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General News | Feb 4, 2005

Brouhaha in GBC deepens

Chronicle

The Director General of the Ghana Broadcasting Corporation (GBC), Ms Eva Lokko has forced the Former Editor-in-Chief of GTV, Mr. Emmanuel K. Vorgbe to proceed on premature retirement.

Even though Mr. Vorgbe had written formally to the management of the national television network indicating his intention to go on voluntary retirement at December 31st last year, Ms. Lokko hastily sent him on retirement two months earlier.

Chronicle gathered that shocked Vorgbe therefore wrote a request for an explanation and the offence he had committed to warrant this forcible retirement, adding the wish to know the motive behind such rude treatment.

When the letter, which was copied to the Board, reached the desk of Ms Lokko, she quickly arranged with the Accounts Department to pay two months salary in lieu of notice, to Vorgbe.

In a letter sighted by The Chronicle, Mr Vorgbe informed the Director-General that, “I indicated in my letter that I intended to retire voluntarily on December 31, 2004. However, you have asked me to proceed on the retirement on Monday, 1st November 2004, two months earlier than I had requested for.

“Your action amounts to forcible retirement. What offence have I committed to warrant forcible retirement?

I would be grateful if you could explain the rationale for your action. I protest against your action. It is unacceptable.”

Also, the circumstance under which 21 staffs have walked out of the company in the last four years is interesting to mention.

The paper has as well learnt that victimization of staff is very rife with Ms Lokko.

She recently directed that her former technician colleague, Mrs. Sarah Boye, the wife of the Ag. Deputy Minister of Transport be sent to Tema as the Managing Director for Obonu FM when the station's offices were yet to be completed.

The paper has learnt the two were very outspoken and one way or the other had to stand for the right things to be done, which did not please Madam.

Efforts to get the GBC boss for her side of the story on these allegations proved futile, as on several occasions that the paper tried to get to her, the Secretary insisted that she was in a meeting! Meanwhile, Ms Lokko had earlier indicated that if The Chronicle compiled any story against her, she would not give it audience anymore.

At the time of going to press, The Chronicle could not confirm whether Lokko had indeed derived her of her powers as alleged from Oboshie-Sai Cofie of the Castle.

In all these, what the authorities must take into account is that GBC workers agitations are not borne out of the demand for fat salaries like it happens at some other places, but rather from the need for sound administration that could guarantee the security of their tenure and that of the GBC.

While TV3 which is more or less an infant in television broadcasting in the country, is about to be listed on the Ghana Stock Exchange, GBC still depends on government subvention for its operations due to lack of business approach by people like Ms Lokko who have the mandate to run the company.

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