Venue Media Officers for the ongoing Ghana FA Normalization Committee Special Competition have boycotted the coverage of the competition over what they describe as ‘…neglect and disregard’ for their role in making the competition a success.
According to them, despite their crucial role in ensuring the proper organization of the competition, their efforts are not recognised by the NC and their outstanding allowances still unpaid despite assurance from the committee.
In a petition sited by FootballMadeInGhana.com, and signed by the entire Venue Media Officers, the NC, as a matter of urgency, has been called upon to rectify the situation before they return to their duty posts.
” … series of connected events has left us (the venue media officers in the ongoing NC Special Competition) in dismay over what we consider as total neglect and disregard for the crucial roles we play as stakeholders in football organised in Ghana (especially under this period of normalisation),” they noted in the petition.
“As VMOs some of which have served in this role for over seven seasons, we are unhappy about what appears to be total neglect by top officials of Ghana Football administration.
“Among some of our constraints are the unclear terms in which we are engaged especially for the NC Special Competition.
“The lack of proper communication from the NCSC organising committee is worrying to say the least. There are also issues of outstanding payments to be made to VMOs for work done in the periods preceding number #12.
“Frantic efforts have been made to reach the officials who matter but to no avail.
“The silence of the NC on our grievances and the refusal to come clear on the terms of our engagement leaves much to be desired.
“We wish to call on the NC to as a matter of urgency, open engagement with us on our concerns otherwise we will be forced to withdraw our services with immediate effect.”
The Venue Media Officers are in charge of overseeing the enforcement of media regulations for press men on match days as well as managing information flow between players, managers and officials on one hand and the media on the other hand, on match days.
They also organize postmatch interviews involving players, coaches and media men under safe conditions and conducting live feeds to the GFA official social media handles.
They also serve as the official source of on-the-go information by the GFA communications department.
The VMOs become the third stakeholder to have threatened boycott of the competition after clubs and referees earlier took the position.