Postal Affairs Rescinds Order



The Inquirer
Monrovia, Liberia

Distributed by

The Perspective
Atlanta, Georgia

September 1, 2004

The Ministry of Post and Telecommunications yesterday back-pedaled on a decision made recently which ordered the Atlantic Wireless (Liberia) Incorporated (AWLI/LiberCell) to cease operation in the country.

AWLI/LiberCell, which is currently conducting mobile cell phone test is a legal business entity permitted to operate in the country,” Post and Telecommunication Deputy Minister Towah A. Towah told journalists yesterday.

Minister Towah said the decision ordering LiberCell to cease operation was an oversight, but that oversight, he said, has been rectified by his boss and who therefore regrets any inconveniences the company may have endured because of the error.

Speaking at a news conference at the Post and Telecommunications Ministry yesterday, Minister Towah said that officials of the Ministry sincerely regretted the attempted closure of LiberCell.

Minister Towah made available to the press an official letter dated August 26, 2004 written to the General Manager of AWLI. Azzam Sbaity and signed by Post and Telecommunication Minister Eugene Nagbe.

In the letter, Minister Nagbe told Mr. Sbaity that he was informing AWLI “that the Ministry of Post and Telecommunication had resolved the matter surrounding the use of allotted frequencies and therefore you are hereby authorized to conduct normal business.”

Meanwhile, the Ministry has disclosed that detail plans are being work out for LiberCell and Lone Star to inter-connect in keeping with government regulation and also the Association of GSM Phone Companies.

Minister Towah said this would alleviate the problem of traveling with more than one cell phone.

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