finance Ministry Trains Parliamentarians on Modern Techniques of Transparency
18th -8-2016: Ministry of Finance and Economic Development has engaged the Parliamentary oversight Committee on Transparency and Accountability (TAC), on modern techniques of transparency oversight, by the Public Financial Management Improvement and Consolidation Project.
Aug 19, 2016, 17:00

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News : Ernest Bai Koroma Never Lied to the Youths of Kabala!
Presidential Spokesman, Abdulai Bayraytay has during an exclusive chat with this newspaper in the evening hours of Wednesday, 17th August, 2016 reacted to allegations made by sections of the society especially opposition political parties and civil society groups that the All Peoples Congress (APC) led government of President Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma lied to the youths of Koinadugu district and that the discovery of the lies is what led to rioting on Tuesday, that according to police sources, claimed the lives of 3 individuals.
Aug 18, 2016, 17:14

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News : Hon. Dr. Sylvia Blyden Hosts AU Commissioner for Social Affairs
On Wednesday 17th August 2016, Deputy Minister Hon. Neneh Rugiatu Turay has accompanied the African Union Commissioner for Social Affairs Dr. Mustapha Sidiki Kaloko, during his courtesy call to her boss, the Hon. Dr. Sylvia Olayinka Blyden, Minister of Social Welfare, Gender and Children's Affairs.
Aug 18, 2016, 17:12

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News : Pathologist Heads to Makeni for Post Mortem on Teenager
Government Consultant Pathologist Dr. Simeon Owizz Koroma, will this morning of 18th August 2016, head along with a team of CID police officers to northern headquarters city of Makeni so as to conduct a post mortem on a 19 years old female who died following her initiation into the Bondo society.
Aug 18, 2016, 17:10

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News : Crown College University Certifies Over 70 HND, Level 5 Students
Crown Technical University College has awarded the first set of Higher National Diploma (HND) level five graduates within the Mano River Union at their Pike Street Campus on Tuesday 16th, 2016.
Aug 18, 2016, 17:08

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News : Team Sierra Leone Heads Home after Early Olympic Exit
Officials and athletes of Team Sierra Leone in this year’s Olympic Games are heading home from Brazil after an early exit from the Rio Games.
Aug 18, 2016, 17:06

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News : Le 7 Billion Rolled out to MPs
In a press conference summoned by the House of Parliament, to refute claims made by CHRDI, journalists were told “early this month, Members of Parliament received a massive sum of money in the tune of Le 7 billion (seven billion Leones).” Apart from the said sum, since 2010, MPs have for development in their constituencies, received over Le 47 billion.
Aug 18, 2016, 17:04

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News : MAFFS Provides Massive Support to Cashew Farmers
Wednesday 17th August 2016: Amidst the rains and cloudy weather, the Minister of Agriculture, Forestry, and Food Security continues to demonstrate government’s willingness to support farmers in its drive to achieve increased agriculture production and productivity, as contained in the Presidential Recovery Priorities, of which agriculture is one.
Aug 18, 2016, 17:02

NEWS : Local News
China - Sierra Leone Friendship Hospital to Launch ‘Friendship Is Good Project’
Tuesday 16th August 2016:The Medical Superintendent of the China-Sierra Leone Friendship hospital at Jui, in the outskirts of Freetown, has disclosed plans to launch a new humanitarian programme known as the ‘Friendship is Good project’.
Aug 18, 2016, 17:00

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News : Soweis from South East, North & West Cruise into Bombali
The National Sowei Council of the Bondo Society, led by their Vice President Madam Elsie Kongolama and their Secretary General Madam Kharday Zorokong, have on Tuesday August 16th 2016, led a galaxy of their members from all over Sierra Leone into Bombali in order to assist the Ministry of Social Welfare, Gender and Children's Affairs conduct a fact finding enquiry into the circumstances around the death of a new initiate into the Bondo Society.
Aug 17, 2016, 17:12

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News : Bike Riders Remanded for Brutalizing SLRSA’s Vehicle Examiner
Magistrate Abdul Carew of the Kambia Magistrate court has on Thursday 11th August 2016, remanded two bike riders for brutalizing in Kambia (Koinadugu District) the Sierra Leone Road Safety Authority’s (SLRSA) Vehicle Examiner, Rev. Francis Kanu-Mansaray.
Aug 17, 2016, 17:08

NEWS : Politics
13 Man APC High Powered Delegation Conclude The 2nd Biennial APC Diaspora Tour With Successful Conventions And Election/ Selection Of Party Executives In The UK , Germany , Holland , Belgium , Canada and The United States Of America
A thirteen man APC high powered delegation selected and mandated by His Excellency the President, Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma , Chairman and Leader of the All Peoples Congress Party has just concluded a successful tour of the APC Diaspora in the UK , Germany , Belgium , Holland , Canada and the United States of America .
Aug 17, 2016, 17:06

