Sierra Leone: SLBS Presenter attacked for applying to NAS for sensitisation programmes


Presenter of the Jolly Good Show at the Sierra Leone Broadcasting Service (SLBS) 93.5 in Kenema, Sahr Victor Fayombo and his colleague, Samuel Obba Navo has been attacked for applying to the National Aids Secretariat (NAS) for the sum of Le 4 million to produce and present HIV/AIDS radio sensitization programmes. The funds were made available by NAS to Local Councils across the country for HIV/AIDS awareness raising programmes in the provinces.

Fayombo, who also doubles as Secretary General of the Sierra Leone Association of Journalists in the Eastern Region was helped by Navo to write a project proposal for NAS asking for funds to host the programme without duly notifying the station management of SLBS.

A senior officer at the local council in Kenema said the funds were meant for organizations registered with the Ministry of Social Welfare, Gender and Children's Affairs with bank accounts into which the money could be paid. "The Jolly Good Show is not an activity by a registered and qualified non governmental organization. It is just one of the programmes aired every Saturday on SLBS 93.5.," one embittered official working with one of the NGOs in Kenema said. The HIV Focal Person at the Kenema City Council, Musa Conteh confirmed the duo presented a project proposal with a budget of Le 9 million to sensitize the community on HIV/AIDS through radio programmes.

(Concord Times (Freetown), 31 May 2007)