Punish cable thieves severely--Ursula
The Minister of Communication, Ursula Owusu Ekuful, has urged law enforcement agencies to deal severely with persons who steal telecommunication cables.
“They (cable thieves) are having quite a heavy toll on the cost of providing the services, and the on the industry as a whole. It is also having negative impact our lives generally. So it is not something we want to encourage. We will increase the advocacy and also encourage the law enforcement agencies to sanction those who are caught,” Mrs. Owusu Ekuful.
The Minister disclosed this in Accra, during a visit to the Vodafone Ghana Head Office, as part of a familiarisation tour aimed at discussing issues affecting players in the telecommunications industry.
She urged law enforcement agencies to allow the law to take its course once culprits are arrested, adding that: “We need to educate the law enforcement agencies that you don’t just arrest them and give them a slap on the wrist and allow them to get away with.”
The announcement comes on the back of reports of cable theft leading to interruption in the delivery of communication services in the country.
Apart from the activities of cable thievery, operators have also often complained about the destruction of cable lines by construction companies and illegal miners.
Mrs. Owusu Ekuful further stated that the Ministry would push for severe punishment for people involved in cable stealing.
Even NITA, she said, which is providing services to all the government institutions is also affected, adding that: “We need to step up the punitive measures once people are arrested.”