A new head office building for the National Communications Authority (NCA) was, yesterday, inaugurated in Accra.

The office building, located in Accra’s premier business location referred to as Airport City, comprises 11 floors, including two underground parking levels and three elevators, a gym and is specially adapted for the physically challenged.

In an address at the inauguration, Mr Wiliam Tevie, Director-General, NCA, explained that a bigger space became necessary as the NCA had grown in various aspects, namely regulatory work, number of operators, communication access lines, number of subscribers, staff numbers and impact on international communication scenes.

Mt Tevie said NCA now joined the increasing number of regulators such as the Office of Communications in the United Kingdom; Federal Communications Commission of the United States of America; Nigerian Communications Commission; and the Communications Authority of Kenya who owned their own buildings.

He disclosed that NCA, in keeping with other regulators worldwide and to boost intellectual research as well as help link theoretical knowledge to practical information,  would open  an industry library in the building to house a mini museum of old telecommunication devices and models.

In a statement, Mr Eugene Baffoe-Bonnie, Board Chairman, NCA, said the new office building represented the start of another project or lease of life which would provoke research, build on and develop new regulatory interventions to meet the rapidly changing communications environment.

More importantly, Mr Baffoe-Bonnie said, the new building would solidify Ghana’s position as a communications regulator par excellence in the West Africa sub-region.

He stressed the importance of the Communications industry to the development needs of the country and pledged to ensure that NCA was equipped with the required skills and tools in order to be able to deliver on its mandate and to sustain the positive impact it had made on national development.

In an a key note address delivered on his behalf, the President of the Republic of Ghana, His Excellency John Dramani Mahama, lauded NCA for ensuring a competitive market in the telecommunications industry and pledged the commitment of government to resourcing NCA to deliver on its mandate.

NCA is the statutory body mandated to license and to regulate electronic communication activities and services in Ghana.

The Authority was established by an Act of Parliament, Act 524 in December 1996 which was repealed and replaced by the National Communications Act, 2008 (Act 769).


Source: ISD (G.D. Zaney)

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