…as they miss debate on Budget
RADIO PANELISTS of the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) in Kumasi have bemoaned what they describe as lack of incentives to enable them carry out their duties of defending the policies and programmes of the government on the various airwaves in the metropolis.
The NDC radio panelists complain that lack of financial motivation has become a great source of disincentive to them, rendering them ineffective as defenders of the government’s policies and programmes.
Most of the members of the Communications Team of the ruling party have, in recent times, been absent from the airwaves, leaving worried supporters wondering what must have happened to the party’s publicity and propaganda machinery.
Of much concern to the supporters was the failure by members of the Communications Team to appear on the airwaves to debate opposition members on the government’s fiscal policy for the 2011 economic year, presented recently, by the Minister of Finance in Parliament.
Some supporters of the party have been calling into radio morning show programmes, inquiring of the whereabouts of some familiar voices who are known to be strong advocates of the party on the airwaves.
But, a member of the party’s propaganda/publicity machinery, Kobby Onasis Rosely, who is also Chairman of the Youth Wing Working Committee in the Ashanti Region, has disclosed reasons for their dormancy, explaining that most of them have been unable to appear on radio, because of financial constraints.
According to him, they had become so cash-strapped that they find it extremely difficult hire taxis to the stations to participant in radio discussions.
“Most of us do not have any means of transport, except to hire taxis; sometimes it is very hard for us to get money to do that, and it is even more difficult, when the programme is held in the night,” he lamented.
Onasis cited a particular case on Saturday, where he was billed to appear on a political talk show on Ashh FM to discuss the government’s budget statement, but could not make it, because he did not have money to hire a taxi.
“The host of the show kept on mentioning my name, telling listeners I would be coming; it was shameful,” he noted.
He observed that quite apart from being unable to feature on political programmes, they faced a lot of societal pressure from friends, loved ones, and family members, “because most of them think we have money, and so they come to us with all forms of financial demands.”
Onasis said unless the party streamlined its plans, and makes enough provision for the communication mechanism, the party’s publicity machinery would wane, and this could have serious repercussions on the electoral fortunes of the party.
“If we are unable to market the policies, programmes and achievements of the party, how would the people know that the government is working? Something needs to be done,” he emphasised