GHAMRO Should Be Closed Down – Akosua Adjepong | General Entertainment



Veteran Highlife musician Akosua Adjepong is asking on the workplace of the Legal professional Common to shut down Ghana Music Rights Organisation (GHAMRO) as a result of the operations of the interim administration committee are unlawful.

In keeping with her, the interim administration committee with Rex Omar as Chairman was working illegally as their mandate was not backed by any legislation.

In an interview with Graphic Showbiz on Tuesday, Might 23, the Kokooko hitmaker identified that the workplace of the Legal professional Common hadn’t renewed GHAMRO’s licence so these on the helm of affairs had no enterprise operating the organisation.

“The great workplace of the Legal professional Common hasn’t renewed GHAMRO’s licence attributable to courtroom points. A few of our folks really took the interim administration committee to courtroom and the decide requested them to step down for brand spanking new elections to be held.

“However earlier than that, a Mediation Board led by Madam Esi Sutherland-Addy was instituted and so they requested us to do three issues—amend our structure, conduct an audit of our accounts and maintain elections.

“Nonetheless, as of this time, no elections have been held and we’ve Rex Omar and his crew nonetheless manning affairs with none authorized mandate. My argument is that the Interim Administration or board’s licence was not renewed as a result of we didn’t fulfil all of the three necessities by the Mediation Board,” she stated.

Akosua Adjepong instructed Graphic Showbiz that it was very disappointing for her critics to scale back her current positioning to a hate marketing campaign towards Rex Omar when she was solely searching for for the fitting issues to be accomplished.

Though GHAMRO is a collective administration organisation (CMO) and never a welfare group, it’s mandated by its structure to allocate 10 per cent of the cash obtained as royalties to cater for the welfare of musicians.

“Once I discuss, folks assume that I’m simply making empty claims and unfounded allegations however they don’t know that I’m taking my info from GHAMRO’s 2021 annual report despatched to members.

“In the mean time, it’s required that GHAMRO makes use of 10 per cent of its cash obtained as royalties for the welfare of musicians. From the 2021 report, those that are managing the fund are paid GH₵72,000 yearly; but, members in dire want don’t get help.

“That’s not all. The identical report talked about that the interim administration committee used GH₵132,000 for refreshment and sitting allowances. The committee sits 4 instances a yr.

“The report additionally confirmed that they purchase new vehicles and computer systems yearly. However what actually intrigues me essentially the most is that those that accumulate the royalties (spinners) are paid a whopping GH₵433,000 yearly. How a lot is the musician who’s the creator of the content material even paid?” she requested.

In keeping with Akosua Adjepong, although membership of GHAMRO was stated to be 4000, there was no official record making it tough to inform if legit members obtained their royalties.

“They declare that musicians are 4000 and I’ve requested them to get an official record of members in order that we all know who’s receiving royalties. I’m bringing this out as a result of I met Ambolley at a programme just lately and he talked about that he didn’t obtain the final fee that got here in December final yr.

“Additionally, per the Legislative Instrument (LI), no matter cash is collected, members have to know, in addition to what’s due us. A part of the LI says that musicians must be paid each six months however since 2015 until date, GHAMRO does what it desires. Actually, we don’t know the cash that they share,” she added.

Akosua Adjepong stated she would proceed to ask the related questions and in addition known as for the fitting issues to be accomplished since Rex Omar additionally demanded accountability from earlier administrations when he was not proud of how they had been dealing with the affairs of the organisation.




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