100 Days in office NATCOM Chairman defends DG
After a hundred days in office, the newly-appointed Chairman of the National Telecommunications Commission (NATCOM), the telecommunications regulatory agency in the country, Dr. Tom Obaleh Kargbo, has stated that the Board of the Commission has absolute confidence in the Director-General, Mohamed Bangura. (Photo: NATCOM Chairman, Dr. Tom Obaleh Kargbo & DG Mohamed Bangura)
He added that Mohamed Bangura is committed to President Ernest Bai Koroma’s Agenda For Prosperity to enhance the transformation of the Information, Technology and Communications (ICT) sector that has rapidly transformed the world.
Dr. Tom Obaleh Kargbo, who was responding to questions raised by the public about the performance of the Director General, further revealed that the public perception about the Commission is untrue stressing that NATCOM now has a robust Commission asserting that the revenue generated by the institution is due to the hard work of the Director General, Board and staff.
“The Commission has competent staff and modern equipment. Mohamed Bangura is transparent and tolerant to all staff. The issue of performance was raised when management asked staff to produce their documents for verification to make certain that the right people are employed. Furthermore, we want workers to be honest and serve the country to the best of their ability,” he articulated.
The Chairman further revealed that meetings are held as early as 7:30 a.m. with the Director General, Board Secretary and other staff to strategize on what should be accomplished for the day which always puts the Commission ahead of other institutions adding that NATCOM is now getting rapid response from companies.
He quoted President Koroma as always informing Sierra Leoneans that public officials, including himself, are here to serve them which NATCOM is doing and is making improvements noting, “we have to address the concerns raised by the people as this is the people’s office, it is their money and it is open to them. Also, this is a democratic institution.”
According to NATCOM’s organizational structure, the Director General of the Commission (DG) is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) while the Directorate of the Commission is responsible for the development and implementation of the operational strategy of the Commission and provides the Commission with the requisite professional advice to implement Government’s telecommunications policy.
The Director General oversees the day-to-day administration of the five operational divisions of the Commission.
Most stakeholders and the public interviewed by this medium have commended the Director General for a work well done and appealed to the public to be patient to soon benefit from the successes of the Commission.
By Abdul R. Bedor Kamara
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