Some 90 percent of prison inmates nationwide comprises of young people, the head of Sierra Leone’s prisons has disclosed, warning that crime among this category of the population is on the rise and needs attention.
Mr. Sanpha Billo Kamara, Director General of the Sierra Leone Correctional Services, was speaking to journalists on Monday. He stated that as of last week, August 22, there were a total of 4, 445 inmates locked up in about 16 prison facilities across the country.
Weeks after losing the March 2018 elections, former President Koroma announced the formation of a Committee of Nine responsible for conducting a review of the party’s performance at the elections, and report on how best to restructure and reform the party.
A little over four months on, there are accusations by party members and supporters that the Committee of Nine has failed to achieve its brief, as former President Koroma continues to maintain a tight grip on the party.
One Rashid Momoh has been remanded in custody by Santigie Bangura adjudicating the Freetown Magistrate Court No.1 at Siaka Stevens Street for allegedly impersonating the Minister of Youth Affairs, Mohamed Orman Bangura.
The accused person is charged with the offences of Conspiracy to Defraud, contrary to law and Forgery, which negates Section (2) sub Section (1a) of the Forgery Act of 1913 of the laws of Sierra Leone.
Minister Kallon partaking in the disposal of waste
In line with President Julius Maada Bio's clarion call to have a healthy environment, the Deputy Minister of Youth Affairs-Lusine Kallon has over the weekend joined his colleague Ministers to clean the Kono Government hospital and other parts of the township.
Head of the Emergency and Resuscitation Unit, Madam Umu Hawa Jalloh described the Deputy Minister of Youth Affairs as "a servant of the people."
"This is a novelty in Kono's history to have a sitting Mayor flanked by two Deputy Ministers and Senior Government functionaries from Freetown to participate in the national cleaning exercise," Nurse Jalloh said. She averred that the beauty about President Bio's New Direction is a collective effort that is backed by action.
According to recent report on the SLPP Government’s achievements within one hundred days in office, one of is that the National Youth Scheme is at present recruiting the first set of Youth Corps.
The report states that this project targets young graduates from tertiary institutions to participate in a year voluntary service to the state. The Ministry in order to achieve this has toured the entire country, holding meetings with stakeholders including paramount chiefs, students, Civil Society Organizations, among others.
Following misuse of drugs by youth in the country, Young Africa Leading Initiative (YALI) during the weekend embarked on drugs sensitization with youth of Magazine community. The sensitization program was attended by representatives from National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, Green Parliamentarians, clique members and community stakeholders with the topic: "Choose life. Resist drug abuse."
The Minister of Youth Affairs Mohamed Orman Bangura has paid an official visit to the country Representative of the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations.
During this maiden visit at the FAO's country office, Signal Hill in Freetown, the Minister on behalf of the Government of Sierra Leone extended gratification and thanks for their continued support to the youth of the country.
The Deputy Minister of Youth Affairs, Lusine Kallon has warned stakeholders in Kenema City, Nongowa Chiefdom that abuse of youth by some rogue politicians must stop under the New Direction.
Speaking recently at the National Youth Service Planning Meeting organized at the Kenema District Council hall, the Deputy Youth Affairs Minister said during the 2018 national elections “youth were brain-washed into voting on tribal and regional lines to the advantage of some rogue politicians.” He added that, “youth that were misused were later abandoned by their political godfathers, thus leading to youth disenchantment and anger against society which in turn leads them to engaging in criminal and violent activities. “This must stop,” he warned.
The Deputy Minister of Youth Affairs, Lusine Kallon during last Saturday’s National Cleaning Exercise joined thousands Bo City residents, southern Sierra Leone to clean the entire township.
In an interview the Deputy Youth Affairs Minister said: “I am participating in the cleaning exercise because President Bio’s New Direction believes that a healthy environment is a wealthy environment.” According to him, many international indexes have labeled the country as being filthy and the worst place to give birth and live. He added that this sad situation has been blamed on poor sanitary condition in the country,
The Deputy Minister of Youth Affairs-Designate, Lusine Kallon could best be described as a fine gentleman with humble beginnings. Lusine Kallon's rise to political glory or prominence is by no means fortuitous. It is a feat that he thoroughly deserves.
He is endowed with a rare jenesequioa that distinguishes him from many and that places him on an admirable pedestal to discharge his new responsibility with distinction.
His Excellency president Dr. Julius Maada Bio has revealed plans for his government to develop Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) to provide technical skills to youth in areas relevant for the job market.
The president who was speaking at the State Opening of the Fifth parliament of the Second Republic of Sierra Leone yesterday in the Well of Parliament said:
The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of LAKE Production Company, Alhaji K. Tarawally fondly known as Laj-K, has bags the prestigious West Africa Young Leadership and Community Development Award 2018 for his leadership, advocacy and community development in the country.
The event took place at the Five Star La Villa Hotel in Accra, Ghana, on Saturday 21st April 2018.
Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Lake Production Company, Alhaji K. Tarawallie aka Laj K, has informed AYV that he is set for Accra, Ghana on 21st April, 2018 to collect the prestigious West Africa Young Leadership and Community Development Award 2018 for his vocal and community development in the country.
An international investment company TIDFORE together with National Port Development (NPD) says it will soon provide over three thousand jobs for youth residing in Fourah Bay, Cline Town and environs.
This disclosure was made recently following the two companies’ public disclosure on their Environmental & Social Impact Assessment (ESIA) for the expansion of the Queen Elizabeth II Quay (Sierra Leone Port project) in Freetown.
“Youth Arise!!! …Yaaaa!!! Youth Arise!!! Yaaaa!!! ….Who got the power? We got the power!! Who got the power? The youth got the power!!”
That’s the rousing call of the youth group I am co-founder for in the year 2000. Words have power. Think on the words of Youth Arise again as both the SLPP and the APC this week elect their flag bearers for the 2018 election: “The youth got the power!!” There is grave danger for any political party that does not lend profundity to that demographic reality of Sierra Leone today
Speaking to AYV yesterday, the chairman of PWD/Pademba Road youth organizations, Mohamed Bangura aka Papa, explained that over the years they had been soliciting support from politicians representing their area as Member of Parliament and Councilor towards cleaning the Samba Gutter which cuts across communities beginning from Sumaila Town unto Charles Street and beyond.
According to ‘Papa’ the time is now for politicians to prove their mettle in ensuring that what they had forgotten to do whilst they were in the position; they should now do.
According to the All People’s Congress (APC) Manifesto 2018, prior to 2007, government’s intervention in the youth sector was largely fragmented and ad-hoc in nature, leaving behind poorly funded and in some cases, poorly youth coordinated programmes.
It went on to state that the APC Government recognizes that Sierra Leone’s population is youthful, hence has been making important strides toward improving youth development and empowerment through strategic policies and programmes, since it assumed power in 2007.