GBC’s URA Radio in Bolgatanga marks 86th anniversary

By Samuel Ayammah, Upper East Region.

GBC-URA Radio at Bolgatanga in the Upper East Region has held a GBC@86 lecture in honour of a Retired Educationist, Professor David Millar.

Mr. Millar encouraged GBC to take advantage of the digital space to stay afloat. He called for massive state funding, training and retaining of staff and supervision for GBC management to help the Corporation to stay focused on its mandate and mission of being an authentic voice for Ghana.

GBC commemorated its 86th Anniversary, under the theme, ‘’the Role of the Public Broadcaster in the Digital Environment”. It offered a platform for opinion leaders, political heads, and the public to share their views with the staff of GBC-URA Radio.

The views span successes chalked up and areas that need some polishing up. The Regional Director, Ebenezer Kwamina Onumah, said GBC remains committed to its public service role.

Listing some of GBC-URA Radio’s concerns, he mentioned the lack of adequate means of transport.

Also, ‘’the GBC-URA Radio block is in dire need of renovation, and the station’s inner roads are in a deplorable state.’’

The Deputy Upper East Regional Police Commander, DCOP Alexander Amenyo, said combating crime is a shared responsibility, ’hence the need for residents to work hand-in-hand with the police to nib crime in the bud’’.

A Retired Educationist, Prof. David Millar, who delivered a lecture on the theme “The Role of the Public Broadcaster in the Digital Environment” said business as usual will not augur well for GBC in these contemporary competitive times.

Professor Millar said, “GBC@86 remains a treasure of archived information that can be the source of reenacting the country’s history, enabling citizens to relive and stay connected with their legacy.”

The Upper East Regional Minister, Stephen Yakubu, commended GBC for executing its duties diligently as a public service broadcaster. He reiterated, “government will ensure that GBC is properly supported to play its role more effectively.’’

Mr. Yakubu charged the staff of GBC-URA Radio to champion the development of the region through its platform.

Speaker after speaker charged GBC to come up with innovative programs, so as to remain competitive within the digital media space.

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