Freetown, Saturday 22 February 2020 – His Excellency President Dr Julius Maada Bio, acting as Chancellor of the University of Sierra Leone USL, has urged thousands of young graduands, before conferring their degrees, diplomas, and certificates, to become entrepreneurs with innovative local solutions. 

“We can roast locally grown Arabica coffee to various tastes and package and label those as organic products from the rainforests of Sierra Leone. When marketed accordingly, it will create a brand Sierra Leone, contribute to GDP, create jobs, and create wealth for the entrepreneurs in Sierra Leone. Whatever efficient technologies you use, whether adaptive or disruptive, your objective is clear – create and pursue goals that others are not seeing or can see but have not taken advantage of,” he said.

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.

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 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.

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.