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GRTS Presents Reports To PEC For Consideration

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Malick Jeng
GRTS Director General

 

By Ramatoulie Jawo

The Gambia Radio and Television Services (GRTS) today presented to the Public Enterprises Committee (PEC) its 2020 activity report and financial statement for consideration.

Speaking to the committee today, GRTS Director General, Malick Jeng said in the year under review, GRTS could not cover most parts of the world due to its absence on satellite and the poor condition of their transmitters.

“However, in June 2021, the management used the institution’s own resources to put the National broadcaster back on satellite; after a long absence, which enabled Gambians in and outside of the country to receive the signals again to be informed about the development in the country,” he said.

He added that in July 2021, the National Assembly approved D36 million supplementary appropriation budget (SAB) for the GRTS, which the national broadcaster used to acquire equipment for its “unprecedented coverage” of the 2021 presidential and 2022 National Assembly elections.

“We are pleased to report that with the cash, we were able to purchase cameras, vehicles and mobile studio, radio and TV transmitters for four of our stations. These are Abuko, Mansakonko, Bansang and Basse. This leaves out two other stations, namely Kanilai and Kudang to be fitted with new transmitters,” Jeng said.

Director Jeng informed the National Assembly standing Committee that they realized that there is no GRTS installation in the whole of the North Bank Region and the management would like to install new transmitters in Kerewan and Kaur to help achieve nationwide coverage of their signals.

“We are pleased to report that with the equipment acquired from the SAB allocation, GRTS was able to provide unprecedented coverage of the (2021) presidential election and (2022) National Assembly elections,” he told members.

He said GRTS has successfully covered all the major national events, no matter where they took place in 2020.

Officials of the National Broadcaster first appeared before the PEC on 15th July 2022, but requested the committee to give them time to complete their activity report for the year 2020. 

The Chairman of the committee considered their appeal, and instructed them to complete the document for presentation today.

The Public Enterprises Committee would scrutinize the activity report and financial statement, then notify GRTS of its adoption or rejection, in due course.

By Ramatoulie Jawo

The Gambia Radio and Television Services (GRTS) today presented to the Public Enterprises Committee (PEC) its 2020 activity report and financial statement for consideration.

Speaking to the committee today, GRTS Director General, Malick Jeng said in the year under review, GRTS could not cover most parts of the world due to its absence on satellite and the poor condition of their transmitters.

“However, in June 2021, the management used the institution’s own resources to put the National broadcaster back on satellite; after a long absence, which enabled Gambians in and outside of the country to receive the signals again to be informed about the development in the country,” he said.

He added that in July 2021, the National Assembly approved D36 million supplementary appropriation budget (SAB) for the GRTS, which the national broadcaster used to acquire equipment for its “unprecedented coverage” of the 2021 presidential and 2022 National Assembly elections.

“We are pleased to report that with the cash, we were able to purchase cameras, vehicles and mobile studio, radio and TV transmitters for four of our stations. These are Abuko, Mansakonko, Bansang and Basse. This leaves out two other stations, namely Kanilai and Kudang to be fitted with new transmitters,” Jeng said.

Director Jeng informed the National Assembly standing Committee that they realized that there is no GRTS installation in the whole of the North Bank Region and the management would like to install new transmitters in Kerewan and Kaur to help achieve nationwide coverage of their signals.

“We are pleased to report that with the equipment acquired from the SAB allocation, GRTS was able to provide unprecedented coverage of the (2021) presidential election and (2022) National Assembly elections,” he told members.

He said GRTS has successfully covered all the major national events, no matter where they took place in 2020.

Officials of the National Broadcaster first appeared before the PEC on 15th July 2022, but requested the committee to give them time to complete their activity report for the year 2020. 

The Chairman of the committee considered their appeal, and instructed them to complete the document for presentation today.

The Public Enterprises Committee would scrutinize the activity report and financial statement, then notify GRTS of its adoption or rejection, in due course.

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