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As Tourism Ministry Continues to Attract Diaspora Africans, President Bio Confers Sierra Leonean Citizenship on 109 African Americans

As Tourism Ministry Continues to Attract Diaspora Africans, President Bio Confers Sierra Leonean Citizenship on 109 African Americans

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6th December, 2022.

The President of the Republic of Sierra Leone, Dr. Julius Maada Bio has through the Ministry of Tourism and Cultural Affairs and its Agency, the Monument and Relics Commission (MRC) conferred Sierra Leonean citizenship on 109 diaspora Africans that traced their root to Sierra Leone via African Ancestry. The ceremony was held at State House.

African Ancestry is an international organization that aids persons of African descent to trace their ancestral roots to a specific African country and their ethnic group. The Ministry of Tourism and Cultural Affairs signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with African Ancestry to create partnership and collaborate in facilitating and coordinating the authenticity, integration, orientation and affiliation of diaspora Africans that traced their roots to Sierra Leone.

In her welcome address, the Minister of Tourism and Cultural Affairs, Dr. Memunatu Pratt applauded the new Sierra Leoneans saying that the initiative was part of the development of the tourism sector and also the promotion of their heritage to not only rebrand the country but to diversify the economy. She informed the President that the Ministry has been able to develop and expand on the African American root tourism programme which she said has impacted the wider Sierra Leonean community. She mentioned that the 109 diaspora Africans have diverse skills and trades and are considering contributing to the economic development of the country.

Sierra Leone Signs $25 Billion Gas Pipeline Project between Nigeria-Morocco

Sierra Leone Signs $25 Billion Gas Pipeline Project between Nigeria-Morocco

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7 December 2022

Sierra Leone is set to benefit from a gas pipeline project worth over $25 billion, which when completed, would allow the country to enjoy gas supplies at a cheaper cost. The $25 billion project, which would be constructed over six phases over the next 25 years, would connect Nigeria’s immense gas supply to Europe through over six countries along Africa’s West Coast.

This is expected to reduce the high cost of gas, alleviate poverty in the region, promote socio economic development, and mitigate desertification through sustainable and reliable gas supply and a reduction in carbon emissions.

The $25 billion worth project took another step forward in Rabat with the signing of agreements with five countries, including Sierra Leone through whose waters the line would be installed.

President Bio and His Vice Receive New Securitized Passports

President Bio and His Vice Receive New Securitized Passports

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His Excellency President Dr Julius Maada Bio and Vice PresidentDr Mohamed Juldeh Jalloh on Tuesday 6th December, 2022 received the first copies of the new securitised national passports from the Chief Immigration Officer, Andrew Jaiah Kaikai and confer Sierra Leonean citizenship to 109 African diasporans.

The new national passport is an upgraded electronic version of the previous one with special security features to avert potential forgery and cloning of the country's passport.

Minister of Internal Affairs, David Panda-Noah, told the President, "I feel elated to be here as part of the continuation of the process leading to the provision of affordable securitised passports for the citizens of Sierra Leone. This passport merit International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) recognition".

He added that as part of the President’s directives to transform the immigration system, they had engaged the E-passport contractor to upgrade the existing passport to include special securitised features.

President Bio Receives IFAD’s Executive Board

President Bio Receives IFAD’s Executive Board

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State House, Freetown, Friday 25 November 2022 - His Excellency President Dr Julius Maada Bio has received the Executive Board of the United Nations International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), which was visiting the country to take stock of their interventions in the sector.  

Presenting the team, from the largest and most active donor in Sierra Leone's agricultural sector, Minister of Agriculture, Abubakarr Karim, said the visitors had been to some parts of the country in the few days to engage different partners and to also see how their funds were being utilised.

He noted that this was their first visit but IFAD’s investments in the sector was aligned with the government’s initiative to prioritise agriculture, adding that as donors they had also ensured a reliable and sustainable access to funding by farmers in the country.

VP Jalloh Engages Media& CSOs on Gov’t Achievements

VP Jalloh Engages Media& CSOs on Gov’t Achievements

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By Alimatu Fofanah

Kenema 25th November, 2022: The Hon. Vice President of the Republic of Sierra Leone, Dr Mohamed Juldeh Jalloh during the CSO-Media Retreat in Kenema themed “Consolidating Democracy: Our Collective, Shared and Patriotic Responsibility” outlined the ‘New Direction’ Government noteworthy achievements in four years.

Speaking at the annual ceremony which was organized by the Ministry of Information and Communications from the 25th -26th November, 2022, at the Kenema City Council Hall, Kenema, Vice President Juldeh Jalloh said the Government of President Bio has achieved most of its manifesto promises in the areas of Human Capital Development, wherein government investment in the social sector has augmented with enhanced budgetary allocations to education and health.

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