Ursula Owusu Ekufu I will jail cable thieves - Communications Minister

Government has cautioned individuals stealing telecom cables to put an end to it or face punishments.

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The Minister of Communication, Ursula Owusu Ekuful has cautioned against individuals interfering with cables of telecommunication companies.

This comes as a result of numerous reports by telcos on cable thievery which results in poor service delivery.

MTN has complained about frequent fiber cuts by illegal miners.

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However, Minister of Communication, Ursula Owusu Ekuful says her outfit would push for severe punishment for people engaged in cable theft.

“The impact its having on the service that is provided [is bad], people are complaining about poor service, call drops and all that, when people go around cutting the fiber of course it is going to have an impact on services.”

She pointed out that the activities of cable theft also affects government business since state agencies rely on internet connectivity to operate efficiently.

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“Even NITA which is providing services to all the government institutions[is affected] so it is not something we should encourage. we need to increase advocacy around encouraging people to stop because it has not just caused an inconvenience but it is affecting the way we live and work”.

She added that individuals caught cutting cables would not go unpunished.

“We need to step up the punitive measures once people are arrested we need to make sure the law takes it course.”

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Mr. Owusu Ekuful made these comments at the Vodafone head office where she paid a courtesy call.

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