Posted by: APO | 7 May 2008

REVIEW OF SIERRA LEONE MEDIA REPORTS – 7 May 2008


REVIEW OF SIERRA LEONE MEDIA REPORTS

Public Information Office (PIO) of UNIOSIL – 7 May 2008

 

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

 

UNIPSIL to replace UNIOSIL in Sierra Leone

In his sixth report to the Security Council on the situation in Sierra Leone, UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki Moon has recommend that the UN Integrated Peacebuilding Office (UNIPSIL) to replace the United Nations Integrated Office in Sierra Leone (UNIOSIL) whose current mandate comes to an end in September this year. Mr. Ban Ki Moon said UNIOSIL, has made significant progress in supporting the government of Sierra Leone by strengthening the security sector, promoting human rights and the rule of law, and helping preparing for the up-coming local council election. Despite these achievements, Mr. Ban Ki Moon said the country continues to experience political tension along ethnic and regional lines, citing unemployment, poor economic and social conditions. He called on political parties to put aside their differences in the interest of consolidating peace in the country, Awoko reports.

 

UNDP to train 3000 farmers

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in collaboration with the Ministry of Education, Youths and Sports has trained over 100 facilitators who in turn will teach 3000 farmers in Kambia, Bo and Kono districts to read and write. According to Awareness Times, the aim of the programme is to ensure that youths and farmers are empowered to participate meaningfully in governance at the local level. The training, the report says, would enable the farmers to effectively monitor local council activities so as to ensure transparency and accountability in service delivery and at the same time reduce corruption. Speaking during the closing ceremony in Kono, UNDP Programme Specialists Stephen Bainous Kargbo said farming must be treated as a business; a way of earning enough money to improve farmers’ livelihood.

 

Police arrest APC youth leader and others in Kono

Police in Kono, eastern Sierra Leone, reportedly apprehended the All Peoples Congress (APC) youth chairman at Gbense Chiefdom following violent clashes last month between rival chiefdom youths on the one hand, and police on the other. The incidents sparked off over who had mining rights of the no. 11 sand tailing. The arrested youths have been charged and would appear in court soon. The police have maintained that the youths were still in possession of one AK 47 riffle, reports Concord Times. Local authorities were reportedly not surprised that the youths were in possession of a rifle, noting that Kono district has the largest numbers of ex-combatants in the country.

 

National President of Youths deplores deteriorating situation

The President of the National Youth Coalition has reportedly deplored what he called a worsening situation of the young people in the country since the inauguration of the All Peoples Congress government. Al Sanko Conteh noted that several projects in the interest of the youth had been grounded, citing the Public Works project. He accused the youth ministry of not been functional; and pointed also at the postponement of the consultative conference that was supposed to be held this month due to lack of money. He particularly frowned at UNDP’s offering of US$ 1 million for food for work without due consultation with the National Youth Coalition, reports Concord Times.

(Compiled by UNIOSIL, Public Information Office)


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