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By Awareness Times News
May 11, 2010, 17:14



Resigned ACC Boss resigned over low pay

Erstwhile Commissioner of the Anti-Corruption Commission, Abdul Omoranike Babatunde Tejan-Cole Esq. has been widely accused of putting his personal interests above the nations. His criticism stems from news in a tabloid with close links to Tejan-Cole which revealed that Tejan-Cole resigned because his complains of being poorly paid in comparison to other African Anti-Corruption Commissioners were given deaf ears by the President Koromas led government. Mr. Tejan-Cole was said to have repeatedly complained to his friend, the editor of the tabloid that he earned barely above US$ 5,000 per month whilst his previous job paid him over US$ 12,000 monthly. Other reasons were given but this was stated to be the primary reason.

Police mourns for AIG Tamba Gbekie

Reports have it that, the entire Sierra Leone Police is in deep grief as assertions state the Assistant Inspector General (AIG) in charge of Personnel and Welfare, Tamba Gbeke met his untimely demise on 7th May 2010 in Freetown, following a short illness. Late Tamba Gbekie is claimed to have served the Sierra Leone Police for over 30 years with an unblemished record which made him a role model. The mortal remains of Late Tamba Gbekie is expected to be laid to rest on Sunday 16th May, 2010 at his Tior Village, in the diamondiferous Kono District, reports say.

Indians held as slaves in Sierra Leone

A local tabloid has exposed an Indian slavery syndicate operating in the country. The report claims that Indian business tycoons are importing fellow nationals into Sierra Leone on the pretext of providing them decent employments, but upon arrival, their passports are seized and are forced to work slavishly. An Indian business house, Metro Enterprise in Freetown has being named in the inhuman syndicate. The Sierra Leone Police is investigating the Manager of Metro Enterprise, Pa Cash alongside his victims, Rabvi and Dav.

Kroo Bay Community predicts excessive flooding this year

Residents of the Kroo Bay Community, one of the densely populated slums in Freetown, are reported to be in a state of total apprehension for envisaged massive flooding this rainy season. According to reports, if the garbage-clogged city drainages are not cleared before the rains intensify the scale of this years damage will exceed previous years. The inhabitants of this ghetto with notoriety for flooding have urged the government and other development agencies for a swift intervention.

Reverend Cole calls for Operation Prayer Storm

News monitored indicates that, the overseer of the New Life Ministry International in Sierra Leone, Reverend Archibald Cole has called for a united force in launching all night prayers for the well- being of the country. The prayer session called Operation Prayer Storm was aired over all radio stations in the country. This all out war against evil forces believed to be holding the country backwards for decades, from reports, will be aired from 12:00midnight until 5:30am. This divine intervention, is said, aims at preparing Sierra Leone for her 50th Independence Anniversary, slated for 27th April next year.

362 youths leave for employment abroad

Reports state that, 362 youths past Friday 7th May 2010 left the shores of Sierra Leone for gainful employment elsewhere in the world. This batch of youths who will be working in Iraq are claimed to have been assisted by the Overseas Employment Company in collaboration with the Ministry of Employment and Social Security. More youths the company assures will also benefit soon. This exportation of Sierra Leones human resource capacity the companys manager, A.J. Sesay, says, will stamp upon the severe unemployment problem hounding the country.

FAO, EU catapults farmers aspirations

The Food and Agricultural Organization in collaboration with the European Union are reported to have given immense financial, technical, and moral assistance to farmers countrywide. The intervention aims at bringing farmers under the Small Holder Farmers Commercialization Scheme which intends to erect over 150 Agricultural Business Centers for trainings that will materialize the food sufficiency dream. As a start, the scheme has trained District Agricultural Coordinators who are expected to offer future trainings for other farmers. The Agricultural Business Centers will be constructed by using local materials and technologies. According to reports, FAO, EU, and other agricultural agencies have postulated that, by bonding projects, duplication of functions and waste of resources could be eliminated.

NATCOM urges GSM Operators to register subscribers

The National Telecommunications Commission has according to reports tasked GSM operators to register their subscribers Sim Cards as at against the end of June 2010. Failing to do so, NATCOM says will warrant them to deactivate subscribers Sim Cards. This ECOWAS requirement of GSM Operators to register the subscribers reports claim does not infringe their privacy but debar crime and ease tracing in case of any abnormal eventuality. Data for this registration will be gathered from the subscribers identity card, passport, driving license, or office identity card.

Sierra Leoneans in China angry

While President Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma is in Chain opening Sierra Leones National Pavilion at EXPO 2010 in shanghai, Sierra Leoneans residing there according to news have registered their frustration, disappointment, and embarrassment over the way Sierra Leone was represented as compared to other nations. Sierra Leone is said failed to fully present its cultural heritage, local products, economic and tourist potentials, and investment possibilities. This poor way of showcasing one of the most endowed states in the world was perceived by the aggrieved nationals as a portrayal weakness by the ruling government, reports claim. The Government is yet to react to the claims.

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