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Liberian legislature wants control of telecom authority

June 19, 2012 • Mobile and Telecoms, Top Stories

Members of Liberia’s House of Representatives have proposed a bill that would place the Liberia Telecommunications Authority (LTA) under the direct control of the House. Rep. George S. Mulbah proposed the bill as the LTA has engaged in “extravagant spending.”

Liberian President, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf

“Failure by the Executive to exercise authority over the LTA prompted the entity to engage in massive spending. The lucrative increment bonanza at the LTA has placed its budget at US$13.8 million annually, which is far above that of the Liberian Senate,” Rep. Mulbah stated.

He added that it would be possible to limit LTA’s spending if it were to be under the House’s control. “In order to curtail this practice, I am submitting for your enactment a bill seeking to repeal article 9 section 5 of the LTA Act of 2007”.

Mulbah went on to say that the LTA was allowed “to operate without an approved budget for one year.”

“Just as other public corporations, Article 9 section 5 of the LTA Act of 2007 ‘empowers’ commissioners to submit their draft fiscal budget to the Executive for approval. But House members want that section of the Act repealed in order to scrutinize the LTA’s annual budget,” wrote Liberia’s New Democrat.

Charlie Fripp – Consumer Tech editor


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