NEWS : Local News
US$150M to be Invested in Sierra Leone by Malbro Investment
Chairman of the Malbro Investment Group, Mr. Noel Maluza said they will invest US$150 million (one hundred and fifty million United States Dollars) in Sierra Leone.
Aug 17, 2016, 17:04

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone Police Says- 3 dead, 4 wounded and 20 arrested in Kabala Riot
Media and Public Relations Officer of the Sierra Leone Police(SLP), ASP Brima Kamara has yesterday, 16th August, 2016 confirmed that there will be an investigation into the shooting incident in Kabala that resulted into the death of three (3), the wounding of four (4) and the arrest of twenty persons following a protest in the Koinadugu district headquarters town of Kabala.
Aug 17, 2016, 17:02

NEWS : Local News
China to Offer Free Cataract Operations and Support MCH Programme in Sierra Leone
The National Health and Family Planning Commission of the People’s Republic of China and the Ministry of Health and Sanitation have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for Chinese Ophthalmologist Team to carry out Cataract Surgery in Sierra Leone and to support the Maternal and Child Health programme of the Ministry.
Aug 17, 2016, 17:00

NEWS : Politics
SLPP Gboss-gboss Dreb Somano Kapen Na Party Headquarters
Former chairman and leader of the main opposition, Sierra Leones Peoples Party (SLPP), John Oponjo Benjamin has confirmed that the party’s current chairman and leader, Chief Somano Kapen “has stopped coming to work” at the party’s national headquarters, Lightfoot Boston Street, Freetown “for two months now.”
Aug 16, 2016, 17:08

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News : MWHI Embarks On A National Tour
On Friday the 12th of August 2016, the Minister of Works, Housing and Infrastructure, Honorable Alhaji Ibrahim Kemoh Sesay, the permanent secretary and other staff of the ministry undertook a three days national tour of all the ongoing road projects in the country.
Aug 16, 2016, 17:06

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News : ADP Signs Fadika’s Book of Condolence
Members of the opposition Alliance Democratic Party (ADP) have yesterday Sunday August 14th 2016, signed the book of condolence of Ambassador Gibril Moseray Santigie Fadika who is popularly known as ‘Super.’
Aug 16, 2016, 17:04

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News : Consultative Meeting in Port Loko Ends
The District consultative meeting on the draft Constituency and Ward Boundaries for the 2018 Presidential, Parliamentary and Local Council Elections has over the weekend ended in Port Loko with a Position Paper.
Aug 16, 2016, 17:02

NEWS : Local News
World Bank Group Executive Director for Sierra Leone Visits Country
The Executive Director for Sierra Leone on the Boards of the World Bank Group, Dr. Louis Rene Peter Larose, will be visiting the country from August 12 to 17 as part of his official mission to Sub-Saharan countries under his supervision.
Aug 16, 2016, 17:00

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News : Zainab Bangura Says President EBK Needs Support & not Successor
One of the All Peoples Congress (APC) strongest women, Haja Dr. Zainab Hawa Bangura has called on all supporters of the party to help President Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma completes his Agenda for Prosperity, instead of fighting to succeed him.
Aug 15, 2016, 12:16

NOTICES & DOCUMENTS
That Very Serious Bias Against the North:An Urgent Need to Re-Draw Administrative Boundaries.
That Very Serious Bias Against the North:An Urgent Need to Re-Draw Administrative Boundaries.
Aug 15, 2016, 12:14

COMMENTS & OPINIONS
Abdul Malik Bangura writes Osman J. Conteh (OJC) over Claims of Partiality against Deputy Social Welfare, Gender and Children’s Affairs Minister
My brother OJC, it is completely bad to say I am being unfair to my Port Loko sister, Hon. Neneh Turay. However, those of us who are closely concerned with happenings in our noble district will certainly know that majority of politicians in Port Loko district are disappointments to the people of Port Loko and even the government of President Koroma. Neneh Turay has proven to be no different if we look at her activities under her boss at the ministry. I challenge her to challenge me.
Aug 15, 2016, 12:12

NEWS : Politics
All Peoples Congress Gets New Chairman For USA Branch
All People’s Congress ( APC ) -USA Convention ended on Saturday 13th August, 2016 with Mr. Unisa Kanu of Atlanta, Georgia becoming the new Chairman through elections by consultations. The result heralded a power shift from the nation’s capital, Washington-DC to Atlanta, Georgia.
Aug 15, 2016, 12:10

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News : Telecommunication an Important Resource for Development – Dr. Larose
The Executive Director for Sierra Leone on the Boards of the World Bank Group, Dr. Louis Rene Peter Larose, has spoken of the importance of telecommunication to Sierra Leone’s development, noting that “it is only through a good communication system that people would be able to communicate effectively”.
Aug 15, 2016, 12:08

