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Salone Says No to Gay Marriage!
A local daily has reported that Sierra Leone political and religious leaders have ruled out legalising same sex marriage, after the British Prime Minister David Cameron threatened to cut down aid to nations that do not recognise gay rights. Reports say the Deputy Information Minister, Sheka Tarawalie has confirmed that it is not possible that we will legalise same sex marriages as they run counter to our culture. He was responding to a warning from David Cameron, last month at the commonwealth summit in Australia, that London may withhold aid from countries that do not recognise gay rights. Ghana said No to Gay marriage recently.
Sierra Leone Signs Environmental Agreements
A United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) Consultant, Halima Tejan-Sie has disclosed that Sierra Leone has signed 32 multilateral environmental agreements but a local daily says only 10 of the agreements have been ratified. Reports indicate that the signing was done to manage the environment and help reduce the danger of environmental disasters, most of which include a broad range of provisions that take into account issues such as the lack and inadequacy of data and other information.
Many Institutions Owe NPA millions
Newspaper reports have confirmed that the General Manager of the National Power Authority Dr. Zubairu Kaloko has disclosed that the Sierra Leone Broadcasting Corporation SLBC is owing the National Power Authority NPA over 200 million Leones. He said the Freetown City Council also owes electricity bills to the tune of 300 million Leones. He said Parliament and Fourah Bay College owe NPA colossal sums of money. He noted and disclosed that plans are underway to buy 25 transformers to upgrade the system, maintaining that Sierra Leone has moved from 5 megawatts to 76 megawatts in electricity supply.
SALWACO to Improve Water Supply in Kabala
Local newspaper reports have stated that the Ministry of Energy and Water Resources has secured funds from BADEA and the Islamic Development Bank for the provision of water supply in the Koinadugu District. Reports say the funds were secured in close partnership with the Sierra Leone Water Company (SALWACO). The project was initially funded by BADEA with US$4m and later the Islamic Development Bank with US$12m. The land was however reportedly handed over to the contractors for the construction of the office building for the water project.
50 Stakeholders Form Forest Management Team
Reports say over fifty stakeholders from Nongowa, Lower Bambara, Dodo, Kandu Lepiama and Small Bo Chiefdoms have concluded a consultative and bye-laws review workshop on forest co-management north of the Kambui Hills. A local newspaper indicates that it is in consultation with the Promotion of Agriculture, Governance and Environment (PAGE) programme. Reports say it is financed by USAID to facilitate the formation of manageable and transparent governance structures in forest communities around the Kambui reserve forests. The programme covers 30 chiefdoms and 250 communities in the Kenema, Kono, Kailahun and Koinadugu Districts.
Plan International Gives US$55M on Education
Plan International has planned to invest extra fifty five million United States dollars in educational projects in the next three years, according to a local tabloid. It is reported that the project will benefit an additional eight million girls in developing countries. The additional pledge will add to the whooping one hundred and thirty million United States dollars that Plan International will spend on educational projects to target the 56 million beneficiaries across the world.
FCC/Korea Bank to Construct City Hall
Newspaper reports have it that the Freetown City Council FCC, in partnership with the Korea Export-Import Bank, has reached an agreement to construct the Freetown City Hall building. The five-man delegation from Korea is expected in Freetown on November 30, 2011 to do feasibility studies for the project. The Mayor of FCC, Herbert Williams is reported to have said that it is his desire to see the construction of the City Hall as a legacy for future generation.
NERICA Farmers Participate in Exchange Visit
It is reported that farmers who are engaged in the multiplication and dissemination of the New Rice for Africa (NERICA), have successfully participated in a farmer exchange visit to NERICA multiplication site in the four operational districts of Moyamba, Port Loko, Kambia and Western Area. According to a local daily, the exchange programme gives farmers an opportunity to interact, exchange ideas, compare efforts and emulate best practices in NERICA cultivation programme.
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