By Juliana Vandy
The Honourable Vice President of the Republic of Sierra Leone, Dr. Mohamed Juldeh Jalloh, has spoken on good governance at the Young Political Leadership School Africa Cohort 8 program held in Monrovia, Liberia on Friday
The Young Political Leadership School Africa (YPLS Africa) is a program that contributes to the formation of a new generation of character-driven, politically and socially active leaders that would be accountable, responsive, and accessible to the needs and interests of their citizens and also help to shape the future of their respective countries in the positive direction.
The event is part of Naymote Partners for Democratic Development’s political governance program.
Dr. Mohamed Juldeh Jalloh will deliver the keynote address at the opening ceremony on October 25 2021 and go ahead to facilitate the first session on the elements of good governance.
While in Liberia, Vice President Juldeh Jalloh will meet with Liberian President Dr. George Manneh Weah and his Vice, interact with the Liberian media and engage Sierra Leoneans resident in Liberia.
The Vice President’s delegation will include the Ministers of Internal Affairs and Youth Affairs, among other government officials.
Meanwhile, organizers of the Young Political Leadership School Africa program have expressed gratitude to the Sierra Leone Embassy in Liberia and the Government of Liberia for their support.
The Alumni and Convener are expected to present an outstanding Leadership Award to the Hon. Vice President of the Republic of Sierra Leone, Dr. Mohamed Juldeh Jalloh.
The event is being supported by the Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA).
Forgotten Scissors inside Patient’s Stomach Removed!
A patient Zainab Kamara who went for a Caesarian operation but lost her baby in Port Loko District was experiencing constant bleeding and pain after a doctor that operated her forget a pair of scissors inside her stomach that later moved to her pelvic girdle.
She has been suffering with this pain for 7 years and later an X-ray was done on her and the results showed a pair of scissors lodged in her pelvic area.
After 7 years the scissors was finally removed by an expert from another country at the Masanga Hospital.
According to WIMSAL President Femi Jarret Coker through a Facebook post she called on the Government, Ministry of Health and Sanitation to investigate the Doctor that made such a life-threatening mistake and called on people with similar issues to speak up.
SLRSA Treats Parliament Committee with Levity
The Parliamentary Oversight Committee on Transport and Aviation chaired by Hon. Ambrose Maada Lebby on Tuesday 19th October 2021 officially concluded four-day visitations to Ministries Departments and Agencies under its supervisory constitutional mandate; to ascertain compliance in the following areas, status report, procurement plan, challenges, and successes
During the four-day engagement with MDAs, the chairman of the committee, Hon. Ambrose Maada Lebby said as a committee they are doing their parliamentary functions to monitor and to ascertain compliance with MDAs terms’ of references whilst underscoring the relevance of parliamentary oversight, cognizant to lawmaking, representation, and oversight. He called on MDA’s to put familiarities apart and deliver in the best interest of the nation. “Put politics aside and work diligently based on the manifesto of President Bio’s administration”, he asserted.
Addressing MDAs visited, the Deputy Leader of Government Business, Hon. Bashiru Silikie emphasized the importance of Parliamentary oversight and urged Officials manning these MDAs to transmit President Bio’s agenda into reality.
First visited was the Sierra Leone Road Safety Authority in which Committee members were very disappointed to be treated with levity by SLRSA officials for failing to produce adequate documentation in front of the hearing and based on the seriousness of the offenses a motion was moved to summon the Board of the institution and the supervisory Ministry to Parliament for further deliberations.
At the Sierra Leone Road Transport Corporation the committee engaged officials in which operational overviews and other related probing were done on the financial management for the period 2020 -2021.The General Manager disclosed to the committee that come 2022, thirty brand new buses would arrive in the country to alleviate the transportation issues in the country.
At the Ministry of Transport and Aviation, the minister and officials briefed the committee on their operational activities, ranging from their successes to the challenges.
At the Maritime Administration, the committee observed that revenue generated is spent hugely on overhead costs whilst the committee noticed procurement discrepancies on the internet service provided. Similar visits were made to the Sierra Leone Civil Aviation Authority, and Sierra Leone Airport Authority.
Overall the committee was very displeased with the documentation presented during the hearings and promised to see that the needful is attained.
The oversight functions were climaxed by conducted tours of facilities of MDAs and on the spot visits to the construction site, Search and Rescue Center at Sherbro Island, Bonthe District to ascertain work fulfilled. The Committee observed that the construction project has stopped considering the timeline and budget disbursed to the project. The Chairman and his team promised to summon the contractor to Parliament to ascertain why the delay in construction.