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NCA shutdown: Akufo-Addo taking us back to dark ages – Samson Ahi

In the wake of the National Communication Authority (NCA) shutting down private radio station, Radio Gold and XYZ for unauthorized radio stations in compliance with Ruling of Electronic Communications Tribunal (ECT).

Member of Parliament for Bodi Samson Ahi has taken a swipe at President Nana Akufo-Addo for taking Ghana back to the “dark ages”.

According to the Bodi lawmaker, Ghanaians see the President as an apostle of democracy, rule of law, human right advocate and believer of freedom of speech.

“They should start revising their notes by now, because clearly Nana Akufo-Addo is exhibiting intolerance, he is not accommodative and does not respect fundamental human right all that is happening under him shows is true character to Ghanaians”, he lamented in an interview”.

As to whether the few incidents can dent his record, he responded by saying, “look at what happen at Ayawaso West Wuogon by-election, nobody has been arrested.

“The President should have acted swiftly, if he want to ensure the fundamental human right of Ghanaians, I am not surprise Nana Addo thinks he is above the laws of Ghana and nobody can do anything to him and to some extent he is right”

Especially, when chiefs and our religious authorities are not talking and are allowing only few people in academia to do the talking.

All those who were talking during former President Mahama time are now quite, “they should not forget that if Ghana is burning today all of us will fall victims.

As to whether the President directed the action of NCA, “but who do we blame, he is the appointing authority, he appointed the Chief Executive of NCA and appointed the Minister for Communication”

Also, Radio Gold and XYZ are saying they had written and submitted their documents requesting for renewal from NCA, unless NCA comes out to refute what the two radio stations are saying.

Mr. Samson Ahi lamented that the whole exercise was carried out just to ensure the press conference by the elders of the opposition party do not express their views.

“Nana Addo ordered them to go and close the stations down to show them that, we are in power, they should not forget that his Presidency is transient one”.

Source: Kwaku Sakyi-Danso

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