Ahead of the pending Bong County Council Sitting, the News Editor of Kwatekeh FM, a local community radio station in Gbarnga, 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 The Monrovia Times on recently, Mr. Yekeryan stated that community radio stations in the County are finding it difficult to carry out their normal activities in the face of the difficult economic situation in Liberia.
He stressed 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 unclear with respect to funds allotted by the county for implementation of various development projects, the Kwatekeh News Editor proposed that at least US$50,000 be allotted to the Community Radio Stations in Bong County to enhance their operations.
He stated that in the past, the Media in Bong County received US$15,000 allotment from the county sitting.
At the same time, Mr. Yekeryan 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 also encouraged Bong County Citizens to hold their representatives responsible for compliance and inclusion into any discussion about allotments made to the county’s various districts.
He stated that the new law gives citizens the opportunity to take ownership of their own district development projects.