Kotoko Express in steady progress.
Kotoko Express makes steady progress
Posted on: Fri Apr 21, 2017 - Report by Gideon Boakye Botwe
Asante Kotoko’s official newspaper, Kotoko Express, is gradually clawing back to its initial, viable position. Information available to Asantekotokosc.com indicates that, life has been relatively good for Kotoko Express since January 10, 2017 when the Dr. Kwame Kyei-led Management ensured its return to the newsstands.
Between January and April 2017; the newspaper has made 26 editions. It has paid for every production within the period without arrears, signaling a clear departure from the last two or three years, when the paper struggled, not only to pay printing cost but also its staff.
Payment for the 26 publications – over GHȼ50,000 has gone according to arrangements with the paper’s printers. Over the time stated above, Kotoko Express staff have as well been paid.
The paper’s debt at G-PAK was reduced significantly when the new Management advanced GHȼ30,000 in January for payment. That was part of the GHȼ50,000 Dr. Kyei gave to the editorial team to restore the paper. The remaining GHȼ20,000 went into offsetting other debts.
In March this year, Kotoko Express after three months of production, paid GHȼ10,000 to further reduce the G-PAK debt, a development which has not happened in the last three years.
Editor, Jerome Otchere, in an interview with Asantekotokosc.com, praised Management for their effort. “We’ve to commend Management, and in fact, reserve special praise for Dr. Kyei. He’s been behind the improvement we’ve seen. Management’s commitment to our course has been evidently positive” said the Editor.
“Aside the money, they’ve insisted on the right practices and the editorial team has also complied fully with the new measures” added Jerome who disclosed that, a female accountant at the club’s secretariat has been appointed to oversee the paper’s finances.
Jerome Otchere, who also spoke of Management’s plans to put the paper online, encouraged Kotoko supporters to patronise the paper. In addition, he applauded fans for their loyalty to the newspaper.
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