18 June 2013

Liberia: LBS Director Bows to Pressure

The Director General of the Liberia Broadcasting System (LBS) Darryl Ambrose Nmah has finally bowed to the House of Representatives' pressure by instructing a Ghanaian national to resign.

His decision follows a unanimous resolution passed by the House of Representatives on Thursday, June 13, 2013, ordering him (Ambrose Nmah) to advertise the Media and Marketing Manager Position being previously occupied by Mr. Isaac Laryee Tetteh, a Ghanaian national.

Mr. Nmah is said to have employed the Ghanaian at the state owned broadcaster to the post on grounds that no Liberian is qualified for it.

He had repeatedly refused to replace the Ghanaian even though he was mandated to do so in 2011 by the Liberian Senate during his controversial confirmation hearing that lasted for nearly four months.

He justified his refusal to implement the Senate's mandate by saying, taking the Ghanaian from the post would undermine Liberia's international relations.

Mr. Nmah's continuous refusal irritated members of the House of Representatives which led to their instruction for Nmah to advertise the position in the print and electronic media for one month, beginning July 1, 2013.

But following the House's decision, the LBS Director General apparently fearing the wrath of the House, asked the Ghanaian who is believed to be his close friend to immediately quit.

Information gathered by this paper has revealed that Mr. Tetteh tended in his resignation on Friday in order to save his close friend (Mr. Nmah) from falling into trouble with members the House of Representatives.

In his resignation, the Ghanaian national said his resignation was overdue, even though he has been reluctant to resign since 2010 until he was forced by the House of Representatives to do so.

Meanwhile, the Workers Union of the Liberia Broadcasting System has welcomed the ongoing involvement of the House of Representatives which forced the Ghanaian to resign and allow qualified Liberian to occupy the post.

The LBS Workers Union said the resignation of Mr. Tetteh is a victory for the labor law of Liberia.

The labor law warns against foreigner or alien's employment in positions where there are qualified Liberian citizens.

The workers expressed happiness that the House of Representatives' unanimous vote mandating Mr. Nmah to advertise the position being occupied by the Ghanaian national for one month heeded positive result.

The group in a release wants members of the House of Representatives to ensure thorough investigation into the alleged diversion of US$350,000 by Mr. Nmah's management team.

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