Dr Tony Aidoo
Following reports of a possible closure of his office by President John Dramani Mahama to hand him an innocuous role as Ambassador to The Netherlands, information available indicate that the Head of Policy Monitoring and Evaluation Unit at the Presidency, Dr. Anthony Kwabena Aidoo, has been offered a mouthwatering ?contract? by the Multimedia Group, owners of Joy FM and Multi TV but the tough-talking NDC capo is said to be torn between the two deals.
While the outspoken politician will neither deny nor confirm this information when contacted by this paper, his choice to be among a pool of crack no-holds-barred resource persons to give viewers and listeners of the Kokomlemle based media empire irresistible informed and intellectual discourse on the Multimedia platforms including, Joy, Adom, Asempa FMs and Muliti TV was based on Dr. Aidoo?s enviable analytical shrewdness.
Though The Al-Hajj has not sighted the terms of the agreement, our source at Multimedia conversant with the deal, revealed that the package for the two-day per week guest appearance by the former deputy Defence Minister under Jerry Rawlings regime, ?is so tempting and mouthwatering for anyone to like to turn it down?, a development that is said to have push Dr. Aidoo to a tight corner as to whether to accept it or take the yet-to-be announced ambassadorial position.
Dr. Tony Aidoo, an ex-aficionado of former president and NDC founder, Jerry John Rawlings, thus, becomes the second intellectually sound but hardnosed and combative resource person to be signed on by the Multimedia group whose utmost vision, according to our source, is to rival the BBCs, CNNs, Reuters, Aljazeeras and other leading world class media houses in terms of sound academic inquisition of topical issues.
Earlier this year, the leading electronic media outlet signed the eccentric and controversial former boss of the Volta River Authority, Dr Charles Yves Wereko-Brobby, whose nonconformist trademark made his party, the New Patriotic Party suspend him for two years.
Since 2002, Dr. Tony Aidoo has been on the radar of Joy FM, a wing in the Multimedia Group who were hoping to poach him to bring bare his rich and vast experience and knowledge occasioned by his Sociological astute background and his appreciation in finance and economics and Law which has made him one of the most sought after by media houses in the country to enrich their platforms, Al-Hajj is reliably informed.
Like the proverbial saying, ?a Prophet is not regarded in his own backyard?, Dr. Aidoo recently made headlines when he complained of how the current administration of which he is a senior member was starving his outfit of the needed funds, alleging his outfit had been deliberately rendered redundant and dormant since the death of President John Atta Mills who created that office.
According to him, not only had staff of his office not been paid for some months but also government officials no longer submitted themselves to scrutiny as used to be the case.
But this was swiftly rebuffed by a deputy General Secretary of the NDC, Mr. Kofi Adams, who said though the NDC kingpin might have legitimate concerns, the manner he expressed it portended ill consequences for the government and the party.
Reliable information available to this paper suggests that President Mahama will soon close down the Policy Monitoring and Evaluation Unit at the Presidency because its functions overlap that of Senior Policy Coordinator at the presidency.
In place of that, and in order to tap in the rich experience of Dr. Aidoo, the President has decided to send him on a foreign mission as Ghana?s ambassador to The Netherlands.