Former President, John Dramani Mahama has been told to always cross-check his facts before coming public on national issues.

Communications Minister, Ursula Owusu-Ekuful who offered the admonition said the former President ought to know that he is a statesman and ought to act as such so he can continue to maintain the respect that comes with the office.

The Minister said this while responding to claims by the former President that the National Communications Authority (NCA) which is under her Ministry deliberately shut down only pro-National Democratic Congress (NDC) radio stations.

“I think that the role of a regulator is to build and not to destroy and so if they haven’t renewed their licenses it is your duty to remind them and eventually you have to give them notice and deadline saying if you don’t renew it I’ll close you down. If you’ve done all that and the correspondent is available and show it to anyone people will understand.

“But then there are more than 300 radio stations in Ghana why those two and those are the leading opposition stations, definitely you don’t need to be clairvoyant to know that there were political reasons behind the closure of those stations. It’s unfortunate the President has prided himself as a human rights campaigner and I don’t think that things like this should be happening under his watch,” Mr Mahama has said.

Responding to the statement of the President, the Communications Minister said she has always wondered why the former President always chooses to spread falsehood.

“He really ought to have known better before making those statements…it was totally out line, the former President argued like a serial caller for claiming that only pro-NDC media houses are being shutdown,” Mrs Owusu Ekuful said on Asempa FM’s Ekosii Sen as monitored by GhanaNewsPage.Com.

She further argued that the NCE did not shut only pro-NDC radio stations.

“We shut down a radio station belonging to Joe Wise, is he also an NDC member…,?” she quizzed.

Source: Ghana | GhanaNewsPage.Com