The Chairman of the Engineering sub-committee of the National Telecommunications Commission (NATCOM) S.R. Tumoe and two other senior members of the commission Victor Findlay, Senior engineer of the Telecommunication Commission and Commissioner Richard Kargbo have paid a courtesy call on Mr. Andrew Smith the station manager of Sierra Leone Broadcasting Service (SLBS) FM 93.5 Kenema at his Maxwell Khobe street office in Kenema.
The Smith welcomed the NATCOM Commissioners and their team to Kenema and briefed them about the present status of the SLBS operations. He disclosed that SLBS is presently functioning from its transmitting site at Mic Tango at Bandama with a mini continuity studio while the stations administrative office is tentatively occupying the government information service building at Maxwell Khobe Street in Kenema.
Mr. Smith informed the commissioners and team that plans are well underway for a permanent structure that will house the national broadcasters.
In his remarks the visiting team leader Mr. S.R.Tumoe said they were in Kenema for the first time on a familiarization tour of the regions pointing out that their task is to have a technical appraisal of the various telecommunication installations including radio and television stations in the country.
The Chairman of the NATCOM engineering sub-committee said their visit was to create awareness of the commission’s existence as the regulatory body in the country.
He said their visit is to also give them the opportunity to look at licenses issued, antenna and the condition of the transmitting equipment used by the television stations and various radio stations nation wide.
Mr. Tumoe further disclosed that the commission was established by an Act of parliament in 2006 and it came into full operation last year. Already according to Mr. Tumoe the technical team has visited Magbosi, Masiaka and Mile 91 areas.