NDC Serial Callers Threaten Strike

Some National Democratic Congress serial callers in the Western Region have threatened to embark on a strike action if leadership continues to neglect them. The aggrieved serial callers maintain they can no longer continue defending and projecting the party's sinking image on empty stomachs while leadership feeds fat on their sweats. Their spokesperson, Baba Jamal, who issued this threat in Takoradi Wednesday during a newspaper review programme on the local Kyzz FM, said “Monkey no go work for baboon to chop”. He insisted that until party leadership appreciates the work of serial callers and appropriately reward them for their efforts in defending and projecting the party's image, they would stop phoning-in into radio programs. He stressed that the serial callers would keep mute and not utter a word during phone-in programmes to either lambast the opposition New patriotic Party or blindly defend government functionaries who misconduct themselves or fail to live up to expectation. He therefore urged members of the New Patriotic Party to take advantage of their absence on the airwaves to project their party towards election 2012. According to the spokesperson, the aggrieved NDC serial callers would soon meet journalists in the Region to formally articulate their frustrations and concerns to the party's leadership. This however did not go down well with another member of the party, Abu Mohammed, who also phoned in into the same programme, dubbed 'Ade Akyeabia', to accuse Jamal of sabotage. He described the spokesperson as a traitor and a blackmailer only interested in using the party to promote his parochial interest. Abu intimated that Jamal‘s outburst stemmed from failure by leadership to assist him raise a loan for his business. He said leadership would not risk granting loans to people who do not qualify and that whoever felt peeved by this arrangement could quietly quit the party and not attempt blackmailing it. Jamal quickly reacted, insisting that his accuser felt comfortable in the party simply because he had been awarded many contracts fetching him millions of money and therefore does not share the predicament of the suffering serial callers. He said Abu had also managed to obtain financial support from leadership to enable him go on a Hajj in Mecca and as a result sees nothing wrong with the way and manner the serial callers were being handled. The New Statesman gathered from their heated argument on the airwaves that although NDC leadership in the region had contracted some of the members to regularly phone-in into radio discussions, particularly political programmes, they had not made any provisions to cater for the financial needs of these callers. Reports indicate that some of these serial callers use their own money to purchase re-charge cards for phone calls with a usually failed promise of refund.