Are Kwesi Pratt Jnr & Prof. Gyampo Making Sense on the Closure of Some Radio Stations and the Prosecution of Corrupt Officials?
For the past few days, there have been hullabaloos being bandied about the firm decision by the National Communications Authority (NCA) to close down some radio stations for operating without license or for failure to renew their license that has expired for nearly two decades, nineteen years to be precise.
Mr Kwesi Pratt Jnr., the Editor-in-Chief of the Insight Newspaper has since the announcement of the closure of the radio stations, Radio Gold and radio XYZ, been vociferously castigating the government and the NCA for harbouring political mischief against the supposedly pro-NDC radio stations. He claims the Ghana Constitution allows for the proprietors of electronic communications to operate without licence hence the reason adduced by the NCA for the closure of the radio stations is reckless, frivolous, vexatious and politically motivated.
Following from his continuous absurd raised voices defence of the radio stations in condemnation of the NCA, I was compelled to make a search on the internet to see when the NCA was formed and some of their duties.
I found the following:
“The National Communications Authority (NCA) was established by the National Communications Authority Act, 1996, Act 524, now repealed by the National Communications Authority Act of 2008, Act 769, to regulate communications by wire, cable, radio, television, satellite and similar means of technology for the orderly development and operation of efficient communications services in Ghana”.
Among its functions are; as could be ascertained from the underlying web link:
(a) To establish and monitor the implementation of national communications standards and ensure compliance accordingly;
(b) To formulate a strategic plan;
(c) To grant communication licence;
(d) To regulate and monitor licencees, holders of frequency authorisations in consultation with the National Media Commission where appropriate;
(e) To ensure fair competition amongst licencees, operators of communications networks and service providers of public communications
The detail responsibilities of NCA can be found from the web link below.
“According to the National Communications Authority (NCA), the two stations were shut down because they failed to comply with the ruling of the Electronic Communications Tribunal (ECT)”.
Additionally, this notorious Kwesi Pratt Jnr who appears to be a law unto himself, an infatuated defender and mouthpiece of the NDC, seems to me to have lost his mind. He is getting bigger and bigger with the passage of time with his insane defence of the NDC and his maliciously selfish contributions toward the disseminations of government policies and matters affecting Ghana politics in general.
Under the General News of Wednesday, 15 May 2019, of Ghanaweb, we have a publication on Kwesi Pratt Jnr headlined, “Be very careful – Pratt cautions people calling for prosecution from Amidu”. “While you are calling for people to be prosecuted; be very careful . . . very soon it will be your turn,” he said while discussing Martin Amidu and matters arising on Peace FM’s morning show ‘Kokrokoo’, Tuesday”.