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Express News Brief 12-18-09

Express News Brief 12-18-09

Food Security takes a step

In and attempt to ensure food security for all in Sierra Leone, the Sierra Leone Agricultural Research Institute and other partners have commissioned five new cassava processing centers. These processing centers are located in five different communities including Bo, Waterloo, Njala Agricultural centers (NARC), Makeni city/Tekoh and Hamdalaa. The project is a $ 1.6 million sponsored by Common Fund Commodities (CFC) in cooperation with Tsenin and Nigeria.

As cassava tubers have now become the second staple for food for many Sierra Leoneans, it is a laudable achievement in the Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security (MAFFS).

City Mayor blasts Lebanese  

The Freetown city Mayor on his usual routine checking has on 16th December 2009, blasted for a Lebanese business man A.R. Anthar for a pile of garbage in front of his shop; this unusual use of obscene language on the business man drew the attention of many passers-by. Though many have seen the performance of the Mayor as uncivilized and uncalled for, yet it is a pragmatic step taken to keep the city clean and also a warning to all Freetonians that cleanliness is a civic responsibility that all citizens must observe.

APC Regional pen pusher vexed

The Northern Region Secretary General of the All People’s Congress Party (APC), Edmond F. Kabba has reproached members of his party for poking into the affairs of the chieftaincy elections. He warned that interfering into the chieftaincy election would only do harm to the party rather than promoting its good image and work.

He also admonished members of the APC to desist from harassing NEC officials and questioned when the gazettes for the chieftaincy in Tonkolili will be released.

NEC delays Chieftaincy elections

As it is often said, procrastination is the theft of time, the National Electoral Commission (NEC) has postponed chieftaincy elections and participants of this would be election are expressing fear that malpractices do not occur along the line during the course of this sudden postponement. Reports indicate that the ruling came as a result of the court ruling ordered on the 10th December 2009, ordering a new declaration of rights meeting prior the conduct of election in the Safroko Limba Chiefdom.

Gbane Chiefdom Paramount Elections heats up!

Campaigning for the Paramount Chieftaincy in Gbane Chiefdom Kono District has gained momentum with Mr. Aiah Bindi Fainfa Ngongou becoming the most prominent personality for the position.

Unlike the paramount chieftaincy elections in Sewafe Chiefdom which was filled with controversy, Gbane Chiefdom, from all indications might end up being a peaceful one as there seems to be a general consensus that it will be well organized.

Gbane Chiefdom composed of five sections, has only two ruling houses: Kamara and Mongor.

Already, after the Declaration of Rights, the following personalities have been successful in contesting. Aiah Bindi Fainfa Ngoungou, Sahr M. Nyndemorquee, Aiah Lebbie Kokotowa Nyndemorquee, George B. Boima and Sahr Ngegba.

Tamba Gbakor Mafinda was rejected.

Aiah Bindi Fainfa Ngoungou attended school in the Koidu Secondary School, The Milton Margai Teachers College, (now MMCET). After graduating from the MMTC, he joined the National Diamond Mining Company as senior security officer.

In 1999, he worked with the United Nations Mission in Sierra Leone (UNAMSIL) as security assistant. He later worked with the UNDP as security assistant before joining the Koidu Holdings as administrative officer.

Mr. Bindi, as he is popularly known as also served as a teacher and as a community leader. According to the paramount chieftaincy aspirant, his goal is to bring his chiefdom back to the limelight in terms of development. “Before this time our chiefdom was known as leader in agriculture, but along the way something happened, and now there is no development as the road network is poor,” he said.

“Through my contribution, I hope to maintain good roads to enhance agriculture in the chiefdom.”

Mr. Bindi also went on to state his priorities, which he said include health care, educational empowerment and agriculture. Mr. Bindi is married with two children, with one already in the University. He is 49 years old.

The paramount chieftaincy elections in Gbane will be conducted on Monday, December 21st 2009 in Ngandohun, the chiefdom headquarters.  Aiah Bindi Fainfa Ngoungou is the only candidate from the Kamara ruling House.

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