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Speaker Bagbin’s Paying Of TV License Fee Is Commendable

Speaker Bagbin’s Paying Of TV License Fee Is Commendable

By: Dr. Nana Sifa Twum

The Speaker of Parliament, Rt. Hon. Alban Sumana Kingsford Bagbin’s demonstration of leadership in paying for his TV License is not just commendable but also fascinating and intriguing. Per news reports, the Lead figure at the nation’s legislation assembly at a visit to the State Broadcaster, Ghana Broadcasting Corporation, showed by example, the need for citizens to honour their civic responsibilities.

According to the reports, he also took the opportunity to appeal to Ghanaians to pay their TV Licence fee. Leading political, religious and traditional leaders on different occasions have reiterated the need for Ghanaians to pay their TV License fees. The former Minister for Information, Mustapha Hamid, while in office, and the current Information Minister, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, among many others, on a number of occasions, have expressed the urgent need to effectively resource the Ghana Broadcasting Corporation (GBC) to enable it function as required.

These, call for an effective collection of TV license fees in the country to ensure advance resourcing of the state broadcaster to enable it to deliver its functions effectively. This is important because all around the globe, TV license fees are the major means of resourcing state broadcasting institutions. It is imperative therefore that all stakeholders welcome the initiative of the Speaker of Parliament to help GBC to raise its own money so as to be truly independent of government control even in terms of government subvention so that it can position itself as a global player on the international broadcasting arena.


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