The Liberia Broadcasting System (LBS) Workers Union President, Titus W. Tokpah and a Sport Report at the entity, Mr. Richard Manuba have tendered in their letters of resignation to management.
Mr. Tokpah who some top managers of the LBS consider as a controversial figure, in his communication to the Management, said his decision to quit the state-owned radio station is predicated upon the recent decision by the Management to reassign two of his colleagues and him in the undeveloped Rural Broadcasting Department after two months of illegal suspension without pay.
He said this decision by management clearly sums up the gross abuses being meted against workers of the entity, which he can no longer endure. According to Mr. Tokpah, the Rural Broadcasting Department is presently headed by a staff which lacks the requisite academic credentials, least to ask about his high school papers, though the LBS Management professes to be operating in line with the merit system.
“As a graduating senior of the nation’s highest institution of learning (University of Liberia) reading Management and Economics with emphasis in Human Resource and Communication, and with 12 years of strong news reporting experience and high integrity, I cannot take what is being called reassignment and report to a boss who is not of quality and competence,” Tokpah in his communication said.
For his part, the Sports Reporter at the LBS, Richard Manuba tendered in his resignation from the employment of LBS as a Reporter in the news department, with specific assignment to the sports desk where he professionally teamed up with his colleagues in producing, reporting and presenting the various sports programs and bulletins for the state radio, as well as writing sports/straight news for the station’s website for over eight years.
“My family and I have reached this decision having thoroughly studied the motives of the transfer recently given me from the mitochondria of broadcast Journalism; the Newsroom, to what should have been another active and robust arm of the profession [Journalism] at the state radio, but is forgetfully inactive, incapacitated and dormant, contrary to your management’s shamelessly boasts of reforms at the station,” Mr. Manuba said.
Manuba said being very much confident in the unlimited potential he possess, the high level of his proficiency, backed by solid years of training from two distinguished Journalism schools including the Mass Communications department of the University of Liberia from where he is graduating this year , serving in the handicapped department of rural broadcasting which major work is to making phone-calls for news items from people related to radio stations in the lee-ward counties, electing to take up political transfer to the dialect/vernacular programs production section at LBS will only be a blunder by him to plunge his Journalism career into misery and underachievement.