by: michael eli dokosi /www.blakkpepper.com/ghana
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Ghana’s Minister of Communications, Mrs. Ursula Owusu-Ekuful on tour of telecommunication companies operating in the country has visited Vodafone Ghana’s headquarters on Friday, March 7, 2017 to familiarize herself with their challenges and gains.
She revealed government was determined to assist telcos to improve their profits and grow their business “so they could pay more taxes and expand their corporate social responsibilities.”
Impressed with the blend of advanced architectural design and the nature themes of the Vodafone Ghana Headquarters, Madam Owusu-Ekuful remarked “I love your office” when she took turns to address invited media of which blakkpepper.com was one.
Madam Ursula Owusu-Ekuful had earlier held a closed door meeting with the Vodafone Ghana leadership involving Patricia Obo-Nai, Director of Fixed Business and Customer Operations, Ghana CEO, Yolanda Cuba, Agnes Emefa Essah, Director of Consumer Business Unit and Director of External Affairs and Legal, Gayheart Mensah.
At the session with the media, Madam Owusu-Ekuful expressed desire for Ghanaian data users to also enjoy 5G services as she experienced in Barcelona and was optimistic with strides Vodafone Ghana was making in funding and grooming young entrepreneurs, IT specialists and digital minds as well as plans revealed to her in the closed door session, she was sure the Ghana digital experience will be radially improved.
For her part, the Ghana CEO, Yolanda Cuba expressed delight that the minister found it prudent to meet the Vodafone team given that the Ghanaian government owns 30% shares while Vodafone Ghana is a 70% shareholder.
She disclosed the new plan is to champion Ghana’s digital revolution so it becomes a leader in Africa.
She stated the company has invested in the eco-system such that promising high school digital minds are receiving training in coding adding that her unit was ready to be government’s partner to improve lives such as setting up Farmers Clubs which is making life meaningful for farmers.
On the nuisance of fiber cuts by thieves, Hon. Owusu-Ekuful observed such criminal acts lead to generally poor service and calls dropping leading to hardships for the general public.
“We need to step up punitive measures to deter others,” she added stressing “such thievery increase the cost of doing business which is passed on to the innocent user.”
According to the Communications Minister, regulators are putting measures to sanitize the sector so underperforming telcos either merge or give way.