In what was described by many as an expression of
frustration, disappointment, resentment and disgruntlement by the No.1 Gentleman of the Republic of Sierra Leone Police (SLP). Dr. Michael Ambrose Sovula during an extraordinary august gathering of front line commanders in the Crime Management on Friday 5th November, this year, at the Senior Officers Mess, Kingtom, involving the Criminal Investigation Department (CID,) Family Support Unit (FSU,)Trans National Organized Crime(TOCU)and Scientific Support Unit(SSU) respectively, the no nonsense IGP in an unusual tone and disposition expressed his dissatisfaction and dismay over the attitude and conduct of Investigations done by the aforementioned departments and units.
The IGP who is an accomplished Investigator and Prosecutor over the years did not mince his words. In an unprecedented outburst, he out rightly condemned the lethargic attitude of some investigators, citing the improper and inefficient entries in the diary of actions, wrong charges on files, delay in Investigation, absenteeism to testify in court, failure to exhaust alibis amongst others. Amidst all the shortcomings, inadequacies, and challenges, he however commended few good supervisors and investigators who have been working assiduously and doing extremely well in their duties. He took umbrage on account of citizens’ perception about the Police which is unfavorable and unsavory.
The IGP underscored the core values of the institution which amongst others are: to value her people and also to deliver quality services to them.
The Government of Sierra Leone he mentioned is making reasonable efforts to meet with the welfare challenges that personnel are faced with.
Lastly, he commented the forthcoming promotion, emphasizing that some personnel would be catapulted to higher ranks owing to the fact that they’ve proven their mettle and worthy of recognition.
Prior to the address of the Inspector General of Police, the Deputy Head of Media and Public Relations Unit, Assistant Superintendent of Police, Samuel Saio Conteh, dilated on the misuse of information sharing bordering on public opinions, he spoke about “miscommunication, misperception, and misinformation.”
The Director of Crime Services, AIG William Fayia Sellu, remarked that the numerous challenges highlighted by the Inspector General of Police was acknowledged and would be given the attention it deserves, promised that there will be a paradigm shift in the disposition of personnel . He lavished praises on the IGP for his initiative on numerous activities that has motivated the rank and file of personnel generally, amongst which were: the re-establishment of ranks, the colorful decorations of senior officers after being promoted to various ranks, construction of new facilities in the police barracks, supply of quality rice, revamping of communication infrastructure, refurbishment of police headquarters, and other edifices, training of personnel in the specialized units, moral support to the Peace Keeping Unit, transformation of the Sports Unit with an Assistant Commissioner as strategic supervisor
He appealed to the IGP to assist in facilitating local and international trainings for Investigators. He also informed the IGP that henceforth, he’ll ensure that the Crime Management is not only monitored, vetted but “audited” regularly in order to ensure sanity and sanctity. Various Personnel made contributions, noting that never in the history of the SLP, has such a meeting been held with the full participation of no less a personality than the Inspector General of Police.
Krio Descendants Union Donates to Wellington Fire Victims
Mayor Yvonne Aki-Sawyerr, a cross section of Councillors and the Deputy Chief Administrator were pleased to receive the President and members of the Krio Descendants Union (KDU) at the New City Hall.
The President of KDU gave a moving speech in which she explained that KDU members at home and abroad were deeply touched by the Wellington Fire tragedy and wanted to offer their support by making a donation of Le20million.
Mayor Aki-Sawyerr thanked KDU and explained to them that FCC has collaborated with the Sierra Leone Medical and Dental Association (SLMDA) to raise funds that have been directed to: (i) feeding the burns victims and medical staff at Connaught and 34 Military Hospitals; (ii) providing essential medical supplies; and (iii) supporting the families of the fire victims as council has traditionally responded to community fires.
Mayor Aki-Sawyerr expressed her gratitude to KDU for their generosity and the show of solidarity with Freetonians affected by the disaster, assuring them that the funds donated with be used to support affected families.
Tourism Ministry, Others on Feasibility Study of National Parks
Officials from the Ministry of Tourism and Cultural Affairs, the National Tourist Board (NTB) and Line MDA’s (Ministry of Environment, National Protected Area Authority, NPAA and Conservation Society Sierra Leone) have continued the pre-feasibility study of national parks at Tiwai Island and Gola Rain Forest National Parks respectively.
The drive was borne out of President Bio’s desire for Sierra Leone to have its own Wildlife Safari by relocating exotic wildlife species from Kenya to Sierra Leone. The exercise aimed at ascertaining and comparing our habitats and that of Kenya to know their adaptation in our ecosystem.
Stakeholders of the various communities welcomed the delegation and thanked them for considering their communities in the development of the national parks.
The delegation thanked the people of the various communities for preserving the forest and urged them to continue to preserve it for touristic purposes. Gola Rain Forest has been earmarked by the Kenyans to visit because it is the best ecotourism destination in Sierra Leone and also marketable to tourists that will bring development to the community. The community people were warned not to kill animals and cut trees for the preservation of the forest.
It is expected that Kenyans will visit Sierra Leone to do an assessment of our National Parks before relocating exotic wildlife species to Sierra Leone.
The deputy Minister of Tourism and Cultural Affairs, W.I.K. Robinson, the Permanent Secretary, Andrew Sorie, the Director of Tourism, Mohamed Jalloh, the General Manager NTB, Fatmata Hamid Carew, the Executive Director of NPAA, Joseph Musa, the President of Conservation Society Sierra Leone, Charles Showers and representative from Ministry of Environment were all part of the delegation.
SIERRA LEONE PREMIER LEAGUE BOARD SPEAKS OUT
It will be recalled that Sierra Leone top tier league ended its first round last week in a fascinating trend, as the league standing got some shaking and surprised result as fans and administration of different clubs celebrated and some readying to spend big to get back to the country’s elite league stronger to battle relegation or fight to clinch its first league title.
Rumours on social media after the first round was that the Sierra Leone Premier League Board is set to cancel the league and pronounce the current league leader Bo Rangers Football club as champions, for no clear reasons after the Premier League Board and the country’s FA confirmed that this year 2020-2021 Sierra Leone Premier League Season will be in two legs in his first-ever eighteen (18) teams participation.
In a nutshell, the Sierra Leone Premier League Board had notified the public that, the second leg of the 2020-2021 league has been…
Is this a big boost or a fallback for the top league?
FIFA oks Steven Caulker to play for Sierra Leone
Steven Roy Caulker who is a Sierra Leonean-English professional footballer has got the green light to play for Sierra Leone.
The Alanyaspor centre-back is ready to give his all for his country after he has successfully switched his nationality from England to Sierra Leone.
He only made one appearance for the England national team and represented the Great Britain Olympic football team at the 2012 Summer Olympics, but the new FIFA eligibility rule has allowed Caulker to represent Sierra Leone.
The 29-year-old is of Sierra Leonean descent through his paternal grandfather, and of Scottish descent through a grandmother.
Caulker won his first senior cap for England just before age 21 in November 2021.
His addition to the Sierra Leone national team will be a big boast to the defend, as he demonstrated his leadership and experience during the international friendly match Leone Stars played against Morocco U-23 in October.
Caulker- Senior career
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