Seasoned Ghanaian media personality, Charles Ampofo who is popularly known as Amankwa Ampofo has come out to express his disappointment on his pension after 32 years of dedicated service to the Ghana broadcasting Corporation (GBC) in an interview with Agyeman Prempeh on the Legends show on TV XYZ.
Speaking on the the Accra based TV XYZ, the now retired news anchor lamented on how badly he had been treated and denied promotion several times by his bosses. The once member of the veteran acting group Obra Drama group alongside Grace Omaboe (Maame Dokono) and Mr. Rokoto said he regretted staying loyal to the GBC at the time when radio and television stations was still emerging while he was a ‘hotcake’.
His love for his work was his consolation even though he was ‘sabotaged’ and remained in the same position for eight years for reasons that was unknown to him. He would however entreat young Ghanaians who aim to work for State-Owned Enterprises (SOEs) to find a job on the side and not totally depend on the pension that comes with their jobs. According to him, the assumption that one would reap a bountiful pension upon retirement is just an assumption and not entirely true.
“You have to reach the senior grade before you get a whopping sum of money. Unfortunately, my bosses were not kind to me, so, I couldn’t get to that level.”, the 67-year-old broadcaster laments, “be focused on something and when you leave office you’ll depend on it, because if you rely on the government pension benefits that after your service you will reap bountifully. It’s not wholly true. It is an assumption.”
He went on to express his absolute disappointment in receiving less than Ghc 20,000 after 32 years of service. The veteran broadcaster also revealed how he had ditched a job at the Cocoa Marketing Board (CMB) for Ghana Broadcasting Corporation (GBC)
“I discovered I had something within which it wouldn’t be productive at CMB but can utilize it at GBC. While still at CMB I had a programme on GBC. I had the passion for radio. I felt okay being employed by GBC. I got exposed, had the opportunity to exhibit my talents at various things aside composing songs for my cultural group. They performed the songs. I was able to do drama, sketch, and a lot more, to the television programme,” Mr Ampofo disclosed.