Posted by: APO | 13 May 2008

REVIEW OF SIERRA LEONE MEDIA REPORTS – 13 May 2008


REVIEW OF SIERRA LEONE MEDIA REPORTS

Public Information Office (PIO) of UNIOSIL – 13 May 2008

 

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

 

Former Liberian Vice President to testify at the Special Court

Former Liberian Vice President in the Charles Taylor regime, Moses Blah, will on Tuesday give evidence in the on going UN backed Special Court trials in The Hague, Netherlands. According to Standard Times, Mr. Blah would be led in evidence by the Chief Prosecutor of the Court, Mr. Stephen Rapp, and he would give background information relating to Charles Taylor and the training exercise that was carried between the accused and the late Foday Sankoh in Liberia in the late 80s. He would give an insight into the creation, composition and command structure of the National Patriotic Front of Liberia (NPFL) and the authority of Charles Taylor at that time. Mr. Blah is also expected to throw light on the creation of the Revolutionary United Front (RUF) and its child combatants; and the relationship between Charles Taylor, and the Libyan Leader Mummar Al-Ghadafi and President Blaise Campoaire of Burkina Faso. The story is also reported in the Independent Observer and Salone Times.

 

Youth leaders, UNDP mend fences

The impasse between youth groups in Freetown and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) over the withdrawal of US$1 million from the Peacebuilding Fund to address youth unemployment has been amicably resolved, Standard Times reports. During a collaborative meeting with the UNDP and World Food Programme (WFP) at the Centre for the Coordination of Youth Activities (CCYA) office in Freetown, the youths pledged their full support for the successful implementation of the ‘Rural Youth Employment through Food Assistance in Communities Recovering from War Project’, saying it is a laudable gesture to address youth unemployment in the country. Head of Youth Alliance for Peace and Development, Bockarie Enssah said UNDP promised to continue to strengthen the existing collaboration with youths. President of CCYA, Ishmael Al- Sankoh Conteh, expressed gratitude to the UNDP for their efforts in speeding-up the implementation of the Peacebuilding Fund Programme.

 

UNDP supports fuel project

Indiscriminate tree cutting is becoming a serious concern for the government of Sierra Leone and the International community. In an effort to address that problem, the United Nations Development Programme has reportedly dished out Le8 million to strengthen the Fuel Project in the country. Speaking at a one day workshop in Freetown past Sunday, the Deputy Ministry of Labour and Industrial Relations spoke against the rampant felling of trees particularly in the peninsular as it would have long term effects on the environment. She called on youths within the peninsular to be vigilant in protecting their environment for posterity, Awareness Times writes.

 

SLPP takes air waves saga to IMC

The wrangling between the Ministry of Information and Communication and the opposition Sierra Leone Peoples Party (SLPP) over the alleged closure of the latter’s radio station, Unity Radio F.M. 98.4 has been taken to the Independent Media Commission (IMC) for proper arbitration. A letter of complaint addressed to the IMC and published in the Awareness Times, challenged the authority of the Ministry of Information to shut down the radio station saying the station was properly registered contrary to allegations by the Ministry that the radio station did not go through the right procedures in terms of regulations. The SLPP say they are steadfast to peace consolidation and call on the IMC to resolve that matter in the earliest convenience so that the radio station would resume test transmission.

 

 

Police intensifies ban on exports of basic commodities

Following the global food crunch that is making life very difficult for the average Sierra Leonean, the Sierra Leone Police has intensified the ban on the export of basic commodities by robustly policing the country’s borders. The Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security imposed a ban on the export of basic commodities so as to cushion the sufferings of the nation. In operationalising the ban, the Director of Media in the Sierra Leone Police, Inspector Ibrahim Samura told Salone Times that the SLP had put in place series of measures to enforce the ban. “The Inspector General of Police, Brima Acha Kamara has alerted all local Unit Commanders to step security by regularly policing the boarders and intensively checking on vehicles crossing the boarders for food stuffs,” he stated.

 

 

(Compiled by UNIOSIL, Public Information Office)


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