In the wake of the ongoing draft National Budget hearing at the National Legislature, a Liberian Journalist, Bobby Addison, has renewed calls for the increment of budget for the State owned Liberia Broadcasting System (LBS)
According to him the increment is necessary to ensure that the Liberian people through the sub Stations across the Country benefit from essential news, education and information related programs on ELBC/LNTV respectively.
He told our reporter that 95% of the Sub Stations of ELBC are off due to limited budgetary support.
Mr. Addison said as a result of the ongoing challenge, the people in rural Liberia are being reprieved of their fundamental human rights to information including their rights to know amongst others, something he noted, is not healthy for the nation and its people in this current dispensation.
Justifying further, he indicated that the station runs the biggest broadcast, both Radio and Television in the Country which covers the entire nation with the largest employment base in the media sector.
He observed that the entity is currently challenged with Transportation, Equipment, Maintenance of the Sub Stations including Low Salaries and other essential benefits for its employees, this he added are crucial issues necessary and should be addressed through budget increment.
The Veteran Liberian Journalist is at the same time reminding members of the Legislature to fulfill their promise made to the Liberia Broadcasting System when they were campaigning in 2017 elections about adequate budgetary support to the LBS.
“It Is timely and paramount for increment of the LBS budget to ensure effective and professional broadcasting and other operations of the entity”, Bobby told our reporter.
It can be recalled in 2016-2017, the entity had a budget of little over 1m united states dollars, however such amount was in 2017-2018 cut by 57% something that he believes is hampering the effective operations of the station across the Country.
Bobby said his campaign is a national course for the entire Country as such he wants members of the national Legislature to see the need to address said issue in this current budget year for the supreme interest of the nation.
He recognized that there is a current economic challenge facing the Country but also noted that the issue at the LBS is pivotal to nation.
Mr. Addison is encouraging Lawmakers to see the need to increase the LBS budget to at least over a million, something he thinks when done will see the needed results from the professional staff at the entity.