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President Bio Addresses ECOWAS on Security Situation Facing the Region, Calls for Preventive Diplomacy

President Bio Addresses ECOWAS on Security Situation Facing the Region, Calls for Preventive Diplomacy

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 President Bio Addresses ECOWAS on Security Situation Facing the Region, Calls for Preventive Diplomacy

By State House Media and Communications Unit

His Excellency President Dr Julius Maada Bio has told a meeting of leaders of the Economic Community of West African States that Sierra Leone is concerned about the security situation in the region but assured that his government will continue to support preventive diplomacy mechanisms.

“Our region faces a myriad of security threats underpinned by political crises, religious and communal tension, growing insurgency, banditry, cybercrimes, and transnational and other organised crimes. All hands must, therefore, be on deck to closely attend to the security situation in our community. We should do more, not less, to tackle persistent insecurity in our community,” he said.

He thanked the government of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and the Republic of Ghana for their contributions to the Terrorism Fund and committed to making their own contribution in short order.

Ministry of Works advises SLRA on quality Assessment of Unsolicited Proposals

Ministry of Works advises SLRA on quality Assessment of Unsolicited Proposals

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Ministry of Works advises SLRA on quality Assessment of Unsolicited Proposals

By Musa Kamara, SLENA Correspondent- Ministry of Works and Public Assets

In line with Government’s Medium-Term National Development Plan 2019-2023 Policy Cluster 3 on “Infrastructure and Economic Competitiveness,” Minister of Works and Public Assets Peter Bayugu Konteh has urged the Sierra Leone Roads Authority (SLRA)- Unsolicited Proposal Technical Evaluation Committee, Committee to ensure thorough assessment of proposals submitted by both local and international firms to assure quality road-work and value for money.

The Honourable Minister advises the Committee to desist from signing what he described as “conclusive agreement” with firms they presume can do the work adequately.

Deputy Minister Philip Tetema Tondoneh said that “quality should stand tall and MoWPA amongst its mandates, approved firms that are capable of carrying out the road works must follow SLRA designs and specifications, ensuring value for money and sustainability.”

Phodie M. Kamara who is the Deputy Director- Engineering at SLRA, said that the Unsolicited Proposal Technical Evaluation Committee set by SLRA is made up of credible institutions, and these institutions are charged with the responsibility of evaluating the proposals submitted by the firms.

2.7 Billion leones Early Childhood Development Centre commissioned at Moyamba Junction

2.7 Billion leones Early Childhood Development Centre commissioned at Moyamba Junction

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2.7 Billion leones Early Childhood Development Centre commissioned at Moyamba Junction

His Excellency President Dr Julius Maada Bio yesterday commissioned a Le 2.7 billion Christ the King Pre-Primary School at Moyamba Junction, some 165km from Freetown, built and donated by Mercury International as part of their Corporate Social Responsibility.

Managing Director of the company, Martin Michael Esq, said that since 2018 when President Bio launched the Free Quality School Education programme, their organisation had contributed immensely toward the construction of schools in many parts of the country.

He added that in October 2020 Mercury International constructed the Dr Kadi Sesay Girls Secondary School in Port Loko, the first such institution and a state-of-the-art girls’ school in that northern district headquarter town.

Mr. Michael further stated that materials used to construct the early childhood school at Moyamba Junction were of high quality and met international standards, adding that solar energy was installed in the premises to generate power and make the learning environment comfortable for the kids.

Tomorrow is Menstrual Hygiene Day  'We need to step up action and investment in menstrual health and hygiene now!’

Tomorrow is Menstrual Hygiene Day  'We need to step up action and investment in menstrual health and hygiene now!’

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Tomorrow is Menstrual Hygiene Day 

'We need to step up action and investment in menstrual health and hygiene now!’

Every May 28, non-governmental organisations, government agencies, the private sector, the media, and individuals come together to celebrate Menstrual Hygiene Day (MH Day) and advocate for the importance of good menstrual hygiene management (MHM). Over 800 million women and girls menstruate every day, yet across the globe they face barriers to properly managing their periods. The COVID-19 pandemic has only exacerbated these barriers.

Started in 2014, MH Day brings together the global voices and actions to promote good menstrual health and hygiene (MHH) for all women and girls. More specifically, MH Day:

  1. breaks the silence, raises awareness and changes negative social norms around MHH, and
  2. engages decision-makers to increase the political priority and catalyse action for MHH, at global, national and local levels.

The social stigmas and taboos surrounding menstruation often prevent women and girls from attending work and school. Even when they do attend while menstruating, the lack of access to menstrual hygiene products, lack of sanitation infrastructure such as private toilets and handwashing facilities, and lack of menstrual hygiene education can prevent women and girls from reaching their full potential in the classroom, in the workplace, and at home.

President Bio Inspects Work on the Myohaung Officers’ Mess and Single Officers’ Quarters for the Military

President Bio Inspects Work on the Myohaung Officers’ Mess and Single Officers’ Quarters for the Military

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President Bio Inspects Work on the Myohaung Officers’ Mess and Single Officers’ Quarters for the Military

By State House Media and Communications Unit

His Excellency President Dr Julius Maada Bio, on his way to work, today stopped at Wilberforce Barracks to inspect the near-complete five-storey building comprising 104 rooms with modern facilities for single officers of the Republic of Sierra Leone Armed Forces, RSLAF.

The contractors said the building would be ready for handing over to the government of Sierra Leone by August this year.

The construction project is a result of a Memorandum of Understanding between the Governments of Sierra Leone and the People’s Republic of China, PRC, which included military aid grants valued at 50 million yuan ($7.2 million).

It could be recalled that the President in late December 2019 turned the sod for the project, emphasising at the time that the future of RSLAF was in the hands of the junior officers but warned that they must be nurtured and steeped in the military’s ethos, values, and traditions which could best be accomplished in the Officer’s Mess.

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