I have not closed down any radio station in Ghana - Ursula Owusu

Minister-designate for Communications and Digitalization told the Appointments Committee of Parliament that she never closed down any radio station in Ghana when she was the Minister.

On Feb 15th, the Ablekuma West MP Ursula Owusu said the closure of the stations was an action undertaken by the National Communications Authority (NCA).

"I have not closed down any radio station in Ghana,” she said.

It can be recalled that several broadcasting companies where shutdown for operating without authorization which were said to be affiliated to the main opposition voice.

In so directing, the NCA made reference to the decision by the Electronic Communication Tribunal in the case of Ghana Independence Broadcasting Association vrs National Communications Authority (Appeal No. ECT/APP/002/2017) and other laws to buttress its decision.

This move by the NCA did not go down without criticism and was questioned by some members of the vetting committee.

 “Mr Chairman it is not possible for me to target any particular radio station for special treatment.

“I have no idea of what the political leanings of the owners of many of these stations apart s from the known ones. I believe even the chairman’s own station suffered from this exercise.

“It couldn’t have been selective or discriminatory. Unfortunately,  in enforcing the  law  you have no way  of knowing the chips  will fall and so you work to  ensure that  you do it with a human face and I believe that was what the NCA was trying to do when it invoked the fines  instead of closing down the stations outright .

When asked by North Tongu MP, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa what occasioned the use of the military to supervise the closure of Radio Gold and Radio XYZ.

She responded that she doesn’t determine how the NCA does its work.

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