March 16, 2024

The Minister for Communications and Digitalization, Ursula Owusu Ekuful has been summoned to brief the House on the recent internet disruption experienced across the country.

This was after Members of Parliament (MPs) from both sides of the House requested that the Majority Leader Alexander Kwamena Afenyo-Markin scheduled the Communications and Digitalization Minister to provide some answers and details on the unfortunate development.

Member of Parliament for Dome/Kwabenya Sarah Adowa Safo after the business statement was presented on the floor of the House pointed out that internet is not working and constituents want to know what is going on.

She further pointed out that this has affected mobile money operations despite some media release from the National Communications Authority but that was not detailed enough.

Member of Parliament for North Tongu Samuel Okudzeto Abuakwa first raised the issue on the floor of the House on Friday, March 15, 2024, and pointed out the need for the sector Minister to come before the House and brief it immediately the country started experiencing network interruption.

Former Minority Chief Whip, Mohammed Munbarak Muntaka on his part supported the point raised by the North Tongu lawmaker that Ministers are not being proactive, and that naturally by Thursday, March 14, 2024, when the country started experiencing network interruption; the sector Minister should have briefed the House and the Nation.

According to him, the silence from the sector Minister is not the best as it gives room for all manner of speculations and was not pleased that was being asked to report to the House on Monday to brief the House, stating that Monday was too far. “This thing started like a joke in the evening, and up till now it is not stable and no one knows what is happening and the Minister does not find it necessary to brief the representative of the people and give some assurance; that is worrying”.

In his repose Majority Leader, Alexander Kwamena Afenyo-Markin pointed out that on Thursday when the interruption started the sector Minister reached out to him to come brief the House to make a statement on Friday, but he drew her attention that she has some business to do on Monday, March 18, 2024. As such she should wait till that time and do all the business she has before the House together.

Kwaku Sakyi-Danso/