From Awareness Times Newspaper in Freetown

SLPP pleads with Sylvia Blyden to be gracing their Press Briefings
By Bampia Bundu
Jul 1, 2010, 17:14

The Chairman and National Leader of opposition Sierra Leone People’s Party (SLPP), Mr. John Oponjo Benjamin in the third monthly press briefing held at their Wallace Johnson Street headquarters on Wednesday 30th June 2010 pleaded with the proprietress and publisher of the most widely circulated newspaper in the country, Awareness Times Newspaper not to discontinue to be in attendance in subsequent party press briefings now that she had started so as to be affording her first hand information on issues discussed by the party. "I appeal to you, Madam Sylvia Blyden to continue visiting the office and to be attending the SLPP monthly press conferences," he iterated.

He took the opportunity to commend members of the Fourth Estate on their swiftness in handling matters of national concern, while appealing to them to help in investigating certain pertinent issues raised by the Party to enable them have full knowledge of the party’s stances on such issues.

Issued highlighted by Chairman Benjamin at the brief ranged from the re-introduction of District Officers, the Goods and Services Tax (GST) receipt books saga and the APC government’s misrepresentation of the statement made by UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon in his recent visit to Sierra Leone to the public and the wider world which he said caused great embarrassment to the nation.

In retrospect, the dynamic national chairman and party leader briefly touched on issues discussed in last month’s press briefing such as Constitutional Review, the London Mining Agreement and Existing Legislature, the Petroleum Industry, Corruption, Diplomatic Mission, Free Health Care Policy and the re-appointment of Christiana Thorpe as Chairperson of the National Electoral Commission among others.

Chairman Benjamin concluded by encouraging journalists to be contacting the secretariat on issues relating to the party as their door were always open to the press.

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