The Liberia Telecommunication Authority or LTA, has bided several outgoing employees farewell for their wonderful works at the entity. President Ellen Johnson- Sirleaf recently replaced some commissioners at the entity, bringing onboard new faces. But the LTA says it cannot allow its employees, who have worked tirelessly for the entity to go without appreciation.
Speaking at the program marking the turning over ceremony of the outgoing Board of Commissioners to the incoming Commissioners, LTA Executive Chair Madam Angelique Weeks said the change by President Johnson Sirleaf is necessary to keep every employee at the LTA on their toes. Madam Weeks described the outgoing Commissioners as hard working and innovative during their services.
She said the LTA is faced with many challenges, pointing to the lack of unity among employees as one of the many challenges. "Our greatest challenge at the LTA is unity; we need to be united to move the entity forward," she stressed.
Madam Weeks dismissed reports that the LTA Commissioners are overpaid. She said the Commissioners are paid well but are not overpaid as is speculated in the public.
"We are paid well but not overpaid than the work we do at the LTA. We are all hard working people at the LTA; we work hard for everything we earn here", she argued.
The LTA Chair thanked the outgoing commissioners for the sacrifices made while at the entity and welcomed onboard the newly appointed Commissioners, urging them to continue the good work left behind by their predecessors. She also thanked President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf for the level of confidence reposed in all of the commissioners at the LTA.
In response, outgoing Commissioner Lamini Waritay, expressed thanks and appreciation to President Sirleaf for leaving no stone unturned in making the LTA successful, cautioning that efforts made over the years should not go down the drain.
He urged the LTA to remain a neutral referee in the Liberian society, which said was challenging, while advising incoming Commissioners to not allow the independence of the entity to be compromised by regulators who may want to over ride their neutrality.
Incoming Commissioners, Mariam Kaba and Bayogar McCritty, assured the public that they will do everything within their powers to maintain the integrity of the LTA.
Mariam Kaba and Bayogar McCritty are replacing outgoing Commissioners Lamini Waritay and Abdullah Kamara.