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By Awareness Times News
Oct 15, 2008, 17:12
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NEWS BRIEFS ARE SUMMARIES OF REPORTS CULLED FROM OTHER LOCAL NEWSPAPERS FOR THE BENEFIT OF OUR ONLINE READERS

Salone Gets 30 Egyptian Arabic Teachers


Reports have it that thirty Egyptian Arabic Teachers are due in Sierra Leone to inject new blood into the already Arabic teaching system in the country. Reports say the Egyptian teachers will partners with their Sierra Leonean counterparts to train young Arabic scholars in every region in the country. The Minister of Education, Youth and Sports, Dr. Minkailu Bah is said to have intimated that education in the country needs to be diversified in order to reflect the needs of every sector of the Sierra Leoneans society.


Civil Society Backs President Koroma


Chairman of the Civil Society Movement, Charles Mambu is said to have disclosed that his movement and the 50/50 group in Sierra Leone is backing President Koroma’s call for Sierra Leoneans to be putting on African attire every Friday. He is reported as saying that most Sierra Leoneans are accustomed with the western style of dress, resulting in the dwindling identity of the country’s culture. He said it is a welcoming idea from the President to call on every Sierra Leoneans to be dressed in African attire every Friday.


SLIBA Ends Sensitization in Kenema


Sierra Leone Indigenous Business Association (SLIBA) is said to have ended a day’s sensitization programme in Kenema. Reports say the programme was intended for range of small and medium enterprises and business associations. SLIBA’s areas of focus are in capacity building and empowerment of youths. SLIBA was founded in 1998 by a Sierra Leonean who was exiled in Guinea. President Ernest Bai Koroma, Sam King and others were the first executive members of SLIBA.


Fuel Price Goes Down


Petroleum Marketers and the Petroleum Unit have reportedly announced a reduction in petrol, diesel and kerosene prices from Le16, 500 to Le15, 000. Reports say the oil industry promised to adjust pump prices of petroleum products as and when there is a movement upward or down ward in the international price. According to reports, changes have taken place in the international market since the last price increase was made in May 2008. Reports say the situation will be under constant review and that prices will only be adjusted as the trend dictates.


2.4 Million Euro For Forest Reserve


Reports monitored from local tabloids have disclosed that the European Commission recently announced that it will provide 2.4 million Euros for implementation of the conservation of the Western Peninsular Forest Reserve. According to reports, the project, which has a total funding volume of 3.0 million Euros, will run for five years scheduled to start during the 1st quarter of 2009. It will reportedly be implemented by an international NGO, in close partnership with the Environmental Forum for Action (ENFORAC) from Sierra Leone.


Births and Deaths Registrars Trained


Acting Human Resource Officer at the Kenema City Council, Musa Salami Conteh is said to have disclosed that a two day training workshop for births and deaths registrars in Kenema city. The training was organized by the Ministry of Health and Sanitation in collaboration with the Kenema City Council. The births and deaths certificates are key documents that qualify a person to a rightful citizenship of any country. Mayor of Kenema City Council, Brima Kargbo is reported as saying that births and deaths registrars will also enable government to know the total figure of children given birth to and those who died within the years.


324 Nurses Trained For Passengers Welfare


Regional Coordinator for Passengers Welfare Organization, East, Mohamed Morie Yemoh is said to have disclosed that 324 nurses have undergone training in preparation to seek the welfare of passengers who fall in road accident nation wide. Reports say the nurses will soon be posted to strategic areas, mainly on Freetown highway and other roads leading to the provincial headquarter towns across the country, to safeguard the interest of passengers who will fall victim of road accidents.


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