The National Communications Authority (NCA) has ordered the shutdown of Radio Tongu at Sogakope in the Volta Region for propagating the agenda of a separatist group there.
Citing grounds of National Security and public interest, the regulator has warned of dire consequences if its orders are not heeded by owners of the station.
“Failure to comply with this directive will result in the arrest and prosecution of the directors of Radio Tongu,” a statement by the NCA dated February 5 and sighted by UPSANEWSROOM.com read.
The owner of Radio Tongu, Bestway Zottor was arrested on January 15, 2020, following claims that he is promoting the agenda of the Homeland Study Group Foundation, a secessionist group in the region.
His arrest came days after Volta Regional Minister, Dr Archibald Yao Letsa, had issued a warning to media houses in the region to desist from propagating the agenda of the group whose leaders on the run from authorities.
But the NCA believes the continuous operation of the radio station will be injurious to the peace and harmony in Ghana.
The NCA cited a section of the Electronic Communications Act, 2008 (Act775) which provides that “the Authority may suspend or revoke a license or a frequency authorization where: the suspension or revocation is necessary because of national security or is in the public interest.”
Acting on that powers, the NCA has directed the owners of the radio station to cease operation with immediate effect failure of which will attract some consequences.