The Director General of the Ghana Broadcasting Corporation , Professor Amin Alhassan has confidently assured his workers and the entire nation that the is optimistic of the re- emergence of the nation’s leading mouth piece as the leading broadcaster in Ghana very soon. He gave this assurance when he spoke to the press in an inerview soon after a staff durbar with the Hon Minister of Information, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah at the state broadcaster’s durbar ground. He stated that with the support of his staff and the sector minister, GBC would fully resurrect to perform it’s expected role as designated. “When l took over the organization, things were very tough. We did not know where to begin from. But we resolved to forge ahead. So we started to do something and gradually we are getting out of the woods. I must say l have the support of my staff that makes me optimistic that we shall succeed. When the workers get to know that you’re on course,they will support you and that’s happening now”. The D-G told the journalists that as a result of prudent management, hardwork and understanding of my staff they have upped their revenue generation and this has resulted in the organization buying of some vehicles, some logistics as well as building modern studios for use. “I must say we have placed order for 2000 buckets of assorted paints,1000 of them are in as l speak, to repaint the Accra and other Regional offices very soon to give a fitting face lift for the corporation. We have also bought robotic cameras into a new TV studio we are building” . On the issue of staff promotions and other incentives, he agreed that this is an age long thing but said in the last two years management has brought the backlog down considerably thereby giving way to peaceful atmosphere and he appealed to government to come to their aid. He enumerated myriad of challenges and difficulties the organization is facing some of which have to do with long service awards, encroachment on their Ajankote lands that houses their big satellite mast reduced from 75 to paltry 35 acres, infrastructural needs that corporation cannot meet due to their scanty financial muscle, staff welfare issues, the need for two mordern OB vans as soon as possible to serve the nation better and on time, etc . “We are happy for what the minister said , the corporation needs a drastic restructuring, rejuvenation and retooling and all this is going to reposition GBC to rise to the task cos all over the world, there are commercial broadcasters but all the same they have well oiled state broadcaster like SABC,BBC,VOA,ABCetc sponsored via taxes to air state news and information for the people , and Ghana can do same .We have served the nation even in difficult times. During the Covid 19 lock down we rolled out Ghana Learning TV channel free of charge for Ghanian children on GES curricular from kindergarten to SHS, still running. This is service to to the nation. Ours is service and not business so, the state should equip and support us” he pleaded. He agreed that his predecessors tried to revamp and re-situate the organization but failed but the difference in his case is that the staff and the union have thrown their weight behind him seeing his focus ,vision and determination coupled with the assurance from the NMC and the sector ministry to reinvigorate the state broadcaster to give off quality service.
Credit :Nana Poku