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Sierra Leone president starts unscheduled visit to govt offices.

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President of Sierra Leone, Julius Maada Bio, on Wednesday took an unannounced visit to a key government facility, the Youyi building located in the capital, Freetown.

The visit is the first since he announced a new set of civil service rules since assuming office in April 2018. According to the communications unit at the presidency, the president’s spot checks were to ensure that his directive of April 9, 2018 was being complied with.



At each Ministry and Agency, President visited Ministers, Permanent Secretaries and other civil servants. Door after door, he entered to shocking surprises from civil servants, some of whom were only seeing him for the first time in person, the presidency said.

A cheerful Maada Bio is said to have thanked many of the Ministers and civil servants who were at post. He, however, left a note for a minister who was not at his desk at the time of the visit.

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In the seventies, the People’s Republic of China constructed and donated to Sierra Leone the National Stadium and the Youyi Building both in the same neighbourhood West end of Freetown. It houses a number of ministries and key government offices.

Even though the building is said to have elevators, the president it is said opted to use the stairs as he visited floor by floor to inspect and interface with civil servants.

At the time of issuing the presidential order, Maada Bio said it was aimed at cutting cost of government spending and injecting a sense of responsibility in the public sector.

Aside the order of reporting to work latest by 8:30 am, it also touched on the restarting of a national day of cleaning, re-introduction of commercial activities on Sundays and a ban on hosting government programs at hotels.

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Absa became the new competitor on the Ethiopia market.

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Absa Bank Of South Africa’s  has become the Latest Multinational Corporation to show Interest in Organizing the Ethiopia market.

Ethiopia has since Prevented Foreign Ownership in Economic Sectors that Includes Banking but Abiy Ahmed has began to take fast Action on the issue since he came to power in April.



Jason Quinn, the bank’s chief financial officer, told reporters that Absa was investigating on how and where to enter in a number of populating market, including Nigeria and Angola.

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Am Entrance made into the Ethiopia market of 100 million People, would be part of a Scheme made by Absa after it break from Britain’s Barclays in 2017.

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Ethiopia has plans to liberalise state-owned companies including Ethiopian Airlines, Ethio Telecom, Ethiopian Shipping & Logistics Services Enterprise, and Ethiopian Electric Power, in order to attract foreign direct investment and stimulate growth.

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Black box of the Ethiopian Airline Crash recovered.

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The United Nations described the Sunday crash of the Ethiopia airline as disastrous saying it has cost them a great loss.



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Michael Moller, director-general of the U.N. European head garters said this was the worst loss suffered in years in Geneva in a statement where 150 people where gathered.

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Investigators in Ethiopia have recovered the black box from the ill-fated Ethiopian airline this Sunday.

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