Zwedru Community Radio Gets New Board
By Chris Nyenapee, Grand Gedeh Correspondent
ZWEDRU, Feb 13 (LINA) - Superintendent Peter L. Solo has appointed a new Board of Directors for SMILE FM, a community radio station in Zwedru, the provincial capital of Grand Gedeh County.
The new seven-man board is chaired by businessman Bill White and co- chaired by Washington Yonly, County Project Planner.
The appointment of the board takes immediate effect and will last for the next six months.
Mr. Solo's action comes in the wake of disenchantment among some staff of the radio station over allegations of mismanagement and the manner in which the station is being run.
The misunderstanding recently led to a go- slow action with the workers demanding that the station manager, Mike Teteh Dorue and Board Chairman Philip S. Greene step down before the station can resume full operations.
Meanwhile, the services of all workers have been terminated and those wishing to continue to work at the institution asked to re-apply.
According to the LINA Correspondent in Grand Gedeh County, the station manager, who is at the center of the controversy has been retained, while the fate of former board chairman Greene, who is reported to be away from the county, remains unknown
In a related development, some citizens and residents are questioning the involvement of the county authority in the affairs of the community radio station which they think should be private.
But, a source from the Superintendent's office told LINA Thursday that the action is temporary to calm the tension, while the station manager will be subjected to an audit to determine his fate.