Closure of radio stations: PIPA begs Akufo Addo to intervene



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The Private Investors Protection Agency, (PIPA) a non – governmental organization has called on all stakeholders including the Ghana Independent Broadcasters Association (GIBA), to support its bid in appealing to the President to look into the closure of the over 130 radio stations across the country in May last year.

The National Communications Authority (NCA) locked up these radio stations for failing to live up to their obligation as demanded by the law which according to them defaulted in renewing their licenses in line with the decision of the Electronic Communication Tribunal.

In a statement by PIPA, it called on the President Nana Addo Danquah Akufo Addo to  intervene on behalf of the affected stations so that the over 2600 persons that lost their jobs as a result of the shut-down can go back to work.

“Even though PIPA is convinced the NCA acted based on law to shut the radio stations down, it is still appealing to the president to step in this matter and speak to the issue,” it stated.

“Over 2600 Ghanaian workers as it stands now are jobless due to the closure of these media houses. In the era where the government is encouraging more local businesses to grow to attract other foreign investments into the country, it will be expedient that the radio stations are resuscitated as soon as applicable,” PIPA added.

Below is a statement:

PRESS STATEMENT PIPA PETITIONS THE PRESIDENT TO RE-OPEN THE RADIO STATIONS Private Investors Protection Agency, (PIPA) a non – governmental organization is calling on all stakeholders including the Ghana Independent Broadcasters Association, (GIBA) to support its bid in appealing to the president to look into the closure of the over 130 radio stations across the country in May last year. The National Communications Authority (NCA) locked up these radio stations for failing to live up to their obligation as demanded by the law which according to them defaulted in renewing their licences in line with the decision of the Electronic Communication Tribunal. Even though PIPA is convinced the NCA acted based on law to shut the radio stations down, it is still appealing to the president to step in this matter and speak to the issue. Over 2600 Ghanaian workers as it stands now are jobless due to the closure of these media houses. In the era where the government is encouraging more local businesses to grow to attract other foreign investments into the country, it will be expedient that the radio stations are resuscitated as soon as applicable. Signed Executive Secretary, Kwame Buckman 0243 273 886

 

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