The Member of Parliament for Nalerigu/Gambaga constituency in the North East Region, Hon Seidu Issifu has summoned the Minister for Communication and Digitalization to Parliament over poor telephony coverage in over 18 communities.

According to the MP, the absence of good telephony coverage is affecting the economic activities of the constituents, hence the need for the government to provide Masts in the communities.

Hon Issifu disclosed this when he posed the question to the Minister for Communication and Digitalisation, Hon Ursula Owusu in parliament on Tuesday, February 15, 2021.

Hon Seidu Issifu

“Mr. Speaker, I rise to ask the Minister for Communications and Digitalisation how many communities in the Gambaga Municipality will benefit from the Rural Telephony Project?” he quizzed.

In response, Minister Communication, Ursula Owusu said the eighteen beneficiary communities of the East Mamprusi District are included in the first phase of the Ghana Rural Telephony and Digital Inclusion Project (GRTDIP).

According to her, out of the Eighteen, five communities have their masts constructed and ready for traffic.

She explained that more communities’ from the Nalerigu/Gambaga Constituency would be added in the next phase of the project, emphasizing that “Lands have been acquired and ready for construction to commence in the following communities: Langbina, Gbangdaa, Yankazia, Zandua and Wundua. Yunyalanyiri, Dagbiriboari, Kulgona, Laatari,Kpaluaka, Nanyeli (Langayiri), Za’ari, Namongu, Jawani, Kolinvae,Tunni (Tundi).”

But Hon Issifu said he was dissatisfied with the response on grounds that the communities’ economic activities would be badly affected.

He added that the government stands to benefit more in terms of revenue generation and appealed to the government to consider expanding the telephony services to the communities.


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