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Information Ministry, NATCOM face parliament

February 13, 2017 By Jariatu S. Bangura

Members of the Committee on Information and Communication on Thursday met with senior officials from both the Ministry of Information and Communications and the National Telecommunications Commission (NATCOM) to discuss their operations.

Chairman of the committee, Hon. Binneh Bangura said the meeting was to familiarise themselves with officials from both institutions and also to discuss complains from the public against GSM companies.

He said many a time when officials from ministries departments and agencies were called upon by the house for discussions on issues, they thought otherwise even though MPs have no intention to chastise or intimidate them.

According to him, officials from Onlime Company complained that although they had received operational licenses but were not allowed to operate.

Deputy Minister of Information and Communications, Cornelius Deveaux, said since they took up office a lot has been achieved but admitted that there were several challenges that needed to be addressed, citing the issue of controlling the information and communication technology nationwide.

“We are working to make sure that the cyber security is strengthened as there are many risks in controlling the ICT world. We are hopeful that with the help of NATCOM, we can achieve success,” he said.

According to him, there is a cyber-policy that was currently at state house to help control the use of the social media, while at the same time ensuring a healthy ICT environment for new companies that would be coming into the country.

On his part, Director General of NATOCM, Dennis Kallon said the reason  Onlime Company was not allowed to operate was that they were yet to have a thousand subscribers.

He promised to look into the issue and report back to members as soon as possible.