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By Awareness Times News
Feb 6, 2009, 17:12
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NEWS BRIEFS ARE SUMMARIES OF REPORTS CULLED FROM OTHER LOCAL NEWSPAPERS FOR THE BENEFIT OF OUR ONLINE READERS

Construction of Kenema-Pendembu Road Underway

The Sierra Leone Parliament has approved a $10M loan agreement for the reconstruction of the Kenema-Pendembu Road. The said agreement is between the Government of Sierra Leone and the Saudi Fund for Development. The loan has a duration of 30 years with an interest of 1% per annum. Other key players involved in the Kenema-Pendembu reconstruction project are OPEC, the African Development Bank (ADB) and the Kuwaiti Fund. Accordingly, OPEC has pledged $12.5M; Kuwaiti Fund $10M; BADEA $10M and the Saudi Fund $10M, towards the reconstruction of the said road. According to the Minister of Finance who presented the loan agreement to Parliamentarians, the Government, considering the socio-economic importance of the project, has factored in its own contribution in the sum of $6.6M, towards its successful implementation.

Local Council Association Elects 2009 Executive

The Local Council Association has ended a 3-day meeting of all 19 local councils in the country, in Bo City. The Mayor of the Freetown City Council, Herbert George-Williams, was elected President. Three Vice Presidents in the persons of David Woobay representing the South, Patrick Samu representing the East and A.S Sankoh representing the North, were also elected.

Teenager Commits Suicide

Sixteen year-old Isatu Kamara of No. 14 Turay Street, Makeni, is said to have committed suicide. According to a relative of the deceased, Abdul Bangura, she was an epileptic patient and also a lunatic. He disclosed that the deceased was a victim of persistent provocation and ridicule by people living in the neighbourhoods. He pointed out that the deceased, apparently fed-up with situation, decided to drink a quantum of caustic soda which led to her demise. Officials of the Sierra Leone Police (SLP) are investigating the matter.

Kenema District Council Releases Drugs to Government Hospital

The Kenema District Council (KDC) has reportedly donated a large consignment of drugs to the District Health Management Team (DHMT) at the Government Hospital in Kenema City. The Mayor of the City, Chief Brima Kargbo, said the donation forms part and parcel of the obligations of the Council towards the medical needs of the people of the district. He registered his thanks and appreciation to the DHMT for the strategic role it has been playing in ensuring that health care needs of the people are prioritized. He maintained that the Kenema Government Hospitals now falls under the ambit of the Kenema District Council, courtesy of the devolution of functions from the central authority in Freetown to local councils. The drugs donated are intended to be administered on a cost recovery basic.

BODDA Gives Out Awards

The London based fraternal organization, BODDA, has doled out awards to deserving communities, with the view of implementing and motivating people in Bo District. The awards are in recognition of the patriotism, selflessness, dedication and commitment of the recipients in their respective fields.

Importers Still Unhappy with Government

The unhappiness of members of the Sierra Leone Importers Association to the exorbitant custom duties and taxes levied on imported goods, is said to have protracted. Reports have it that members of the Association are still unhappy because despite their recent protest action to draw the attention of the Government to the issue, nothing practical has been done to address their concerns. Because of the seeming neglect, the Importers have vowed to remain critical of the current situation until something immediate is done to make things better for the entire citizenry by reviewing the duties and taxes downward to reflect what is obtaining in neighbouring Guinea and Liberia.

Bombali District on Locust Alertness

Reports say the people of Bombali District in the north of the country are on red alert to combat the invading locusts that are suspected to be moving from Liberia into neighboring Guinea and subsequently into Sierra Leone. There is yet no report of locust infestation in the country, but speculations are rife that the situation is volatile and unpredictable. The Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security has reportedly alerted farmers across the country about the locusts, and that sensitization is ongoing. The Ministry promised to assist farmers with tractors, seed rice, micro loan and other opportunities needed to enhance their productivity.

Kono Diamond Dealers Elect New Chairman Saturday

The Kono Diamond Dealers Association is said to be bracing up for its annual general elections slated for Saturday this weekend. Contesting for the Chairmanship of the Association are four notable diamond personalities. They include the former Chairman, Prince Saquee, Kono Musa, Ibrahim Fofanah and Brima Lebbie. Of the four, reports indicate that the most populous is Mr. Lebbie. The election is going to be conducted by officials of the National Election Commission (NEC), in collaboration with local authorities including the District Council, civil society representatives and the District Mines Engineer. The police are said to be set to provide security for the hot contest.


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