Tribunal set up to review NCA’s decision

Mrs. Bridget Katsriku(middle)addressing participants.Photo Victor A Buxton,, An Electronic Communications Tribunal (ECT) has been set up to handle

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       

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