Court Orders Closure Of Radio Station Over Rice Debt

A Sunyani District Court, presided over by Fred Obikyere, has ordered the closure of a popular private radio station based in Sunyani in the Bono Region for failing to pay for rice it credited from a retailing shop.

Per court documents, the amount supposed to be paid by Cheers 100.5 FM to Tasty Joint owned by Vitus Gbogryang is GH¢1,250.

Court officials including the registrar yesterday executed the order while the station was holding a programme around 4 pm.

After court officials took inventory of gadgets in the studio including console, speakers and chairs before locking the studio doors with padlocks and also pasted the notice order on the main door.

According to court documents available to DAILY GUIDE, the retailing shop under the business name Tasty Joint which does retail in rice, sugar, oil, among others, is the plaintiff which issued a writ of summons on 31st May 2019 for an order to compel the defendant, Cheers FM, Sunyani, to pay an amount of GH¢1,250 being the balance of GH¢1,950 it owed the retailing company.

The amount was the cost of 13 bags of royal aroma rice the station bought for its staff members on 24th December 2018 at a cost of GH¢1,950.

According to the court documents, each rice cost GH¢150 and the radio station made outright payment of GH¢700, with the promise to pay the balance (GH¢1,250) at the end of the month.

The station, however, failed to honour the agreement on the due date and upon repeated demands the station still failed to pay, compelling Tasty Joint to take the case to court.

When the case was called on 12th June 2019, Managing Editor of Cheers FM, Atta Akoto, pleaded for time to file defence so the case was adjourned to 20th June 2019. However, when the case was called on the adjourned date, he failed to make an appearance.

The court then entered judgement against the defendant.

FROM Daniel Y Dayee, Sunyani