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President Koroma Receives Parliament Structuring Report
Speaker of Parliament, Justice Abel Nathaniel Stronge is said to have presented a report on the structuring of Parliament to President Ernest Bai Koroma on Thursday 9th October 2008 at State House. Justice Stronge is said to have explained that a consultant was contracted by the United Nations Development Programme to undertake a study on the structuring of Parliament and come up with a report. He is reported as saying that the consultant worked closely with Parliamentarians and did what he referred to as a perfect job.
Concerns Raised on Border Security
Residents of a village called Gendema in the border town between Sierra Leone and Liberia are said to have expressed fear of insecurity at the boundary of the two sister countries. Residents are reported to have expressed concern on the massive movement of Sierra Leonean youths into Liberia on a daily basis. The recent frequent crossing of young people has brought renewed fears in the village. Assistant Inspector General of Police South, David Sesay is reported to have confirmed the occurrence while assuring that the matter is currently under discuss.
Journalists Engaged on Global Handwashing
In collaboration with the Ministry of Health and Sanitation, UNICEF past Friday organized a seminar for 30 journalists to prepare them ahead of the global handwashing day that is slated for October 15, 2008. The training was aimed at sensitizing journalists in particular and the public as a whole on the importance of the day. According to reports, the programme would be a national school health programme aimed at strengthening the country’s health sector.
10 Jets, 3 Ferries & Pilot Rescue Boats
President Ernest Bai Koroma is said to have disclosed that 10 jets, 3 ferries and pilot rescue boats will be available for the country in the shortest possible time. His Excellency is reported as saying that the 10 jets will serve as security apparatus while the ferries and the pilot rescue boats will be utilized to secure and enhance public movement. This disclosure was made during the state opening of Parliament where the president outlined his government’s plans for the coming years.
Windfall for 286 School Children
The Sierra Leone Red Cross Society (SLRCS) is said to have recently donated books and also paid one year school fees to over two hundred children of war amputees in both secondary and primary schools. The programme is said to have started in 2006 and it is aimed at helping the amputees through their children who do not have opportunity to go to school. Communication Coordinator, Abubakarr Tarawallie has intimated that they will be visiting these children in their various schools to know whether they are making good use of the offer.
Chief Wants Justice For Fullah Businessman
Paramount Chief of Sinkunyia Chiefdom in Koinadugu District is said to have appealed to the Sierra Leone Police to institute a speedy investigation to bring to book the killers of Bellah Jalloh, who was recently murdered by unknown militia men believed to be from Guinea. He also called on the government to strengthen the number of police personnel in the chiefdom, adding that the present security situation in the chiefdom is very appalling.
MRU Celebrates 35 Years
Mano River Union Secretariat in Freetown past Friday celebrated its 35th Anniversary at its Secretariat on Lightfoot Boston Street in Freetown. The union was founded on the 3rd October 1973 in Malima by two leaders, Siaka Stevens of Sierra Leone and Liberia’s William Tolbert. Guinea also became a member soon after its formation. To date, there are four member countries namely, Sierra Leone, Guinea, Liberia and Ivory Coast. Ivory Coast joined the MRU on the 15th May 2008.
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