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Ursula Owusu to be dragged before parliament over StarTimes Deal

Written by  Sep 24, 2018
Member of Parliament for Banda constituency, Mr Ibrahim Ahmed, has said the Minister of Communications, Ursula Owusu-Erkuful maybe dragged before parliament over the StarTimes deal. The MP who is also a member of the Communications Committee told Rainbow Radio’s Efia Kwarteng that, the committee well have to meet to address the issues raised by Ghana Independent Broadcasters Association (GIBA). ‘’We need to bring the minister before the plenary or before the committee. Whatever she said on radio or on TV would not be attacked but we will invite her before the committee or plenary for us to protect the interest of Ghanaians. This is a sensitive matter and we would have to address it in a better way. The MP expressed displeasure at the way the StarTimes issue has been handled in the media and has therefore called for clam. Parliamentarians today [Monday] were called for an emergency sitting. The House will consider the appointment of some Supreme Court judges and minister appointed and reshuffled by President Akufo-Addo. Parliament will also consider some financial deals by government and budget related matters as well as the Right to Information Bill, the MP disclosed. StarTimes has secured a deal with government that will see it extend satellite TV to over 300 villages across the country. The communications ministry believes the move will help Ghanaians in rural communities to become alert on national issues and be involved in development since they have will access to content about national projects. However, the association of independent broadcasters have kicked against the deal raising fears it will take the right of broadcasting from local hands. Mr Ahmed said the banter between the Ministry and GIBA is not the best and does not augur well for us. He wants the truth to be told hence the need for the minister to either appear before the plenary or the committee.
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