As KPMG exposes SLBC’s unhealthy financial management – civil society calls for neutrality
A swathe of questions has surfaced on the KPMG audit report which established that the Sierra Leone Broadcasting Corporation (SLBC) has been practicing unhealthy financial management.
The corporation which now operates as a national public broadcaster has got interest groups such as the Civil Society, the government, the listening public and funding organizations. In these circles there have been clarion calls for probity and accountability on the side of management of the SLBC following recent developments that the corporation is now tasked to raise its own finances.
The audit report covers a period of review in which four managements have changed hands since the merger of the former United Nation’s radio and the Sierra Leone Broadcasting Services took place.
The said period witnessed a situation whereby finances of the corporation were mismanaged. For example, monies accrued in the Sabi Dans promo show sponsored by Airtel according to the report were unaccounted for.
The report went further to suggest that the corporation has had flaws in reconciling comprehensive financial report which seems to suggest that there was room for a competent accountant to be employed that can be able to handle that sector well.
Also it came to suggest that, despite the corporation being on the know that certain staffs are guilty of mismanaging funds of the SLBC, they have not made moves to address punitive measures against them. The corporation has gone through a transformation stage to establish its independence yet it is still accused of being not neutral as the fact remains that major appointments are still being done by the government.
Members of the Civil Society bodies and the public are calling for a common platform to be created to allow a room for the SLBC to remain independent.
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