From Awareness Times Newspaper in Freetown

Local News
Awareness Times News Briefs from Sierra Leone
By Awareness Times News
Oct 13, 2010, 17:49



HANCI-SL Boosts Education Nationwide

Help a Needy Child International-Sierra Leone (HANCI-SL) has over the past few weeks provided educational materials worth five hundred million leones to various institutions across the country. According to reports the executive director Mr. Emmanuel Kelfa Kargbo reportedly disclosed that the distribution had been made possible as a result of their prudent financial responsibilities and tenacity of purpose in their initiatives. More than two thousand children, including teenage mothers are said to have benefited from the initiatives.

50 years Old Man Commits Suicide

A retrenched Mount Everest Security guard whose name was given as Tamba Bayoh past Friday 8th October, 2010 reportedly committed suicide at the back of his Allen Town residence. According to reports the 50 year-old-man’s action might not be unconnected with his unexplained retirement from the service of the Agency, though reports say he had reached retirement age. Reports continue that the deceased had on several occasions chased his retirement benefits to foot university bill for his child as well as other domestic commitments in vain.  The lack of financial capability to address the above issues reportedly made him a dejected man, resulting in the taking of his life by hanging at the back of his residence.

Agric. Ministry to Benefit from US$ 1.5M Windfall

As the Small Holder Commercialization Programme (SCP) gathers momentum, the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Food Security is again set to benefit from a US$ 1.5 windfall from the Australian Government in support of Sierra Leone’s Peace Building Initiative in the agricultural sector. The money funded through the United Nations will basically support the country’s National Sustainable Agriculture Development Plan (NSADA) which gave birth to SCP.

African Women on Two-week Training Workshop

The African Women Leadership Initiative in partnership with Akina Mama Waafrika is holding a two-week workshop aimed at training 25 Sierra Leonean women from different female activist groups all over the country. The AWLI is focusing on equipping African women with knowledge to enable them make decisions for themselves and to take part in important discussions that may affect women as a whole.     

152 New Lassa Fever Cases Recorded

The Ministry of Health and Sanitation has reportedly recorded 152 cases of Lassa fever in the country this year alone. The head of the ministry’s Disease Surveillance Unit, Dr. Foday Dafea is reported to have said that the highest number of Lassa fever cases was recorded in the Kenema District.  He is also reported as saying that additional 21 people in Makeni, Northern Sierra Leone have come in contact with the virus but they have not yet developed the disease.  Reports say the rodents that cause Lassa fever might have migrated from the forest regions of the east to the savannah grass land of the north.

SLEPA on 2 Days Awareness Raising Campaign

The Sierra Leone Environmental Protection Agency (SLEPA), in collaboration with UNDP on Wednesday 6th October, 2010 organized a two-day awareness raising programme with the Integrated Financing Strategy (IFS) for sustainable land policy. The campaign was reportedly launched at the Presidential Lounge, National Stadium in Freetown. The director of SLEPA, Dr. Kolleh A. Bangura is reported to have said that capacity building for sustainable land management programme particularly focuses on developmental tools and methods for developing and replicating community level capacity for forest fire management.

“Small Borbor” on Major Development Drive

The only SLPP Councilor for Ward 331 in Goderich, western rural district, Ibrahim Kabbah aka ‘Small Bobor’ has reportedly embarked on major developmental programmes in his community. Some of the recent projects undertaken by the councilor include the rehabilitation of the Freetown- Goderich Road, the ongoing construction of the road leading to Goderich which is a self help project supported by his community people, and the award of scholarships to pupils of various schools. The councilor is also reported to have lined up youth oriented projects for the full ownership and effective participation of young people in his ward.

© Copyright 2005, Freetown, Sierra Leone.