Liberia’s media sector continues to experience multiple challenges ranging from lack of economic growth to capacity/ training gaps, Political interference including lack of infrastructure development evidence of among other things the failure of the parent body, the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) to have its own Headquarters after fifty-five years of existence as an independent and professional body.
However, infrastructure challenge in the media landscape is gradually beginning to be tackle by media owners and others and will soon be a history of the past, said a media executive.
Currently and as a promise fulfilled, President George Weah has constructed a modern headquarter of the Female Journalists Association of Liberia on the Robert Field Highway something that has brought great relieve to FeJal and the sector in general.
At present some independent media individuals are now bridging the divide and are engaging into the construction of media facilities across Liberia.
In Gbarnga, Bong County, one person who has embarked on said project is ELBC’s Upper Bong County Correspondent Papa Morris.
The modern Radio Station named and style: Radio Kwetakeh’s project has so far reached about 85%, according to CEO-Morris.
He said the initiative is a dream come through for him and is intended to take the media in central Liberia to another level.
The Broadcast journalist with over ten years of experience promised upon full completion of the project to be independent and service oriented to the people in general.
He said currently the structure has been fully roofed with window bars among others as finishing touches to include plastering both the floor and the entire building as well as furniture and other modern equipment are now the storming blocks to the full completion of the project.
Mr. Morris pay tribute to some local and government related individuals for assisting him with the project so far but added that more needs to be done to fulfill the dream of the people.
Radio Kwetakeh is currently the Bong County, Press Union of Liberia County/ Community Radio Station of the year 2018/2019 and has a workforce of about seventeen employees.
“My Dream is to ensure the station is more vibrant, sophisticated with national coverage among others ”, Papa told reporters.
According to him with the projected funds of over seven thousand United States Dollars to be made available, he is anticipating opening the Station In November or December of 2019 as such, he reiterated his call for maximum support to said national endeavor.
He put the current cost of the project at over twenty-six thousand United States Dollars.
The modern Radio Kwetakeh in Gbarnga Bong County has several rooms in the facility to include: News Department, News Director Office, Conference Room, Production studio, live studio, Waiting Room, CEO’s office and many others.
Meanwhile as the infrastructure gaps in the sector is gradually been tackle by members in the sector, the Press Union of Liberia (PUL) has committed itself to the construction of its headquarters soon with the intervention of President George Weah.
Currently according to reports negotiation leading to PUL’s Headquarter project construction is said to be ongoing with fruitful outcomes filtering in so far.