- Sam George, Member of Parliament for Ningo-Prampram has stated that he is against the decision by the government and GTV to collect TV licence
- According to him, that is a lazy way to generate income
Member of Parliament (MP) for Ningo- Prampram, Mr. Samuel George Nartey has registered his displeasure with the government and GTV over the recent TV licence brouhaha.
According to the young MP, that strategy by the government and State Broadcaster to collect TV license from its citizenry is a ‘lazy way of generating income’.
The MP made his concerns known in an interview with Accra Fm.
He further proposed that government finds an alternative way of taking the license from TV owners.
Many Ghanaians have also raised concerns about the manner in which the state media is seeking to enforce and collect the levy.
Some argue that, Ghana Television, (GTV) has in the past not offered any viable program to demand such a levy while some argue that, they do not switch their TV sets to the channels at all and therefore are not obliged to pay.
But the law clearly states that, so far one owns a TV set, he or she is eligible to pay.
Mr. Nartey who is also a member of communication Committee of parliament in his interview, categorically stated that there is no need for GBC to task citizens for the levy.
“To make citizens pay GH ¢36 for TV license is a very lazy way of generating money and this will fail,” Sam George stressed.
According to him, GBC’s real revenue shortfalls is as a result of government using its channels without making payment to fund it.
He revealed that in 2017 alone, the State Broadcaster lost close to GH¢ 30 million producing and broadcasting government programmes alone
Therefore, government should rather put measures in place to fund GBC, but not through charging Ghanaians for TV license, Sam George reiterated
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