It has been announced that the newly inaugurated governing board of the National Communications Authority (NCA) has approved new radio licence applications by Pro-NDC media houses Radio Gold, Radio XYZ along with over a 100 others including stations owned by Alhaji Collins Dauda in the Ahafo Region among other NDC gurus.
This development will be good news for the NDC which entered a major national election for the first time since 2000 without Radio Gold to propagate its message.
The license approval is however subject to some terms and conditions.
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Earlier on July 3rd 2021, MyNewsGh.com had reported how high-level intense negotiations between the leadership of the two major parties saw a seamless approval of all Akufo-Addo second term ministerial nominees under controversial circumstances.
This included the approval of security ministers Albert Kan Dapaah, Dominic Nitiwul, Ambrose Dery and Kasoa MP Mavis Hawa Koomson who were all jointly accused of having a hand in the injuries and deaths of some NDC supporters before and during the 2020 elections.
At the time President Akufo-Addo granted presidential pardon to former NDC MP for Chiana/Paga Constituency Abuga Pele, MyNewsGh.com was reliably informed he was a direct beneficiary of the negotiation which allegedly included restoration of the licenses of Radio Gold, Radio XYZ and protection for Dzata Cement which opening saw top ministers of Akufo-Addo attend.
There are other terms and conditions that remain secret.
Some persons believe the exclusion of Unibank and other pro NDC banks from the terms of the negotiation did not go down well with some persons and could be a major factor in the internal challenge to Mahama in 2024.
Abuga Pele the former NDC MP was sentenced to a six-year imprisonment by an Accra High Court in 2018 for causing financial loss to the state while serving as National Coordinator of the defunct Ghana Youth Employment and Entrepreneurial Development Agency (GYEEDA).
He was said to have acted in a manner that resulted in the loss of GH¢4.1 million by government after businessman Phillip Akpeena Assibit had made false claims that he had secured a $65-million World Bank funding for the creation of one million jobs for the youth.
Radio Gold and XYZ which were closed in 2019 led to the opposition NDC also boycotting Asaase Radio, a newly established radio station owned and managed by a team that includes Gabby Otchere-Darko and Daniel Mckorley popularly known as McDan.
Early this year, University of Ghana academic, Prof Yaw Gyampo said the NDC boycott of Asaase Radio was hurting the brand and there was the need for negotiation between the parties.