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The Environment foundation For Africa is on a ten week project for five primary schools in the peninsula area, teaching pupils to know about nature and how to take care of the forest and the environment.
The project is catering for one hundred pupils to get an insight into the environment.
When SLBC visited the center at Sussex we realized that the pupils are more interested in learning about the environment and made commitment to protect the forest.
Parliament has exonerated the minister of Sports Paul Kamara after a leaked telephone unmannerly exchange with technical director of the Sierra Leone football association Coach Jebbor Sherrington.
According to the Chairman of the parliamentary over sight committee on Sports, Hon. Al- Hassan Bangura, a letter of excuse was sent to the clerk of parliament from the minister explaining the reasons why the sports minister was absent in the last committee meeting. Hon. Bangura further said that the matter is being investigated by state house.
President Ernest Bai Koroma has re-engaged Senior Officials of the Ministry of Lands Country Planning and the Environment, the Parliamentary Committee on Lands, Councillors and Headmen of Leicester and authorities at the University of sierra Leone to ensure lasting solution to the issue of land grabbing at Fourah Bay College real estate.
Recalling the last meeting, President Koroma said it was agreed that they all go back to the drawing board to see how to resolve the land issue which the community said they are entitled to some portion.
The president said based on that the Fourah Bay College authorities claimed that because of the encroachment, they could not implement the new infrastructural development project.
President Koroma urged the major stakeholders not to compromise anything that has to do with the development of Fourah Bay College especially the implementation of the BADEA project.
The president maintained that it was also agreed that areas that are being encroached on and also lands which the communities feel should be given to them for development purposes and not for personal development be considered.
President Koroma emphasized that the principal objective of the exercise which is to ensure that the College develops and forges ahead.
President Koroma described Fourah Bay College as the country’s pride and they should ensure that the College regains its past glory including restoring the estate to its original status.
This he reiterated will benefit the government, Sierra Leoneans and the country and not only members of the community.
The president reiterated that Fourah Bay College is the country’s pride as it is the first tertiary institution in West Africa, adding that for it to be in such a form today, is unacceptable.
The Minister of Lands Country Planning and the Environment Musa Tarawally said they were given a task by the president to resolve the issue of encroachment on Fourah Bay College land. He disclosed that the constituted committee met with the Fourah Bay College Administration and they all agreed on a plan.
He pointed out that the ministry has now surveyed the whole estate and it was discovered that the encroachment will not deter the implementation of the BADEA infrastructural development project.
The Deputy Vice Chancellor Professor Sahr Gbamanja told president Koroma that he has tried on several occasions to make an intervention in the issue which he said has lingered for over four years.
Professor Gbamanja further intimated the president that they have gone to the Oversight Committee several times and disclosed that clearing of woodland is still going on to build structures around the Guma Valley area. The Deputy vice Chancellor noted with dismay that the communities have even removed the pegs that were installed by the Ministry of Lands during the survey.
The member of parliament for constituency Ninety-Two Hon. Pateh Bah described the BADEA project as very important adding that concerns raised by the communities are valid.
Over Five Hundred students of the Eastern Polytechnic have been trained on road safety by the Sierra Leone Road Safety Authority in Kenema.
The public lecture highlighted the many interventions taken for safer roads.
Executive Director Sierra Leone Safety Authority Dr. Sarah Bendu said 1.3 million people die each year of road traffic related accidents and other 20-50 million injured mainly in developing countries.
Dr. Bendu informed the gathering that road safety is a global concern not only for public health but to also improve efficiencies in traffic management as a means of combating the effects of climate change.
She recalled that in 2010, a global survey report by WHO indicated that Africa has the most unsafe roads in the world.
Sierra Leone in that report had a rate of 22.6 deaths per hundred thousand, Liberia 19, Guinea 19.2 and Ivory Coast 20.9.
Dr. Bendu noted that road safety is an issue that affects everyone.
She said carelessness, reckless, drunkenness over speeding among others, are some of the reasons of road crashes
She described road safety as a multidisciplinary issue that requires multi sectorial partnership commitment and intervention.