Capitol, Monrovia – President George Weah has tabled in the House of Representatives a bill to amend certain provisions of the Telecommunications Act of 2007 to ensure the proper functioning and management of the Liberia Telecommunications Corporation (LTC).
The bill seeks, among other things, to change the title given to the head of LTC from Chief Executive Officer to Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and to create the position of Chief Operating Officer as the Chief Deputy to the CEO, as well as to expand their responsibilities.
In his communication accompanying the bill, President Weah acknowledged that the telecommunications sector had undergone many reforms, including the restructuring of the telecommunications law to conform to the growing possibilities of the ICT sector.
Asking the House for its kind and prompt consideration to enact the law, he said: “This will ensure structural compliance allowing the Liberia Telecommunications Corporation to reposition itself in a way that will bring more services and benefits to the people, while by reducing structural bureaucracies. that interfere with the functions and smooth running of the Company.
The Bill is titled “An Act to Amend Schedule “A”, Section 3, Subsection (F & G) of the Telecommunications Act 2007 thereby establishing a framework for the proper operation and management of Liberia Telecommunications Corporation”.
Schedule “A”, Section 3, Subsection (F), in its current form, states: “The management of the Company, including responsibility for the implementation of the policies and directives of the Board, is ensured by a general manager appointed by resolution of the board of directors. . As long as the Liberia Telecommunications Corporation is majority-owned by the government, the appointment of the CEO must be confirmed by the President of Liberia. The CEO will receive a salary and other compensation and benefits to be determined by the Board of Directors. »
When amended, it will read as follows:
“The management of the company, including responsibility for the implementation of the policies and directives of the board of directors, must be led by a chief executive officer who will be the head of the company and assisted by a chief executive officer. operation who will serve as Principal Deputy to the Chief Executive Officer. The Chief Executive Officer and Chief Executive Officer are appointed by resolution of the Board of Directors. As long as the Liberia Telecommunications Corporation is majority owned by the government, the appointment of the Chief Chief Executive Officer shall be confirmed by the President of Liberia. The Chief Executive Officer shall receive a salary and other compensation and benefits to be determined by the Board of Directors.”
The CEO, among others, will be the most senior officer of the company and his main responsibilities, among others, include making important decisions that do not require board policy, managing all operations and resources of the Company, acting as the primary point of communication between the Board of Directors and the operations of the Company.
The bill was then forwarded to the Telecommunications and Justice Committees for consideration and recommendations, with a mandate to report back to plenary within two weeks.
Meanwhile, the President’s submission of the bill came as he was preparing to launch the new Libtelco brand which will henceforth be known as Liberia Telecommunications Corporation Mobile (LTC Mobile).
The launch will include the Company’s introduction of GSM mobile services and the President will make the first voice call on the new network (022).
According to the management of government-owned LTC Mobile, it is not the government’s intention to remove existing service providers but rather to fill the gaps and meet the needs of the Liberian people.
However, management said President Weah’s vision was to make LTC a viable telecom company in the sub-region that can be compared to MTN which is owned by the South African government or Orange which is owned by the French government and Vodacom which is owned by the South African government. owned by the British government.
LTC management has dispelled the misconception that LTC mobile will play the role of a regulator and at the same time an actor since it is owned by the government.
The Liberia Telecommunications Corporation (LTC) was established in 1973 as the only fixed line operator in Liberia. With the passage of the Telecommunications Act of 2007, the company was reorganized as LIBTELCO and designated as Liberia’s national telecommunications operator. It operates a CDMA 2000 1X-EVDO network that provides affordable voice and data services in Liberia.
However, with his ascendancy, the Weah-led administration laid out an ambitious plan to expand the Society’s reach and operations. In 2020, the 2007 Act was amended to ensure that LTC provides large-scale mobile network operations in Liberia.