The sad fate of the ten year old boy in Kasoa has jolted the nation from its slumber. The sleeping sickness we suffered from the bites of tsetse flies have suddenly departed from us.
Institutions mandated to regulate, monitor and apply sanctions against errant media outlets have been in coma. It has always been like this since time immemorial.
Expectations so sanguine have been shattered, dreams so cherished have paled into the deepest parts of the night. We have looked on while television and radio stations have led us astray with lotto numbers and promises of getting rich quicker by just following up on their directives.
We are reactionary, plain and simple! Tragedy hits us and we wake up from our numbness. Better late than never, they say.
In the midst of this sadness, in our piteous wailings, there is still hope, there is a glimmer of hope for us to sanitize our airwaves so that programs and shows capable of luring our youth to embark on such adventures which ultimately bring tragedies would be no more.
Oftentimes, when such tragic incidents occur, people play politics with them. As the party in power is thinking about rooting out these phenomena, opposition parties would be opposing them.
For the first time in the past four years, the NDC, at least, I watched Muntaka speak to it, has not pitched camp with the lotto pastors, fetish priests, mallams and fake prophets who promise to build bridges at places where there are no water bodies.
We can get these things out of the way if political parties and actors collaborate like this. The NMC, NCA and other agencies whose duties are to cleanse the system of these programs must not go back to sleep again.
The television stations have been mentioned, just like the radio stations, the regulators must get them to abide by the rules of engagement lest they lose their licenses.
P.K. Sarpong, Whispers from the Corridors of the Thinking Place.
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