Dr. Williette James Sails Through Parliament as Chairperson of SLBC Board of Trustees

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By Amin Kef (Ranger)

Dr. Williette P.R.O. James was on Tuesday June 4, 2024 officially approved by the Parliamentary Appointments Committee to serve as the Chairperson on the Board of Trustees of the Sierra Leone Broadcasting Corporation (SLBC). The decision followed the unanimous approval of the Sixteenth Report of the Committee of Appointments and Public Service, led by Hon. Mathew Nyuma, Leader of Government Business.

During the parliamentary session, Hon. Bashiru Silikie, Deputy Majority Leader of Government, praised President Julius Maada Bio for his selection of Dr. James and others to occupy key positions, urging the appointees to prioritize national interests and maintain openness to both MPs and the public.

Hon. Abdul Kargbo, the Opposition Leader, also commended President Bio for the appointments and encouraged a nationalistic approach in selecting individuals for public service roles. He emphasized the importance of the SLBC’s transition from analog to digital broadcasting, noting its longstanding history in West Africa.

The Speaker of Parliament, Hon. Segepoh Solomon Thomas, advised the nominees to align their work with President Bio’s agenda and wished them success in their new roles.

Dr. James expressed gratitude for her appointment, reflecting on the professional ethos instilled by her mentor, emphasizing her commitment to serve under any Government for the nation’s benefit.

President Bio highlighted the crucial role of the SLBC in providing quality broadcasting services and expressed confidence in Dr. James’ leadership to drive the Corporation forward.

Dr. Williette James, a renowned journalist and academician, brings extensive experience in journalism and gender advocacy. She holds a Ph.D. in Communication and Media Studies and has held numerous leadership positions, including being the first female President of the Academic Staff Association at Fourah Bay College.

SLBC Director General, Josephine Kamara, remarked on the significant contributions of women at the SLBC, advocating for recognition based on merit rather than gender. She also addressed concerns about financial management and committed to working with the existing team to ensure financial accountability and growth.

Dr. James’ leadership is expected to enhance the SLBC’s operations, ensuring effective service to the public and supporting national development.



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