By Fareeza Haniff
[www.inewsguyana.com] – Chairpersons and Directors of the State Media Boards – Guyana National Newspapers Limited (GNNL) and the National Communications Network (NCN) – were officially appointed by Prime Minister, Moses Nagamootoo on Tuesday, September 15, 2015.
The Chronicle Board of Directors includes:
Chair – Jean La Rose
NCN – Board of Directors
Bishwa Panday – Chair
Dr. Paloma Mohamed
In his address to the new appointees, the Prime Minister explained that his Director of Public Information, Imran Khan was placed on both Boards, since he represents the Office of the Prime Minister, which has direct responsibility for the State media.
Nagamootoo made it clear that the Boards will decide on policy issues for the Companies and engage management on its efficient operation. Dealing with issues facing the Chronicle Newspaper, the Prime Minister said that it has been one of the most “abused newspapers in any part of the world” politically.
“It has been allowed to be reduced to the status of a political rag or a political broadsheet,” the Prime Minister said, pointing out that the new members of the Board will now have to deal with credibility issues.
According to the Prime Minister, he expects that the newspaper would carry opposing views in a responsible manner.
“Not to use the newspaper…to denigrate someone you don’t like as a jackass and revel in glory and satisfaction that that was one of the better headlines in a State newspaper,” Nagamootoo said.
He urged the Directors to consider the “human side” of the employees by ensuring that they work in a comfortable environment. Additionally, he charged the new Board to ensure that the Company is no longer in debt.
It was also noted that the Prime Minister is engaging an agency, which is willing to fund the construction of a new building to house the GNNL in the form of a grant.
Meanwhile, as it relates to the operations of the NCN, Nagamootoo explained that the Company needs to be “cleansed” since it has tremendous potential. He revealed that advertisers owe the NCN approximately $600M.
In this regard, the new Chairman of the Board of Directors, Bishwa Panday, made it clear that the Company will no longer do business with anyone who owes NCN.
Additionally, the Prime Minister has since instructed that the CEO of NCN rid the compound of some 14 non – functioning vehicles.
“Clean the place, it is not a junk yard,” the Prime Minister said. He made reference also to the deplorable state of the fencing, which is falling apart.