22 November 2012

Ghana: Board Hijacks Operations At Ghanaian Times

There is an uneasy calm and simmering tension among some staff of the national daily, The Ghanaian Times, over the interference of the day to day administration by the Board.

Sources close to the corporation indicate that some persons on the board have virtually hijacked the administration of the national daily and are calling the shots.

The interference in the daily activities of the corporation has become so evident that the Board sits virtually every week, when the normal board sittings are supposed to be once in a month.

Our source recalled that in 2010, the co-operation decided to purchase a standby generator for the operations of the corporation at the cost of GH¢ 180,000. But the board dilly-dallied on the decision until recently, when the same generator set was finally bought at GHC 240,000.

The source indicated that the Board has so much undermined the Managing Director to the extent that purchases and payments for urgent services are done by the Board. This, according to some workers, is impeding the progress of the national paper.

It is also said that the behavior of the board is seriously affecting the paper's business relations, as some service providers have truncated their services with the paper.

Deep throat source also indicate that the Board has also taken over the role of making appointments at the corporation, sometimes without the knowledge of the Managing Director.

"They write their own advertisement for the positions, they do the short listing, do the interviews and make the appointments," the source told The Chronicle.

When The Chronicle contacted the MD, Mr. Kofi Esuman, to seek answers, he declined comment, except to say he was on leave.

The source cited, for example, the Appointment of Mr. Charles Niiquaye as editor of the paper and Jane Makorley as his deputy, were done solely by the Board. "In fact, the board has no strategy or plan to revamp the the paper and make it more competitive", the source noted.

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