NEWS BRIEFS ARE SUMMARIES OF REPORTS CULLED FROM OTHER LOCAL NEWSPAPERS FOR THE BENEFIT OF OUR ONLINE READERS
ECOWAS Meet To Solve Yenga Impasse
Reports monitored from local tabloids have intimated that a delegation from the Economic Community of West African States will today, Wednesday October 21 meet at the disputed boarder town of Yenga with heads of states from Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone in order to solve the Yenga land dispute. Honourable Ibrahim Sorie, who is the head of Sierra Leone representatives and member of the ECOWAS parliament is said to have intimated that after exploring several diplomatic ways to solve the situation but to no avail, they have thought it fit to make a report to the ECOWAS parliament to bring an end to the problem.
President Koroma Warns Poachers
President Ernest Bai Koroma is said to have issued a stern warning on poachers. He is reported as saying that fishing boats violating the country’s territorial waters would face the full penalty of the law. He is said to have explained that any boat caught fishing illegally within the territorial waters of Sierra Leone will forfeit all its catch to the people of Sierra Leone and may also likely forfeit the boat.
Harmful Traditional Practices Confab Soon
Reports have it that Sierra Leone will be taking part in this year’s 7th General Assembly and International Conference of the Inter-Africa Committee on Traditional Practices Affecting the Health of Women and Children in Cairo Egypt slated for next week. According to reports, the conference will attract participants from 28 African countries and 15 affiliates in Europe, Canada, USA, Japan and New Zealand. It will reportedly discuss topics for the promotion of gender equality and contribution to the improvement of the health status, socio-economic, political, human rights and quality of life of the African woman and child.
8 Mining Engineers Off to Ghana
A six month intensive course on mining engineering at the University of Mines and Technology in Ghana, which is being organized by the Ministry of Mines in collaboration with UNDP and the Dean of Engineering Fourah Bay College, University of Sierra Leone, has benefited eight civil engineers from Fourah Bay College, who recently left the shores of Freetown for the Republic of Ghana. Director of Mines, Alhaji Usman Boie Kamara is reported as saying that the ministry’s mission is to promote investment and regulate the mining industries in Sierra Leone through the adoption and implementation of appropriate policies and programmes geared towards the realization of potential economic benefit from mining.
Youths Kidnapped Fire Force Officer
Reports say police have arrested five youths for allegedly kidnapping a Fire Force Officer, while on national assignment, at Fourah Bay Road in the east end of Freetown. Police says a distressed call from the head of the fire fighting team was received alleging that some of his men were attacked, beaten and later kidnapped by unidentified youths in the area. The youths are said to have alleged that the kidnapped fire fighter stole huge sum of money belonging to one of the fire victims.
Minister Lauds SLPP
Minister of Internal Affairs, Local Government and Rural Development, Dauda Kamara is said to have commended the opposition Sierra Leone People’s Party (SLPP) led government for reintroducing the decentralization process in the country. He is said to have intimated that it was prudent that the former government reactivated the decentralization programmes as it ensures active participation of people in the administration of their localities. He is reported as saying that the institution facilitates equal distribution to resources available and that they are working hard to make the process a reality.
NPA Embarks on Massive Disconnection
The National Power Authority (NPA) is said to have recently embarked on a massive disconnection of residents that fail to honour outstanding debts. According to reports, the disconnection exercise targets customers who owe the NPA more than fifty thousand leones. It is also disclosed that customers owing above two hundred thousand leones will have there meters confiscated. Several citizens are said to have expressed that the NPA should have informed them prior to undertaken such exercise.