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Majority Leader takes Minority to the cleaners over NCA sanctions Featured

Written by  Oct 12, 2017
The Majority Leader in Parliament, Hon. Osei Kyei Mensah Bonsu has slammed the Minority in Parliament following their recent position on the sanctions against some 131 radio stations by the National Communications Authority (NCA). The Minority in Parliament recently described as draconian the sanctions by the NCA against some 131 radio stations for violating some portions of the Electronic Communications Act. In a statement, the Minority insisted that, the action by the regulator is “troubling” and may have “grave implications for press freedom and media pluralism.” The Regulator sanctioned a total of 131 radio station for various infractions contained in Sections 13 of the Electronic Communications Act 2009. At least 13 others were issued with reprieves pertaining to the law. Section 13 of the Electronics Communications Act (2009), Act 775 states among others that “the Authority may suspend or revoke a license or a frequency authorisation where (a) The license or the authorisation holder has failed to comply materially with any of the provisions of this Act, Regulations or the terms and conditions of its license or frequency authorization (b) The licensee or the authorisation holder has failed to comply materially with a lawful direction of the Authority, (c) The licensee or the authorisation holder is in default of payment of a fee or other money, charged or imposed in furtherance of this Act, the National Communications Authority Act, 2008 (Act 769) or Regulations. The Minority had said whilst the NCA is by law empowered to take the decision it has, the regulator has been high-handed in the sweeping sanctions. But the Majority Leader Hon. Osei Kyei Mensah Bonsu chided the Minority and wondered why they issued such a ‘bogus’ statement. He opined, the affected stations violated the law and have been sanctioned and so why do we have some people attacking the state body mandated to enforce the laws? Law enforcement he stressed should not be undermined and anyone who violates our laws should be dealt with. ‘’The NCA decided to enforce the law and then we have some people including MPs attacking the institution. If you think about this, you will not understand it,’’ he noted.
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