July 22, 2011

The Member of Parliament for Okaikoi South, Nana Akomea has condemned government’s decision to boycott appearing on Accra based commercial television network Metro TV’s newspaper review show “Good Morning Ghana’’.

The NDC, on Thursday decided with immediate effect to boycott any political discussion programme on Metro TV due to what the ruling party describes as unfair treatment meted out to them by the station’s management.

According to the NDC, the television station has conspired with some persons close to the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) to take out NDC representatives from the station’s Good Morning Ghana programme.

A member of the party’s Communication Team, Kojo Twum Boafo who is also the Chief Executive Officer of the Ghana Free Zones Board (GFZB), was allegedly prevented from representing the views of the NDC on the programme on Thursday morning, apparently due to the fact that the NPP’s representative on the show, Gabby Otchere Darko, was not comfortable with the person of Kojo Twum Boafo as a co-panelist.

Kojo Twum Boafo further accused the Deputy Managing Director of Metro TV Alhassan Haruna of masterminding the whole incident because of his sympathy to the NPP and the hope of being named as a possible running mate to the flagbearer of the NPP, Nana Akufo-Addo.

However speaking on Good Morning Ghana programme, the MP for Okaikoi South, Nana Akomea urged the ruling NDC party to bury whatever qualms that it has against the T.V station since the party will need the station in propagating its political activities particularly as 2012 election draws near.

Nana Akomea who is a regular panelist was hopeful that the ruling NDC party would rescind its decision and attend programmes on the station to enrich discussion made on that network.

Meanwhile it appears the NDC is implementing its decision to boycott Metro TV, as a Deputy Minister of Information, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa who is a regular panelist on Fridays refused to turn up this morning when the programme was aired.

Story by : Kwadwo Anim/ghanamps.gov.gh