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07.07.2005 Regional News

Youth holds demonstration on situation of Volta Star FM

GNA

Ho, July 7, GNA- A group calling itself the Concerned Citizens of Volta Region in collaboration with the Volta Region Students Association-Ghana (VORSAG) on Thursday held a peaceful demonstration to register their displeasure about the current situation of Volta Star Radio in Ho.

The demonstrators numbering about 150 and amidst drumming and singing paraded through some principal streets of Ho with placards some of which read "GBC Director General stop deceiving the public" "we have been neglected for long", "Volta MP's rise up to the task" and "Mr. Minister we do not want recorded programmes."

The one-hour demonstration took the demonstrators from the Ho Central Market through the centre of town and ended up at the Regional Co-ordinating Council where a petition was presented to the President through the administration.

Presenting the petition, Mr. Christoph Worlanyo Essikpe, VORSAG Chairman for Publicity and Education noted that the F.M. Station had broken down for almost 15 weeks and the situation has since been growing from bad to worse.

The petition, among other things, sought to question why the station had been operating on analogue for all these years, while almost all regional F.M. stations had gone digital.

Mr Emmanuel Ewusi, Emmim, an Assistant Coordinating Director at the Regional Administration received the petition on behalf of the Regional Minister and promised that the administration would forward it to the President.

Another copy was also presented to the Director General of GBC through the Regional Director, Mr Ralph Avornyo. This is a follow-up to a press conference organized by VORSAG a week earlier concerning the same subject matter.

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