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By Awareness Times News
Oct 24, 2008, 17:10
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Le 500m Derived From Forestry

Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Agriculture, Mr. Augustine Sahr Sheku is said to have disclosed that the ministry has received close to five hundred million Leones from the proceeds of forest resources within a space of four months after the lifting of the ban on forest products. He is reported as saying that effective and efficient management of resources is one of the main strategies the ministry has employed to reform some agricultural institutions in a bid to increase productivity. "14 boli lands have been identified and cultivated for the production of ‘Nerica rice’ which is cultivated three times a year," he said.

Kids’ Network Wants Violence-Free Society

President of the Kids Advocacy Network, Edmond Fornah is said to have disclosed that his intention for the next two years is to see a violence-free society. "Plans are underway to write projects to relevant institutions to provide scholarships and also to assist in the launching of the network on 5th February 2009," he said. The network which advocates for children’s education and sensitization on HIV/AIDS, child trafficking and non violence was reportedly established on 28th December 2007.

Animators and Peer Educators Trained

With funding from Global Fund, Society for Women and Aids in Africa Sierra Leone Chapter (SWAASL) this week commenced a three-day training workshop for animators and peer educators at the Tombo Hospital. The workshop which targeted women in the Tombo Community was aimed at educating and sensitizing them about the causes, effects and prevention of HIV/AIDS. SWAASL Program Coordinator, Marie Benjamin is said to have intimated that the training is part of the organization’s responsibilities to train animators and peer educators who will in turn spread the messages they have acquired from the training.

Jealous Husband Killed & Buried Wife

Reports filtering in have intimated that one Osman Tholley, who suspected his wife, Sallay Kalokoh of having an affair with another man recently lured her to a cassava farm at Mamyakabai village in Makeni, where he reportedly stabbed her severally with a cutlass, slashed her throat and buried the remains in the farm. Reports say villagers who had noticed the absence of the woman discovered the corpse at the farm the following day, prior to the husband’s arrangement to escape from the village. He was arrested and taken to the Makeni Police Station where he is presently helping the police with investigations.

Education Minister Damns Njala Protest

Education Minister, Dr. Minkailu Bah has reportedly condemned the strike action staged by students of Njala University in relation to the suspension of four academic courses. The minister described the protest action as quiet unfortunate and a mere disgrace to both staff and students of the university. "The TEC was there to nurture and regulate all the tertiary institutions in the country," he said, while adding that "if the commission exercises its mandate by suspending such course while investigation continues, that should not be a problem to the students as they were only trying to ensure that the best education is being given to them in the university."

Bo District Council Generates Le 350m

Chief Administrator of the Bo District Council, Josiah Bangali is said to have disclosed that the Bo District Council is reported to have collected over Le 350m from local tax in the 15 chiefdoms in the district as at 13th October 2008. he is reported as saying that Kakua Chiefdom is leading in the revenue mobilization drive, closely followed by Bumpeh Ngao Chiefdom. He is said to have encouraged tax payers to cooperate with the revenue mobilization team, while assuring that tax payers’ monies will be used for its intended purpose.

BECE Results to be out Soon

West Africa Examination Council (WAEC) sources have intimated that results for the Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) will be out vby the end of this week. According to reports, the delay in producing the results was due to the data that was expected to provide the results and that WAEC was also looking at other cases such as malpractices.

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