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Inter Religious Council of Sierra Leone condemns all forms of Violence and Hate Messages

State House, Freetown, Thursday 28 May 2020 – Representatives of the Inter Religious Council of #SierraLeone have held a meeting with His Excellency President Dr Julius Maada Bio at State House where they condemned #hatemessages and all forms of violence in the country.

Minister of Social Welfare, Madam Baindu Dassama Kamara, thanked the religious leaders for honouring the invitation. She also commended them for adhering to government’s measures in the fight against the #Coronavirus#COVID19, and encouraged them to continue praying for the country to overcome the virus.

President of the Inter Religious Council, Sheik Abu Bakar Conteh, thanked the government for its untiring effort in the fight against the virus, saying that that commitment was to ensure a country that’s COVID-19 free and to reopen doors for economic development.

“We wish to reiterate our role as moral guarantors of the peace in Sierra Leone. In the wake of a violent uprising in some parts of the country, coupled with #hatespeeches, incitements and misinformation by some unpatriotic Sierra Leoneans, we issued a press statement condemning in no certain terms such incidents and indiscipline which were becoming disturbing and unbearable.

“We further appealed to the government to continue carrying out her responsibility of ensuring that her citizens live in peace and tranquillity by upholding the Constitution of Sierra Leone, promoting unity, peace and justice throughout the country,” he said.

He again mentioned that they were meeting to appeal to government to consider reviewing the sanction on the closure of Churches and Mosques, so as to help them overcome the great challenge of meeting their people and for ease of sensitization and education.

In his response, President Julius Maada Bio commended the religious leaders for their support to government in the COVID-19 response, adding that the fight required collective efforts. He also emphasized the use of face masks, saying that despite its inconveniences, it had proven to be an effective way of stopping the spread of the virus.

He noted that his government had always condemned all forms of violence because it was not in the interest of the nation. He also commended the religious leaders for standing against violence, adding that as moral guarantors they had an obligation to ensure that the country was safe and peaceful.

President Bio added that the meeting was part of his government’s efforts to be inclusive and to also discuss ways they could continue to worship in religious centres while taking into consideration all the COVID-19 and other health guidelines.

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Human Capital Development Secretariat Engages Civil Servants on Flagship Portfolio

Dr Patrick Muana – Presidential Adviser and Head of Strategic Communications

State House, Freetown, Friday 14 February 2020 – Members of the Human Capital Development Secretariat have met with civil servants at State House to discuss specific targets set in the Human Capital Development, HCD, flagship portfolio of the New Direction government.

In his welcome address, Presidential Adviser and Head of Strategic Communications, Dr Patrick Muana, said that they were pleased to have a discussion around the implementation of government’s flagship programme. He also stated that the HCD was crucial because it bothered on the growth of the country, adding that the government had set specific goals that should be achieved in the areas of education, health and food security.

A member of the Secretariat, Wilsona Jalloh, said that President Julius Maada Bio had defined his focus on Sierra Leone under his Human Capital Development flagship portfolio, which included providing quality education, improved health care delivery and food security. She said that the HCD tracking team was leveraging technology, data, innovation and evidence to implement catalytic initiatives that would contribute to meeting their targets.

She also noted that the flagship programme looked forward to achieving targeted results by 2023, adding that they expected to double the number of boys and girls with functional literacy skills in primary school, halve the maternal mortality rate and reduce by 11 per cent the rate of stunted children under 5 and achieve 90 per cent self-sufficiency in rice production and increase domestic share of marine fish catch within limits of sustainability.

Emily Stanger Sfeile – Country Head Tony Blair Institute

Country Head of Tony Blair Institute, Emily Stanger Sfeile, said that achieving the targets would make Sierra Leone a global leader in HCD. She added that success was possible if they could leverage evidence, data and global experience to design, test and scale the most promising and impactful approaches, while fostering a new standard of excellence that thrived on ambitious delivery timelines.

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INDIA PROMISES NEW STATE HOUSE FOR SALONE

The Indian Government has offered to construct a new Presidential Office complex (State House) for Sierra Leone, to be constructed in Freetown.

This was according to the Vice President of India, Shri Venkaiah Naidu who was in Freetown past weekend.

In his meeting with His Excellency President Dr Julius Maada Bio at State House, the Indian vice president announced major areas of India’s support to Sierra Leone that will impact economic development in the immediate future.

He praised the New Direction government for ongoing economic reforms.

Sierra Leone’s Vice President Dr. Mohamed Juldeh Jalloh and his counterpart said other agreements the two governments had signed were for the establishment of a joint commission, cultural exchange programme and capacity building, which resonated with the President’s flagship human capital development programme

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President Bio To Attend Extraordinary ECOWAS Summit In Ouagadougou

GOVERNMENT OF SIERRA LEONE

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Date: 13th September 2019

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President Bio to attend Extraordinary ECOWAS Summit in Ouagadougou

His Excellency President Dr. Julius Maada Bio will attend the Extraordinary Summit of the Authority of Heads of State and Government of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) to be held in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso on 14th September, 2019.

