I won't 'eat' stone if I lose my job - Minister to serial callers

BY: Graphic.com.gh

Some serial callers in the New Patriotic Party (NPP) in the Ashanti Region are up in arms against the leadership of the party and the government, singling out the Regional Minister, Simon Osei Mensah and the Regional National Disaster Management Organisation (NADMO) boss, Kwabena Nsenkyire for scorn and insults.

The serial callers have reportedly burnt communication gadgets the ruling party has procured for them for communication purposes in defence of government policies and programmes.

They have also burnt sim cards and used recharge cards they said they bought with their own money.

The serial callers who claim they had been abandoned while those at the echelons of power, mentioning the regional minister in particular, were ‘chopping’ with impunity, after their little bonfire session, warned their members region-wide to desist from further calling or texting local radio stations on behalf of the government henceforth.

According to them, despite their contributions to the party’s victory in the 2016 polls, over 62 of their members were struggling to make ends meet while their regional executives and government appointees in the region were living in comfort and sometimes flaunted cash and goodies they had gotten since the party assumed power.

They, therefore, called on President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to sack the Ashanti Regional Minister, Mr Simon Osei Mensah, and the Ashanti Regional NADMO Director, Kwabena Nsenkyire.

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But the Regional Minister, according to Mynewsgh.com has not taken kindly to what he calls ‘internet and radio insults’ from the party’s regional serial callers whom he has accused of being ungrateful, warning them that he was not hungry before NPP came to power, and should he be sacked, he won't “eat stone”.

According to him, the serial callers were aware of his efforts for them, and that the meagre money meant for them was supported by deductions he made from his own salary and from salaries of some other appointees to be able to cater for them as serial callers.

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In an audio obtained by MyNewsGh.com from Silver FM in Kumasi, the minister revealed in a hot interview that GH¢200 is made available to each of the over 60 party communicators monthly and he in particular had complained it was not adequate and was in talks to increase it to make them more comfortable.

It is in the light of the above that the minister lost his cool and blasted off, attacking the serial callers for taking the matter to the radio and the ‘Internet’ and calling for his sack when they knew the efforts he was making to better their lot.

Sounding very irritated, he dared them to make the President sack him, and he won’t be the first to have been given such a sack. “They can do their worst. If I am a regional minister, does it mean just anyone can insult me?” He asked.

“I have organised my colleagues to use our salaries to pay them, is this my reward? That they are now attacking me? They sit on the Internet and say ‘nonsense’ things against me. I want them to know that if I am sacked, I won’t eat stone. Yes. When I used to help them and feed some of them in opposition, was I a regional minister? What is this?” The minister said.

The Regional NADMO boss who was also attacked and accused of disrespect by the party serial callers is yet to comment on the issue.

credit: Mynewsgh