LIBERIA's LTC GETS INTERNATIONAL BLESSING, RESUMES FULL SKILL OPERATION

Telecoms

The Liberia Telecommunication Corporation, which has been inactive for months since the departure of its former managing director Joe Gbala, is said to be waking up from its slumber, preparing to once again serve the Liberian people.

Addressing a new conference on Monday at the Corporation headquarters on Lynch Street the Deputy Managing Director for technical services Alfred Bargar, on behalf of the management, said "we are pleased to inform the general public of its resumption of new improved services effective as of yesterday.

The LTC Executive noted that the corporation is sending apologies to the Liberian people for any inconvenience the disruption of services, may have caused them and assured that the resumption this time is permanent and will be better.

"In keeping with our commitment to serve the nation and its people through improved and qualified services, the LTC is introducing a prepaid service that will allow customers to control their own air time at convenience at cheaper rate" he said.

Mr. Bargar disclosed that as soon as interconnection arrangements are concluded all LTC customers will be able to make and receive calls to the Lonestar and Libercell networks free for the one-week testing period, adding that plans are underway to have Comium and Cellcom on line shortly.

In order to update our records and authenticate a competitive level of service to our customers the corporation was resuming full scale operation at the expense of a United States corporation known as Intradme Comad Incorporation (ICI) based in Los Angeles.

An Executive of ICI Michael Steve MacClenny also spoke at the press conference and indicated that his company was willing and prepared to revamp the system to the extent of making it competitive in standard with other telecommunications sectors in other countries within the sub-region.

"We have the financial and technical means to bring LTC to its pre war status" the ICI representative said.

The workers of LTC had on many occasion staged a go-slow action in demand of their salaries and other fringe benefits, but the ICI executive and the corporation Deputy Boss failed to mention whether they were well prepared to rigidly underwrite all debts including the salary arrears of the employees which could hinder the smooth operation of the new LTC so envisaged.

ICI was never short-listed during the LTC biding process, but it's taking over by the USA Communication Company seems to dash away hope of James Yarday UTE who claimed to have won the bid but was nullified by transitional Chairman Bryant.

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