PRESS STATEMENT ON HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT AT THE SIERRA LEONE BROADCASTING CORPORATION
The attention of the Sierra Leone Broadcasting Corporation has been drawn to wild allegations and posts on social media claiming “massive sackings and resignations” at the Corporation arising from “political harassment and intimidation”.
The SLBC wishes to state that the said posts or statements are not only deeply erroneous, irritatingly malicious, and profoundly unfounded, but they are a calculated attempt to besmirch the image of the institution and to brand it along political affiliations.
The Management of SLBC wishes to inform the general public that it has retained nearly 98% of the staff strength it inherited in 2018. We confirm that two persons have been dismissed since 2018, and their dismissals were based purely on administrative grounds in line with the SLBC Staff Manual and Codes of Ethics. The five staff members who have so far resigned cited the need for “personal development” as a reason for their resignations. The Human Resources Department maintains a file on each employee, including all complaints filed by or against each of them. Our records indicate that no complaint or any form of intimidation or harassment was filed by any of the resignees.
The Board and Management of SLBC wholeheartedly commend staff members for their unflinching support to ongoing reform and transformation efforts, especially in four areas, including instilling discipline, image building, staff professionalism, and transmission calibration.
While management acknowledges that change is hard for many people to accept, the Corporation unreservedly states that its working environment has changed markedly in the last couple of years, following the adoption of a posture of intolerance to administrative malfeasance in line with administrative protocols.
The Corporation is aware that three of its staff resigned from their positions between 14 and 15 of October 2020, two of whom were facing administrative punishment at the time of their resignations. While the Corporation is constrained to open files of the said staff to the public, it quickly wants to draw attention to the fact that notoriety for absence from work, negligence of duty and if at all producing defective work, and exhibiting conduct prejudicing the integrity of SLBC products were among reasons for their suspension.
The SLBC states that it has set its progress bar high in its re-branding process, which has undoubtedly enhanced its visibility, ensured credibility, assured reliability, and increased its audience base. To sustain these gains, the SLBC reiterates its position of intolerance to misdemeanours undermining respect for authority, derailing performance, and abusing discipline.
The SLBC is aware of recognitions and praises it continues to receive from organisations and members of the public for credible and reliable news and information, improved broadcast transmission, and demonstration of professionalism in conduct of work. These accolades are not unconnected to the ongoing re-branding efforts at the Corporation.
The Corporation wishes to state that its doors are always open to members of the public seeking information on its operations including personnel management.
Signed: Director of Administration