NDC Communicators Fly Red Flags
According to them, the executives of the party in the region had of late refused to give them the money meant for purchasing call credits to call into radio stations or send text messages.
They said during the 2012 electioneering campaign, they worked hard, moving from one radio station to another to ensure that they win more seats for the NDC in the region.
They have therefore expressed disappointment with the leaders of the party in the region for neglecting them after the party had come to power.
According to some of them who spoke to the DAILY GUIDE on condition of anonymity, they were sent to various polling stations to act as observers for the party, alleging that sometimes they were beaten up by supporters of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) and as a result, some of them lost their personal belongings.
‘We were encouraged to match the NPP boot for boot, which we did. But we have not been rewarded, hence our resolve to go on strike to vent our grievances,’ one of them remarked.
When contacted, Alhaji Willie Pee, spokesperson for the communicators, debunked the assertion that his colleagues were demanding money for text messages or to buy credit to call into radio programmes.
He explained that the strike action was occasioned by the fact that the Western Regional Minister, Ebenezer Teye Addo and his deputy, Alfred Ekow Gyam, had refused to organize meetings with the communicators to brief them on current happenings in government.
He praised a former deputy regional minister, Emelia Arthur, for organizing periodic meetings with the communicators to brief them on some of the issues they should talk about on radio.
In a related development, some NDC serial callers in Accra have given a 14-day ultimatum to the leadership of the party to respond to their demand for recognition, lest they would embark on a nationwide demonstration.
The callers, who stormed the office of DAILY GUIDE yesterday, said they had petitioned the Chief of Staff about their plight, but to no avail.
The spokesperson for the group, Comrade Boutrous, said they were prevailed upon to shelve an earlier date for a demonstration and wait for a positive response from the government through Mr. Stan Dogbe, an aide at the presidency.
He said Pesident Mahama being a communicator himself, should know better the role of communication in national development and appreciate their efforts.
From Emmanuel Opoku, Takoradi & Melvin Tarlue
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