President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has directed the Minister of information, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah to step in and find amicable ways of resolving a GH₵25 million debt owed by the Ghana Broadcasting Corporation to the Electricity Company of Ghana, ABC News can report.
The President has asked Mr. Oppong Nkrumah to see how best to deal with the payment of the debt owed by the state broadcaster.
The Ghana Broadcasting Corporation (GBC) and its many outlets across the country risk going off-air if the company’s indebtedness to the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) is not paid immediately.
Chairman of the National Media Commission (NMC), Mr Yaw Boadu-Ayeboafoh, at a meeting with President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo Wednesday, revealed that GBC owed the ECG an amount of GH¢25 million and had dire consequence also for National Security Council if not paid promptly.
Speaking in an interview with ABC News, Chairman of the National Media Commission, Mr Yaw Boadu-Ayeboafoh said although he is unable to tell the accumulation period of the debt, there is urgent need for it to be paid to forestall power cut to the national broadcaster.
He said GBC plays a critical role in the dissemination of information to the public. He argues that unlike the private media houses, GBC is expected to reach every Ghanaian in all parts of the country resulting in the rise in production cost among others.
”I won’t be able to tell you when this debt started accruing. What I know is that they owe ECG up to 25 million Ghana cedis for their transmissions all over the country. Because they are a state broadcaster, they have a responsibility to reach out to every part of the country and that imposes on them a responsibility to make sure that they build transmitters among others, all over. The private people don’t have that responsibility,” he said.
He added that the National Media Commission lacks resources in carrying out its duties and made a request for a new monitoring system at the cost of 5 million dollars to enable the commission to effectively deliver on its mandate.
”It is the Monitoring system that I mentioned that it will be 5 million dollars which is just for an all year round monitoring. What we do now is selective monitoring and intensify it during election. We are looking for a robust system that will let us monitor all year round,” he said.