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Awareness Times News Briefs from Sierra Leone - 9th January 2014
By Awareness Times
Jan 9, 2014, 17:02
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55% Increase in Live Births

There has been a 55% increase in live births in Sierra Leone in 2013 compared to 2012. This was according to provincial figures released by the Births and Deaths department at the end of last year. In 2012, total live births in the country amounted to 147,948 while in 2013, it was 229,947.

 

Power Shortage Rocks East end Communities

Residents in the east end of Freetown have continued to decry what they referred to as the “ugly spate of electricity supply in that part of the country. Communities including Kissy, Wellington, Calaba Town and Allen Town among others have gone months without electricity supply. According to the residents, this ugly development has resulted to an increase in the rate of armed robbery attacks in these communities.

 

PPRC to Hold Consultation with Political Parties

The Political Parties Registration Commission (PPRC) in collaboration with the United Nations Integrated Peace Building Office in Sierra Leone (UNIPSIL) will today 9th January 2014 hold one day consultation meeting with executive members of the ten registered political parties in Sierra Leone. The one-day inter-party consultation which will be held at the British Council Hall in Freetown, will allow political parties’ executive members, including the youth and women wings, to update themselves on the constitutional review process and emerging issues, and subsequently share information within their respective parties.

 

NATCOM New Chairman Raps Employees

The management and staff of the National Telecommunications Commission (NATCOM), on Monday 6th January 2014, formally welcomed their newly appointed Chairman of the Board of Commissioners, Dr Tom Obaleh Kargbo at a well attended ceremony held at the Headquarters of the Commission. Responding to welcome statements made by various speakers, Dr Kargbo thanked management for their kind gesture of welcoming him to the NATCOM fold with open hands. He encouraged members of staff to be dedicated to work in order to achieve success and make NATCOM a force to reckon with and promised to improve staff welfare.

 

Kambia LUC outlines 2014 plans

Local Unit Commander (LUC) for the Kambia Police Station, Chief Superintendent Amara Sesay has identified capacity building for his personnel as one of his priorities for the year 2014. He said there is a serious need for personnel to undergo additional capacity building trainings if the Sierra Leone Police is to be a professional force with the requisite integrity. He outlined some of the challenges his station faced in 2013 which include professional manpower to man border entering points in that part of the country.

 

Le15M bail for alleged Fraudster

Magistrate Steven Conteh of Court No.1 in Freetown has granted a bail of Le15million to one Mohamed Bah who was alleged to have defrauded one Aminata Kamara the sum of Le7millions. The accused was arraigned on a count charge of Fraudulent Conversion contrary to various Sections in the Larceny Act of 1916.

 

12 communities declared ODF in Moyamba

Twelve communities in the Moyamba district have been declared Open Defecation Free (ODF) by the Health Superintendent of the Moyamba Environmental Health Unit. The Communities attained ODF status after thoroughly cleaning their environments and succeeded in constructing toilets with local materials. This was to ensure no resident defecates in the open.


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