Today's launch is the culmination of many months of intense exchanges and cooperation between my office and colleagues from the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry and the Ministry of Planning and Economic Development. What we achieved represents a radical shift in the way we work as partners. For the first time private sector partners are in the driving seat in implementing projects to mobilize the economic potential of Sierra Leone.

I am convinced that this new approach can unlock private investment and exploit significant opportunities in the agriculture sector with a specific focus on jobs for youth.

Ferry passengers have expressed dissatisfaction over the unavailability of two functional ferries to ply the River Rokel from the Lungi Targin to the Kissy Ferry terminal in Freetown.

Passengers say that such a constraint has had a telling effect on their trades and businesses. Some of the passengers informed The FrontPage that the one ferry system has placed their businesses backwards, notion that such a situation does not ensure profitability for them.

By Ishmail Kelfallah (SLCS Sports PRO)

On Thursday 20th February 2020, the Sierra Leone Football Association (SLFA) donated the sum of Le 10,000,000 and some sporting kits to inmates at the Pademba Road Correctional Centre, in Freetown.

It is a tradition of the SLFA to implement corporate philanthropy on those who need one, according to the President of the SLFA- Isha Johanssen.

By N.A. Koroma

From the onset of their journey in the heart of Hungary – Budapest, one of Europe's most beautiful cities, to their end destination in Africa; something was certain, the 16-days journey was laced with philanthropic ambitions.

As a part of their humanitarian work Sierra Leone, four European tourists, who were part of the Budapest-Bamako rally, donated assorted items to three schools and the Salaam community clinic which serves about 5000 people at Kossoh Town-Hastings, approximately 32 kilometres from central Freetown.

The four Finnish philanthropists; Pekka Saarelainen, Kristian Rastedt, Petri Suoniemi and Eero Taipale arrived in Sierra Leone on board Van#229 jointly  contributed to the humanitarian gesture. They donated assorted items such as footballs and sets of jersey and shoes for children, eight laptop computers and accessories, one IPad and a variety of medical items to the community clinic on 19th February 2020.

By Chief Officer Leslie F. Cole- Showers (National PRO, SLCS)

For the first time in the history of offender management in Sierra Leone, eleven (11) inmates at the Makeni Correctional Centre have graduated from the University of Makeni, on Saturday 22nd February, 2019.

They have graduated with a twin certificate in Community Development Studies & Entrepreneurship. The modules offered included: Information Technology, Agriculture, and Psycholsocial Counselling. The course, which started in July 2019, lasted for six months.

“When the course started, sixteen inmates were enrolled, but some could not pass the final exams, as is more often than not the case in every academic journey,” according to Superintendent Salieu S. Turay- Officer- in- Charge of the Makeni Correctional Centre.

He said UniMak did it as corporate social philanthropy, adding Unimak provided both note and text books for the inmates.

By Kandeh Yumkella

During a hunting trip at the beginning of the year, I used the quiet walk through the woods to reflect on 2019. In an effort to understand ordinary people’s perspectives about their welfare and aspirations, I dialogued with students and young professionals, and NGOs in Bo, Kambia and Makeni, and visited market women and youth groups in some parts of Freetown. I concluded that the best characterization would be that 2019 was one of our Country’s ‘Annus Horribilis’ – Bad Year.