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Awareness Times News Briefs from Sierra Leone
By Awareness Times News
Oct 7, 2008, 22:08
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NEWS BRIEFS ARE SUMMARIES OF REPORTS CULLED FROM OTHER LOCAL NEWSPAPERS FOR THE BENEFIT OF OUR ONLINE READERS

 

SALPOST Workers Receive Backlog Pay


Reports have it that the Government of Sierra Leone has finally settled the nine months salary backlog owed to SALPOST workers. Information and Communication Minister, Alhaji Ibrahim Ben Kargbo is said to have intimated that the Finance Minister will be traveling to all the regions in the country to pay the SALPOST workers so that effective work for the nation’s benefit will commence. It could be recalled that the non payment of these staff has resulted in numerous strike actions, thus the deteriorating services at SALPOST.

 


MPs Discuss Peace & Reconciliation


A non governmental organization, Hope Sierra Leone recently held a dialogue session for parliamentarians, councilors and traditional leaders for the promotion of national reconciliation, local tabloids say. According to reports, the dialogue was aimed at promoting peace, stability and development among Sierra Leoneans. Speaker of the House of Parliament, Justice Abel Nathaniel Stronge is reported as saying that the dialogue was a unique opportunity for parliamentarians to promote unity and love.

 


Youyi Building Suffers Power Disconnection


Reports monitored from local tabloids have intimated that the Youyi Building Estate was a victim of no electric power supply for the past week as the estate allegedly fails to pay a huge amount of electricity debt owed to the National Power Authority (NPA), thus its disconnection. According to reports, the Youyi Building which housed half of the ministerial offices has to pay the NPA a staggering five billion leones for electricity consumption.

 


UNIPSIL to Sack Over 200 Workers


Reports have it that almost 300 employees of the former United Nations Integrated Office in Sierra Leone (UNIOSIL) would be sacked, as the office has now been replaced with United Nations Integrated Peace Building Office in Sierra Leone (UNIPSIL). The Executive Representative of the UN Secretary General to Sierra Leone, Mr. Michael Von Den Schulenburg is said to have disclosed that the transitional change will lead to a despicable redundancy as the 350 workers of the out-gone UNIOSIL management, will be slimmed down to 70 of which only 15 will be Sierra Leoneans.

 


Hill Side ‘Broke Ose’ To Commence Soon


The Minister of Lands, Country Planning and the Environment, Benjamin Davies is reported to have disclosed that the demolition of illegal structures within the mountainous area will commence soon. He is said to have intimated that the exercise is aimed at conserving the water attachment areas in a way that a clean and adequate water supply would be provided for all. He said members of the demolition task force have already been mandated to commence the exercise.


Salone to Get 2 New Cities


Reports monitored from local tabloids have disclosed that the Government has already put modalities in place for the construction of two well planned cities that will reportedly be second to none in the sub region. Reports say two portions of land along the Freetown Peninsular and the Waterloo axis have been earmarked for the proposed cities. “The cities are going to be well planned with four lanes, schools, hospitals and other facilities,” the Minister of Lands, Benjamin Davies is reported as saying.


41 Pupils Receive Scholarships


Reports say forty-one pupils of the Conforti Primary School, Calaba Town past Thursday were awarded a year scholarship each. According to reports, the scholarships were made possible through a donation by school children in the United States and their family members. Reports say 17 pupils were also awarded scholarships in the school last academic year.


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