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Awareness Times News Briefs from Sierra Leone
By Awareness Times News
Oct 20, 2008, 12:29
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NEWS BRIEFS ARE SUMMARIES OF REPORTS CULLED FROM OTHER LOCAL NEWSPAPERS FOR THE BENEFIT OF OUR ONLINE READERS

VP Pays on the Spot Visits to Ministries

Vice President of the Republic of Sierra Leone, Samuel Sam Sumana is said to have recently made unannounced visits to the ministries of Health and Sanitation, Social Welfare, Gender and Children’s Affairs and Fisheries and Marine Resources as part of his role to oversee the functions of government institutions. Health and Sanitation Minister, Dr. Soccoh Kabia highlighted his ministry’s constraints which involve lack of doctors and nurses but however say 80 doctors from Nigeria and Cuba are due soon. Social Welfare, Gender and Children’s Affair Minister, Haja Musu Kandeh says since the enactment of the Gender Act and Child Rights Act, funding has not been available for sensitization programmes on the Acts.

Financial Times to Market Salone

Reports have it that the Financial Times West Africa Representative, Mr. David Applefield in currently in Sierra Leone on information gathering on its economic progress for publication. He is said to have revealed that during his short stay in the country, he was opportuned to witness the second opening of parliament and also met with the President Ernest Bai Koroma. He says he has been able to gather a lot of news on the country’s effort in promoting economic growth and the creation of an enabling environment for the private sector to invest in the country.

Salone Gets 10 Naval Boats

Reports monitored from local tabloids have intimated that the People’s Republic of China has provided ten naval surveillance vessels for Sierra Leone. Acting Minister of Marine Resources, Rosaline Oya Sankoh is said to have intimated that with the provision of adequate surveillance patrol boats in the country’s maritime Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ), the days of poaching are now over. She also spoke of urgent need for thorough investigations, discussions and memorandum of understanding to be established among stakeholders for the regularization of industrial fishing.

SALPOST Goes Internet

Sierra Leone Postal Services, SALPOST past Thursday launched its electronic tracking system of mails at their Siaka Stevens Street offices in Freetown, which also coincided with this year’s world postal day. The Minister of Information and Communication, Alhaji Ibrahim Ben Kargbo is reported as saying that the day was celebrated each year in commemoration of the establishment of universal postal union in 1874. The minister says for the past two decades, SALPOST was unable to celebrate this very significant day due to institutional constraints, while adding that this year’s celebration witnessed the introduction of modernized postal system to customers.

Disabled Trained on Project Writing & Accessibility

A non governmental humanitarian organization, Handicap International is presently training a cross section of disabled organizations in the country on project writing and accessibility. The workshop is aimed at building the capacity of disabled persons with the needed knowledge and expertise to write and submit project proposals to funding agencies. Topics to be discussed include report writing, budgeting and implementation of projects to beneficiaries to achieve their desired goals. The training is hoped to empower disabled groups to enable them contribute meaningfully to national development.

President Koroma To Grace IIC’s 5th Anniversary

Reports say senior executives of the International Insurance Company (IIC) has extended an invitation to President Ernest Bai Koroma to serve as special guest of honour at the company’s fifth anniversary celebrations later this month. President Koroma is said to have expressed desire to see the insurance industry play a pivotal role in the development of the nation, while adding that he is pleased with the new ventures the company has introduced into the insurance market. He is reported to have noted that he has been watching their growth with keen interest and further promised to attend the fifth celebrations.


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