Ursula Owusu-Ekuful, the Communications Minister, has refuted allegations by Member of Parliament (MP) for Ningo Prampram, Sam George, that the National Communications Authority (NCA) is perpetuating an illegality in its decision to impose fines and close down media houses that failed to renew their licenses.
According to Mrs Owusu-Ekuful, the sanctions by the NCA are justified. Mrs Owusu-Ekuful, who appeared before Parliament to justify the action of the NCA on Thursday, October 19 said: “The 2015 sanctions merely imposed a ceiling on the fines, we should be grateful for that [because] the fines could have gone higher without that cap.”
The Minister said the “Public Accounts Committee is chaired by the Minority and so it is indeed strange that members of the Minority are now questioning why the NCA will obey the expressed wishes of the Public Accounts Committee”.
She said she is permitted by law to review the sanctions, and she has “received some petitions on this matter and they will be reviewed on a case by case basis”.
Contributing to discussions on the actions of the NCA, Mr Sam George further accused President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo and the NCA of seeking to monetise free speech.
“The NCA, in imposing this kind of charge, did not come before this august house of Parliament, and as such, the NCA is carrying out and perpetuating illegality which this house must stop,” he stated.
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