Sekou L. Sheriff, Station Manager
A community radio station in Margibi County is appealing to government for support.
Gbaisue FM is located in Weala, Margibi and transmits on the assigned frequency of 88.9 MHz to audiences across the county.
It is gearing up to celebrate its fifth anniversary on Sunday, November 29, which coincides with the birth anniversary of Liberia’s 18th President, the late William V.S. Tubman, that is to be officially celebrated throughout the country on Monday, December 1st as a National Holiday in accordance with s proclamation issued by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.
Speaking to this paper in Weala on Tuesday, November 23, the manager for Gbaisue FM Sekou L. Sheriff, emphasized the need for government to support community radio stations across Liberia because they tremendously propagate government’s policy and programs.
According to him, without the contributions of community radio stations, government’s major activities will not be known by citizens in rural areas. He said during the past two general and presidential elections in Liberia, community radio stations were very instrumental in providing education to voters.
He specifically expressed disappointment in President Sirleaf for what he called completely forgetting about community radio stations here, recalling that during the official dedication of Gbaisue FM, the President graced he occasion and cut the ribbon to the facility with a promise to provide support to the station.
Sekou said they have made follow up so many times concerning the President’s promise without any positive result.
He called on government to invest in community radio stations because they are an important element in building Liberia, saying freedom of speech will be strengthened if the media is supported.
Turing to the Minister of Information, Culture and Tourism, Lewis G. Brown, he said Brown as head of the government’s information machinery has never organized training for community radio staff and hardly does he travel to rural counties to know how community radio stations are operating.
By Ramsey N. Singbeh, Jr. in Margibi-Edited by Jonathan Browne