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News : SWASAL Prepares to Train Some of Its Members in the Western Area
Sports Writers Association of Sierra Leone (SWASAL) is preparing to organize a- five- day training for over 15 of its members in the Western Area on the theme: "Changing the Tune."
Aug 15, 2016, 12:06

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News : Visit Of Iranian Ambassador; A Boost For Sierra Leone Ports Authority
The Government of Sierra Leone in her strives to match up with international standards in port operations and being conscious about her internal security, has over time emphasized the availability of an efficient and effective system of screening goods leaving the port.
Aug 15, 2016, 12:04

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News : SLPMC Boss Heads Tropical Forest Alliance 2020
The Managing Director of the Sierra Leone Produce Marketing Company, Mr. Henry Yamba Kamara has been named as Country Facilitator by Proforest, a UK based Organisation, for the implementation of Tropical Forest Alliance 2020 (TFA 2020) Africa Palm Oil Initiative (APOI) on Oil Palm Development in Africa.
Aug 15, 2016, 12:02

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News : NCD Rated ‘Good’ by the Performance Management and Service Delivery Directorate
The National Commission for Democracy (NCD) has received a positive rating for its 2015 performance from the Performance Management and Service Delivery (PMSD) Directorate in the Office of the Chief of Staff at State House.
Aug 15, 2016, 12:00

NEWS : Politics
Zainab Hawa Bangura May Be the Successor to take over APC Party
A press release from the gender parity group known as 50-50, has invited admirers and interested persons to be at the great hall of Parliament today at 3pm in the afternoon so as to listen to the woman many now describe as a likely successor to lead the ruling APC party into the 2018 presidential elections.
Aug 12, 2016, 17:12

EDITORIALS
Sierra Leone: Why Always Port Loko? Why? Why?
Port Loko is in the news again and for all the wrong reasons, this time around Social Welfare ministry. I am speaking of my beloved home district of Port Loko where my mother, my father, all my grandparents and my entire ancestry hail from.
Aug 12, 2016, 17:10

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News : Social Welfare Ministry Gives Supports to Ebola Widows and Orphans in Bombali District
Ministry of Social Welfare, Gender and Children’s Affairs through a decentralised process has yesterday Thursday 11th August 2016 continued its ongoing post-Ebola livelihood support with cash grants to thirty (30) widows who lost their husbands to Ebola Virus Disease (EVD).
Aug 12, 2016, 17:08

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News : Bigamy Matter between Diana Konomanyi and Ex- Husband Continues
On Thursday 28th August 2016, one of Sierra Leone's most formidable women, Diana Finda Konomanyi continued her testimony in a bigamy matter at the Sierra Leone High Court, which is presided over by Honorable Justice Miata Samba.
Aug 12, 2016, 17:06

NEWS : Local News
New British High Commissioner to Sierra Leone Arrives in Freetown
Guy Warrington, the new British High Commissioner to Sierra Leone, presented a copy of his Letter of Credentials to the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Dr. Samura Kamara at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Tuesday 09 August 2016. Mr. Warrington also met Directors-General and Directors from the MFAIC.
Aug 12, 2016, 17:04

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News : Madam Finda Diana Konomanyi Sponsors Four to Hajj
Thursday 11th August 2016: In an extraordinarily generous, yet typical gesture, the Honourable Minister for Lands, Country Planning, and the Environment, Madam Finda Diana Konomanyi has this year sponsored four devout Muslims to undertake the pilgrimage to Mecca.
Aug 12, 2016, 17:02

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News : Legal Aid Reintegration Programme Changing Lives
Thursday 11th August 2016: Sorie Sesay is among the first set of clients of the Legal Aid Board to benefit from the partnership with the National Farmers Federation. The two had their first meeting on 14 July 2016, in which a cross section of the Executive of the Federation offered to assist with the reintegration of beneficiaries by providing them jobs on their farms.
Aug 12, 2016, 17:00

NEWS : Politics
SLPP & APC MPs Baranta at CHRDI’s Baseless Allegations
Parliament of Sierra Leone, which comprises members from both the ruling All Peoples Congress (APC) party and the main opposition Sierra Leone Peoples Party (SLPP) has in a press release issued on Tuesday 2nd August, 2016, ‘babanta’ over “publication in the press, by one Abdul Fatorma of Campaign for Human Rights and Development International (CHRDI) making grave allegations of misuse of public funds which Mr. Fatorma directs at Members of Parliament.”
Aug 11, 2016, 17:12

