Ghanaian radio presenter and musician Abubakar Ahmed, popularly known as Blakk Rasta, has attacked former Finance Minister Dr Kwabena Duffour over his ‘Ahotor’ project to help NDC grassroots whilst his workers continue to suffer without their salaries.
Blakk Rasta, speaking on his show Taxi Driver on Class 91.3Fm in Accra, said the NDC bigwig is being hypocritical by spending that much on his party grassroots whilst his own workers suffer.
Workers of the Excellence in Broadcasting (EIB) network owned by Dr Duffour, recently demonstrated over unpaid salaries alleged to have stretched over a year.
Workers of the network comprising Starr FM, Kasapa FM, Ultimate Radio, Agoo FM, Abusua FM, Empire FM, GHOne TV, Agoo TV, Starrfm.com.gh, Kasapafmonline.com and the Heritage newspaper went on a sit-down strike.
Meanwhile, Dr Duffour launched his ‘Ahotor’ project for NDC grassroots members, donating public address systems and other equipment worth GHS90,000 to some constituencies in the Ashanti Region following similar donations to some constituencies in Accra.
Blakk Rasta attacked him as hypocritical following his actions.
“I hear Duffuor is going round doing some Ahotor whatever. What hypocrisy! Your people at EIB have not been paid for 17 months and you are running around doing Ahotor what? And, this guy used to be finance minister … The people who need Ahotor are the people at EIB”, he fumed.
“… Yes, you have a genuine problem: your businesses were shut down by this dirty government in power but today, you have enough money to go round doing Ahotor when [for] 17 months or so, EIB workers have not been paid?” “… They are inflaming their own political ambitions … I don’t like people like that”, he declared.
Blakk Rasta revealed he went through a similar ordeal, working 17 months for Nana Appiah Mensah at Zylofon Media without pay.
However, he said he understood his boss was having issues with the government but if the same boss had started splashing money around when not paying his workers they would have revolted.
“NAM1’s business was crippled and he had genuine problems but we were still going through supporting a man to bring back his business. If EIB workers would also do the same and be pushing you so that your business can rise again, all of a sudden you have the muscles to do Ahotor.
“Ahotor should start with EIB. [Do] you think if all of a sudden NAM1 made money and he decided to go around doing Ahotor without coming to us, we would stay there? We would look for his head and give it to Otumfuo to drink pito with”, Blakk Rasta noted.