- President Nana Akufo-Addo has instructed his Minister of Communication, Ursula Owusu-Ekuful, to halt the implementation of the directives given to GBC
- This follows a rejection of the minister’s orders by the National Media Commission
- The commission issued a statement accusing Owusu-Ekuful of taking over its mandate and authority
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Communications Minister, Ursula Owusu-Ekuful, has been instructed to suspend a directive to the Ghana Broadcasting Corporation (GBC) to shut down three of its Digital Terrestrial Television (DTT) channels.
The directive to the communications minister came from President Akufo-Addo through his director of communication for the presidency, Eugene Arhin.
In a statement issued on Thursday, July 23, the President requested that the decision be put on hold to allow for further consultation with stakeholders.
Meanwhile, the National Media Commission (NMC) has said the Communication Minister, Ursula Owusu-Ekuful, is undermining the constitutional rights of GBC by ordering the broadcaster to shut down three of its DTT channels.
The minister, in a letter to the state broadcaster, said the move is to free up space on the platform. However, the GBC has taken the matter to the NMC to intervene.
In a statement, the NMC said the directive by the minister has no place in the current constitutional dispensation.
The statement signed by the Commission's chairman, Yaw Boadu-Ayeboafo, said:
It is the view of the Commission that any action by any entity which culminates into limiting or depriving the media of the use of public resources legitimately allocated to them undermines their capacity to serve the nation as anticipated by the Constitution.
The Commission further added that the directive given to the broadcasting corporation and Crystal TV by the minister for communications claims to take over the constitutional mandate and authority of the Commission.
The Commission's intervention comes after the Ghana Journalists Association (GJA) also kicked against the move. The GJA asked the minister to immediately suspend the directive.
According to the GJA, the directive “will significantly impact the operations of GBC and among to interference by the government in the work of the state-owned media and this is against the provisions of chapter 12 of the 1992 Constitution.”
The Association, in a statement, further noted that the directive has the practical effect of reducing the broadcast of the Corporation and will lead to some of its content or programmes going off the air.
YEN.com.gh earlier reported that a communications member of the National Democratic Congress in the Ashanti Region, Onasis Rosely Kobby, has revealed that John Mahama will introduce free tertiary education when he gets the mandate from the people of Ghana on December 7, 2020.
According to Kobby, the next John Mahama government will ensure university students do not pay school fees.
Speaking on Kumasi based Hello FM, Onasis Rosely Kobby opined that Ghanaians will find out more when the party launches its manifesto for the 2020 election.
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