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By Awareness Times News
Jun 17, 2010, 17:04



Salone Issues ECOWAS passport

The Sierra Leone Immigration Department has reportedly started the issuance of ECOWAS passports to citizens in line with regional protocol.  It was said on Wednesday 16th June that the new ECOWAS passport now replaces the previous one and qualifies an ECOWAS citizen to travel to any member country without entry visa requirement.  Sierra Leone is said to have lagged behind in implementation which was supposed to have started since the last quarter of 2009.  This delay was reportedly due to several logistical constraints.

Editor Freed on Self Bail

The Managing Editor of the Independent Observer Newspaper, Jonathan Leigh was on 15th June 2010 granted self bail in the sum of three million leones at Freetown magistrate court No 11 presided over by Magistrate Davis Cole.  Jonathan Leigh was reportedly taken to court by the suspended PMDC chairman Mohamed Bangura on a libel suit.  The charges were not read as the matter was adjourned to the 5th of July 2010.

Ban Ki-Moon demans  Press freedom

The UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon has reportedly urged the government of Sierra Leone to ensure press freedom in the country.  According to him, journalist must be free to practice; and practicing without fear of criminal indictment must do so without any measure of bias or partisan inclination.  The Secretary General underscored the importance of press freedom for sustainable democracy.

New Prison officers to receive salary this month

Prison officer who were recruited since nine months ago and gone without pay since will start receiving salaries and backlog effective this month.  The delay in effecting payment threatened the patience of the new recruits who said they would face the administration with the problem as disloyalty started among the officers in the performance of the duty. They started working since October last year.

JABC Meets with IMC

The Journalist for Attitudinal and Behavioral Change (JABC) on Monday 14th June 2010 reportedly met with the Independent Media Commission (IMC) at the commissions Kissy House office, Siaka Stevens Street in Freetown.  The purpose of JABCs visit was to formally introduce the organization to the media regulating body. While warmly receiving the delegation, IMC Commissioner however reportedly warned them to maintain independence and high professional standards.  

UNDP funds Port Loko Teachers College

Reports have it that the United Nation Development Porgramme (UNDP) has doled out to the education ministry the sum of Le 103 million leones for the rehabilitation of the Port Loko Teachers College.  The project is divided into 2 phases with the replacement of worn out lower frames and glasses, hard boards and zincs in some of the classrooms, flats and hostels.  The second phrase comprises the general rehabilitation of the college.

4.7 billion For Youth Commission

The Minister of Education Youth and Sport is reported to have revealed that government has secured about 4.7 billion leones for disbursement from the World Bank to the youth commission.  According to reports, the youth commission will soon start operation.  The youth commissioner is yet to be appointed since the commission was approved as an Act of Parliament.

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