Posted by: APO | 15 April 2008



Public Information Office (PIO) of UNIOSIL – 15 April 2008


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


Government to establish National Youth Commission

The Government of Sierra Leone is reportedly poised to establish a National Youth Commission, as a way of addressing the socio-economic and political challenges facing young people in the society. The Deputy Minister of Youth, Education and Sports who made the disclosure reportedly remarked that the Youth Commission would enhance the participation of the youth in decision-making. He re-echoed the President’s vision that the National Youth Commission would be necessary in initiating, coordinating, implementing and monitoring youth development programmes country-wide. The process is already in its second phase, report Awoko and Awareness Times.


Guineans claim more villages in Yenga

The Exclusive reports that Guinean soldiers occupying the disputed border village of Yenga in the Kissy Teng Chiefdom, Kailahun district, eastern Sierra Leone, had laid claims on three additional villages. They include Lelema, Sakoma and Kpondu. It is further reported that the Guineans also claimed swamp and farm lands, which they had begun cultivating much to the consternation of the indigenes. Regent Chief Fallah Jusu of Kissy Teng remarked that if not reversed, the continued occupation by the Guineans would have far-reaching consequences. He reportedly disclosed that uprooted villagers from the three villages were planning to stage a protest. Others have migrated to other villages and to neighbouring Liberia.


Commercial drivers down tools for alleged police harassment

The Capital city Freetown was brought to a near standstill on Monday, as commercial drivers refused to work, complaining of alleged police harassment. The strike action was not announced to the public and made it difficult for people to reach their offices and business places on time; thousands – including school children – had to trek to their places of work. Abdul Sesay, a driver, told Awareness Times that the police were making life very difficult for them. “They extort monies from us and if you don’t comply, they will jail you,” he complained. An anonymous traffic police officer denied the allegation and accused the drivers of lawlessness. “We will continue to arrest them as long as they do not stop misbehaving,” he said. Minister of Transport and Aviation, Kemoh Sesay, condemned the strike action saying it would not have the necessary effect as it is uncoordinated. “Nothing will stop the police from ensuring that all drivers observe the existing laws and traffic rules in the country,” he told We Yone.


State House imposes ban on Deputy Ministers and job seekers

The New Vision in its front page says State House has imposed a ban on Deputy Ministers whose unceremonious and frequent visits have been described as “a menace”. The report says Deputy Ministers wanting to see President Koroma should first book an appointment with the State House protocol officer; and that the President was not pleased with their persistent visits especially during working hours. Sierra Leoneans from the Diaspora commonly known as ‘JCs’ have also been banned from making their unannounced calls at the State House in their bid to request jobs from President Koroma.


APC denies symbol to former SLPP District Council Chairman

The All Peoples Congress (APC) reportedly denied the former Kono District Council Chairman, the party symbol to contest the upcoming Local Government election. Until he pitched tent with the ruling APC, Shar Tamba was a diehard of the then ruling Sierra Leone Peoples Party (SLPP), who eyed a second term in office, reports Concord Times. Two other Councilors, also formerly of the SLPP, Steven Ansu and Tamba Kugbana have cross-carpeted to the APC.



(Compiled by UNIOSIL, Public Information Office)


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