Nigeria: Delta Suspends GM, Board of Radio, TV


Delta State government has suspended the board of the Delta State Broadcasting Service (DBS) Warri, the General Manager of the broadcasting organisation, Willy Sowbo, as well as the board of the State Universal Basic Education (SUBEB).

Commissioner for Information, Oma Djebah, who disclosed this last weekend in Asaba, said the decision was taken at the state executive council meeting which was presided over by Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan.

Djebah said the General Manager of DBS, Warri, was to hand over the management of the station to the Assistant General Manager, Current Affairs, Eric James, who is to act as General Manager.

The General Manager of DBS had been enmeshed in controversy and allegations bordering on financial impropriety and gross misconduct which led the ministry of information to constitute a panel to probe the finances of the station.

The panel had since submitted its report but no white paper was issued on it. Last Tuesday, the suspended general manager and board members of the station were summoned by the Delta State House of Assembly Committee on Information to explain why the station allowed a man that had taken the state government to court to come on air to "insult the administration."

Sources told This Day that the action of the state executive council elicited spontaneous jubilation in Warri among the staff of the station. SUBEB on its part had been engaged in a running battle with staff on one hand and with some directors who had resisted their posting out of the board.

It would be recalled that the embattled board boss who is at loggerheads with some staff of the board who recently locked her out of the premises over what they described as high handedness, inability to pay claims and award of contract among other allegations and called for her immediate resignation.

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