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NEWS : Politics
Sierra Leone News : Over PPRC Compliance... Kadie Sesay Exposes the Gross Insincerity of John Benjamin and His Allies
As the debate for transparency and accountability intensifies within the SLPP, the former 2012 SLPP Vice Presidential Candidate and Chairman, 2012 Elections Fund Raising Committee, Dr Kadie Sesay has, in a strongly worded letter to Hon Justice Tholla Thompson, exposed the gross insincerity of John Benjamin and his allies over the non-submission of the Financial Report of the 2012 SLPP Presidential campaign to the PPRC.
Sep 5, 2016, 12:14

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News : CAF Approves Minute Silence for Late Moseray Fadika
The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has approved a minute of silent in honour of the late Gibril Santigie Moseray Fadika before the commencement of the crunch AFCON fixture between the Elephants of Cote D’Ivoire and the Leone Stars of Sierra Leone in Bouake on the 3rd of September 2016.
Sep 5, 2016, 12:12

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News : United States Ambassador Visist SLPA
The United States Ambassador to Sierra Leone, HE John Hoover and team on Thursday 1st September, 2016 visited the Sierra Leone Ports Authority and held discussions on various issues with the Management and staff.
Sep 5, 2016, 12:10

NEWS
Finance Minister Meets Top Executives in Saudi Arabia
Sierra Leone’s Minister of Finance and Economic Development has said in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia that Sierra Leone is working closely with the Islamic Development Bank (IsDB) and with other development partners to ensure better living standards for the people in the country.
Sep 5, 2016, 12:08

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News : British High Commission Sends Eight Future Leaders of Sierra Leone to Study in the UK
2nd September, 2016: The British High Commissioner, Guy Warrington, had the pleasure of hosting a farewell reception at his official Residence for this year’s cohort of Chevening scholars from Sierra Leone. This remarkable group will soon be leaving for the UK to start one-year Masters degrees at some of the UK’s most prestigious universities.
Sep 5, 2016, 12:06

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News : EPA- SL Holds Workshop on Assessment of Minamata, Others
Environment Protection Agency Sierra Leone (EPA- SL) has from Thursday 01- 02 September 2016, held a workshop on the assessment of Minamata disease, National Action Plan for Artisanal, and Small Scale Gold Mining in Sierra Leone.
Sep 5, 2016, 12:04

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News : An Investment Totaling over Le200 Billion…SLBL CRM
The Sierra Leone Brewery Limited, despite running at business lose over the years, SLBL has remained committed to the people of Sierra Leone with an investment total of over Le 200 billion; the next four years will see brewery up-grade with new machines, according to Corporate Relations Manager- Mr. Albert Ojo Collier, SLBL.
Sep 5, 2016, 12:02

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News : Chinese Embassy Assures Ports Authority of Staff Capacity Building
The Councillor of the office of the Economic and Commercial Councillor of the Embassy of the Republic of China in Freetown, Mr Xiaokai Shen has assured the Management of the Sierra Leone Ports Authority assistance in the area of capacity building which the Authority is dire need of.
Sep 5, 2016, 12:00

NEWS : Politics
Sierra Leone News : JOB Insists Somano Kapen Must Release Report
Former Leader and Chairman of the Sierra Leone People’s Party (SLPP), now 2018 Presidential aspirant, John Oponjo Benjamin, has appealed, in a written letter, dated 30th August 2016, to the Political Parties Registration Commission (PPRC), to exercise every authority within the jurisdiction of its powers in ensuring that the current SLPP Executive led by Chief Somano Kapen submits the SLPP’s audited financial report.
Sep 2, 2016, 17:16

NEWS
Sierra Leonean Students Arrive In China to Pursue PhD, Masters Degrees
China, through the Chinese Scholarship Council (CSC) has admitted forty-nine (49) deserving Sierra Leonean students into various universities for the 2016/2017 academic year.
Sep 2, 2016, 17:14

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News : Sierra Leone’s Paralympian Athlete Champions Rights of People Living with Disabilities
August 31st 2016 – Sierra Leone’s first ever table tennis Paralympian athlete- George Wyndham, is bringing to the forefront disability issues on a global platform, as he sets forth to represent the country’s Paralympic Table Tennis Division in this year’s games.
Sep 2, 2016, 17:12

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News : Raising the Curtain on the Free Health Care Implementation! War against Saboteurs
Wednesday 31st August 2016: The Free Health Care was officially launched by His Excellency the President, Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma, in 2010 to reduce maternal child and newborn deaths.
Sep 2, 2016, 17:10

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News : PFMRU Holds PFM Act 2016 Sensitization Workshop
The Public Financial Management Reform Unit (PFMRU) in the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development ( MoFED) has on Monday 29th August 2016, held a one day sensitization workshop on the Public Financial Management Act 2016 at the Miatta Conference Centre.
Sep 2, 2016, 17:08

