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Awareness Times News Briefs from Sierra Leone
By Awareness Times News
Dec 20, 2007, 12:03
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NEWS BRIEFS ARE SUMMARIES OF REPORTS CULLED FROM OTHER LOCAL NEWSPAPERS FOR THE BENEFIT OF OUR ONLINE READERS

Appropriation Act tabled in Parliament ??

The Appropriation Act of 2008 being an Act to authorize expenditure from the Consolidated Fund for the service of Sierra Leone in 2008 was reportedly proposed to Parliament by Finance Minister David Carew. The Act should take effect on 1st January 2008 for which the sum of Le1,018,621,700,000 One Trillion, Eighteen Billion, Six Hundred and Twenty One Million, Seven Hundred Thousand Leones is to be spent by the APC Government in 2008.

‘Education in Emergencies’ Confab Ends

The Minister of Education, Youths and Sports, Dr. Minkailu Bah has reportedly returned home after an Education Forum at the U.N Headquarters in New York. The forum dubbed ‘Education in Emergencies’ was aimed at raising awareness to the provision of access to quality education for over 36 million children deprived of that facility because of conflicts in their respective countries.

Hill Side Road Project’s fate to be decided

One of the projects to ease vehicular traffic flow in the city is feared abandoned according to reports. The Hill Side road that is to traverse the city from the east to the west is yet to come to reality even though the former SLPP government had paved the way to finalize arrangement with affected property owners. It is reported that the APC government is hesitant to embark on construction for fear that demolition of structures along the way may cost them their popularity.

Minister meets Local Government Authorities

Reports have it that the Minister of Local Government and Internal Affairs, Hon. Dauda Kamara recently held a district based meeting with government and local authorities at the Kenema District Council Hall at Maxwell Khobe Street, Kenema. The purpose of the meeting according to reports was to see how good governance could be enhanced in that part of the country to foster more development at the local level.

Ministries engage loggers

The Ministries of Agriculture, Forestry and Food Security and Trade and Industry have reportedly held a joint meeting with timber traders. The essence of the meeting as reports have it is to express the ministries’ concern over the exploitation of our forests through logging and other forms of activities. They reportedly formed a way forward with stakeholders on how to make the timber industry more sustainable and accountable to the government and people of Sierra Leone.

Lebanese pledges Le10m to Youth Fund

A local NGO, ‘Young People of Sierra Leone,’ has reportedly launched a fund code-named ‘Young People’s Development Fund.’ The fund which got an initial boost of Le.10M from a Sierra Leonean born Lebanese and one of the pioneers of the organization is to augment the effort of the Youth Ministry in managing the affairs of the youth population in the country. Various youth groups will benefit from proceeds of this fund to undertake meaningful developmental activities in their localities.

Kenema City Council Officials under fire

Reports have it that pupils of various secondary schools in Kenema, the Eastern Headquarter city of Sierra Leone have accused officials of the Kenema City Council of embezzlement and misappropriation of funds that they allege is responsible for the grounding of the school buses. The pupils have reportedly planned to mobilize to the council to enquire why the two buses are wrecked.

 

The president’s mother, Madam Alice Koroma has reportedly received the Woman of the Year 2007 award at a ceremony organized by youth in Bombali district know as All friends production. Sierra Leone in Makeni over the weekend. The purpose of the award was reportedly to show appreciation for the tireless efforts undertaken by certain personalities to develop the district.

Cold Storage on path to International Standardization

The Freetown Cold Storage Company, the sole producer of coca-cola products in Sierra Leone has reportedly informed pressmen that the company has embarked on a move to gain certification by the International Organization for Standard Certification (ISO) using the coca-cola quality (TCCQS); a customized and more stringent version of the ISO. The technical management of the company reportedly disclosed that the coca-cola company exists to benefit and refresh everyone who is touched by its business quality.


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