The Vice President of Sierra Leone, Dr. Mohamed Juldeh Jalloh has launched the Chief Minister’s Delivery Clinics with various ministries.
The delivery clinics brought together ministers and senior officials across MDAs to review their annual work plans consistent with President Bio’s New Direction manifesto as well as the medium term national development plan.
Speaking at the launching, Dr. Mohamed Juldeh Jalloh disclosed that the clinic was one of several tools that the Chief Minister initiated to enable the presidency to convey how they intend to effectively track delivery in ministries.
He said that the objective of this initiative was to put ministers and senior government officials in a delivery mind set to support delivery.
The VP thanked the Chief Minister and his team for the initiative saying the tools will facilitate and enhance delivery of major government programmes.
Chief Minister, Jacob Jusu Saffa noted that the finalized annual work plan during the delivery clinic would serve as the basis for assessment of ministers and ministries. He said the initiative was to find a better way of doing things for better results of mandates, programmes and projects.
“Local Courts Are Under The Judiciary”
The Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Anthony Y. Brewah, has disclosed that the Judiciary of Sierra Leone will now start the enforcement and implementation of the Local Courts administration which has been its statutory mandate as provided for the Local Courts Act of 2011.
He said the law has been in existence for the past ten years but the implementation was not enforced.
The Attorney General and Minister of Justice made this disclosure at the Bo District Council, Kakua Chiefdom in Bo Town during the on-going stakeholders’ engagement to implement the Local Courts Act of 2011.
“Local Courts administration is no longer in the hands of the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development, not even the District Office but the Judiciary of Sierra Leone,” the Attorney General and Minister of Justice said.
Registering his disappointment over the poor attendance of Paramount Chiefs from Bo District, the Attorney General and Minister of Justice said there is going to be recruitment for all positions and those who are qualified will be shortlisted and recruited to serve in those positions prescribed in the Local Courts Act.
He said a lot of misinformation have been peddled in regard to the status or position of the Local Courts, adding that this one week tour is to set the record straight by stating the fact as provided for in the Act.
In Kenema, Mr. Brewah commended the sacrifices made by all Paramount Chiefs and those stakeholders in the administration of Local Courts. He encouraged them to continue the good work in ensuring the sustainability of peace and security in their Chiefdoms.
In responding to a question asked by the Paramount Chief of Niawa Chiefdom, PC Mariama Jaward Tamia III regarding the appointment of Local Courts officers, the Attorney General and Minister of Justice said he is a lawyer with 30 years standing and the current Principal Legal Adviser to the Government. He said the implementation or enforcement of the Local Courts administration will not go contrary to the very Act which created it.
In his presentation, the Team Leader Hon. Justice Aiah Simeon Allieu said the 1963 Act was repealed and replaced in tandem with the Sierra Leone Constitution, Act No. 6 of 1991 with specific reference to Section 120 (1) which states that, “Judicial power of Sierra Leone shall be vested in the Judiciary of which the Chief Justice shall be the Head.”
He said the Judiciary has transformed, noting that a lot of reforms are underway and the Local Courts will be well reconstituted in the administration of justice at the local level in adherence with the customs and traditions of the people.
The team has travelled to Kailahun to climax the one week tour.
Saudi Arabia to AcquiresNew Embassy in Freetown
The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has announced its intention to open an Embassy in Freetown, Sierra Leone very soon.
This announcement was made by the Saudi Minister of State for African Affairs, His Excellency Ahmed Abdul Aziz Kattan, during a courtesy visit by His Excellency Dr. Ibrahim Jalloh, Ambassador of the Republic of Sierra Leone to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
“Plans are underway to immediately send a delegation to Freetown to finalise the technical studies regarding the opening of the Embassy. The opening of our Embassy in Freetown will further strengthen the long bilateral relations between the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Republic of Sierra Leone,” he assured.
The inauguration of the Saudi Embassy in Freetown for the first time in four decades of bilateral ties would not only strengthen the prolonged diplomatic relations between the two nations but it would also close a long chapter of constraints in obtaining Saudi Visas for students, visitors, pilgrims, workers in the private and public sectors, who often travel to neighbouring countries for consular services.
Key issues also discussed during the courtesy visit were:
• The pending visits of Sierra Leone’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Professor David John Francis and the Minister of Labour and Social Security, Alpha Timbo to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia;
• Reciprocal allocation of land for the construction of Embassies for both countries; and
• Plans to establish a labour agreement between the two countries to enable Sierra Leoneans to live and work in Saudi Arabia.
Ambassador Jalloh was accompanied by the Minister Plenipotentiary, Ibrahim V. Kondo and the First Secretary, Mohamed Sulaiman Sankoh.