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By Awareness Times News
May 25, 2010, 19:34



Teachers Boycott HIV/AIDS Test

Research has shown that school going pupils and members of the teaching profession are among groups of people most often evading HIV/AIDS test, reports say.  This disclosure as reportedly made in a presentation recent made at a workshop on the pandemic for schools by the project manager of the Nova Scotia/Sierra Leone society. This according to reports this hinders progress in the drive to tackle the disease as both school pupils and their teachers need to be properly sensitized to encourage abstinence, and also to take precautions when involving in sexual activities as teenagers. 


ACC Advises VP on Free Health Care

The Acting Commissioner Anti Corruption Commission Buya Kamara has reportedly urged the Vice President of Sierra Leone, Chief Sam-Samuel Sumana who also serves as the general overseer of the commission to ensure transparency and accountability in the implementation of the recently launched Free Health Care Service Delivery by the Ministry of Health and Sanitation.  This is because the project has so soon started facing setbacks, and as the ACC is monitoring the entire process, they would not afford to stay by while the project collapses for lack of transparency and accountability in its implementation.  The project is said to be marred by the shortage of drugs at PHUs and hospitals across the country.  


Nigeria Assures RSLAF

The Minister of Defence of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Hon. Adetokumbo Kayode is said to have assured the regiment of Sierra Leone Armed Forces of his countrys support at all times. He is reported to have made this assurance to Sierra Leones Minister of Defence, Retired Major Alimamy Paolo Conteh during one of his official visits to Nigeria.  According to reports the Nigerian Army boss has vowed to assist the RSLAF in areas such as bilateral training and infrastructural developments.


SLFA Axes 2 Executive Members

Sport reports say, the Sierra Leone Football Association has sacked Abubakarr Kabba alias  Secret Kay and Alimu Bah, Administrative Secretary and Scribe of the association respectively. The sacking of the two executive members by the association from the Executive Committee is as a result of alleged corruption which is presently under investigations at Anti-Corruption Commission.


CDHR Director in ACC Net

Reports have it that the Director for the Centre for Democracy and Human Right (CDHR) Gibril Massie Bah was recently detained and interrogated by the Anti-Corruption Commission in Freetown on allegation of misappropriation of donor funds.  According to reports in 2008, the Co-founder of CDHR, Mr. Brima Jalloh first reported Mr. Bah and the entire board to the regional office of ACC in Makeni but that nothing was done to investigate the matter on the flimsy excuse that the file got missing.


NEC demands US$58 Million

The National Electoral Commission has reportedly demanded the whooping sum of US$58,000,000.00 (Fifty-Eight Million Dollars) as a fitting budget for their 2010-2014 operations.  This amount reports say will help the institution to do voter registration, electoral law reforms, boundary delimitations, as well as presidential, parliamentary and local council elections.  In the quest for free fair and transparent elections the Minister of Finance Dr. Samura Kamara has consented to the appropriateness of the projection


SLPP MP says HIV/AIDS is real

Hon. Eric B. Jumu of the opposition SLPP has confirmed the epidemic is real.  He reportedly made this observation in a three-day HIV/AIDS training workshop conducted for the media.  Hon. Jumu is reported as saying that the controversy surrounding the existence of HIV/AIDS should be blamed on disbelief by people that the disease does not exist. Street trading politicized Monitored reports reveal that the mayor of Freetown municipality, Herbert George Williams has come under intense criticism from his APC party members for attacking street traders. Although unconfirmed media reports claim that Mayor Herbert Williams move to clear street traders from the city is non political, critics within the APC say it is inimical to President Koromas 2010 bid.  Many have reportedly related the condemnation to a real politicization of national issues by the ruling APC.   

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