22 March 2013

Liberia: LBS Director Faces U.S.$35,000 Probe

The House of Representatives has ordered its committee on Information and Broadcasting to investigate the Director General of the Liberia Broadcasting System (LBS), Darryl Ambrose Nmah for allegedly diverting US$35,000 intended for the improvement of the institution.

The House also mandated the Committee to investigate Mr. Nmah for allegedly refusing to implement the mandate of the Liberian Senate to replace a Ghanaian national who currently serves as Marketing Manager at the institution whilst there are qualified Liberians.

The committee was mandated to immediately begin the investigation and report to Plenary in two weeks for appropriate actions.

The House took the decision following the reading of a communication by Grand Bassa County Representative J. Byron Brown, who is seeking plenary's concurrence to summon the LBS boss.

In his communication to plenary Thursday, Representative Brown told his colleagues that Mr. Nmah has breached the Budget law by allegedly diverting US$35,000 appropriated for the renovation of the main building of the entity to purchase flashy vehicles.

In his five-count communication, Representative Brown also said during the confirmation hearing of Mr. Nmah, he was mandated to replace a Ghanaian serving as Marketing Manager with a quailed Liberian, but has failed to do so.

"While thousands of Liberian college students are without jobs, the Director General has maintained the Ghanaian national to the position for which many Liberians are qualified," the Grand Bassa lawmaker stressed.

He noted that the action of the LBS boss is in gross violation of Section 45.2(c) of the Liberian labor law which needs to be taken seriously by the House of Representatives.

Representative Brown also informed his colleagues that the refusal of Mr. Nmah to honor the gentlemen agreement between him and the Liberian Senate which he (Mr. Nmah) agreed to do earlier, is considered as an affront to the entire legislature.

"Remember honorable, an affront to one House of the Legislature is an affront to the entire Legislature which must not be accepted," Representative Brown indicated.

Appearing before the Senate Committee on Information and Broadcasting several months back, the LBS boss justified that he employed the Ghanaian because there is no Liberian trained and qualified in media marketing, but his justification was dismissed by the Committee.

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