Chief Justice Sophia Akuffo Grants Request For The Establishment Of Special TV License Courts In Ghana
When last did you pay your TV licence?
I dare say that was in the late 90’s but even if you weren’t born then, TV licence may sound absurd to you.
Well, for many who find it absurd to pay TV licence, you might soon be laughing at the wrong side of your teeth as the Honorable Lady Chief Justice of the Republic of Ghana, Sophia Akuffo has granted a special request by the Director General of Ghana Broadcasting Corporation, Kwame Akuffo Anoff-Ntow to have a Special TV Licence Courts established across the country.
According to a document obtained by Ghana’s Hub For Pop Culture & Urban Entertainment News – www.nydjlive.com, the Special TV Licence courts located in the 10 regions of Ghana will sit every Thursday with effect from January 4 2018 until otherwise directed. Times for siting are scheduled between 8am and 4pm.
The move by the Ghana Broadcasting Corporation is to push citizens to pay their TV licences and take legal action against defaulting citizens.
According to the TV licensing Act 1966 (NLCD 89) of the constitution of the Republic of Ghana as amended, directs that “a person shall not install or use a television receiving set unless there is in existence in relation to that set a valid television receiving set licence granted by the licensing authority under this Act”. Section 1.1
The Act also directs that “a person shall not carry on the business of selling, hiring or otherwise disposing of television receiving sets or of repairing television receiving sets unless that person holds a valid dealers’ licence, granted by the licensing authority in relation to the respective business”. Section 2.1
Ghana Broadcasting Corporation has over the past months rolled out commercials admonishing Ghanaians to pay TV licence, something which has been met with mixed reactions.
Many have asked the essence of the TV licence fee when they do not watch any of the channels provided by Ghana Broadcasting Corporation.