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The Head of the civil service and secretary to the cabinet, Dr. Ernest Sahid Surrur in an interview with Awoko says that, the civil service is an institution that has its root in the constitution, which represents the work force for the Government. He noted that since Colonial times, it is the responsibility of governments to rule the people, and to provide basic amenities for them, which are a right and not a privilege. The Head of civil of service, also took the time to explain the process involved to enter the service, noting that a large percentage of the public are not aware about the process or even know how the service operates. He noted that various jobs in the different MDAs require certain qualifications in order that those that are qualified will be able to carry [...]
President Koroma and the management of the National Social Security and Insurance Trust (NASSIT) have inspected the magnificent Radisson Blu Mammy Yoko Hotel at Aberdeen in Freetown. The President and his entourage were taken on a conducted tour of the hotel and its facilities,by the hotel manager Roger Crooks, who explained in detailabout the facilities offered by the hotel. President Koroma was visibly impressedafter inspecting the hotel with broad smiles he walked around the entire compound asking relevant questions about the facilities.  The Director of Investment at NASSIT Idriss Turay said the hotel has been transformed to a five star hotel status offering first-class services to guests with worldwide reservations.   He said NASSIT has 84% shares in Radisson Blu Mammy [...]
Ministry of Energy yesterday  made a tour of the Charlotte Hydro Project in the morning and later drove all the way to Port Loko to familiarize themselves with the Bankasoka project. Speaking to the delegation, the Project Manager, Jianbo of Hunan Construction in charge of both Charlotte and Bankasoka, said the civil works are 80% complete and they are working very seriously to get the project done by March 2015. He said even though they are having some hiccups notwithstanding, they are still on course to get the project done. The Project Manager said most of the equipment have arrived and waiting to be installed. He said the hydro will generate two megawatts and the four turbines of 0.5 megawatts are ready for installation, when the time comes. Jianbo said during the [...]
World Bank President Jim Yong Kim has said in Washington at the 2014 Spring Meetings that he believes that they can reach their goal to end extreme poverty by 2030. In his statement at the opening press conference, Kim said “We live in a time of great contrasts, when fewer than 100 people control as much of the world's wealth as the poorest 3.5 billion combined. “But we also live in a time when many developing countries have the strongest growth rates in the world, which each year helps millions of people lift themselves out of extreme poverty. “Our economists estimate that roughly 1 billion people around the world live in extreme poverty today in 2014  this is down from an estimated 1.2 billion people in 2010. This difficult-to-grasp number is falling steadily and [...]
The Executive Director of African Community Internship Placement Programme (ACCIP) Simon EyramTsike-Sossahhas urged non- governmental organisations operating in Sierra Leone to support business initiatives that addressessocial and development needs. He made this statement at the commencement of an intensive training for staff of Christian Aid and their partners within the NGO community with the aim tof transforming their approach towards service delivery. The training which is being held at the Hill Valley Hotel attracted many Christian Aid partners operating in the country. He said funding towards non-governmental organisations has slumped recently due to the global economic crisis and that NGO’s should think about initiatives that support businesses in the areas of service [...]
Development partners on Tuesday demanded for a speedy enactment of the Revenue Management Bill after being shocked by the findings of the “Losing out-Sierra Leone's Massive Revenue Losses from Tax Incentives” and the “Taxation and Inequality in Africa” Reports. This was disclosed in a position paper presented by the Co-ordinator of National Advocacy Coalition on the Extractives (NACE) Cecilia Mattia during the launch of both reports at the Hill Valley Hotel in Freetown. The report which reveals that tax breaks for multinational companies outstrip spending on schools, clinics and other developments was an outcome of a research conducted by Budget Advocacy Network, National Advocacy Coalition on the Extractives, Christian Aid, Action Aid IBIS and Tax Justice Network- [...]
The National Insurance Company (NIC) in collaboration with FITCO Insurance on Tuesday at the Sierra Leone Police Head Quarters in Freetown started disbursing benefits worth Five Hundred and Fifty Million Leones (Le550 million) through its Police/Civil Service Group Life and Investment Scheme. The process started with the retirement payment of hundred and sixty-four,(164) police retirees, which was described as the highest number since the inception of the Scheme in 2009. Disbursing the monies to the retirees, the Manager of NIC’s Life/Pension Department, Yvonne Carter stated that the Company is pleased to disburse the said amount to beneficiaries, as it is essential for persons to benefit from their labour after several years in active service. Madam Carter stated that the [...]
At a round-table policy dialogue on Sexual Reproductive Health (SRH) information in schools and the education curriculum, the First Lady Sia Nyama Koroma has said that sex education is the key to development. She was reacting to views from pupils and other stakeholders who spoke with regards to the introduction of SRH in the school curriculum  on Tuesday at the Presidential Lodge, Hill Station. The multi-stakeholders dialogue, attracted the Nigerian High Commissioner to Sierra Leone Ambassador Quist-Addaiyi, wife of Chinese Ambassador, Mao Xhuehong, UNFPA Country Representative Dr Bannet Ndyamabangi, Save the Children Country Representative Healther Kerr, Deputy Minister of Education, Osmond Hanciles, Children's Forum Network and UNICEF  among other local and international [...]
Six youth players comprising of three boys and girls each who have been taking part in the past three editions of the Airtel Rising Stars (ARS) have been selected to attend a week's Manchester Clinic training in Tanzania. The six players who will depart on Sunday April 20th 2014 include: Fatmata S. Mansaray, Fatmata J. Turay, Binta Barrie, Mamodu Barrie, Hassan J. Kanu and Alimamy Bundu to join other players in the sub-region This was made known to this medium by Airtel's Corporate and Communications Executive, June Rose Johnson that the six players were selected based on their performances over the past three editions. She exhorted the players that they are going to represent Sierra Leone not Airtel, for which reason she said, they should do their best to lift the banner of [...]
Development partners on Tuesday demanded for a speedy enactment of the Revenue Management Bill after being shocked by the findings of the “Losing out-Sierra Leone's Massive Revenue Losses from Tax Incentives” and the “Taxation and Inequality in Africa” Reports. This was disclosed in a position paper presented by the Co-ordinator of National Advocacy Coalition on the Extractives (NACE) Cecilia Mattia during the launch of both reports at the Hill Valley Hotel in Freetown. The report which reveals that tax breaks for multinational companies outstrip spending on schools, clinics and other developments was an outcome of a research conducted by Budget Advocacy Network, National Advocacy Coalition on the Extractives, Christian Aid, Action Aid IBIS and Tax Justice Network- [...]