Award winning journalist, Evans Manasseh has officially resigned from Oti based Radio Safari. The FOKLEX MEDIA Best Newscaster 2020/2021 award winner in both Volta/Oti has not disclosed his reasons but believed to manage his own business.
In a letter, Manasseh express gratitude to the CEO of Radio Safari, Mr Evans Yaw Dapaah, management and his colleagues.
“I wish to inform all and sundry that I have resigned as an employee of Radio Safari effective Monday, July 25, 2022. It was one of the most difficult decisions I’ve had to take in my life, but it was a necessary bitter pill to swallow.
I did not resign because I have a new job; neither did I resign because I have secured a five-year multiple American visa to escape the current crisis and the seemingly state of hopelessness in a beautiful, great dream and visionary Station like Radio Safari, but shuttered by lack of foresight and some self-serving leaders of every description! I resigned, in my bold and avowed commitment to defend forever the sanctity of free speech, opportunities, trust, independent and professional journalism. It is my way of defending cherished principles of journalism from strangulation. It is my way of denouncing hypocrisy and double standards in journalism practice. So in the face of the present harsh economic conditions, when even people with monthly pay cheques are struggling to survive, I find it most expedient to sacrifice my job for the sake of professional journalism.
Some people have described my action as madness and/or paranoia. But I call it principle: for, it is Dr Kwame Nkrumah who once said, “Principles are either wholly kept or wholly abandoned”. Since I could not abandon my principles wholly, I had to keep them wholly. Yes, I know I cannot ‘chop’ principles, but I also know principles will never kill me; they will rather make me a better person and set me at peace with my Maker.
Others have also branded me arrogant just because of my resolve to pursue and defend a worthy cause, even against ‘powerful forces’ who rule by intimidation and incrimination. But far from arrogance, I am held captive by good conscience that will not permit me to blink an eye ion all that defiles good. I would rather starve than abandon my conscience!
In almost 5 years, I made sacrifices in this service; I went the extra mile to deliver on every task and assignment. I am very much content with the modest contribution and impact I made to Radio Safari, Nkwanta North and Oti Region within this period. It is not how long one serves that matter; indeed, what matters is the depth of the impact one makes in service. It is also not what anyone proclaims that may be justifiable in this matter. Posterity and our individual conscience will be the better and true judges.
In the workplace culture, there are four main exit routes, and every member of staff will surely travel on one of them in due course. These are retirement, resignation, dismissal and death. I have set off on one, and all others, whether by choice of by fate, will surely travel on one of those four routes now or in the future. But for me, the way we exit is not as important as the memory or legacy we leave behind. In that regard, I wish to share an inscription I once came across in an office at one of the Ministries in Accra: “Everyone brings joy to this office; some when they come, others when they leave”. I don’t know where anyone will place me. But what I am certain about is that those who appreciated me are far more than those who despised me.
To my CEO Mr Evans Yaw Dapaah, the NPP Oti Regional Chairman; his blessings shall follow him and his generations. He’s a father, a friend a Boss. I wish I could work in your company for the years ahead but traps and circumstances got me wrong. To the public, I’m done with your company but to me the door is open in working with you the next future, hence I’m still one of your own.
To my colleagues, I know this is not the best way to part company. We had been friends and even a family. But circumstances beyond my wish required me to peel off. It’s been great having you around for all these years. I can only leave you, and anyone who may be interested, with the words of Apostle Paul in Philippians 4 : 8:“Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things”.
Below is a copy of his resignation letter
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