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News : Legal Aid Meets With Trusted Partners to Increase Access to Justice
Sierra Leone Legal Aid Board had, in the Conference Hall of the Sierra Leone Labour Congress, its first meeting with proposed Trusted Partners in civil society, on Tuesday, August 30th 2016.
Sep 2, 2016, 17:06

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News : Education Minister Talks on Earnest Reforms
Thursday 01 September 2016: Minister of Education, Science and Technology (MEST) has said ever since he took up the mantle of leadership of the Ministry, teachers all across the country are receiving salaries on time.
Sep 2, 2016, 17:04

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News : Ministry of Labor & Social Security Holds Consultative Meeting
To develop the first National Policy for the aged in Sierra Leone, the Ministry of Labour and Social Security held a consultative meeting with representatives from different Government Ministries, Departments, and Civil Society Organisations.
Sep 2, 2016, 17:02

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News : Zimbabwe Presidential Spokesman Confirms Embarrassment Riots
Zimbabwe Presidential Spokesman has confirmed that the Zimbabwean government was seriously embarrassed when Zimbabwean Opposition and anti-government citizens staged violent demonstrations around the Rainbow Towers hotel during the visit of Sierra Leone Vice President Dr. Victor Bockarie Foh in Zimbabwe last week. VP Foh had been in Zimbabwe to officially open Zimbabwe’s President Mugabe’s annual Agricultural Show.
Sep 1, 2016, 17:14

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News : 2016 Pilgrims Receive Major Boost To Travel To Mecca
As this year’s pilgrimage to the Holy land of Mecca sets in motion, the Africa Muslim Agency (AMA) and the Manazat Aldawa Al-Islamia Organization on Wednesday August 31 presented eleven tickets and three tickets respectively to pilgrims preparing for this year’s pilgrimage to Mecca.The Country Director of AMA, Mr. Kemanine Ahmed, presented $59,714 United States Dollars for 11 pilgrims on behalf of the Prince of Kuwait at State House, Freetown.Receiving the donations, President Koroma thanked them for their support particularly to the Muslim Community and assured that the funds will be used for the benefit of the pilgrims.
Sep 1, 2016, 17:12

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News : MOHS Launches2015 Annual Health Sector Performance Report
The Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Brima Kargbo has officially launchedat the 2016 Mid-Year Review meeting held on Tuesday August 30 2016,the 2015 Ministry of Health and Sanitation Annual Health Sector Performance Report, at the Shangri La Hotel in Freetown.
Sep 1, 2016, 17:10

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News : Cliques Stab Driver to Death
Reports reveal that cliques in Fullah Town reportedly stabbed to death a driver bearing the name- Ishmael Suma, on Sunday 29th August 2016.
Sep 1, 2016, 17:08

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News : PPRC Advise the Media and Political Parties to Promote Democracy, Good Governance and Peace
The Chairman of the Political Parties Registration Commission (PPRC) Hon Justice M.E. Tolla Thompson on Wednesday 31st August, 2016 cautioned media practitioner and officers of political parties to ensure that the media is used to promote the ideals of political parties, promote democracy, good governance and peace in Sierra Leone.
Sep 1, 2016, 17:06

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News : Bowl of Praise Experience is set for November
Wednesday 31st August 2016: Bowl of Praise Experience has been calendared to take place on Sunday November 13th 2016, at the National Stadium, Freetown, said Pastor Abraham Siafa- Leader.
Sep 1, 2016, 17:04

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News : Sierra Leone Dele Returns from High Level Meeting in Kigali, Rwanda
Wednesday 31st August 2016:The four-man team from Sierra Leone led by the Manager, Health Education Division, Ministry of Health and Sanitation, Mr. Lansana Conteh has returned home after presenting Sierra Leone’s position on the imposition of high taxation on cigarettes and tobacco products, and the health of the nation.
Sep 1, 2016, 17:02

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News : Disaster Simulations in Sierra Leone Help Prepare Flood-Prone Communities
Tuesday 30th August 2016: Sierra Leone is extremely vulnerable to the impacts of global climate change, partly as a result of human-caused degradation of the environment. In September 2015, Sierra Leone’s capital encountered its most devastating floods recorded, temporarily rendering almost 5,000 people homeless, damaging properties and causing substantial impacts on local livelihoods.
Sep 1, 2016, 17:00

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News : Community Engagement Conference Kicked Off!
Participants drawn from across all facets of society, including paramount chiefs, local councils, heads of MDAs, representatives of both local and international Non-governmental organizations and civil society organisations gathered on Tuesday August 30th 2016 at the Bintumani Hotel in Freetown for the National Conference on Community Engagement and Convergence jointly organized by the Office of the Chief of Staff and UNICEF.
Aug 31, 2016, 17:12

