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By Awareness Times News
Oct 8, 2008, 17:34
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NEWS BRIEFS ARE SUMMARIES OF REPORTS CULLED FROM OTHER LOCAL NEWSPAPERS FOR THE BENEFIT OF OUR ONLINE READERS

Ghost Sierra Leoneans In Germany

Reports have it that 99% of Sierra Leoneans in Germany do not have any form of identification. Sierra Leone Immigration Department Public Relations Officer, Kadie Sesay is said to have disclosed that this was unearthed during a two-week intensive verification program which was recently conducted in Germany by the Sierra Leone Immigration Department. The exercise was aimed at verifying and regularizing the status of Sierra Leonean Immigrants within the German Jurisdiction. Reports say out of 289 assembled for interview, 152 showed up but only 100 were confirmed as Sierra Leoneans.

£1M For National ID Cards

The Minister of Internal Affairs, Local Government and Rural Development, Dauda S. Kamara is said to have disclosed that over a million dollar pound sterling contract has been signed by the Government of Sierra Leone with a British Company, Thomas De La Rue to print National ID Cards. He is reported as saying that the said sum is meant for procurement of printing equipment and for the training of Sierra Leonean personnel to operate the machines. Reports say about 40% of the amount has been paid to the company over a month ago to enable it transport the machines to Sierra Leone.

Police Personnel On Investigative Skills Training

About thirty police officers from the Family Support Unit have commenced a week-long training workshop on Investigating and Prosecuting Sexual violence offences at the Senior Police Officers Mess, Kingtom, local tabloids say. The training which is reportedly organized by the International Rescue Committee in partnership with the training department of the SLP focuses on how to investigate and prosecute sexual and domestic violence offence.

SALHOC To Construct 1000 Lowcost Houses

Reports have it that the Sierra Leone Housing Cooperation (SALHOC) will be constructing one thousand modern lowcost houses in Freetown and the provincial cities in the next five years. According to reports, the estimated cost for the one thousand lowcost houses id fifty one billion leones. The cooperation has reportedly decided to construct 50 lowcost houses each in Freetown, Bo, Kenema and Makeni. Reports say a project proposal will soon be put in place to undertake the venture aimed at reducing the housing tension in Freetown.

Nigerian 419ers Arrested

Reports say two Nigerian Fraudsters, Adolphus Pooto and Ben Ekeke have been arrested by the Sierra Leone Police in Kenema for apparently conniving with a teacher to defraud a popular businessman of the sum of five million leones. According to reports, the businessman met the said fraudsters in the guise of them being international investors from the United States of America. They reportedly asked the business man to borrow them five million Leones to be paid as tax on their dollar transfer as they were not in possession of the Leones currency, knowing the same to be false.

SLTU Condemns Student Pregnancy

Marking the World Teachers Day celebrations, the Sierra Leone Teachers Union (SLTU) is said to have strongly condemned student pregnancy. The Union’s Assistant Secretary General, Mr. Augustine Kamara is reported as saying that it is a professional misconduct on the side of any teacher who impregnates their students, adding that the union will never tolerate any teacher who is found wanton for student’s pregnancy. He assured that the union is always in the position to assist the investigation process of such cases.

Salone Ranks 37 Out of 48 Countries

A 2008 report of the Mo Ibrahim Foundation, which comprised of an authoritative assessment of how Africa is being governed, ranks Sierra Leone 37th out of 48 countries with an overall score of 49.1 out of 100. According to the report, Sierra Leone ranks 12th out of 16 countries within the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS). The Ibrahim Index is shining a spotlight on national governance performance in sub-Saharan Africa.


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