On the re-opening of SLPP Office … “We would never encourage violence” John Benjamin...

The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Soweis, councillors, paramount chiefs and section chiefs on the abandonment of harmful traditional practices including Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) commonly known as “bondo” and child marriage. This was disclosed during their partnership meeting to discuss UNFPA 2015 Report titled: Saving Lives[…]

At Burmeh dump site in Freetown, the Pharmacy Board of Sierra Leone yesterday destroyed seven hundred and seventy eight million Leones (Le 778,000,000) worth of drugs. While she was addressing members of the media and other dignitaries present at the destruction site, the Deputy Minister of Health and Sanitation (two) said the venture was part[…]

The Nigerian Shippers’ Council (NSC) has said on Monday it would collaborate with the Sierra Leone Maritime Administration to establish the Sierra Leonean Shippers’ Council. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the Executive Council of the NSC, Mr. Hassan Bello, stated this while receiving a delegation of the Sierra Leone Maritime Administration at[…]

Ingredients 2 cups (500g) long grain parboiled rice 1 cigar cup (250g) brown/black-eyed beans 500 mls Tomato Stew Chicken or Fish Pepper and salt (to taste) 2 medium onions 2 stock cubes 1 teaspoon thyme Before you cook Rice and Beans 1. Wash and soak the beans for about 5 hours. Discard the water and[…]

The Mamamah Airport project has been a very big issue in Sierra Leone as the International Monetary Fund (IMF) had pressured the government not to go ahead with the project, because according to them there are more important things to do than building a new airport. The government of Sierra Leone has already agreed to take the $200 million loan from Exim Bank of China, but due to the pressure from IMF, the Finance Minister was unable to sign the agreement, thereby causing delay in the project. After President Koroma met with his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping at the United Nations, it was agreed that the project will never die but will start this year. To this end, the Chinese government has now confirmed that they will undertake the project and they have sent four Road [...]
“The fate of Africa's development should be handled by Africans with vast knowledge about their issues,” this is according to the former Chinese Ambassador to South Africa, Liu Guijin. He made this statement when responding to a question on China's role in contributing towards conflict resolution in Africa with particular reference to South Sudan and on the allegation of China's re-colonizing Africa. The current assistant and development being offered by the Chinese government to Africa have sparked wide debates among most people who are of the view that China is recolonizing Africa with its own ideologies. With such a view one might be tempted to say that the opposition parties and other sectors in society may feel threatening with the fear of a one party system [...]

Minister of Internal Affairs, Retired Major Palo Conteh has in no uncertain terms made it very clear that he has no time to negotiate with clique boys and has told them that they must form themselves into football teams or patriotic groups to clean their areas on Saturdays. In an interview with him yesterday Thursday,[…]

The Timber Association in Sierra Leone has strongly condemned licenses granted to three foreign companies to clear and export timber that have been harvested since 2013 leaving out the local timber industries, following the recent lifting of ban on timber exportation in the country. The Chairman of Timber Association in Sierra Leone, Allan Barrie, disclosed to journalists that “early this year, government again lifted the ban on timber exportation. But this time, three companies: Banico Holdings, a Nigerian company situated at Bai Bureh Road and two Chinese companies, CCFG on Wilberforce Street and CFG Construction and General Supplies on Adelaide Street in Freetown were granted licenses to clear and export timber“. The decision of government granting these foreign [...]
Sierra Leone Acting Ambassador to China, Mrs. Alice Kumba Momoh, while addressing media and journalists who were in China on a 20-day training programme on the new media, has implored all to always report constructively about Sierra Leone. During the closing courtesies of the training programme, Mrs. Momoh said that Sierra Leone is still on the road to achieving better lives for the people and that a lot is to be done, but the media must understand that things are improving as the government is doing all it can to improve the lives of its people. “The media is a very powerful institution that can make or break any nation and we must be guarded with the information we put out to the public. You must all understand that development of the nation is not politics and we must [...]
Magistrate Abou Bhakarr Binneh Kamara of the Freetown Magistrate Court No.1 on Thursday sentenced Mohamed Borbor Jalloh to six months imprisonment or pays a fine of six hundred thousand Leones (Le600,000) to the state. The accused pleaded guilty in court to the charge of wounding with intent contrary to section 18 of the offence against the Persons Act of 1861 which was filed in court by the police. Prior to the sentencing of the accused, lawyer representing him noted that “the accused has been very sincere to the court relating to the crime he had committed and did not waste the court's precious time by pleading guilty to what he had done,” B.S Kamara averred. He continued that the accused is a first time offender, adding also that there was even a relationship existing [...]