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Awareness Times News Briefs from Sierra Leone
By Awareness Times News
Apr 22, 2010, 17:10
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Makeni faces water crisis


Makeni City, the Headquarter Town of Northern Province is said to be presently facing acute shortage of the supply of pipe- borne water.  According to reports, with no alternative, its inhabitants in the search of pure drinking water resort to using wells and nearby streams.  Since these sources are not chlorinated, medical reports declare that there is apprehension over the possible outbreak of waterborne diseases.


Free Health drugs supply kicks off


Local tabloids have reported that drugs meant for President Earnest Bai Koromas Free Health Care Services has commenced at the new Medical Store at the New England Ville in Freetown.  Civil Society Groups, the Donor Community, and other development stakeholders reports say, are presently monitoring the supply process.  This timely start of distribution is reported to be in line with meeting the slated date for the official launching of the newly instituted Health Programme by President Koroma on April 27th, 2010 .The Free Health Care Services is expected to run for 5 years, and pregnant women, lactating mothers, and children under 5 years are reported to be the key beneficiaries.


Disabled MP roars over delay in Disability Bill


A physically challenged Member of Parliament, Julius N.Cuffie has reportedly urged the Minister of Social Welfare, Gender and Childrens Affairs, Mr. Soccoh Kabia to fast track the enactment of the proposed Disability Bill.  MP Cuffie, a representative of the ruling APC party is said to have expressed his concern over the delay in making the Draft Bill into law.  According to reports, the Draft Bill has taken about 3 months since it was approved by Cabinet but has not yet be printed and sent to Parliament for debate.  This reports say, has made the MP cross because of the uncountable problems the physically challenged are facing in the country.


Kono natives question new Mining Plan


Reports have alleged that inhabitants of Kono District have questioned a new Mining Plan between authorities of the diamond-rich district and Obstacle Resources Company.  Although the deal dictates that the company will be jointly operating with the affected chiefdoms, the inhabitants are anxious to know the facilities they will be having from the agreement because of past neglect by other mining companies of their corporate social responsibilities.


District Chairman out to secure disputed Yenga


The Chairman of Kailahun District Council, Retired Captain Tom Nyuma has reportedly assured Sierra Leoneans that he will do everything humanely possible to regain the annexed township of Yenga from Guinean soldiers who have deprived this country for more than a decade.  According to reports, Rtd. Capt. Nyuma says his Council is working amicably with the Guinean government so that Sierra Leoneans resident in Yenga  will be  free from undue harassments


4 women crushed to death by delivery van


Four women are reported to have been crushed to death at Ferry Junction in the Eastend of Freetown yesterday when a delivery van with registration No.  ACM 619 ran into them after a mechanical failure.  According to reports, the driver, one Abass Taylor lost control and raced into a group where the deceased, Sallay Sesay, Mabinty Sankoh, Ya-Alimamy Sesay, and Zainab Kamara were waiting to secure transport.  Their mortal remains are said to have been taken to the Connaught Hospital Mortuary for post mortem.  Other victims who sustained serious injuries are reported to be responding to medication at the Emergency Hospital, Goderich in Freetown.


Liquid Gas project unveiled


A Liquid Gas Project, Afrigas, whose products will suit both domestic and industrial consumptions has been unveiled in Freetown, reports claim.  The Afrigas Consultant, Jidad Swaid says the Liquid Petroleum Gas (LPG) project will change peoples style of cooking and will prevent the country from environmental problems He reportedly informed that the project will make gas affordable for all.


Murder at Waterloo


Local tabloids have reported the death of a 23- year-old man, Paul Banister at Waterloo, after being stabbed by his rival.  According to reports, the deceased was alleged to have dated one Ramatu Bangura who used to frivolously spend on him which reportedly caused the stabbing of Banister by Ramatus husband.  The police is said to have mounted a full scale investigation into the matter.


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