Logo of Fourah Bay College, University of SL
In March 2011, Fourah Bay College (University of Sierra Leone) gave a grant to CTN that covered two months of salaries to staff and running costs. The University approached then again the United Nations Special Representative who decided to save the situation by giving a bridging grant to CTN under the Peace Building Fund (PBF). On the insistence of the UNDP, an assessment was carried out by Panel Kerr Forster on the capacity of CTN to manage donor funds. The assessment team gave the green light and in June 2011, after several meetings with UNIPSIL (UN Mission) and UNDP, approval was given for support to CTN’s budget - May to July 2011 with the sum of $32,199 and $25,622 respectively from the PBF and $6,577 from the German government. A further budgetary support of $222,423 from the German government has been approved to support CTN’s activities between August 2011 – February 2012. A Committee was set up to manage the funds:
Currently, the Committee meets regularly to plan the activities of CTN and take decisions on funding and other aspects of the project. In August 2011, the former Station Manager of Radio Mount Aureol, Mr. James Lebbie was appointed Training Officer and Coordinator of CTN’s activities with the Community Radio Stations. He is currently part of the CTN management team.
CTN continues to broadcast six hours daily news and current affairs. Under the current funding arrangement, the satellite link has been restored with Babcock of Britain and from feedback from provincial listeners and the CTN’s partner radio stations, CTN is now being heard loud and clear all over the provinces.
As the 2012 elections draw near, emphasis on programs will be geared towards preparations for the elections, voter education including biometric voter registration, the need for free, fair and credible elections and sensitization on avoidance of violence.