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Dr. Kandeh Kolleh Yumkella lectured to a crowd of over 300 students, professors, and professionals on the state of Sierra Leone’s education system yesterday. His speech focused on the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals in the education sector and the country’s current standing in key areas like quality of teachers and dropout rates. The National Students[…]

Five Sierra Leonean nurses, working at the Jui hospital, left for People’s Republic of China for further technical training on Tuesday 18th July 2017. The five trainees are; Anthony Williams, Admire Sadie Mamedov, Regina Kumba Lansana, Munda Isaac Koroma and Mohamed Mansaray. Speaking during the farewell ceremony, the Medical Superintendent of the Jui hospital, Dr.[…]

Second time flag-bearer aspirant for the Sierra Leone People’s Party (SLPP) Andrew Keili has admitted that the Party has some problems. He urged, “People should stay within and fight to solve the problems. It’s difficult but then if we give up then our followers will do the same.” Explaining about the root causes of the[…]

Ejatu Sankoh, 17, battled with tears as she narrated her ordeal about her early motherhood experiences at age 15. Sankoh is now a mother of two, looking regretful and desperate. Sankoh said that her means of survival after her first baby is sleeping with men for money. “I support my family from money I get[…]

The Executive Director of Planned Parenthood Association of Sierra Leone (PPASL) David E. Williams has won the maiden, “Excellence Award on Sexual Reproductive Health Rights” given to staff by the International Planned Parenthood Federation, Africa Region, based in Nairobi, Kenya, on 30 June 2017. This award honours an individual Member Association staff who has significantly[…]

A few days ago, the Chairman of the National Telecommunication Commission (NATCOM), Momoh Konte, said, “They have detected 10,000 fake SIM cards in just one month. NATCOM has setup a system that detects fraud says the Director of Communications. He explained that the analytics show fake numbers from all the mobile networks. Airtel/Orange, Corporate Affairs Manager, June Rose Johnson, was unable to comment about mechanisms by the company to deter fake SIM cards. Her response was "any matter concerned with NATCOM is highly confidential. We are not at liberty to discuss it with anyone..." she said. Source from Africell explained that now that Network have installed it new system in collaboration with ITU they are blocking these fake SIM. "They are blocking on a daily base." in [...]

I think I’ve heard more honking horns in the last month than I have through my entire life. Even as I write this sentence, a chorus of car horns is blaring outside the Awoko office. They start before I wake up and drift through my window as I go to bed. It took me a[…]

A freshly-graded, cocoa-coloured, muddy road snaked through the dense undergrowth of the Wara Wara mountains of Kabala. The trail led to Bafodea town; a township with about 26,000 residents with only 12 public faucets most of which has no stops, hence water runs non-stop. According to locals, water wastage during the rains is huge. The Chair Lady ..... explained there is a dam that supplies the town but the water from the dam is not treated. She explained that they suffer from waterborne diseases when they consume water from the faucets, but during the dry season when they consume well water they don't experience such aliments because it's treated. "They put medicine in the well water, but not in the dam." The Chair Lady said though the government has done a lot to salvage the [...]
The Chairman and Leader of the Alliance Democratic Party (ADP), Mohamed Kamarainba Mansaray has said he will publicly declare his assets in October 2017. Mansaray said he believes that every presidential candidate should declare their assets at least 3-months to elections. “Every government official should also do that every year because that is the only way to eradicate corruption. So, if I say I have a house and after a year of being President I have ten houses, everyone will want to know where I got the ten houses from”. Mansaray said he will continue to declare his assets annually adding that he wants to set the pace for other party leaders. “Declaring assets shows how transparent leaders are. I want others to know that it is very paramount if we want accountability [...]
As a way of eliminating the existence of bad components in loan/grant agreements signed by the government and as a means of correcting the misconception of the public, one Member of Parliament (MP) said MPs should be part of loan negotiating teams. According to Hon. Foday Rado Yokie, of Constituency 068 Bo District, “Mostly, when agreements are brought to Parliament for ratification we always pay attention to the payment aspects, which is very important, as an economist.” He explained that many a time members of the public hold the misconception of Parliament approving/ratifying agreements, which makes them be part of the process, which according to him is not correct as Parliament either agrees or disagrees with the agreements brought before them. According to him, there [...]