The Concerned Voters Movement (CVM) has descended heavily on two journalists for allegedly working to tarnish the reputation of the Director-General of the National Lottery Authority (NLA), Kofi Osei-Ameyaw.
The Founder and President of CVM, Razak Kojo Opoku, has said the two journalists had published several untrue stories about Mr Osei-Ameyaw over the issue of the unionisation of the NLA Staff, to deliberately dent his image.
The journalists he said were only pursuing their personal interest rather than doing professional work.
It is not clear who these two journalists are, however, in a statement, Mr Razak quotes a headline attributed to the New Crusading Guide on January 16, 2020, that read: “NLA boss in danger of contempt at NLC over delay tactics”.
The statement issued in Accra and signed by Mr Razak Kojo Opoku made the following clarifications.
“For the avoidance of doubt, Hon. Kofi Osei-Ameyaw is NOT in Danger of contempt at the National Labour Commission (NLC). For the purposes of clarity, there are three Labour Unions currently trying to unionize the Staff of NLA namely:
1. Union of Industry, Commerce & Finance Workers (UNICOF).
2. Financial, Business and Services Employees Union (FBSEU) of GFL.
3. Industrial and Commercial Workers Union (ICU).”
The statement urged the public to completely ignore the “bogus publication by the New Crusading Guide against Hon. Kofi Osei-Ameyaw.’
Mr Razak Kojo Opoku said, “journalism based on extortion and blackmail is a fraud.”
He explained that “both UNICOF and FBSEU have Bargaining Certificates which seem to have some degree of challenges, and currently the Chief Labour Officer is looking into it to bring the matter to its logical conclusion.
“The ICU too is in the process of acquiring a Bargaining Certificate. It is therefore absolutely false for Samuel Frimpong to consistently publish negative stories against Hon. Kofi Osei-Ameyaw aimed at extorting monies from him together with Isaac Nuamah of Atinka FM”.
He noted that Kofi Osei-Ameyaw had separately met with the leadership of UNICOF, FBSEU and ICU on how best they could all work together with the Management of the NLA.