PETITION APPEAL FROM Galaxy Radio 102.5fm (LONDON) TO THE GOVERNMENT, ALL SIERRA LEONE COMMUNITY AND FRIENDS OF SIERRA LEONE (HOME AND ABROAD) ON BEHALF OF Galaxy Radio 106.1FM BUILDING IN LUNGI.
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Background history: Galaxy Radio 106.1fm is part of Galaxy Radio 102.5fm, (an African radio station in the heart of London) Galaxy Radio 106.1fm gained its official radio licence June, 16, 2006 operational broadcasting from 2nd December 2006.
Since launch Galaxy Radio 106.1 fm as been the most popular and listened to radio station, in Sierra Leone, also awarded best winning radio station in 2007 (from UN peace keeping mission in Sierra Leone) we are also known as Sierra Leone Reggae station Galaxy Radio 106.1fm. We are located less than 5 minute drive from the main airport, and the only radio station in Lungi, with our dedicated building over see Freetown. In 2009 Galaxy with support from our UK donors set up the only tracery college in Lungi. It is evident that we came together as a community to provide a communications hub, well needed projects including a school to support the community, with self help initiatives.
In 2010 Galaxy Radio 106.1fm was taken to court by the Yesbeck family a company called Aberdeen Beach Redeliville, claiming that they owned the building, from the late president Dr Siaka Stevens in 1986. Although they have never declared a stake or shown any interest in the building prior to the summons, the N.P.R.C (national provisional ruling council) seized the said building, they claim is as part of late president’s assets. Mr. Buckle Davies commission set up by NPRC, which was published in all national radio and newspapers back then in Sierra Leone 1993. They have never appeared in front of the commission to explain who owned the building. However 13 years later (in 2010) after the NPRC seized the building, they came to claim the building, through a high court summons against Galaxy Radio106.1fm. After 27 years of complete inaction and no interest, they now claim to have bought the building back in 1986, under Dr Siaka Stevens’s rule, which is not the case.
Community: We were assured by Galaxy Radio 106.1fm management; about unreserved support we are getting by the community elders, supporting Mr Ibrahim s. Al-kamara against any court actions, which will hinder work we have developed, we have continued support for the radio production and projects to stay in the community, and to transfer us as the official land owner. We have unreserved support from UK partners and Donors.
History: As the Galaxy Radio 102.5fm productions, the community are requesting to keep the radio 106.1fm in Lungi, as we have built up a community interest company. Also to take into consideration, not only the radio station, but also other initiatives and the grass roots voice for the community. We are acting on behalf of, and the wishes of our community in Lungi and SierraLeone. The consideration is also given in the best interests of our local community of Sierra Leone, considering the General population of 98% Black African and 2% others. The oppositions interests are Lebanese including the Lawyer, and judges, at the time of this petition, have not evidenced any initiatives for the community, in the area.
Documents: We have the relevant evidence: documentation from Chief also The National Assets Commission: Our management have the documents for use of the building. We remind you the readers, this building was additionally build to host African presidents and dignitaries that attend the OAU in Sierra Leone in 1980, by the late president Dr Siaka Stevens.
Finally, on behalf of Galaxy Radio 102.5fm and Lungi community, if you are in support of us continuing the good work and developing programmes: kindly put your name and number in support of us continue to improve the quality of life for all concerned Thank you in anticipation of your full support.
- (1) the community support
- (2) government support
- (3) I have the papers
- (4) the client is Lebanese, lawyer and judge