Police ready to help enforce the Collection of TV License; IGP assures GBC
| Updated Oct 16, 2017 at 2:32pm
The Police hierarchy and the GBC delegation in an interaction
The IGP David Asante-Apeatu and GBC DG Dr Anoff-Ntow observes as the TV licence crew process the licences of some personnel
The Ghana Police service has offered to assist the Ghana Broadcasting Corporation to effectively collect TV license fees as mandated by the law.
According to the Inspector General of Police (IGP), David Asante-Apeatu “the Police is ready to give the necessary support to assist in the collection of the TV license fee. Ghana Police Service is a law enforcement agency and the name connotes that if there is a law we must also enforce it. We want to reassure you, we will give you every support we can”.
The IGP gave this assurance when the Director General of the Ghana Broadcasting Corporation (GBC) Dr Kwame Akuffo Anoff-Ntow together with the TV licence collection crew called on him and the police hierarchy on Tuesday at the Police Headquarters in Accra.
During the Visit, Dr. Anoff-Ntow touched on how GBC is funded stating that “we are encouraged not to rely on Government or the market as our sole source of funding, once that happens, then, they are able to compromise the editorial and operational independence. The question of how to fund the public service is right at the center of the kind of program you generate and how relevant you become … we are here to seek your assistance in helping us collect and to enforce TV license”.
He explained that the argument often made by people that “they don’t watch GTV so they are not obliged to pay” is not right since according to the law it is their civic responsibility.
The Police was educated about the various mode of payment and how they can initiate or renew their payment. Many service men paid their TV license when the crew visited them last year.
The IGP and some Police personnel willingly renewed their TV License during today’s visit.
Story: Mabel Adorkor Annang