The Ashanti Regional Minister, Simon Osei-Mensah, is entreating the public to treat the concerns of the serial callers in the region with the contempt that it deserves since they are lazy and therefore don’t want to work.
According to the former Member of Parliament (MP) for Bosomtwe, most of the serial callers were offered jobs by the Kumasi Metropolitan Chief but declined to take up such appointments on grounds that the salary was too small to carter for their needs.
“They [serial callers] told him that they amount of money they make a day out of the errands they do is bigger than the one salary they will receive from that job”, he said in an interview with Accra-based Okay FM, Thursday, September 13, 2018.
Some serial callers of the NPP in the Ashanti Region have accused the party leaders, especially, the Ashanti Regional Minister, Simon Osei Mensah, of neglecting them despite the numerous promises they made to them prior to the 2016 general elections.
To them, ever since the party came to power, none out of the 64 has been offered employment in any of the government establishments in the region.
The situation, they noted, is having a heavy toll on their lives and therefore cannot contain it any longer than to voice out their grievances for the powers that be to call the Ashanti Regional Minister to order.
To express their anger, the furious serial callers on Wednesday, September 12, 2018, incinerated their mobile phones at the full glare of the public at the Abyss Park in Kumasi where they held a press conference an announced the beginning of their sit-down strike.
But Hon. Osei-Mensah in a rebuttal said the serial callers are simply being ungrateful to him and other leading members of the party in the region despite the numerous supports they have given them.
Each of the serial callers, he said, is given a stipend of GH₵150.00 to buy call credit while the other communicators of the party who go on radio and television stations to defend the party are supported with GH₵200.00 each.
Additionally, some of the funds are disbursed for the upkeep of the Ashanti Regional NPP headquarters.
The money, he added, is sourced from the GH₵1,000.00 and GH₵2,000 monthly deductions from the salary of all MMDCEs including himself as the Regional Minister for such an exercise.