Government mishandling could force closure of LTC

30 May 2006

According to reports in The Liberian Times, state-owned national telecoms operator Liberia Telecommunications Corporation (LTC), could be forced to close as a result of the government’s inability to properly administer it. The paper writes that the telco has been blighted with management problems for more than three years and the situation has deteriorated to such a point that some staff are not getting paid. The paper attributes part of the blame to the country’s mobile operators which it says are backed by prominent figures in government close to the president, whereas LTC is not. It is feared that, if not handled properly, the worsening situation at LTC could spark tension across the country, especially if, as The Liberian Times reports, the government presses ahead with a discriminatory plan to dismiss LTC employees without an appropriate retirement package.