An ultra-modern office complex of the National Communications Authority (NCA) was inaugurated in Accra on Tuesday November 15, 2016. Known as the NCA Tower, the multi-million cedi state-of-the-art edifice was built with disability friendly features to enable all and sundry easy access to the office.
Inaugurating the complex on behalf of his Excellency the President of the Republic, John Dramani Mahama, the Minister for Communications Dr. Edward K. Omane Boamah was full of praise for the NCA management and staff for their hardwork and sacrifice to bring the internally financed project to completion. Dr. Omane Boamah, said as the first chairman of the NCA Board of Directors, the President was happy to see the great strides being made in the communications sector. The regulation of the telecommunications sector is second to none today with an increase in mobile usage and penetration from 11 million in 2009 to 35 million in 2016. “In addition, Ghana now has over eighteen million mobile data subscribers. This massive boost shows a complete adoption of ICT technology, evident in various fields- health, agriculture, education and finance, amongst others,” said the President.
He hoped that the proliferation and use of the ICT services will encourage more individuals to take advantage of the opportunities it offers. He said: “I urge NCA, the regulator to collaborate and ensure that users are protected from the vices that others may use these services for”.
President Mahama noted that his cabinet has approved a number of progressive policies which seek to expand the frontiers of the gains made so far in the industry. “These policies are to ensure the issuance of licenses for the implementation of International Wholesale Carriers, the Interconnect Clearing House, the Unified telecom and last but not least, the operations of Mobile Virtual Network Operators,” he stated.
He urged the NCA to continue to dialogue with the telecommunications industry in an open and frank manner without prejudice “…even as we rollout more policies such domestic roaming and rural telephony to give meaning to the essence of universal access to telecommunication services”.
“It is my hope that through these, the enormous effect of the digital divide will be bridged and challenges resulting from telecommunication/ICT development will be well managed,” he added.
The Chairman of the Board of NCA, Mr. Eugene Baffoe Bonnie in his speech entreated all staff to ensure good maintenance of the building and to work hard in order to continue to raise the standard of the telecommunications industry in the country. He further said the office is well equipped with a new strategy to meet the changing global trends in the telecommunications sector.
Mr. Williams Tevie, Director General of NCA in his welcome address noted that it was important for the edifice to be constructed in view of the increase in number of staff from 12 in 1996 to about 200 today and also from three divisions to ten divisions. He said the NCA is ready to collaborate with other stakeholders to strengthen the sector for efficient delivery of services for both rural and urban populations.