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By Abu Bakarr Munu
Apr 24, 2006, 12:59

EU doles out Le 1.8 Billion to EFSL

The European Union (EU), in consonance with Tearfund, an International Non Governmental Organization, has provided funds to the tune of Le 1.8 Billion to a locally based religious and Non Governmental Organization, the Evangelical Fellowship of Sierra Leone (EFSL), to implement three projects in different districts in the country. The three projects to be implemented include Agriculture and Food Security, HIV/AIDS Awareness, and Governance Advocacy.

Sierra Leone and Guinea meet to discuss pertinent issues

Officials from the two sister countries of Sierra Leone and Guinea have met at the Northern border town of Gbalamuya in the Kambia district, to discuss pertinent issues relating to border security and the likes. The main essence of the meeting was geared towards creating a forum through which officials from the two sister countries could share information centered on security and peace in the sub region, and also served as a forum for effective exchange of views and ideas on the way forward. The meeting also discussed the issue of persistent reports of cross border activities in the Kambia District.

IMC Releases its first Annual Report

The Independent Media Commission headed by the dynamic Chairperson, Mrs. Bernadette Cole has released its first Annual Report and Financial Statement which report covers the period of the Year 2005. The report is divided into sections. It includes names of newspapers, radio stations and TV stations that were registered in the year 2005. It also lists down the list of complaints made to the IMC by members of the public against media houses and states how the IMC tried to resolve those complaints.

OBBA gets new executive

The Old Bo School Boys Association (OBBA), has elected an eleven man executive to run the affairs of the association for the next two years. The renowned Surgeon Specialist, Dr. Baimba Bayoh, returned unopposed for the position of President. The election of the 11 man executive formed the climax of the just concluded centenary celebration of OBBA, which ended on Easter Monday, 17th April 2006.

Parliament to ratify press Code of Ethics

The President of the Sierra Leone Association of Journalists (SLAJ) Alhaji Ibrahim Ben Kargbo, has said in Freetown that the Code of Ethics for practicing journalists will be presented to Parliament by mid May for enactment. SLAJ, in collaboration with the Independent Media Commission (IMC), prepared the Code of Ethics, with a view to improving the standard of journalism in Sierra Leone.

Dog bites and kills one more

The death of a young man, Andrew Massaquoi, was on Thursday 20th April 2006 reported in Kenema, after he was bitten a couple of days ago by his own pet dog. Reports from the Kenema township indicate that the late Mr. Andrew Massaquoi has become the latest victim of dog bite, which has left a number of people dead. Reports have it that veterinary facilities are low in the Kenema district to treat rabid dogs. Resident in the district are now scared of dogs, giving rise to public agitation for mass killing of street dogs.

Birmingham University honours 2

The Birmingham University Alumina Association, Sierra Leone chapter, past Wednesday 19th April, 2006, conferred Honourary Doctorate degrees on two prominent Sierra Leonean academics. The former Fourah Bay College (FBC) Principal, Professor Eldred D. Jones, and renewed Agricultural Scientist, Dr. Monty Jones, were the two proud recipients of the prestigious awards. They were honoured at an impressive ceremony held at the British Council hall in Freetown

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