By Alva M. Wolokolie
Mr. Darryl Ambrose Nmah, the Director General of the Liberia Broadcasting System (LBS) may likely fall into trouble with members of the House of Representatives if he continues to keep a Ghanaian national as Marketing Manager at that entity.
It may be recalled during the confirmation of Mr. Nmah by the Liberian Senate about a year and a half ago, the Senate plenary mandated him to remove this Ghanaian and advertise a vacancy notice for the position so that qualified Liberians can apply.
But Mr. Nmah at an investigative hearing before the House Standing Committee on Information, Broadcasting, Culture and Tourism to respond to complaint filed in by Grand Bassa County District #4 Representative Jeh Byron Brown, told the committee that he was not mandated by the Senate to replace the Ghanaian national by a qualified Liberian.
Rep. Brown also reported to plenary in his complaint that the LBS has breached the budget law by diverting an appropriated amount of US$350.000 meant for the renovation of the main building of LBS to the purchase of vehicles without reference to the Legislature.
In response to the US$350.000, Mr. Nmah told the committee that he is yet to use the funds allotted for the renovation of the building. He said the Ministry of Finance only approved US$100,000 which was deposited in the system’s account.
The House Committee took an exception of a copy of the confirmation hearing report from the Senate which recommended that Director Nmah should replace the Ghanaian with a Liberian.
After the committee’s deliberations about a week or two ago, presided over by Montserrado County Representative Prof. Richmond S. Anderson as chairman on Broadcasting and Information, it has recommended to plenary that Mr. Nmah should be mandated to advertise a vacancy notice for the post of Media Marketing Manager for one month beginning July 1st 2013, and that the General Service Agency and the Public Works Ministry liaise with the management of LBS to access and carry on speedy renovation of the entity’s main building.
At yesterday’s regular session, the plenary endorsed the report and its recommendations of the committee and voted unanimously to implement said report.
After a motion was made by Lofa County Representative Clarence Massaquoi that plenary should act on the committee’s report, House Speaker J. Alex Tyler mandated the Committee on Public Accounts to investigate the status of the US$350.000 allotted in the budget for the renovation of the building and also instructed the Chief Clerk to write President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf informing her about the LBS Director’s refusal to replace the Ghanaian national.