The Summit has been convened to discuss the security situation and adopt a Declaration which will define a common platform on peace, security, radicalization and violent extremism in the sub region. The Summit will also feature presentations from the President of the ECOWAS Commission, Jean-Claude Kassi Brou, which will be followed by discussions on the security situation in the region as well as bilateral and regional initiatives to combat terrorism and violent extremism.

The African continent is facing numerous challenges such as illegal cross-border activities, terrorism, money laundering, violent extremism and trafficking in arms, persons and drugs which are common security threats in Central and West Africa. In order to address these challenges, the 55th Ordinary Session of the Authority of Heads of State and Government agreed to hold this Extraordinary Session in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso as a precursor to these threats.

His Excellency President Dr. Julius Maada Bio will depart Sierra Leone today, Friday 13th September, 2019 and return on Sunday, 15th September, 2019.

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Female Parliamentary Caucus Presents Fact-finding Report and Recommendations to President Bio

State House, Freetown, Tuesday 6 June 2019 – Sierra Leone Members of the Female Parliamentary Caucus have met with His Excellency President Dr Julius Maada Bio to present recommendations from their visit to Parliaments in the East African countries of Kenya and Rwanda.

Presenting the report of their benchmarking exercise at State House, President of the Female Parliamentary Caucus, Honourable Veronica Kadie Sesay, said the recommendations were products of the relentless efforts of the Caucus to support President Bio’s 2018 Elections Manifesto to the women of Sierra Leone.

She said the report pushed for the need to amend Section 74 of Act No.6 of the 1991 Constitution to include a new sub-section that would provide for two women Members of Parliament for each district who, subject to the provisions of the Constitution, shall be elected in such manner as may be prescribed by or under any law.

The Member of Parliament, representing Constituency 094 in the Moyamba District, continued that Government should develop programs to ensure that political, economic and socio-cultural factors that impede women’s participation in public life were addressed. She said they had also recommended for the amendment of the section of the Constitution dealing with resignation from public office from twelve to six months for women aspirants before elections, including other sections or provisions that limit women’s equal representation and effective participation at levels of public decision making.

“Government should review the country’s laws and policies to make room for corrective action with land reforms vis-a-vis women’s equal right to land ownership, retention and distribution. It should establish a campaign fund for women in politics, make resources available to women and girls to enhance their skills and prepare them for service and establish a National Women’s Council,” she added.

In his response, President Bio said he was pleased to see women taking the bold step to champion issues relating to their welfare. He said he was particularly concerned with women’s issues because women play important role in nation-building, adding that it would be a lip service to talk about development without including women, considering the fact they constitute the majority of the country’s population.

He disclosed that he had worked on a few of the submissions in terms of gender-based violence, especially as it related to rape. He noted that the declaration of a State of Emergency on rape was a way of protecting innocent girls that were being violated. He said he would look into the recommendations and discuss them within the framework of governance and assured of his continued support to women’s issues.

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Mayor of Hull City Pays Courtesy Call on President Bio at State Lodge

State Lodge, Freetown, Tuesday 11 June 2019 – The Mayor of Kingston-Upon-Hull in the United Kingdom, Steven Wilson, has paid a courtesy call on His Excellency President Julius Maada Bio at his State Lodge residence, Hill Station in Freetown.

Mayor of the Freetown City Council, FCC, Yvonne Aki Sawyer, who presented the visiting team to President Bio, said that the Mayor from the UK was in the country as part of the celebration of forty years of twinning between the FCC and the City of Hull. She said the twinning relationship started back in 1979 by a female Mayor.

She noted that as a female Mayor herself, it was an honour to welcome the delegation from their twin city, adding that the FCC was pleased to be working on strengthening the relationship between the two cities.

Mayor Steven Wilson of Hull City said it was an honour to meet the President and thanked him for the time accorded his delegation. He said Freetown was very much in the thought of the people of Hull and that their twinning with Freetown was considered valuable than any other twinning.

He disclosed that upon his return he would pass on his experience in the country to Hull City. He said they were aware of the Transform Freetown Initiative and that it was a pleasure and an opportunity to get a firsthand experience which they would report to their City Council in the UK.

In his response, President Bio said he was happy to receive the visiting team in the country. He said Freetown had relationships with other cities across the world, however, he described the one with the City of Hull as unique.

“We are very pleased that you have been able to be here. After years of relationship, we want to see how we can strengthen and deepen the relationship for the benefit of our two cities,” he said.

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