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NATIONAL : GBC boss to answer charges.
The Director General of the Ghana Broadcasting Corporation will have to answer questions on various expenses, in excess of GH¢900m, including payments of cash to ‘faceless persons’ to facilitate release of subventions to the state broadcaster.
Sources at the Serious Fraud Office, which has asked for the interdiction of Mr. William Ampem Darko, say the Director General paid various amounts to ensure the release of a GH¢500,000 subvention money to the corporation.
Another is the payment of a 20 per cent fee on a GH¢180,000 debt owed the corporation by the Local Organizing Committee of the CAN 2008 for no work done.
Mr. Ampem Darko is also alleged to have willfully caused financial loss to the state to the tune of $90,000 for live matches that were not telecast as advertised.
These allegations aside, Joy News has learnt the state broadcaster faces serious financial difficulties, a situation critics of the Director General blame on his poor management.
For a corporation thought to be doing very well at generating internal funds, sources have told Joy News it has large sums far in excess of its allowed overdraft.
Salaries have persistently delayed and workers yet to receive their pay for March. The board in particular is at odds with the DG because they say he has persistently flouted directives and even sidestepped decisions he jointly took with the board.
They point to the payment of the personal legal bills of the union leader Louis Darko to the tune of GH¢40,000 in clear defiance of a board decision.
There are also concerns the National Media Commission is overly protective of the Director General.
The Serious Fraud Office says it will review its options once it receives direct notice from the board of the state broadcaster on the proposed interdiction of the corporation’s Director General.
The board wrote to the SFO on Monday indicating that it has no power to interdict the Director General, William Ampem-Darko.
In the letter, the board said any such decision can only be made by the National Media Commission but it appears Mr. William Ampem Darko is being investigated for an issue the SFO considers very serious.
The latest development marks a defining moment for all the parties in the GBC saga and caps months of disagreements between the board and management represented by Mr Ampem Darko.
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