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News : Earthquake 1,000 km off the Shores of Sierra Leone
A 7.1 magnitude earthquake yesterday 29th August 2016, hit the Atlantic Ocean approximately 1, 100km just off the shores of Sierra Leone.
Aug 31, 2016, 17:10

NEWS : Politics
Ambassador Wurie Determined To Lead SLPP Now than Ever
Popular flagbearer aspirant of the Sierra Leone People’s Party (SLPP), Ambassador Umaru Bond Wurie has on Monday 29nd August, 2016 allayed the fear among his supporters that nothing would stop him from contesting the party’s flagbearer contest.
Aug 31, 2016, 17:08

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News : Journalists & their Right to Access Information
Under the progressive and democratic leadership of His Excellency the President Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma, the APC-led Sierra Leone government has three years ago, enacted a law known as the RIGHT TO ACCESS INFORMATION (RAI) ACT NO. 2 OF 2013.
Aug 31, 2016, 17:06

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News : PFMRU Holds PFM Act 2016 Sensitization Workshop
The Public Financial Management Reform Unit (PFMRU) in the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development (MoFED) has on Monday 29th August 2016, held a one day sensitization workshop on the Public Financial Management Act 2016 at the Miatta Conference Centre.
Aug 31, 2016, 17:04

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News : Safe Drinking Water to 700,000 People in the Provinces… Says COS
The Chief Of Staff, office of the President- Mr. Saidu Conton –Sesay said the nationwide water point mapping survey will provide critically important data which will support the provision of safe drinking water to 700,000 people in the provinces.
Aug 31, 2016, 17:02

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News : Engage Community People with Different Approaches … says H.E
The President of Sierra Leone His Excellency the President Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma said was it high time they engage community people with different approach by information and use the top approach and educate them on things that are not familiar with.
Aug 31, 2016, 17:00

NEWS
Sierra Leone VP Foh rushed from Zimbabwe hotel
The President Mugabe-led government of Zimbabwe whisked away the visiting Sierra Leone vice president from his Harare hotel last Friday August 26th 2016, as clashes erupted between police and opposition activists at Freedom Square.
Aug 30, 2016, 17:14

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News : Hon. Gender Minister Commends Female Lawyer Mariama Dumbuya
Honourable Minister of Social Welfare, Gender and Children's Affairs, Dr. Sylvia Olayinka Blyden, has on Monday August 29th 2016, highly commended a famous female lawyer Mariama Dumbuya Esq. for what Blyden describes as "a well written piece on female circumcision by a highly educated Sierra Leonean female lawyer".
Aug 30, 2016, 17:13

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News : Big Boost For Trade And Agriculture Sectors
As government is making strides in strengthening the economy, President Dr Ernest Bai Koroma on Friday August 26 received the Senior Vice President Mr Danko Stumbuk of Dole Packaged Foods and the Country Manager Mr Patrick Blake at State House in Freetown.
Aug 30, 2016, 17:12

NEWS : Politics
Ambassador Yansaneh Says “APC elects trusted people whom will stand behind it in thick and thin to the next Elections”
National Secretary General of the ruling All Peoples Congress (APC) has said the party is electing trusted persons that can stand behind it in all weathers.
Aug 30, 2016, 17:10

NEWS
Embassy, Chengdu Aidi Eye Hospital Sign ‘China-Sierra Leone Africa Brightness for Free Project’
Sierra Leone’s envoy to China has said his country’s quest for socio-economic development is not limited to interventions at the levels of Governments but that the role of private sector is also valued and always needed.
Aug 30, 2016, 17:08

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News : Amnesty International Says 130 people still missing 20 months after their arrest in Cameroon
30 August 2016 Authorities in Cameroon must provide answers about the whereabouts of 130 men and boys still unaccounted for 20 months after they were arrested in a crackdown on suspected Boko Haram members, Amnesty International said today on the International Day of the Disappeared.
Aug 30, 2016, 17:04

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News : Deputy Health Minister 1 Returns from 66th Session of the WHO Regional Committee for Africa
Thursday 25th August 2016: The Deputy Minister of Health and Sanitation 1, Madam Madina Rahman has returned home as head of the Sierra Leone delegation to the 66th Session of the WHO Regional Committee for Africa held in Addis Ababa in the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, between August 19 and 23 2016.
Aug 30, 2016, 17:02

COMMENTS & OPINIONS
The case of FGM in Sierra Leone: TO BAN or NOT TO BAN?
I have been off social media for the past few weeks and perusing through various fora/social media I note the hot debate regarding the banning of FGM in Sierra Leone. The unending "put under the carpet" issue of FGM reared its ugly head to gain the lime light once more because of the death of a 19 year-old lady who allegedly was initiated prior to her demise or died in the hands of the Soweis.
Aug 30, 2016, 17:00

NOTICES & DOCUMENTS
Sierra Leone Minister Sylvia Blyden releases Documents under Right to Access Information Act
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


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