As President George Weah crave for the National Legislature to approve the State of Emergency package proposal submitted to it to supplement the ongoing State of Emergency, a member of the House of Representatives from Grand Kru County District #2, Cllr. Jonathan Fonati Koffa is recommending to his colleagues to consider the inclusion in the President’s package before them the payment of all media debt owed.
Addressing his colleagues at the plenary of the House of Representatives Thursday, April 15, 2020, the Grand Kru County lawmaker said the media over the years has played a nationalistic role in the growth and development of Liberia, and therefore must get its rightful obligation from the government; the payment of the media debt has been long overdue.
In his proposal, the Liberian leader said for the remainder of FY 2019/20 the National Legislature re-appropriate the amount of US$25 million to support food distribution to households in designated affected counties for the period of 60 days.
Recently, The Publishers Association of Liberia threatened media blackout on the Government due to its failure to pay them their two years’ debts, members of the Association said they are disappointed in national government’s continuous promise to them without fulfilling it.
It can be recalled at the induction ceremony of Charles Coffey in early 2020 at the Ministerial complex in Congo Town Finance and Development Planning Minister Samuel Tweah publicly promise that the Liberian government was willing to settle all media bills something that is yet to be actualized.