Ban activities of ritualists, juju men on TV – Ashaiman MP to NCA, NMC

Ernest Henry Norgbey, MP, Ashaiman

Member of Parliament (MP) for Ashaiman, Mr Ernest Henry Norgbey, has kicked against the broadcast of money doublers and ritualists’ activities on television, calling on regulators to crack the whip on defaulters.

The MP has charged the National Communication Authority (NCA), Communication Ministry and the National Media Commission (NCA) to ban the promotion of ritualists who urge people to come to them for ” juju money.”

He said the ban on broadcasting such acts on television will not only bring back sanity on the country’s television stations but will help prevent children and the youth, whose parents have shirked their responsibility of inculcating good morals in them, from approaching these juju men or spiritualists who “claim to have the powers to get you money without work, charm a man or woman for love, travel illegally, win a court case with or without justice.”

The MP’s concerns come after two teenagers killed a ten year old boy at Kasoa in the Central Region for alleged rituals.

Mr Norgbey who blamed parents for neglecting their parental responsibilities in a statement said the moral fabric of the society was fast eroding because parents do not question the wealth of their children.

In tackling that, he urged the NMC and NCA to ban the promotion of juju and ritualists on the country’s television stations to help reduce the live for money rituals among the youth of the country.

“If the authorities in charge fail to crack the whip, it will lead to an upsurge of other related crimes including kidnappings which we have witnessed in recent times,” Mr Norgbey added.

Below is his statement;

CAMPAIGN AGAINST MONEY RITUALS ADVERTS ON OUR TV STATIONS

The country was thrown into a state of shock after receiving the news of the gruesome murder of a ten year old by two teenagers at Kasoa in the Central Region. What is even more shocking is the chilling details of how the offenders executed their cruel plan in anticipation of using body parts of the victim for money rituals (juju money).

It’s obvious the moral fabric of our society is gradually eroding at a supersonic speed. Parents and Guardians in their quest for wealth have abandoned the core responsibility of a being a parent (i.e., training a child to appreciate there is reward in the pursuit of diligent hard work, training a child about good morals and values of our society).

Today, many of our kids learn from television. They adopt and adapt to the content produced by our television stations. Unfortunately, most of these TV station are inundated with open display and promotion of juju money on our TV screens. These juju men (spiritualist) claim to have the powers to get you money without work, charm a man or woman for love, travel illegally, win a court case with or without justice.The activities of these juju men are constantly luring people to come to them for ritual money which we have seen in the case of the two teenagers. If the authorities in charge fail to crack the whip, it will lead to an upsurge of other related crimes including kidnappings which we have witnessed in recent times.

The National Communications Authority, the Ministry of Communication and National Media Commission must ensure they bring sanity back to our television station. I ask the media commission to immediately place a ban on all such programmes on TV with immediate effect as is applicable within the law and equally call on the police to arrest and interrogate the activities of these spiritualists.

The National Media Commission should consider these broadcast inimical to the well-being of our country. It is evil, and potentially post a doom to Mother Ghana and her culture of hard work, honesty and patriotism. Any further delay in cracking the whip would tarnish the image of the country as some would believe Ghana is a nation where young ones are sacrificed for monetary pleasures.

What is also happening is evident of the harsh economic conditions Ghanaians are going through under the Akufo Addo led administration. The situation is even direr for the youth. The President H.E Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo must ensure the provision of sustainable jobs to help prevent the youth from patronizing the services of juju men.