President Nana Akufo-Addo, on Friday, asked closed radio stations to follow the due procedure to get their frequencies re-operationalised.

The president says more than a year after Radio Gold and Radio XYZ were shut by the National Communications Authority (NCA), he is surprised these procedures have not been triggered.

“The law is clear,” Akufo-Addo said at a meeting with leadership of major political parties at the Jubilee House on how to battle the Covid-19 pandemic.

Akufo-Addo asks closed radio stations
Representatives of different political parties were at the meeting

The National Chairman of the opposition National Democratic Congres (NDC), Samuel Ofosu-Ampofo, asked the president to get the pro-NDC radio stations opened by exercising “amnesty” powers.

The NDC leader said education is prime in fighting the Covid-19 and it is necessary to unleash all channels of education.

Ofosu-Ampofo is NDC National Chairman

He said like the US where pro-Republicans prefer Fox and Democrat faithful prefer CNN, so do NDC faithful cherish the radio stations which are under lock and key.

He said such persons would benefit a lot if the frequencies are re-operationalised and used for education on the Covid-19.

But responding to Mr. Ofosu-Ampofo’s concerns, President Akufo-Addo said he did not close down the stations and can, therefore, not reopen them.

Akufo-Addo said the closed radio stations should follow the law to get their frequencies re-operationalised

The stations were closed down because they failed to renew their operating licenses, according to the NCA.

A further ruling by the Electronic Communications Tribunal backed the decision, the regulator said in a statement.

Meanwhile, the NDC leader also suggested the government considers decentralising the fight against Covid-19.

He wants government to set up Response Teams across the country to deal with any possible outbreak beyond the lockdown areas.

President Akufo-Addo also called for unity and solidarity from all political parties as the country battles the pandemic.

Meanwhile, Ghana’s situation stands at 205 recorded cases with 5 deaths and 31 recoveries.