By: Fred Yaw Sarpong
Mr. Paarock VanPercy has ended his term of office as the Director General of the National Communications Authority (NCA) having been appointed in June, 2010 for a five (5) year term.
A statement from the board of directors of NCA stated that under his stewardship as Director General of the NCA, he assiduously led the Management and Staff in the development of various initiatives and programmes for the advancement of the Communications Industry in Ghana.
The authority said that some of the initiatives introduced during the 5 year period includes development of the much acclaimed Guidelines for the deployment of Communications Masts in Ghana, August 2012; expansion and improvement of the Quality of Service Monitoring Regime; and commencement of the Analogue to Digital Migration Project.
Mr. Vanpercy led the nationwide registration of Mobile Phone SIM Cards in August 2010; commencement of the Mobile Number Portability Project in July 2011; revision of the National Numbering Plan; implementation of Automated Radio Spectrum Monitoring Systems; and decentralization of the NCA’s operations to eight regions in Ghana.
He also led the construction of a new State‐of‐the‐art Head Office building at the Airport City in Accra; construction of permanent office buildings in Kumasi, Sekondi‐Takoradi and Tamale; and development and launch of new Vision, Mission and Core Value statements.
In 2011, NCA awarded the Best Regulator in West Africa by the African Telecom People (ATP).
The statement said Mr. VanPercy was seen by staff as a father figure and always dealt very politely with all staff regardless of their grade.
‘‘He will be remembered for participating in staff events regardless of the location of the event; championing the completion of Phases One and Two of the Staff Housing Project; initiating the production and launch of the first‐ever NCA Corporate Cloth, Asempa Dawuro; initiating the production of the internal newsletter, Communication News; initiating the first‐ever Corporate Retreat christened “Akuse Retreat” in November 2012; and introducing the first‐ever staff health and fitness programme, christened “Staff Health Walk,” the statement noted.
At a send‐off party for him, the Board, Management and Staff of the NCA praised him for his selfless efforts and five years of diligent and meritorious service to the communications industry and mother Ghana.