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General News of Tuesday, 15 July 2003

Source: GNA

Ghana Telecom turns public phone booth into communication centre

Saltpond (C/R), July 15, GNA- The staff of Ghana Telecom (GT)at Saltpond is operating the two public telephone booths located on its premises as a communication centre.

A third booth also located on its premises has been out of order for sometime now.

No phone cards are available for sale to the public to enable them to make their own calls and the staff charge 1,500 cedis for a three-minute trunk call, and 1,000 cedis for a local call. This came to light when the Ghana News Agency (GNA) visited the town following concerns raised by Nana Gyan Ankwandah VI, Chief of Upper Saltpond.

The booths are operated for 12 hours as communication centres and when the workers close from work the place is locked. Nana Ankwandah appealed to the managements of Ghana Telecom and the Ghana Postal Services to improve their facilities to help step up socio-economic development.

An official at Ghana Telecom at Saltpond said the third booth located on its premises was not working because some people pushed objects into the slot meant for the pre-paid cards.

He could however not offer any explanation as to why they are operating the two remaining ones as communication centres.

The Central Regional Commercial Manager, Mr Joseph Frempong, assured the GNA that a team would be sent to Saltpond to investigate the situation.

He said GT was making efforts to repair the third booth in addition to other faulty ones in other places and appealed to the public to exercise patience while his organisation takes steps to provide more public phone booths in the region.