Posted by: APO | 11 April 2008

REVIEW OF SIERRA LEONE MEDIA REPORTS – 11 April 2008


REVIEW OF SIERRA LEONE MEDIA REPORTS

Public Information Office (PIO) of UNIOSIL – 11 April 2008

 

[Disclaimer: Excerpts below are from print media and news agency dispatches. UNIOSIL cannot vouch for the accuracy of the media reports].

 

Sierra Leone government, UNDP sign Country Programme of Action Plan

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Government of Sierra Leone will today sign the Country Programme Action Plan (CPAP) for 2008-2010 at the Ministry of Finance, Development and Economic Planning in Freetown. The action plan is an elaborate cooperation framework for the development of Sierra Leone which was endorsed by the government and development partners in February this year. According to New Vision UNDP has been working tirelessly with the government and development partners to develop the action plan.

 

SLPP is broke ahead of local council election- paper claims

The Exclusive in its front page reports that the opposition Sierra Leone Peoples Party is broke and that it is very unlikely that the party would participate in the up-coming local council elections. The report quotes a top SLPP official as saying that the party’s coffers got dried up during the presidential and parliamentary elections in 2007. SLPP Secretary General, Jacob Jusu Saffa denied that the party is bankrupt “we are not bankrupt. We have the human and capital resources as party stalwarts are always ready and willing to contribute to the furtherance of the party,” he boasted. Regarding their participation in the coming local council elections, the SLPP scribe said the party is fine, but condemned the decision by the Speaker of Parliament to reject the motion tabled in Parliament by the party condemning the National Electoral Commission ward boundary delimitation.

 

Parliament approves former Speaker as Sierra Leone’s new Ombudsman

Parliamentarians yesterday reportedly approved former Speaker of the House of Parliament, Justice Edmond Cowan, as the new Ombudsman in Sierra Leone. The New Citizen, New Vision and Awoko report that members unanimously endorsed ex-head of Parliament in his new capacity amid favourable remarks. Members of Parliament representing the All Peoples Congress party were optimistic that the new Ombudsman would deliver justice to the people, being a man of proven integrity, who had excelled in Parliament. Minority leader of the House of Parliament was proud that Justice Cowan is a breed of the Sierra Leone Peoples Party, who efficiently and effectively manned the affairs of the House of Parliament unblemished. Cowan’s successor in Parliament, Justice Abel Stronge, wished the former well in his new capacity.

 

Parliamentarian Speaker laments dismal attendance

The Speaker of Parliament, Justice Abel Stronge, yesterday reportedly raised concern over the “persistent lateness and absenteeism” of a good number of Parliamentarians for Parliamentary sittings. Speaker Stronge said he was particularly worried that such an ugly development in such an important arm of Government is in the public domain. “People see us on television everyday. If we want our conditions to improve as we are agitating I think it’s unfair if we do not take our work seriously” The New Citizen quotes him as saying.

 

US25$ million to revamp Sierratel

After over five years of mismanagement and dormancy, the government-owned Telecommunication Company, Sierratel, is poised to recommence operations by end of the year, reports Salone Times. The Minister of Information and Communication, Alhaji Inbrahim Ben Kargbo, reportedly disclosed that Government had secured the required funding of US25$ million to breath life into the ailing company.

 

(Compiled by UNIOSIL, Public Information Office)


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