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Ursula: NCA action not selective

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Minister of Communications Ursula Owusu-Ekuful has explained that the action taken by the National Communications Authority against some radio stations across the country was not selective.

Minister of Communications Ursula Owusu-Ekuful has explained that the action taken by the National Communications Authority against some radio stations across the country was not selective.

 

The Member of Parliament for Ablekuma West was speaking to the parliamentary press corps yesterday after the decision by the NCA had generated mixed reactions in the media and political circles.

"The decision is to sanitize the media spectrum. The institutions of state must be seen to work for the good of the people,” she said.

According to the minister, the regulator did not just out of the vacuum decide to suspend the affected radio stations but were given ample time to settle whatever problem they had with the NCA but the stations blatantly refused to cooperate.

According to her,  every civilized society has sets of rules to regulate its bodies and that the NCA arrived at the decision after these radio stations had been given enough time.

She emphasized that the frequency allocation to radio operators had to be managed well so that there was no infringement in the agreement that the operators signed in to.

"It is out of place for some radio stations to live up to expectation whiles others transact their business with impunity. There should be fairness as far as the media landscape is concerned," Mrs Owusu-Ekuful said.

According to the minister, the radio frequency is to the benefit of all Ghanaians and it would be awkward for some people to abuse the system to the detriment of the large community they operate in.

Mrs Owusu-Ekuful mentioned that the NCA conducted the audit on the operations of the radio stations to ensure that all breaches were tackled for sanity to prevail on the airwaves.

The minister continued that her outfit would not hesitate to withdraw the licenses of TV stations who fail to adhere to the rules governing their operations as well.