Some staff of one of Ghana’s biggest media empires, Excellence In Broadcasting (EIB) Network, say they are reeling under severe economic hardships after working cumulatively for more than 12 months without salary.
According to the aggrieved staff, they have had enough of the failed promises, frustration and broken assurances from the management of the media company owned by a National Democratic Congress (NDC) presidential hopeful ahead of the 2024 elections, Dr Kwabena Duffuor.
Some staff who spoke to this portal say the failure of the company to pay them salaries has rendered them unable to discharge their responsibilities including taking care of their dependents.
The situation, according to them, has broken down marriages and stalled the education of their children.
They asked the management of EIB Network to fix the protracted salary issue now or they will advise themselves in the coming days.
“Management has not demonstrated that it is committed to paying the salary arrears owed us. The situation is worsening by the day. Despite the financial difficulties we find ourselves in, we still work hard to the best of our ability to keep both our TV and radio stations operational and very competitive.
“If Management wakes up one fine morning and finds out that both our TV and Radio presenters have boycotted work, maybe then they will sit up and find money to pay us. I’m very sure we’ll sooner than later get there. We believe so much in the EIB Network and so we’re working hard to make the company succeed but we can’t continue to work on an empty stomach,” a staff said under condition of anonymity.
Another staff said: “The non-payment of salaries has turned some of us who have no other means of income into beggars. We always have to beg others to enable us take care of our families and this is eroding our self-confidence and dignity. Some of my colleagues who are owing people so much have sadly developed high blood pressure because they are always thinking and having sleepless nights.”
The EIB Network is owned by businessman Dr Kwabena Duffuor and headed by popular entrepreneur and philanthropist, Bola Ray
About EIB Network
With head office in Ghana’s capital, Accra, the company was founded in August 2014, the media group operates Starr FM, Live Xtra, Kasapa FM, GHOne TV and Agoo TV (all in Accra); Ultimate FM and Abusua FM (in Kumasi); Empire FM and Radio 360 (in Takoradi), Agoo FM (in Nkawkaw) and the Daily Heritage Newspaper (also in Accra). The company also runs digital group, EIB Digital.