Vodafone calls for urgent solutions to power crisis

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Telecom Company, Vodafone is impressing on government, the need to fix

the power crisis as soon as possible.

According to the company, this is important to avert the negative

impact on its operations as well as government revenues. The company

says the crisis has already almost tripled the company's cost on fuel,

compared to last year which has unduly led to a sharp decline in


The Head of External Affairs, Gayheart Mensah has been outlining the

underlying factors to Joy Business.

"People are not buying scratch cards and they're not making calls

because they don't have their devices to use for most part of the day

because there's no electricity and we are seeing the impact of this on

our revenue.

"The potential impact is on the quality of service that we deliver to

our customers. You need also to look at it from the point of view of

cost of production. The telecom industry relies a lot on energy. All

our sites that you see across the country – the masts, the 3G sites

that we build and all that are powered by energy.

"When there is a challenge with energy as we have today, we have no

choice but to rely on diesel which is even more expensive. It is

impacting on our cost of production and again having an impact on the

revenue that we're generating."

According to him, this is only a wake-up call for government to

urgently address the power crisis to forestall possible far-reaching

economic consequences.

"When businesses operate and generate profits, that is what enables

them to invest a lot more in their operations and so when you don't

have your power generation right for such an industry, it affects

investment decisions. We don't need to under-estimate the potential

impact of this on government revenue because revenue that we generate

as telcos, as businesses, across various industries are the very

revenues that feed into government revenue.

"We do appreciate the enormous efforts that government is putting in,

in order to address this issue. But to the extent that we're still

going through the challenge, we'll continue to urge government to

expedite all initiatives that they have in order to resolve this issue

quickly" he concluded.

Credit: Myjoyonline

Kofi Oppong Kyekyeku

I am a Ghanaian Broadcast Journalist/Writer who has an interest in General News, Sports, Entertainment, Health, Lifestyle and many more.

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