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By Awareness Times News
Nov 27, 2008, 17:08
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British High Commissioner Promotes SLAJ Elections

The British High Commissioner to Sierra Leone has reportedly made a commitment to foot the transport fares of journalists to enable them vote in their respective Headquarter Towns in the November 29th SLAJ elections. The Chief Electoral Commissioner of SLAJ reportedly thanked the High Commissioner for what he described as a timely gesture, adding that this has clearly demonstrated the missions commitment towards strengthening democracy in the country.

FBC Students Threaten Strike Action

The Student Union President of Fourah Bay College (FBC), Alhaji A. Komeh is reported to have sent strong indication to the authorities concerned that if the accommodation crisis and the Junior Academic Staff Associations strike action are not speedily solved, they would have no alternative but to call a strike action. He made this pronunciation on Tuesday 25th November 2008 in a press conference held on college campus. NUSS President, Felix Koroma is reported to be in solidarity with the action.

Kamayama Bridge Commissioned

A bridge worth Le.70m constructed at Kamayama, Western suburb of Freetown has been reportedly commissioned by Works, Housing and Technical Maintenance Minister, John Saad, reports say. The Kamayama Development Organization and SLRA are said to have jointly undertook the technical assistance of the work. It is reported that, the Yugoslav Consul, Adonis Aboud, Sierra Construction, Andre Hope and Fawaz Building Materials provided the funds. Community people were reportedly grateful for the service. The Mayor George Herbert Williams reportedly presented Le.500, 000 as his own contribution towards the project.

44 Local Court Chairmen Inaugurated

The Provincial Secretary North, Abdul Dumbuya is reported to have inaugurated 44 Local Court chairmen for Bombali and Tonkoli Districts in the northern headquarter city of Makeni, reports say. Local court chairmen are appointed to maintain law and order in their respective communities, but not criminal matters including rape and other state offences. It was disclosed that applicants for local courts Chairmanship position have to fulfill certain criteria as their work is constitutionally technical. The chairmen must be residents in their various communities and can speak English and the language of the communities they are representing.

First Lady Receives Farm Land

The first lady, Mrs. Sia Nyama Koroma has reportedly received hundreds of acreages of land for agricultural purposes in the Kholifa Maban Chiefdom in the Tonkolili District. Hon. Alhaji Y. Thullah (APC) reportedly said that this offer was made to the first lady to develop agriculture and to serve as an opportunity for more youth employment in the chiefdom. Other developmental activities including health centres, schools and other infrastructural networks are reportedly involved as the projects kicks off.

Mayor Leads Cleaning Tour

The Mayor of Freetown Herbert George Williams has reportedly championed a team of council officials, including the deputy mayor, Gibril I.B Kanu to clean the central business district. During the tour, the Mayor is said to have advised traders and passers-bye to clean their surroundings and stop littering their environment, adding that it was an obligation. Reports says one Nigeria trader was asked to clean the frontage of his shop by the team but told the team that the hawkers and passers-bye are responsible adding that even though he was a foreigner he knows the law.

65 Police Officers for Darfur

It is reported that 65 police officers of the Sierra Leone Police Force will be deployed to war torn Darfur region of Sudan in December this year. This notice was made at the weekly police press conference on Tuesday at Police Headquarters in Freetown. It is reported that the awaiting officers are undertaking medical clearance before departure. Most of the relatives of the would-be Darfur officers are now awaiting to bid farewell.

Liberian Refugees under Police Protection at Gondama

Some Liberian Refugees are reported to have been placed under police protection at Gondama Camp since last year. Reports say the refugees were attacked at the Camp by unknown armed men, and since then, they have been placed in police care for safety. It is reportedly disclosed that the police station is unhygienic for the lives of these refugees and their present condition is worsened because of lack of adequate shelter, food and health care. The police commander attached at the station told reporters that they are not comfortable to work in that kind of environment but again they will not forsake the refugees. The police and the refugees are reportedly asking for the immediate intervention of the government and the UNHCR.

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