Minister Mushelenga reminds new board of NBC's crucial role in information dissemination

Minister Mushelenga reminds new board of NBC's crucial role in information dissemination

At the introductory meeting, the Information, Communication and Technology Minister congratulated the newly appointed board of directors and handed over their appointment letters. 
Dr Peya Mushelenga reminded the directors of the crucial role NBC plays in society when it comes to information dissemination and the corporation should, therefore, always report objectively.
 He reminded them of their fiduciary duties as they relate to their responsibilities. The ICT Minister would like to, among others, see the growth of dedicated programmes on women, youth and children on NBC multimedia platforms, which include Radio, TV and Online.
Mushelenga says the Government has made sure that the corporation’s funding levels for this financial year are adequate and that the NBC does not find itself in financial difficulty as has been the case in the past. He says this is the reason why the austerity measures were lifted.
He says he will do his best to ensure that the funding does not hamper the efforts of the NBC to carry out its mandate.
Deputy Minister, Emma Teofelus,  who also attended the meeting, encouraged NBC to embrace technology and that she was looking forward to the introduction of talk radio on NBC platforms.
On his part, the newly appointed NBC Board Chairperson, Lazarus Jacobs thanked the minister for the trust in appointing them as directors. The chairperson says they see their appointments as the national honour and as such, they will take their fiduciary duties seriously.
Jacobs further stated that NBC is a profoundly serious partner in disseminating news hence the entity must be run on sound and strict business principles.
Apart from board member Inonge Sisamu, who was unable to attend and tendered her apology, all board members were in attendance with Michael Jimmy joining via the Zoom Meeting Virtual Platform.
NBC Director-General Stanley Similo attended the meeting.
The six newly appointed directors, with Lazarus Jacobs as the chairperson, and Tim Ekandjo as his deputy were appointed from for three years, effective from 1 August 2020.