Ghana Trade - Official SME Product Portal and Web Gallery


PURC Workers Tell Boss To Stay Home Or Face Their Wrath

Executive Secretary of the Public Utilities Regulatory Commission (PURC), Samuel Sarpong has been asked to stay out of his office or face the wrath of workers.

The warning was served by the PURC Workers Union, which described Mr Sarpong as anti-progressive.

The workers said the Executive Secretary has engaged in one questionable transaction after the other since he was appointed to head the Commission.

Chairman of PURC Workers Union, Jabaru Abubakar said he cannot guarantee Mr Sarpong will be allowed into his office in the coming days.

“He never showed up today [Thursday] so why will he show up tomorrow?” he said on Joy FM.

Activities at the PURC offices across the country came to a standstill following a protest by the workers over the continued stay in office of Mr Sarpong.

The Executive Secretary and former PURC PRO Nana Yaa Jantuah have been investigated for their roles in some questionable transactions at the Commission.

This followed Joy News’ investigation which revealed the sum of ¢435,087 was transferred into Mr Sarpong’s personal account for some official duties. The PRO was also reported to have spent ¢120,000 on 350 Christmas hampers in 2012.

But months after investigations concluded, the new government is yet to act on the Committee’s recommendations.

After they got wind of the PURC Board meeting scheduled by Mr Sarpong, the workers gathered at the Commission’s entrance to stop vehicles from entering.

The workers manhandled a man who identified himself as a board member.

“One of the board members pulled up at the annexe of the Commission but he was confronted and he angrily drove away,” the reporter said.

But Mr Abubakar said the man who was shoved around was part of the past board, which has no power to take any decision on behalf of the Commission.

“Per the Transitional arrangement, all boards have been dissolved,” he said, adding the workers only acted to stop an illegality from being carried out.

Asked if the workers will allow Mr Sarpong to access his office, Mr Abubakar said he could not guarantee that because the Executive Secretary has been against the progress of the Commission.

“If you are a landlord and they say your house is on fire I think you will gladly rush to see what you can salvage but here is a person who will run away at the least heat,” he said of the Commission’s head.

Telcos To Improve Internet Accessibility In Rural Areas

In a bid to extend internet access to rural areas, the National Communications Authority (NCA) has asked Mobile Network Operators (MNOs) with existing 2G licences to deploy Universal Mobile Telecommunications System (3G technology) for the job.

This would enable MNOs to increase data or internet accessibility to folks in unserved and underserved communities across the country.

The deployment of 3G technology would be carried out using 900MHz frequency band, which was originally assigned for the deployment of 2G services in the country.

Speaking at a media conference in Accra, on Thursday, to explain the new initiative, Mr Joe Anokye, the Acting Director-General of the NCA, said the deployment of 3G technology would make it easier for MNOs to expand their data coverage to mobile phone users 15 kilometres away from their base stations with minimum costs.

He said: “Communication is essential for development so ultimately this will go a long way to support government initiatives to bring development to the rural areas.”

He said the NCA would implement this initiative in collaboration with the Ghana Investment Fund for Electronic Communications, which was aimed at promoting digital inclusion.

Mr Anokye said with the NCA’s new regulatory decision, the 2G licensed MNOs could now deploy 3G technology, which would enable their clients have access to data or internet.

“The benefits of allowing telcos to deploy UTMS are, particularly, beneficial to consumers. With this, we will be promoting digital inclusion in Ghana and in the process customers in unserved and underserved areas will see the immense benefits, especially as they see improvement with their access to data and data services.

“Additionally, this will lead to a maximization of spectrum use, it will lead to enhanced consistent 3G user experience and reduce 3G coverage black spots,” he explained.

Mr Anokye noted that the technology would also introduce choice and competition for the customer, while increasing data penetration, improved spectral efficiency and improve handover problems.

“So you can tell that at the heart of this decision is the consumer and we will monitor the UTMS deployment to ensure that all these benefits that have been penned down for the ultimate benefit of the consumer come to fruition, “he emphasised.

Mr Anokye said MNOs were not required to apply for new licences, but only submit application for authorisation, adding that, the Authority had waived the application and authorisation fees or charges.

He said the authorisation would be for the unexpired term of the applicant’s 2G licence.

The National Communications Authority was established by an Act of Parliament, Act 524 in 1996, which has been repealed and replaced by the National Communications Authority Act, 2008 (Act769).

The Authority is the statutory body mandated to license and to regulate electronic communication activities and services in Ghana.

More Articles...

  1. Don't Invent A New Towing Law - Yaw Osafo Maafo
  2. EU to undertake assessment on ban of vegetable exports from Ghana
  3. UE/R: Over 800 Police ‘Shit’ In The Open
  4. Parliament Has Not Invited Me Over Special Prosecutor Bill – Martin Amidu
  5. Compensate Weija Dam Victims - Chief Appeals To Akufo-Addo
  6. ITLOS Sets September 23 To Rule On Ghana, Cote D'Ivoire Maritime Dispute
  7. President Calls For Reforms To Make The UN Stronger
  8. TMA To Meet To ‘Reconsider’ Carlos Ahenkora's Suspension
  9. Auditor-General Asks More To Refund State Funds
  10. ADB Near Collapse - Minority
  11. Group Petitions IMF Over Ofori-Atta
  12. Shortage Of SHS Placement Card Hits Eastern Region
  13. Free SHS Good, But Placement Method Bad – Ex-Director Of CSSPS
  14. Africa Must Device Programmes To Enrich Citizens – Bawumia
  15. Go For Your Machines – Minister tells Ibrahim
  16. Police Invites Jospong Over Latest Joy News Exposé
  17. Scandal At EC: More Rot Exposed!
  18. Delta Force Docket For AG
  19. Free SHS Rescues 120,000 Poor Students
  20. Head of Schools Warned On Free SHS Policy
  21. Pro-Exton Cubic Demo To Hit Akufo-Addo In New York
  22. Otumfuo Gives Mahama Family GHC50K
  23. Danish Queen Set For Two-Day Visit To Ghana In November
  24. Gov’t Sacks Ibrahim From Nyinahin, Forest Bauxite Deal Cancelled
  25. Extend SHS Placement Deadline – NAGRAT To GES
  26. SHS Placement Challenges Should’ve Been Anticipated – Analyst
  27. Apologise To Kenyans – Group To Mahama
  28. Awuku An Inspiration To The Youth – Akufo-Addo
  29. Mahama’s Court Advice To Odinga Was Cynical – Martin Amidu
  30. Govt Opens New Doors For Investment