Sierra Leone: 'No Discrimination in the Use of SLBC' - President Koroma Warns

Regulation & Policy
President Ernest Bai Koroma says there should be no discrimination in the use of the Sierra Leone Broadcasting Corporation (SLBC) facilities and equipments. He made this statement during the commissioning of the SLBC facilities and handing over of its equipments to the chairman Board of Trustees of the station, Prof. Septimus Kaikai. According to Koroma, no political party, civil society, paramount chief or any other person or persons should be prevented from using the station's facilities and equipments. He commended the United Nations Peacebuilding Office in Sierra Leone (UNIPSIL) for donating the sum of US$800,000 in addition to the US$2 million that the government provided to ensure the broadcaster covers the entire country. "The former SLBS now SLBC was in a poor state," President Koroma pointed out, adding that it was his dream to see the station be the envy of the sub-region. In his commissioning statement, Koroma said the event marked a milestone in the promotion of democracy in Africa. His administration, he maintained, was the only government in Africa that has transformed its only mouthpiece into a Corporation. A transitional management team was set up to facilitate the transformation of the SLBS into a corporation. The president urged members of the Board of Trustees to be committed, as "no voice would be marginalized in the use of the facility. I believe this station is going to be used in all districts, towns and villages in a democratic manner," he said, but was quick to stress that fair play and accountability must be upheld.