By Emmanuel Mafelah |
A local community Radio station in Gbarnga, Bong County (Kwatekeh FM) News Editor Joseph Titus Yekeryan has stressed the need for Community Radio Stations in Bong County to be prioritized during the pending County council sitting.
Speaking in an interview with this paper on Tuesday, Mr. Yekeryan stated that community radio stations in the County are finding it difficult to carry on normal activities amid the current economic situation in Liberia maintaining that if the interest of the Bong County media is prioritized during the County Council Sitting, it will greatly help to improve some of the activities of local stations in the County.
Even though it is yet unclear about the total amount in the County’s covert, but the Kwatekeh News Editor is requesting at least fifty thousand United States Dollars as allotment for Community Radio Stations in Bong County.
“We are really suffering in the media here so I think it will be fine for our Leaders to help buttress our efforts by giving us something better during the County sitting” Editor Yekeryan adds.
He stated that the Bong County media has only received allotment from the county sitting one time which he said was only fifteen thousand United States Dollars.
At the same time, Mr. Yekeryan has called on the County authority to adhere to the new budget law by implementing the five amendments made in the law.
It can be recalled that months ago, the government of Liberia made five significant changes to Section 9 of the 2018/2019 Budget Law of the County and Social Development Fund (CSDF) that would improve transparency and accountability.
The Kwatekeh FM News Editor has encouraged Bong County Citizens to hold their representatives responsible for compliance and inclusion into any discussion about allotment made to the districts.
He stated that the new law provides citizens the opportunity to take ownership of their own district development projects and not to be intimidated by Lawmakers as previously done.