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Annual Inflation Rate Increases
A Senior Statistician of Statistics Sierra Leone, Mr. Samuel Turay is said to have disclosed that the annual inflation rate for the month of September 2008 was 1.16 percent which is slightly lower than the monthly increase in August 2008 estimated at 1.17 percent. He is reported as saying that the September 2008 monthly inflation rate was down by 0.01 percent when compared to the August 2008 inflation figure. “There were increases in the year-on-year rate of inflation in all centers during the month of September 2008,” he says.
MP Urges Doctors & Nurses
Chairperson of the Parliamentary Oversight Committee on Health and Sanitation, Hon. Bintu Myers is said to have implored health professionals to stay and work in the country for overall development. “Doctors and nurses should serve the country after successful completion of their studies rather than leaving for greener pastures,” she said. Hon. Myers is also said to have disclosed that the country now have 6 surgeon specialists, 3 pediatrician specialists and 8 gynecologists.
4 Colonels Decorated
Reports have it that four senior officers of the Republic of Sierra Leone Armed Forces, who were lieutenant colonels, were on Monday 20th October 2008 decorated to the rank of colonel. The ceremony which took place at the Myohaung Officers Mess, Wilberforce saw M.M Samura, Mamadie Keita, Bureh Sesay and Daniel S. Mansaray being promoted to the ranks of colonel. Joint Force Commander, Brigadier General Samuel O. Williams is said to have expressed happiness over what he described as a memorable event, stressing that he is very proud of the officers serving under his command.
Njala Students on the Rampage
Reports monitored from local tabloids have intimated that students of Njala University Freetown campus on Tuesday 21st January 2008 staged a wild protest against the suspension of some of their courses by the Tertiary Education Commission (TEC). According to reports, the students protested by barricading Jomo Kenyatta Road while burning tyres and wood in the middle of the major road leading to high profile areas, including the special court for Sierra Leone. The suspended courses include Bachelor of Science in Banking and Finance, Bachelor of Science in Accounting, Masters in Business Administration and Masters in Peace and Development Studies Programmes.
Guinea and Salone Sign Communiqué
In a bid to put to rest the Yenga issue, Sierra Leone’s Defence Minister Paolo Conteh has reportedly signed a communiqué and joint border agreement with his Guinean counterpart, Alimamy Couliballay. Paolo Conteh is said to have extended thanks to the Guinean minister for his warm reception in order to find a lasting solution to the Yenga issue. Sierra Leone’s Chief of Defence Staff, Brigadier Nelson Williams is said to have called on the Guinean Defence Minister to secure the entire border area against enemies, while assuring that Sierra Leone too will do it best to ensure that nothing of the sort exist between the two countries.
China Wants Malaria Out of Salone
The Chinese Ambassador to Sierra Leone, Qui Shaofong has donated a huge consignment of malaria drugs - 150mg Amodiaquin tabs - to the Health Ministry in order to effectively fight this killer disease. Health and Sanitation Minister, Dr. Soccoh Kabia is reported to have expressed gratefulness over the donation, while adding that: “malaria is the biggest killer of our people.” He is reported as saying that the donation demonstrates China’s concern for the health of the people of Sierra Leone.
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