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By Awareness Times News
Oct 2, 2009, 17:12
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NRA Denies Giving Money to Civil Society

Reports have it that the Commissioner General of the National Revenue Authority (NRA) has categorically denied giving money to any civil society organization in return for civic education on the soon to be introduced Goods and Services Tax (GST). Reports further states that the NRA Commissioner General, Alieu Sesay, says NRA as an institution can only collaborate by organizing workshops for civil society activists to educate them about GST so they can in turn sensitize the public.

Police Intercepts four Cartons deadly Ammunition

Local tabloids reports have informed that the Operational Support Division (OSD) of the Sierra Leone Police on Tuesday 29th September 2009 discovered four cartons of short gun cartridges along the Bo-Kenema Highway. Reports say the discovery was made after the OSD set up a random mobile checkpoint along that axis linking the southern and eastern regions of the country. Reports say the driver of the intercepted vehicle containing the cartridges took to his heels when the cartridges were unearthed. Meanwhile, one Lansana Foday of Boajibu Town has been identified as the owner of the cartridges. When interrogated, Lansana confirmed ownership of the cartridges and was thereby arrested and conveyed to the Kenema Police Station where he was charged with the offence of unlawful possession of ammunition.

FCC To Get a Radio Station

Local tabloids reports say the Freetown City Council (FCC) will soon get its own radio station. According to reports, this disclosure was made by the Mayor of Freetown while addressing councilors on Wednesday 30th September 2009 at the councils conference hall in Freetown. Reports went on to state that Mayor Herbert George Williams was addressing councilors on developmental projects undertaken by the new management of FCC. He said the station will be used to sensitize residents of the Freetown Municipality on the activities of the council, adding that a committee has been set up to fast track the registration process.

TBAs Blamed for Sierra Leones high Maternal Deaths

It has been reported by local newspapers that medical experts have heaped blame on Traditional Birth Attendants (TBAs) for the high maternal death rate that has positioned Sierra Leone as the country with the second highest child mortality rate in the world as recorded by UNICEF and the World Health Organization (WHO). According to reports, the TBAs are blamed for not being able to handle problems of birth including hemorrhaging. The TBAs have however argued that they are conscious of the fact that they are playing a major role in child delivery across the country. According to the TBAs, Sierra Leone is a very poor country and that most pregnant women prefer them to the conventional nurses whose services are deemed to be too expensive for the poor man to afford. They also cited the fact that the road network in certain places up country is deplorable, thereby making access to distant health centers hardly possible.

President Koroma expresses Concern over Security in Guinea

Newspaper reports say President Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma has expressed serious concern over the recent unsatisfactory security situation in neighboring Guinea. Reports state that the president expressed this concern while addressing newsmen at State House on his return from the United Nations General Assemble in New York. It was reported that President Koroma said his government is monitoring the situation closely, adding that his government views the situation as very critical. He called on the international comminute not to abandon Sierra Leone.

British Red Cross Supports Daru Flood Victims

Newspaper reports have reported that the British Red Cross has again shown interest and concern for victims of disaster in Sierra Leone. This time, the organization is reported to have doled out a consignment of much needed items for the Daru flood victims. Report says on Thursday 24th to Friday 29th September 2009, the British Red Cross distributed relief items to affected families who suffered immensely as a result of the flood.

2,500 Iraqi Security Jobs for Sierra Leone

Local tabloids reports have disclosed that there are about 2,500 Iraqi security jobs for Sierra Leoneans. Reports say a large number of Sierra Leoneans with experience in working with security forces are to be employed to work in Iraq and Afghanistan. This disclosure is reported to have been made by the Minister of Labor Employment and Social Security, Hon. Minkailu Mansaray.

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