President Sirleaf Praises LBS Management for Commitment and Determination

Wednesday, 17th January 2018
President Sirleaf cuts ribbon to newly renovated LBS
President Sirleaf cuts ribbon to newly renovated LBS
Photo Credit: Executive Mansion Photo

Monrovia, Liberia - President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has praised the Management of the Liberia Broadcasting System (LBS) for their outstanding determination and remarkable commitment over the years to the nation. "This structure is a clear evidence of determination and commitment," President Sirleaf noted.

She said LBS has been independent to the large extent in providing balanced and credible coverage of happenings across the country for the good of the ordinary people.

According to an Executive Mansion release, President Sirleaf made the statement on Tuesday, January 16, 2018 in Paynesville City when she dedicated the renovation of the main Broadcast Complex of the Liberia Broadcasting System.

The Liberian leader said the independence of the Liberia Broadcasting System is as a result of her government's commitment to press freedom and freedom of speech. She however urged the management to go beyond simply opening the telephone lines for the sake of public opinions and cautioned the need to introduce programs that will benefit the ordinary people by explaining government policies and programs.

She congratulated LBS management for using the little resources received to renovate the damaged building.

Also speaking at the gathering, Information Minister and Chairman of the Board of Directors Lenn Eugene Nagbe commended President Sirleaf for her outstanding leadership skills exhibited over the years. He said the administration of President Sirleaf will leave behind a legacy, not just reflected in buildings, roads, or bridges, but the promotion of freedom of speech and democracy in Liberia.

He recounted some of President Sirleaf's legacies including the reconstruction of the Mt. Coffee Hydro Plant, roads, freedom of expression, education of Liberian youths and the increase in the lifespan of young Liberians.

For his part, the Director General of the Liberia Broadcasting System, Mr. Ledgerhood J. Rennie, thanked President Sirleaf for affording the management team the opportunity to serve their country. He said the restoration of the main building is one of the many legacies of President Sirleaf. Director Rennie said money for the renovation came from the Liberian government allotment. He said if the needed support is given the State Broadcaster it will serve as a major reconciler and source of consolidation of peace and national development.

He then called on the incoming government to pay more attention to the LBS as a matter of the priority.

The ceremony was graced by past Director Generals including Prof. Alhaji G. V. Kromah, Weade Kobbah-Boley, Arthur Massaquoi, Buchuben Keita, Madam Olivia Shannon, as well as several past and present employees of LBS.