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News : Hon. Social Welfare Minister Dr. Sylvia Olayinka Blyden Hosts U.S. Ambassador H.E. John Hoover And Sierra Leone Ebola Survivors At Her New Englandville Offices.
Standing from left to right in the main accompanying photo are: Ebola Survivors Spokesman Mr. Hassan Kamara, Political Affairs Chief at US Embassy Dr. Greg Maggio, Hon. Minister Dr. Sylvia Blyden, US Ambassador H.E. John Hoover & President of Ebola Survivors Mr. Yusuf Kabba.
Aug 11, 2016, 17:10

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News : ACC Interacts with MDAs on the President’s Recovery Priorities
The Sub-Regional Office of the Anti-Corruption Commission in Kono has on Tuesday 9th August 2016, engaged Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) on the President’s Recovery Priorities (PRP) and the Pay No Bribe Campaign in Kono District. The engagement took place at the Commission’s Conference Room at 25 Alhaji Chewtoh Jalloh Street, Koidu City Kono District.
Aug 11, 2016, 17:08

NEWS
Majority Leader Leads Parliamentary Delegation to Population and Sustainable Development Confab in Ethiopia
Majority Leader of Parliament, Hon. Ibrahim Bundu is leading Sierra Leone’s parliamentary delegation to the ‘Part II of the Asian Population and Development Association (APDA) project on Enhancing the Role of Parliamentarians in the Inter-linkage Between Population Issues and the Sustainable Development Goals Agenda’, which commenced on Wednesday 10th August, 2016 at the Hilton Hotel in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
Aug 11, 2016, 17:06

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News : Osman Kamara Starts Sierra Leone Olympic Campaign Today
Salone Swimming national team vice-captain, Osman Kamara will start Team Sierra Leone’s campaign at this year’s Rio Olympic Games today Thursday August 11 2016, at around 4:02 PM- Sierra Leone time.
Aug 11, 2016, 17:04

NEWS : Politics
APC Delegate Convention to Elect Officials is this Weekend
9th August, 2016: The countdown has expired for the big splash and the All People’s Congress ( APC ) - USA Branch go into the weekend’s all-important delegates Convention to elect officials who will help usher the party in Sierra Leone into the crucial 2018 Presidential, Legislative and Council elections in Sierra Leone.
Aug 11, 2016, 17:02

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News : Plan Int’l SL Certifies 35 Journalists
Plan International Sierra Leone has on Wednesday 10th August 2016, at their head office, Freetown, certified 35 journalists from 19 different media houses across the country.
Aug 11, 2016, 17:00

NEWS : Politics
President Koroma & APC Empathise With the Fadikas
President of Sierra Leone, His Excellency Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma together with members of his ruling All Peoples Congress (APC) Party has on Tuesday, 9th August, 2016 paid an empathetic visit to the family of the late Sierra Leone Goodwill Ambassador, Moseray Gibril Fadika at their family residence in Freetown.
Aug 10, 2016, 17:12

NEWS : Photo News
Social Welfare Minister Hosts US Ambassador & Ebola Survivors
Social Welfare Minister Hosts US Ambassador & Ebola Survivors
Aug 10, 2016, 17:10

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News : Plan Int’l SL Schools Journalists
At its head office situated at 6 Cantonment Road, off Riverside Drive Freetown, Plan International Sierra Leone on Tuesday 09 August 2016 conducted a workshop geared towards training journalists on child protection and gender sensitive matters.
Aug 10, 2016, 17:08

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News : AMR Gold Attends Africa Mining Vision Conference
Tuesday 09 August 2016: In line with the Africa Mining Vision (AMV), the Government of Sierra Leone in partnership with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the African Minerals Development Centre (AMDC) has organized a three day conference to raise awareness and educate people on the Ministry of Mines and Mineral Resources’ preparedness to develop a new Core Minerals Policy (CMP).
Aug 10, 2016, 17:06

NEWS
Sports Minister Wishes Olympic Team Well
Sierra Leone Minister of sports, Ahmed Khanou on Tuesday August 09 2016, bade farewell to the country’s Olympic team in the ongoing Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Aug 10, 2016, 17:04

NEWS : Politics
Popular Female Minister Extols Education Credentials of APC Leader to UNIMAK Students
One of Sierra Leone’s most popular female politicians, the Honourable Minister of Social Welfare, Gender and Children’s Affairs, Dr. Sylvia Olayinka Blyden has on Saturday 6th August 2016 extolled the outstanding leadership of President Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma in catering to the higher education needs of Sierra Leone especially with respect to development of Universities.
Aug 10, 2016, 17:02

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News : With successful rutile production in July…..SR L may exceed quarter-3 target
Both the production and safety boards at Sierra Rutile Limited's (SRL) plant site glittered with favourable figures at the end of July 2016; which marks the start of the third quarter. The boards show an excess of rutile production without a Lost Time Incident (LTI).
Aug 10, 2016, 17:00


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