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Journalists for Business Advocacy (JBA) – an advocacy group with a special focus on Small and Medium scale Enterprises (SMEs) has paid a courtesy call on the Chief Executive Officer of MTN Ghana, Selorm Adadevoh at his office in Accra. The purpose was to congratulate him on his new appointment and also discuss possible areas of collaboration.
Adadevor is the second Ghanaian to head MTN in Ghana. He assumed the position after his predecessor, Ebenezer Asante was promoted to Vice President of the MTN Group.
Adadevoh noted that MTN Ghana owes a lot if its success to the local media and based on that foundation there are more rooms for collaborations for mutual benefits. He said the company will continue working with the association to champion the cause of the telecommunication industry.
He used the occasion to assure customers of MTN Ghana that they would continue to invest in network quality that would also be affordable to all. He revealed that about “$300 million has been pumped into our network within the past two years”.
On the recent National Communications Authority’s GHC34 million fine slapped on all the telecom operators-MTN, Vodafone, AirtelTigo, and Glo, he noted that “We will comply with the decision of the regulator”, although MTN Ghana received the fine letter two days ago.
“So, we are planning to meet the NCA over the fine soon. We will engage the NCA to enable us get details of the fine”.
He further noted that the issue of quality of service is not only in the purview of the telecommunication companies alone, but that “There are also external factors which affect the quality of service…We can’t control the external factors but we are trying our best to get them solved”.
Good working relationship
Leader of delegation and President of JBA, Suleiman Mustapha, in a remark stated that “We have good working relationship with MTN Ghana which led to the successful completion of a number projects carried out by the association on behalf of the players in the telecoms industry”.
He mentioned some of the projects to include advocacy on fibre cuts, mobile money fraud, battery theft, and MTN Ghana Foundation activities, among others.
Fight on National Fiscal Stabilisation Levy
Mustapha is hoping that the telecoms company should again collaborate with the association to embark on advocacy on the dreaded National Fiscal Stabilisation Levy (NFSL) imposed on the telecoms sector and other sectors of the Ghanaian economy.
Some of the projects he mentioned the association did advocacy on are-fibre cuts, mobile money fraud, battery theft, and MTN Ghana Foundation activities.
Mr Mustapha is hoping that the telecoms company should again collaborate with the association to embark on advocacy on the dreaded National Fiscal Stabilisation Levy (NFSL) imposed on the telecoms sector and other sectors of the Ghanaian economy in 2013.
The Akufo-Addo-led government waived some taxes in its maiden budget (2017 budget) but failed to waive to the NFSL which has outlived its purpose and it is hurting the affected businesses.
Mustapha explained that; “waiving the NFSL, which is deducted before profit is declared, will go a long way to make the telecom industry robust to continue its positive contributions to the economy of Ghana”.
Although the levy was introduced with sunset clauses, it had continued and it was time it was waived, according to him.
The previous Mahama-led government introduced the NFSL on July 15, 2013 to help reduce Ghana’s growing deficit. It was pegged at five per cent of the accounting profits of specified companies and institutions.
The categories of companies selected to pay this special tax include , telecom service providers, banks, (excluding rural and community banks) non-banking financial institutions, insurance companies, breweries, inspection and valuation companies, companies providing mining support services, as well as shipping lines, maritime and airport terminals.
It was to last for 18 months, ending January, 2015, but this is November 2018 and the tax is still in force.
Source: ghananewsonline.com.gh with additional support from AfricanEyeReport.com