-Leading NPP member, Gabby Asare Othcere-Darko has kicked against setting up of TV licence courts
-He has called for the strengthening of collection mechanisms rather than punishment for defaulters
A leading member of the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP), Gabby Asare Otchere-Darko has expressed his disagreement with the setting up of a special to prosecute TV license defaulters.
Per Act 1966 (NLC Decree 89), Ghanaian households and individuals owning television sets are to pay designated fees of between GH¢36 and GH¢60 for one or more TV sets and GHc60 to GHc240 for TV repairers and sellers. Commercial TV operators are to pay GHc36 per annum for each TV set.
The Chief Justice, Sophia Akuffo, recently set up a court for the prosecution of those who will fail to abide by the provisions of the act.
The move has however generated a lot of public debate with many voicing out their disagreement.
Joining the ongoing debate, Mr Otchere-Darko has stated that though the idea of collecting tv licence was not bad, the setting up of a special court to “enforce payment or punish defaulters” is worrying.
According to him, instead of a special court, the state-owned broadcaster GTV must strengthen its revenue collection mechanism to reach out to the public.
“I think it is an important good and can help GTV serve us and their staff much better. What I disagree with though is having a special court to enforce payment or punish defaulters.
“Let GTV concentrate more on building the infrastructure that can help them to collect. Ask yourselves, when was the last time you received a demand notice at home or in the office over non-payment of TV license?”, he retorted.
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