appeals against decisions or orders made by the National Communications Authority (NCA). It has the power to review a particular matter under a licence, the Act or Regulations as well as appeals against decisions of the Dispute Resolution Committee of the Authority.
Members of the tribunal include retired Justice of the Supreme Court, Prof .Dr. Justice Kofi Date-Bah as Chairman, Mr. Tawia Akyea, as Registrar; Dr. Nii Narku Quaynor, lecturer, University of Cape Coast; and a former Executive Director of Economic and Organised Crime Office (EOCO), Mr. Biadela Mortey Akpadzi.
Inaugurating it in Accra yesterday, the chairman of the Public Services Commission (PSC), Mrs. Bridget Katsriku, said members of the tribunal were appointed on February 20 and had worked in collaboration with the NCA, the Ministry of Communications, the Attorney-General’s Office and Parliament for the passage of the Electronic Communications Regulations 2016.
The regulations which were passed into law in July this year, would regulate the procedures of the tribunal, she said.
Mrs. Katsriku expressed confidence that the tribunal would provide an open, fair and impartial forum for the resolution of all disputes in the electronic communications industry.
She urged all stakeholders to abide by the set regulations in their dealings with the tribunal.
“I expect all stakeholders, especially the NCA and operators in the industry, to support and cooperate with the tribunal to ensure that it operates successfully, devoid of any hindrances,” she added.
Mrs. Katsriku said it was also necessary for the state to establish the ground rules for the industry, and set up a regime of law for the enforcement and control to ensure the achievement of the desired levels of quality assurances for the stakeholders in the industry.
Prof Dr. Date-Bah said it was a challenging responsibility to chart the course of a brand new institution, but promised to lay a solid foundation for the growth of the tribunal.
Prof. Date-Bah said the tribunal had some logistical challenges to overcome before it could accept and conduct hearings, adding that “we are working to overcome such challenges”.
By Jemima Esinam Kuatsinu