A bill seeking the establishment of Liberia National Broadcasting Corporation (LNBC) to replace state broadcaster ELBC has been submitted to the House of Representatives.
The source of the bill, Bong County District #3 Representative George Mulbah communicated with the Plenary on Tuesday, 5 September requesting its endorsement to repeal Liberia’s Public Authorities Law, specifically Chapter 87, Title 30 of Liberian Code of Laws Revised of the People’s Redemption Council (PRC) Decree #20.
By such legislative action, Rep. Mulbah seeks the establishment of LNBC to replace ELBC, in an effort to have an independent public broadcaster that will operate impartially, void of partisanship, and become a reliable radio and television station.
He notes that it will also provide an independent national platform for every Liberian to share their views on political, economic and social issues in the new dispensation of the country.
Rep. Mulbah says when the bill is passed; the proposed LNBC shall be managed by a board of directors nominated by professional institutions. Under such arrangement, he suggests that the chairman of the board be elected by representatives from the Ministry of Post and Telecommunications, Press Union of Liberia, Liberia National Bar Association, Liberia Chambers of Commerce, Inter- Religious Council of Liberia, National Teachers Association of Liberia and Civil Society Organizations.
e concludes that when the bill is passed, government will finance the LNBC through the National Budget, noting that other political parties will have access to the station.
By Bridgett Milton–Edited by Winston W. Parley