Mr. Kofi Asante, the Acting Administrator of the Ghana Investment Fund for Electronic Communication (GIFEC) and Mr. Jeffery Konadu Acting Director General of National Information Technology Agency (NITA) both agency of the Ministry of Communications has paid a courtesy call on the Chief Executive Officer of the second largest telecommunication company, Vodafone Ghana, Madam Yolanda Cuba in Accra.
The visit concludes Mr. Asante’s visit to all the telecommunications companies upon assumption of office as Chief Executive Officer of GIFEC in four months ago. Their visit was part of a familiarization tour to major stakeholders of GIFEC / NITA and as part of efforts to strengthen the existing working relationship. The visit is also expected to find ways of deploring connectivity to the underserved communities in the country.
On her part, Madam Yolanda Cuba touched on some projects undertaken by Vodafone Ghana to ensure its customers enjoy good services. This he said includes building more telecom infrastructure in areas where there is no communication coverage.
Madam Yolanda indicated that pricing competition in the industry is one big challenge that the company is faced with and appealed to government to do something about it. She stated that Vodafone even though faced with challenges, the company is still working assiduously to make sure it joins the 4G technology which will help to improve service by offering customers with high-speed connection.
Madam Yolanda said her expectation for the two agencies are high so it is important that we work together as a team to help achieve the aims for the agencies. She indicated that their drive test still shows that there is lack of connectivity in areas which are not even far from Accra and asked GIFEC to work hard to support the telecos to make sure some of these areas are served.
Expressing her gratitude to the GIFEC boss for the visit, Madam Yolando also assured Mr. Jerry Konadu, Acting Director General, NITA that their doors are open and that Vodafone is ready to work together to make sure that NITA achieve its aims and they will also help to address some of the challenges facing the agency.
Mr. Kofi Asante disclosed that plans are afoot for GIFEC to tap into the GRIDCO and Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) fibre optic to help extend connectivity to the rural communities in country and asked Vodafone to come along and ensure that they take this opportunity to extend connectivity to its rural customers.
Mr. Kofi Asante also touched on new initiative that GIFEC is about to roll out in this years and the coming years citing the Cocoa Community Connectivity Initiative and Zongo Community Initiative. The project when carried out, he said, would enable farmers in the Cocoa communities and Zongo communities to transact their businesses digitally because GIFEC will provide free internet in those communities.
On his side, Mr. Jeffery Konadu touched on some challenges faced by NITA and said this included the cutting of NITA fibre optic, stealing of the company’s equipment’s, lack of funds and services provided to the Government agencies not paid. He stressed the government should relook at the mandate of NITA and urged that it will help the agency to perform its function well.