By Alva M. Wolokolie
With just a little over three days after the plenary of the House of Representatives had filed a complaint to President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf against Mr. Darryl Ambrose N’Mah, the Director General of the Liberia Broadcasting System (LBS) for his refusal to replace a Ghanaian national Mr. Isaac Tetteh with a qualified Liberian, Mr. Tetteh has finally tendered his resignation as Director of Media Business and Marketing at that entity.
Sources at LBS told the INQUIRER that Mr. Tetteh has been in the employ of the nation’s number one radio station for over three (3) years upon the request of Director N’Mah. It is alleged that the post has not been advertised for a qualified Liberian to apply.
Mr. Tetteh’s resignation came about as a result of an investigative hearing before the House Standing Committee on Information, Broadcasting, Culture and Tourism to respond to complaint filed by Grand Bassa County District #4 Representative Jeh Byron Brown, that Mr. N’Mah has refused to replace Mr. Tetteh as was mandated by the Senate during his confirmation hearing.
But at an investigative hearing before the House Committee on Information and Broadcasting about a week or two ago, Mr. N’Mah denied the claims and told the Committee that the Senate did not tell him to do so.
The report from the Committee on Information and Broadcasting last week Thursday, June 13, 2013, led to plenary decision to immediately instruct its Chief Clerk to write President Sirleaf informing her of Mr. N’Mah’s defiance to that first Branch of Government.
From broadcast news on LBS during the weekend, Mr. Tetteh said he has decided to resign based on his own personal reason and not because of any pressure from anyone as being perceived in some quarters in Monrovia. Mr. Tetteh however lauded the LBS Director for the opportunity given him to serve the Liberian people and wish the entity well while it continues to provide information, education and entertainment for the entire citizenry.
Meanwhile, the Liberia Broadcasting System Workers Union (LIBSWU) says it welcomes the on-going involvement of the House of Representatives that has finally forced the resignation of the Ghanaian National Mr. Isaac Laryee-Nii Tetteh from the employ of the State Broadcaster.
The Ghanaian Natior?aI has been occupying the strategic post of Sales and Marketing Director at the Liberia Broadcasting System since 2010 after being hand-picked by his friend, the Director General Mr. Darryl Ambrose Nmah above qualified Liberians who have earlier served the position under past LBS Managements.
In an official statement released Sunday, June 17, 2013, the LBS Workers Union describes the resignation of the Ghanaian National from the State Broadcaster as a “complete victory” for the labor practices law of Liberia which warns against foreigners or aliens’ employment in positions where there are qualified Liberian citizens.
The LBS Workers Union also expresses strong support for the House of Representatives’ unanimous vote taken in last Thursday Session mandating Mr. Darryl Ambrose Nmah and his Management team to advertise the vacant Sales and Marketing post in the media as of July 1, 2013 for a qualified Liberian to occupy.
The Workers Union at the State Broadcaster further made specific reference to Grand Bassa County District Four Representative Jeh Byron Browne for his continuous persistence against grave labor abuses being committed by the Darryl Ambrose Nmah’s Management at LBS.
The LBS Workers Union is also urging all Members of the House of Representatives including the Speaker and Deputy Speaker to ensure that thorough investigation is carried-out by the Committee on Public Accounts and Expenditure into the alleged diverting of USD350, 000 approved by the Legislature in the 2011/2012 Fiscal Budget for the renovation of the main damaged LBS Building.