April 15, 2021
Economy & Business

US Ambassador and Finance Minister Saffa discuss government economic policies

Sierra Leone Telegraph: 15 April 2021: US ambassador to Sierra Leone, Mr. David Reimer on Tuesday, met with Sierra Leone’s Minister of Finance, Jacob Jusu Saffa at his ministry’s office in Freetown. The meeting forms part of the US Ambassador’s wider engagement with senior  government officials, civil society organisations and [Read More]

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US Ambassador and Finance Minister Saffa discuss government economic policies

Sierra Leone Telegraph: 15 April 2021: US ambassador to Sierra Leone, Mr. David Reimer on Tuesday, met with Sierra Leone’s Minister of Finance, Jacob Jusu Saffa at his ministry’s office in Freetown. The meeting forms part of the US Ambassador’s wider engagement with senior  government officials, civil society organisations and [Read More]

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NRA urges GST payers to always demand electronic register generated receipts

Sierra Leone Telegraph: 15 April 2021: In a bid to enhance government revenue through effective collection of Goods and Services Tax (GST), the National Revenue Authority (NRA) is calling on all shoppers and service customers to ensure that they are issued with electronically generated receipts from cash registers when they [Read More]

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HRCSL calls for investigation and sacking of police officers who stripped female protester

Sierra Leone Telegraph: 14 April 2021: There has been resounding condemnation of Sierra Leone police brutality,  following Monday’s protest by students at the IPAM campus which became violent, as heavily armed police officers fired teargas and smoke bombs. A young female student – Fatmata Binta Jalloh was stripped by police [Read More]

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Gambian government must act now to stop environmental destruction in Gunjur

Ebrima Scattred Janneh: Sierra Leone Telegraph: 14 April 2021: The perilous activities of Chinese fish meal factories in the coastal towns of the Gambia, such as Gunjur, are causing extreme and irreparable damage to the environment, as well as destroying the lives and livelihoods of local people and their communities. [Read More]

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Junior doctors in Sierra Leone take strike action in support of assaulted colleague

Sierra Leone Telegraph: 14 April 2021: Junior doctors across Sierra Leone yesterday decided to go on strike after a female colleague doctor – Dr. Catherine Jackson-Cole was assaulted by senior government offcials in the ministry of health. Dr Catherine Jackson-Cole was pounced upon at a peaceful protest organised by health [Read More]

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In Sierra Leone – senior government officials assault female doctor while police strips female student protester

Sierra Leone Telegraph: 13 April 2021: Sierra Leone’s police force has established a bad reputation for itself in its fight against peaceful civil protests. It is now resorting to beating and removing the tops of female protesters during arrests, before being thrown into open police trucks like sacks of flour, [Read More]

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SLPP government’s subversive action against Mayor of Freetown exposed – Op ed

Abdul B Kamara: Sierra Leone Telegraph: 13 April 2021: Sierra Leone’s Minister of Local Government – Mr. Tamba Lamina has been instructed by president Bio to immediately suspend the people’s Mayor – Her Worship the Mayor Mrs Yvonne Aki – Sawyer (OBE). As I write, a committee has been established [Read More]

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“Even if you don’t remember me, those 2.5 million children will” – says President Bio

James Samba: Sierra Leone Telegraph: 12 April 2021: Despite decades of reforms in education especially school improvement initiatives, large number of pupils were still underachieving, failing or being pushed out of school in Sierra Leone. Clearly, a distinctly new approach was needed, the time for a serious government and policymakers [Read More]

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President Bio accused of misogyny and lying about refused entry to hotels in Japan

Sierra Leone Telegraph: 11 April 2021: Serious doubts are once again being expressed about the integrity and credibility of Sierra Leone’s president Julius Maada Bio who is now caught up in accusations of misogyny, as well as lying about being refused entry into hotels in Japan as president because of [Read More]

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President Bio tells town hall style meeting – development is a process

Sierra Leone Telegraph: 10 April 2021: President Dr Julius Maada Bio has addressed a cross-section of citizens at the Bintumani Hotel in Freetown, in what his media advisers describe as “the first ever presidential town hall meeting” to be held in the country. The event was moderated by journalist – [Read More]

