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Journalists Against Land Grabbing gets new executive

By Victoria Saffa

Over 50 journalists have formed a network to report on land grabbing issues in the country. The latest in the series of networks or groups formed by media practitioners to spearhead advocacy against a particular socio-economic issue in society last week elected a new executive.

The election, held at Culture Radio, saw the election of Abu Bakarr Joe Sesay as president of the network, Alusine Nfa Turay was elected Vice President, Mohamed Sheriff as National Coordinator, while Victoria Saffa as Auditor-General. Also, Sulaiman Juldeh Bah was elected Secretary-General, Mohamed Pastor Sesay as Publicity Secretary, Mary I. Kamara – Chief Whip, Nemata Thomas – Financial Secretary, and Isaac Swen as Assistant Secretary-General.

In his statement, the newly elected president, Abu Bakarr Joe Sesay, said land grabbing was a serious issue in Sierra Leone, yet many people have limited idea about the issue.

He said his executive would work assiduously to give good publicity to the issue of land grabbing, so that members of the public will understand the nature, scope and impact of the issue.

In presenting the new executive to the manager of Culture Radio, Mr. Gogra showered praises on the former and called on members to be committed to reporting on land grabbing, noting that the issue of land grabbing was both a national and global phenomenon.

He promised to work in close partnership with the new members of the network, which was formed after previous members failed to sustain the group. The new executive has also declared its intention to expand the network to the provinces, where a regional coordinator will be appointed in each of the three regions.