The minister-nominee for Communications, Ursula Owusu Ekuful, says she is committed to making Ghana Post an efficient and profitable state agency.

According to her, the company has the potential to expand and play a vital role in improving modern communication in the country especially in rural areas.

Speaking before the Appointments Committee of Parliament on Wednesday [February 1, 2017], the Member of Parliament for Ablekuma West said she had started conversations with management of Ghana Post on revamping its operations.

Ghana Post is a national communication and financial agency with nationwide coverage that has served its purpose for more than 5 decades.

In spite of its previous successes and dominance in the communication sector in the past, the company is currently struggling for relevance due to competition from private telecom companies, courier agencies and internet service providers.

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But according to the minister-nominee, Ghana Post could still play a relevant role in Ghana’s communications sector given the right investments, tools and leadership, which she says her government is ready to provide.

“I’ve already started engaging with the management of Ghana Post. They have a lot of potential. It hasn’t been realized so far; but I think with the right leadership and investment in human and capital resources, it can be a very profitable company, and I am committed to helping them realize their full potential,” she said.

“If it works, it will benefit a whole lot more of our people who otherwise do not have access to postal services, telephony services or to the many other services such as e-commerce and courier services that they could be used to facilitate. They have the beginnings of something that can make them a profitable company, and I will do everything that is within my power to make them realize their potential.”

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‘Internet service in Parliament’

Ghana’s parliament has in the last 5 months been without internet access, making the work of legislators difficult, but according to Ursula Owusu-Ekuful, she will work to restore internet connectivity to the house.

Reacting to a question posed by the Member of Parliament for Asawase constituency, Muntaka Mubarak on the situaiton, the minister-nominee said she was aware parliament had paid money to the National Information Technology Agency (NITA) to restore internet service to the chamber of the House and Job 600, but cannot explain why the House lacked the service.

He assured the Appointments Committee that she will consider it a matter of urgency to ensure Parliamentarians have access to internet service in the House, and also have modern communication gadgets installed in the chamber to function.

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By: Jonas Nyabor/citifmonline.com/Ghana
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