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Road contractors causing telcos millions through fibre cuts – MTN

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Road contractors causing telcos millions through fibre cuts – MTN

Road contractors causing telcos millions through fibre cuts – MTN

Lack of best practices among road contractors across the country continue to obstruct operations of telecommunication companies in the country, Corporate services executive of MTN Samuel Koranteng has observed.

The laying of underground water pipes by the Ghana Water Company Limited (GWCL) also poses a major threat to operations of telcos, Mr Koranteng added.

According to him, between 2018 and 2019 the telecommunication company MTN alone lost revenue of over Ghc39 Million as a result of fiber cuts.

Ghana revenue authority (GRA) also lost revenue of Ghc17 million as a result of the fibre cut inference in MTN operations within the period.

The company is, therefore, calling on road contractors and staff of Ghana Water Company across the country to abide by best practice in ensuring their work does not affect MTN’s operation nationwide.

“It will surprise you to know that, hospitals now rely on telecommunication companies in performing surgeries in various health care facilities through modern device technology. Therefore any time we experience fibre cut it affects a lot of businesses and also cost human life. “We will like to use this opportunity to plead with road contractors in the country to contact players in the telecommunication sector any time they win road construction contracts so we can work together without hurting our business,” he urged.

The company assured they will continue to give back to the country through their Cooperate Social Responsibilities (CSR) as part of reinvesting part of their operational profit in the country.

“As you know we have already invested heavily in the country in the area of education, health care delivery, human empowerment, creation of jobs among others. Currently, in Ashanti region, we have started construction of six (6) class room units in Asante Akyem Nhyeaso where students walk six (6) kilometers daily to school associated with rape by Fulani herdsmen. We have also donated neonatal incubators to KNUST hospital and Formena government hospital as well,’’ he noted.

Touching on theft on their various operational tower sites, Mr. Koranteng revealed that ” between 2014 and the second quarter of 2019, the company spent 5.4 million dollars across the country to replace our stolen batteries. MTN as a company is here to serve our cherish customers, however, any time you experience challenges in our network is as result of either battery theft or fibre cut but not our system failure’’ .

Source: starrfm.com.gh

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‘We’ll take all our seats from NPP’ – Boamah Otokunor

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'We’ll take all our seats from NPP' – Boamah Otokunor

The National Democratic Congress (NDC) is targeting majority seats in the next Parliament after the December 2020 general election.

The strategy is to capture more parliamentary seats in the New Patriotic Party (NPP) strongholds to increase NDC’s seats to 170 in parliament as part of the party’s agenda, and opened parliamentary nominations in all constituencies across the country, effective July 12.

According to Boamah Otokunor, the Deputy General Secretary of the NDC, he was hopeful only vibrant and results-oriented candidates would be elected for the primaries saying, “We will take all our seats from the NPP to get a two-thirds majority in parliament since the NDC has a solid, credible and realistic campaign message and the party is poised for victory in the 2020 elections.

“The governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) is a party specialised in confusion, lies and deception, Ghanaians will make a big mistake if they vote for President Nana Akufo-Addo and the NPP again, we are convinced given the strategies put in place with a marketable candidate like former President John Mahama, the 2020 elections will be ‘cool chop’,” Mr Otokunor touted.

On what aspirants have to do, the Deputy General Secretary noted that “all aspirants must satisfy the constitutional requirement which qualifies one to be a Member of Parliament, all aspirants must also satisfy the requirements of the party, no one will be disqualified based on normal procedural errors, the parliamentary primaries are expected to take place on August 24, at all the 275 constituencies across the country,” Mr Otokunor disclosed.

Source: ghanaiantimes.com.gh

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Government spends over GHC800m to settle debts accrued by NDC – Deputy Minister

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Government spends over GHC800m to settle debts accrued by NDC - Deputy Minister

Deputy Minister for Works and Housing and Member of Parliament for Subin Constituency, Eugene Boakye Antwi has said that government has spent over 800 million Ghana Cedis to settle debts accrued by the erstwhile Mahama administration.

According to him, there are still debts unsettled by other ministries and all these debts make Ghanaians feel government is not doing anything.

Speaking on Okay FM’s ‘Ade Akye Abia’ programme, he explained that the amount of money government is paying in terms of settling debts could have been used for other developmental projects.

The NPP government is committed to providing Ghanaians with whatever they promised in their manifesto.

“Nana Addo will not disappoint Ghanaians just that we will have to settle debts that was accrued by the other government so that those affected can have money to execute other projects that will improve the lives of Ghanaians,” he said.

Source: Peacefm

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I will unseat Collins Dauda – Ali Suraj assures NPP members

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I will unseat Collins Dauda - Ali Suraj assures NPP members

One of the aspiring parliamentary candidates for the new patriotic party in the Asutifi South Constituency in the Ahafo region has assured members of the party of winning the seat for the first when elected.

Alhaji Ali Suraj says he has all it takes to match the incumbent Member of Parliament in the area in the upcoming general elections.

“I am very experienced and know how to play my cards well.” ALI SURAJ told gathering of NPP members after he has filed his nomination at the constituency party office.

Alhaji Suraj says he has been assured of victory in the upcoming primaries and therefore he would channel every into the general election.

One of the past contestants of the Asutifi South constituency on the ticket of the NPP, Boakye Boateng appeals to the delegates to rally behind the Aspirant to win the seat for the first time in the history of Ghana’s elections.

Mr. Boateng says Suraj is more likely to win the seat for the party than him, reason he rescinded his decision to contest this time round.

“Most of the voters here are northerners and they would love to see their own brother leading them.” Mr. Boateng says adding that, the aspirant is the best bet for the party.

Mr. Boateng promised to support Mr. Suraj in issues-based campaign go the seat for the party.

Among other things Mr. Ali Suraj is seeking to implement when he becomes the MP are to change the life of the people, mentality and issues that bother on their health.

Source: Ghanaweb

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