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Sierra Leone's President Watches 'Dirty Fish' Documentary at State Lodge
By Awareness Times Reporters
Feb 22, 2010, 01:17
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President Koroma, last Friday February 19th 2010, in the Credentials Room of the Presidential Lodge, has played host to Duncan Copeland of Environmental Justice Foundation (EJF) alongside European Unions Consultant attached to the Ministry of Marine Resources & Fisheries when he watched a documentary movie entitled as Dirty Fish which catalogues the illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) dangerous fishing practices that need to be curtailed off our coastal waters. The visitors were presented to the President by Minister of Marine Resources, Hon. Haja Afsatu Kabba.

Following the movie, the President was briefed on the issues raised in the movie. Present during the briefing were relevant senior Government Ministers and members of the Strategic Policy Unit of State House, Messrs Herbert McCloud and A.R. Turay. The Ministers included Presidential Affairs Joe Koroma, Minister of Information I.B. Kargbo and the Minister of Labour & Employment, Hon. Minkailu Mansaray. The latter was present as part of the issues highlighted involved illegal employment practices by the Fishing Companies. Also present was Mr. Victor Cole, the local representative of EJF in Sierra Leone.

Contrary to the flawed news reports that is expected to come out in todays edition of a local tabloid that the said meeting was to plead for Hon. Afsatu Kabba not to be relieved of her duties, the meeting was simply for the EJF to brief the President about the illegal fishing practices.

Meanwhile, Mr. Duncan Copeland of the EJF has informed Awareness Times that the work being undertaken by the APC Government under the guidance of the female Marine Resources Minister has been exemplary. He opined that if Hon. Afsatu Kabba is given a free hand to carry out her expressed desires for the sector, Sierra Leone will soon see the E.U. ban on Sierra Leone fish lifted.


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