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Why schools are central to economic recovery in developing countries like Sierra Leone

Dr. David Moinina Sengeh & Jacob Jusu Saffa: Sierra Leone Telegraph: 10 April 2021: Just over a year ago, Covid-19 drove the world into lockdown, leaving more than one billion children and students in developing countries shut out of school. Many countries cut short the academic year, hundreds of thousands [Read More]

Education and Health

Sierra Leone receives Ebola vaccine from Johnson & Johnson pharmaceuticals

Sierra Leone Telegraph: 10 April 2021: The government of Sierra Leone and the World Health Organisation have today announced that US pharmaceutical company – Johnson & Johnson, has donated thousands of Ebola vaccines to Sierra Leone to help prevent any major outbreak of the virus in the country. This comes [Read More]

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How do you rate president Bio’s three years in office – join the debate now

Sierra Leone Telegraph: 8 April 2021: President Maada Bio’s “New Direction” SLPP government marks three years in office.  Their manifesto promised to deliver better standard of living for all Sierra Leoneans. During his campaign, the president assured that his administration would not be business as usual. Three years on, how [Read More]

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President Bio’s clumsy attempt to defend three years’ record in office on national television

Sierra Leone Telegraph: 8 April 2021: President Dr Julius Maada Bio and three of his most loyal and trusted ministers – basic education minister Sengeh, finance minister Saffa, and Information minister Swarray, appeared frantically on national television yesterday morning to defend the government’s three years record in office. After months [Read More]

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Former president Koroma leads ECOWAS mission to observe election in Benin

Sierra Leone Telegraph: 7 April 2021: Sierra Leone’s former president, Ernest Bai Koroma, departs Freetown today to lead the ECOWAS Observer Mission to the Presidential Election in Benin, scheduled to take place on 11th April 2021. The eighty member observer mission includes experts from the Ministries of Foreign Affairs of [Read More]

Education and Health

WaterAid calls for funding to bolster health systems in the world’s poorest countries

Sierra Leone Telegraph: 7 April 2021: Today is World Health Day, and a new analysis by WaterAid shows that every single healthcare centre in the world’s poorest countries could have taps and toilets for just half-an-hour’s worth of Covid response spending. As G20 finance ministers meet this week in Rome [Read More]

Economy & Business

Sierra  Leone’s Civil Registration Authority to sanitise government’s pension payroll

Sierra Leone Telegraph: 6 April 2021: Sierra Leone’s National Civil Registration Authority (NCRA)) has announced that it will be conducting a biometric verification of all those who are on the government’s pension scheme, whose details have been provided by NASSIT and the Accountant General’s Department. The NCRA made this known [Read More]

Education and Health

Vaccines for Africa is a matter of global security – says Mo Ibrahim Foundation

Sierra Leone Telegraph: 6 April 2021: In a statement released today, the Mo Ibrahim Foundation has called for a series of urgent actions aimed at upscaling vaccine access in Africa. Africa is one of the world’s most vulnerable regions. The continent is home to 17% of the world’s population and [Read More]

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US government 2020 Country Report on human rights in Sierra Leone

Sierra Leone Telegraph: 5 April 2021: The United States Government has published its 2020 Country Report on human rights in Sierra Leone. In its executive summary it says: “Sierra Leone is a constitutional republic with a directly elected president and a unicameral legislature. In March 2018 the opposition Sierra Leone [Read More]

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Sierra Leone’s democracy: A focus on public trust in state institutions

Rev. Gibrilla Kargbo: Sierra Leone Telegraph: 04 April 2021: Given the current realities in Sierra Leone, it would appear as if the trust of the governed in the governors is a scarce commodity, thus the need to assess the situation and examine the key issues concerning public trust in state [Read More]

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“Even if you don’t remember me, those 2.5 million children will” – says President Bio

James Samba: Sierra Leone Telegraph: 12 April 2021: Despite decades of reforms in education especially school improvement initiatives, large number of pupils were still underachieving, failing or being pushed out of school in Sierra Leone. Clearly, a distinctly new approach was needed, the time for a serious government and policymakers [Read More]

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