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By Awareness Times News
Oct 14, 2010, 17:00



Philanthropist Sierra Leonean Helps Amputees

Alhaji K. Sonko has reportedly donated food items to 10 amputee households at the Jui Amputee and war wounded resettlement camp on Saturday 10th October 2010. Mr. Sonko is currently working with the United Nations in Mauritania but as a person who has concern for war victims, he decided to help the amputees in the little way he can. The donation was received with gratitude by the recipients.

278 Houses Demolished At Wilkinson Road

Local tabloids say at least two hundred and seventy-eight land owners have lost properties worth millions of Leones along the Wilkinson Road in Freetown through a demolition exercise. According to reports, the demolition exercise started this week by a Chinese Construction Company, the China Railway Company to pave way for the construction of the proposed dual carriage road. The 5.2 kilometer road starts from Lumley and runs through Wilkinson Road to Congo Cross. The construction work is expected to be completed within 12 months.

Health for all Coalition Identify Corrupt Doctors

The Chairman of Health For All Coalition, Mr. Charles Mambu has reportedly revealed that they have been able to identify a number of doctors and nurses who have been extorting money from patients to deliver health care service. The Coalition’s report says the beneficiaries of the Free Health Care initiative comprising under-fives and lactating mothers are being denied treatment by these unscrupulous individuals. The coalition is reportedly expecting appropriate institutions to take action against those nurses and doctors sabotaging the system.

70 ‘Okada’ riders arrested

The Western Area Traffic Management Division (WATM) of the Sierra Leone Police has reportedly arrested 70 Okada riders plying the Central Business District (CBD) of Freetown for reckless display of motor bikes that most often lead to accidents. Police have show concern of late for the increase in motor cycle accidents due to the recklessness of riders for which they have launched operation “Ward –Off.”  Certain streets have been identified by the police as no go areas for Okadas.

Port Loko Hospital Gets EU Boost

Through the support of the European Union, the St John of God Catholic Hospital, Port Loko has reportedly received assorted donation of items that include an ambulance, computers and accessories, a printer and office equipment. The Districts Medical Officer, Dr Victor Matt Lebbie has reportedly expressed appreciation for the timely donation, promising to use the items for their intended purposes.

Head Teacher Calls for Support


The United Methodist Church Primary School (UMC) Head Teacher Mr. Mohamed F Koroma has reportedly called on parents in Kenema, Eastern Sierra Leone, to support the promotion of education in Sierra Leone. According to him some of the school doors were damaged by unknown people there by exposing the classroom to outsiders to carry out their immoral activities. He also informed that it is the responsibility of both parents and teachers for the upbringing of their children.

New Deputy Chairman Ele
cted for Rural Council


Local tabloids have it that Councilor Samuel Billy Kanu of Ward 339 in the Western Rural District has on Wednesday been elected as Deputy Chairman of Rural Council at Waterloo. There were three contestants during the elections in which Mr. Kanu emerged the winner grabbing 50% of the votes cast. The new deputy has reportedly promised to work diligently with the councilors and his chairman.

British Vessel Visits Freetown

One of the biggest Ocean British Vessels, Her Majesty’s Ocean Vessel over the weekend docked into the territorial waters of Sierra Leone. According to reports, the visit of the vessel to West Africa, more especially Sierra Leone is to reaffirm the UK government’s commitment and determination to strengthen maritime protection and surveillance along the coasts.

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