NCA, NITA to be revamped for efficiency – Ursula Owusu

By Nana Appiah Acquaye, Accra, Ghana

Ghana’s Communication Ministry is poised to rejuvenate the operations of government agencies including the National Communication Authority (NCA), the National Information Technology Agency (NITA) and the National Identification Commission to work better and efficiently. The move is to assist the government derive the best possible benefits from its huge investments into IT infrastructure in the country.

The Minister of Communication designate, Ursula Owusu-Ekuful, made this known in an interview with journalists after an official announcement and introduction of newly appointed ministers designate by the President Nana Addo Danquah Akufo Addo at the Flagstaff House in Accra.

Mrs. Owusu-Ekuful revealed that many creative initiative aimed at infusing technology into the daily lives of Ghanaians are going to be high on her ministry’s agenda. According to her, priority would be given to the creation of Wi-Fi hotspots across the country, the development of ICT parks and the putting into good use the newly built Accra Digital Centre.

 “The Industry itself is evolving, more data usage than it used to be in the past. Fixed lines are obsolete now, phone booths totally obsolete. We can think about creative ways of infusing technology into everyday life. We are going to look at Wi-Fi hotspots around the country. We are going to look at technological parks and all that. We are going to make the Accra Digital Centre work. We are going to work to attract more business outsourcing. We are going to see how we can create more ICT jobs than we have before,” she said.

The former telecom boss also promised to work closely together especially with all exiting telecom players within the space to find solutions to some of the industry’s basic challenges. “I think they know that I have been in the industry, I understand many of the issues. Technology has move on since I left the industry. But the basic issues are still the same. So they would understand that whatever conversation we have will be in the best interest for both the government and the private sector” she added.

Although the Communication Minister designate responding to a question on whether she would consider granting licenses to other operators to join the existing ones, could not state categorically Yes or No, but stressed that activities within the sector would be reviewed for the necessary measures to be put in place.

 “As at now I cannot say categorically that we’ll issue more licenses. What I can say is that we’ll review what has gone on currently, speak to the players of the industry, and see what will be the best fit. We would ensure maximum profit and that the government derives the maximum revenues from the sector and the populace also derive maximum benefits from enhanced, improved telecommunication services,” she stated.

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