Ranking Member on the Communications Committee of Parliament Sam Nartey George has hit out at the Minister of Communications Ursula Ekuful to do the needful before going after telecommunications giants MTN.
Speaking on TV3’s New Day, Sam George who is also the Member of Parliament for Ningo-Prampram Constituency, said the board of the National Communications Authority (NCA) has no female member, which flies in the face of the law that set up the authority.
According to him, despite the fact that Ursula Owusu-Ekuful is enforcing the laws that set up the NCA, “she must avert her mind to what the Act enjoins her to do”.
Mrs Owusu-Ekuful announced on Monday June 8, a review of MTN Ghana’s significant market power (SMP), which monopolises the telecommunication industry.
However, Sam George urged Mrs Ekuful to rather implement the letter Section 6(1)e of Act 769 before she goes after MTN. The act states, “the governing body of the Authority is a Board consisting of…three other persons at least one of whom is a woman and each of whom has knowledge of expertise in electrical engineering, law, business or public administration.”
The only female member appointed to the existing board, Susan-Barbera Adjorkor Boye Kumapley, resigned last year in the heat of the Kelni-GVG scandal.
She is said to have resigned without any stated reasons.