NDI Boss Challenges Community Radios
The Liberia Media for Democratic Initiatives (LMDI) and the National Democratic Institute (NDI) for International Affairs with support from the USAID, have officially launched a six-month radio program named and styled, the “LEGISLATIVE SPOTLIGHT”.
At the lunch recently in Kakata, Margibi County, Maryland County Senator John Ballout said the forum (LEGISLATIVE SPOTLIGHT) is a realization of a part of a long time Legislative Modernization Plan (LMP) deliberately envisioned by the Legislature to raise the august body on pile with other legislative bodies around the World.
Ballout told an audience of 30 rural community radio managers and hundreds of Margibians that the SPOTLIGHT as envisioned, will create a platform for Legislators and their constituents to interact in ways that link both the legislators and the people.
He challenged the implementor of the project, the LMDI and its community radio partners to ensure a scrupulous roll out that will allow for broader participation of lawmakers on the radio shows.
Earlier, Senators Clarice Jah and Oscar Cooper- all of Margibi County certificated 30 rural community radios on behalf of the Liberia Media for Democratic Initiatives (LMDI) for continuous partnership and collaboration in democracy related work.
LMDI Director John Kollie, in comments, described the rural community radios as strategically vital to the work of his organization. Kollie said the LMDI cherishes the continuous support of rural community radios.
The Country Director of the NDI for International Affairs in Liberia, Aubrey McCutcheon called on the rural community radio managers to use the LEGISLATIVE SPOTLIGHT to constructively engage lawmakers across Liberia, and urged the hundreds of Margibians and Liberians in general to listen to the set of radio programs and to ask what he called hard questions needing the right answers.
The Kakata Launch of the NDI/LMDI radio program project also saw the presentation of the debut edition of the media and community outreach blend of the project named and styled LEGISLATIVE SPOTLIGHT ON THE DIALOGUE.
On the first edition, five lawmakers, Senators Clarice Jah and Oscar Cooper of Margibi County, John Ballout of Maryland County and Representatives, Matonekay Tingbah and Sam Kogah presented views on the topic, “the Sensitivity of Rural Liberia in the Fiscal 2012-13 National Budget”.
The LEGISLATIVE SPOTLIGHT is working to increase public awareness on the 53rd Legislature and establish a link between the lawmakers and their constituents and the LMDI is producing and broadcasting the LEGISLATIVE SPOTLIGHT radio programs across Liberia on 31 of its National and Rural Community partner Network of 45 electronic media outlets.