Ghana: GBC URA Radio stations asks to retain locally generated cash

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The Ghana Broadcasting Corporation (GBC) URA Radio in Bolgatanga, on Saturday, climaxed its months-long 25th Anniversary celebrations with a suggestion to the board and management of GBC to allow the regional offices of the corporation retain a certain percentage of the revenue generated at the regions.

Tahiru Abdul-Razak Mohammed, GBC URA Radio Director, who made the suggestion, said if his idea is bought by management, it would forestall the cash flow problem being experienced by the regional offices which impedes their operations.

He buttressed his suggestion with the explanation that since all the regional offices now had internal auditors who can monitor the revenue generated there would be no room for mismanagement or misappropriation of the revenue generated.

GBC URA Radio was commissioned in December 1986 in the then Upper Region.
In its 25 years of operation, the network has contributed greatly in educating, entertaining and informing the people, and as well, transformed their cultural and socio-economic lives through programmes that sought to unearth the potentials in the people who previously had no access to a mass medium of expression.

As part of the network's anniversary, it can now be accessed on line via GBC's official website: www.gbcghana.com. This development, moreover, serves as an opportunity for all indigenes outside the region and in the diaspora to listen to programmes of their choice.

In spite of successes chalked by GBC URA Radio, Mr. Tahiru said the network was faced with a lot of challenges. He said URA Radio was the only GBC regional FM station without a standby electricity generator, and as a result, any slight power outage from VRA at the station results in the total shutdown of both radio and TV transmissions in the whole of the region.

Other challenges are inadequate staff for some local languages of the station, including Kusaal, Kasem, Buli and Bissa; lack of fence wall; lack of maintenance of staff quarters, and absence of accommodation for staff; lack of air conditioners; and lack of effective means of transport.