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Communications Minister, Ursula Owusu-Ekuful has hinted that Telecommunications Companies who defy her directive on the mode of implementation of the Communication Service Tax (CST) risk losing their operating licence, ABC News can report.

Mrs. Owusu-Ekuful on Monday revealed that the directive issued by her office has legal backing hence Telcos who do not comply with the directive may have their licenses revoked. She noted that the directive is in accordance with the laws of the electronic communications tribunal.

Taking her turn at the routine Meet the Press session at the Information Ministry,  Ursula Owusu-Ekuful noted that, “several sanctions attached to the failure to comply with policy directives issued by the minister in accordance with the electronic communications tribunal including include forfeiture of licence.”

The minister averred that she believes the Telcos will comply with the Ministry’s directive so that the exiting situation will not escalate to the point of revocation of licenses.

“I don’t think we want to go down that route. I am sure they are mindful of the powers that the regulation has in this direction,” the Minister told journalists.

In a letter addressed to the Director-General of the National Communications Authority, a copy of which is in the possession of ABC News, the Minister directed telcos to stop the upfront deduction of 9% CST charges on every recharge. She said the actions by the telcos in a way suggested an exploitation of consumers.



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