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By Awareness Times News
Feb 3, 2009, 17:04
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NEWS BRIEFS ARE SUMMARIES OF REPORTS CULLED FROM OTHER LOCAL NEWSPAPERS FOR THE BENEFIT OF OUR ONLINE READERS

Disabled Persons Cry for Help

Physically challenged people at the Yawei Vocational Training Center at Blama in the Small Bo Chiefdom, Kenema District, have called on the Government and other humanitarian organizations to help them with some basic amenities necessary to make life easy and comfortable for them. The center is contributing immensely to the socio/economic advancement of the physically challenged by way of enhancing their self reliance in society. The initiative is geared towards transforming the lives of most physically challenged people who seem to have lost hope for the future and have restricted themselves to street begging and some other dehumanizing conducts. The center is however in dire need of support to be able to achieve the set objectives and maintain the required standards.

APC Councilor in Violence Scam

Reports monitored from local tabloids have intimated that All People’s Congress (APC) party Councilor representing the Rural District of Waterloo, Mr. Maju Jalloh recently took the law into his hands by ordering the beating a police constable attached to the lumpa Police Station. The police constable is reported to have gone into coma as a result of the beating he received. He was later reportedly bundled into the Councilor’s car boot and taken to the Lumpa Police Post. The misunderstanding between the police and the councilor is said to have emanated from a row over a piece of land at Waterloo. Reports state that the councilor has been arrested and is presently in detention helping the police with their investigation.

Drug Inspector Complains Bo Police

The Southern Region Drug Inspector of the Pharmacy Board, Abdulai D. Bangura, has expressed bitterness against the police over the way and manner in which they are responding to cases of counterfeit drug peddling in Bo, south of Sierra Leone. He said since he took up that assignment, he has been able to engage all stakeholders concerned in a bid to bring them onboard the ongoing fight against the influx of sub-standard drugs in the country. He said the rate at which fake drugs are circulating in the market is very alarming in the southern region. He disclosed that series of culprits have been arrested over the years, but that the situation still remains volatile. He called for more support to be able to address the issue decisively.

Chief Gbondima Gbondo for SLPP Leadership

Popular Freetown Journalist, Chief Gbondima Gbondo, has declared his ambition to run for the leadership of the Sierra Leone People’s Party (SLPP) ahead of the 2012 presidential and parliamentary elections. He is reported as saying that his intention to vie for the party’s leadership is born out of what he described as "the need to rescue the nation and the party’. He also expressed determination to rid Sierra Leone off its negative vices, vis-à-vis corruption and poverty, if given the chance to rule this nation. He called on all members of the SLPP to work hands in gloves with him in ensuring that the party bounces back come 2012.

ECOWAS Donates US$100,000 Dollars to Victims of Army Worms

The ECOWAS Commission is said to have donated the sum of US$100,000 dollars to Liberians who have lost their homes, farms and other sources of livelihood owing to the attacks by millions of caterpillars in the Sanoyea District of Bong Country. The presentation was made on Wednesday 28th January 2009 to President Ellen Johnson-Sir-Leaf by the Commissioner for Agriculture, Environment and Water Resources, Mr. Ousseini Salifou. Reports say the gesture will help the Liberian Government to supply medicines, equipment and spray machines and insecticides.

Prison Goes 8 Months without Salary

Fifteen recruited prisons’ officers attached to the Prisons’ Headquarters have reportedly gone without salaries for 8 months. The Director General of the Human Resources Management, A.L Mansaray, is quoted as saying that he is looking into the matter and that very soon the said officers will have their names on the payroll. Reports say the effected officers are languishing despite the fact that they are still in active service. The officers have blamed the Acting Director of Prisons, Moses Shower for failing to look into their plights.


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