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By Awareness Times News
Feb 4, 2009, 17:08
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Government to Blame for High Tax

National Revenue Authority (NRA) Collector in Kambia, Alhassan Kamara, has said it is the Government that should be blamed for the high custom duties levied on goods entering the country. Mr. Kamara made this statement during a two-day trade assessment tour conducted by the Minister of Trade and Industry, Alimamy P. Koroma. According to him, NRA is simply dancing to the tune of the Government, and that the onus lies squarely on the powers that be to scale down the high custom duty rates. It could be noted that the Importers Association recently staged a one-day sit down strike action to register their growing frustration over the rates charged on goods. The hike in the custom duty rates affects the prices of commodities in no small way.

16-year old wins TIGO Peugeot

16-year old Isatu Jalloh, a Senior Secondary School (SSS) pupil at the Providence International School in Freetown, has emerged the lucky winner of the brand new Peugeot staked by TIGO. The Peugeot was the grand price in TIGOs just concluded Jumpstart Promotion which started approximately six months ago. Receiving her price, the lucky winner expressed her gratitude to TIGO for making her dream come true and for the unique opportunity given her to own a posh car at her tender age. She disclosed that she has been a TIGO subscriber for years, and will always remain thus. She encouraged others to join the network, assuring them of maximum returns for their monies.

Cotton Tree Foundation Boosts War Wounded

The Cotton Tree Foundation (CTF) has on Thursday 29th January 2009, handed over the newly constructed War Wounded Secondary School and a Technical Vocational Skills Training Center at the War Wounded Resettlement Camp at Grafton. In his statement, the Commissioner General of the National Commission for Social Action (NaCSA), Conton Sesay, thanked CTF for a good work done and called on the beneficiaries to make the most of the facilities which he noted will help improve not only their livelihoods but enhance their self reliance and overall development. Also speaking at the handing over ceremony was the Director of CTF, Michael M. Kamara, who disclosed that the project worth over Three Hundred Million Leones.

Wife Spills Caustic Soda on Husband

David Gborie, an Okada bike rider residing at No. 5 Korjay Street in Kenema, became a victim of jealousy on Monday 26th January 2009, when his wife, Mariama Kamara, poured a quantum of caustic soda on him. Explaining his ordeal, the victim stated that his wife has been accusing him for a long time now of having extra marital affairs with a girl in the neighbourhood. He referred to the allegation as untrue. According to him, he had returned home that fateful day to relax after a hard day, when his wife suddenly started accusing him of the same thing and eventually ended up spilling over a container full of caustic soda on him.

Civil Servant Sentenced

A senior official at the Public Service Commission (PSC), Santigie Kalokoh, was on Thursday 29th January 2009, sentenced to one year imprisonment or an alternative fine of Three Million Leones. Mr. Kalokoh was arraigned in court on corrupt charges, by the Anti Corruption Commission (ACC), on 11th July last year. He was found guilty of soliciting and accepting the sum of One Hundred and Fifty Thousand Leones to assist relatives and other individuals gain employment into the civil service.

Traders Complain of Harassment

Traders at the Kambia District headquarter town have complained bitterly about the persistent harassment meted out on them by the so-called State House Security Task Force active in the area. According to the traders, personnel of the so-called task force have taken Bamoi Luma as their farm, where they go as they wish and take whatever they want. Members of the task force are accused of extorting monies from the traders amidst threats of arrest and molestation. Personnel of the task force are reported to be taking advantage of their ties with the Government. The traders have vowed to resist them should they continue to harass them unnecessarily. "We are sick and tied of this criminal conduct", one determined trader is quoted as saying.

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