GBC Board cited in financial malfeasance by staff

GBC Board cited in financial malfeasance by staff

- The staff of GBC have petitioned the NMC over their lack of confidence in some board members and were therefore clad in red arm bands last week

-  They want the Chairman of the GBC Board, Mr Richard Kwame Asante, and Professor Linus Abraham, a member to be removed from office

- The workers questioned them over financial misappropriation of their IGF 

GBC Board cited in financial malfeasance by staff

The red banner at the main entrance of GBC calling for the dissolution of the board

The staff of Ghana Broadcasting Corporation (GBC), has leveled allegations of financial malfeasance and other bad practices at some board members and are therefore demanding their removal.

The staff of the nation’s broadcaster have petitioned the National Media Commission (NMC) expressing their lack of confidence in some of the board members.

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Most of the workers were clad in red arm bands last week to signal how discontented they were with the performance of the board.

They had displayed at the main gate of the GBC an inscription “No Director of TV licence, BoD Chairman, Don’t collapse GBC, BoD Chairman, Go”.

The GBC union’s petition to the NMC, singled out the Chairman of the GBC Board, Mr Richard Kwame Asante, and Professor Linus Abraham, a member, as some of the people they had lost confidence in.

They contended that Prof. Abraham’s declaration at a staff durbar in February this year that allowances for employees of GBC were bloated, was unfortunate a statement which nearly resulted in their picketing last week  at the broadcasting house.

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The union also questioned the essence in terminating a media sports contract with a French media company which resulted in GBC paying a penalty of $50,000 to dissipate the corporation’s already meager resources especially at a time when it lacked the needed logistics for employees to work with.

They again questioned what was accounting for the delay in making known the proceeds from the collaboration between the GBC and Metropolitan Television (METRO TV) for the coverage of the 2014 FIFA World Cup and the AFCON 2015.

“This has become a source of worry for GBC staff because such events are a main source of internally generated funds (IGF). We cannot comprehend why transactions in 2014 and 2015 are still inconclusive,” the union said in their petition to the NMC.

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The union also accused the management of resorting to recruiting top management personnel who were paid from their IGF which is already being misapplied.

According to them, instead of channelling the resources into retooling the organisation, “management rather deemed it fit to purchase five SUV vehicles for directors.”

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