Challenges in the construction of telecommunication mast in Ghana.

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This research was conducted into the challenges in the construction of telecommunication mast in Ghana where some residents kicking against the construction of the mast in their communities for the fear of hazardous effects of the mast on the people. Helios Tower Managed Services Limited was taken as the case study of this research and the research was carried out through qualitative research method and purposive sampling technique was used to select the samples based on characteristics of the population and objective of the study. The researcher relies on his own judgment when choosing members of the population to participate in this study and he obtain a representative sample by using a sound judgment, which resulted in saving time and money. The targeted population was 75, and about 70(%) of the population response to the researcher which shows positive remark from the public, the other 30(%) of the population failed to response for their own peculiar reasons. Additionally about 45(%) of respondents confirmed no education was provided to the public by any of the authorities in charge of telecom infrastructure works about the construction of mast in the country. The data collected was analysed with sensitivity analysis technique through which it was revealed that proper stakeholder management processes were not followed by both the Ghana Government (NCA) and Telecommunication Network Providers to address the concerns of the public. This created perception of health hazard and fear of towers falling on people and properties at the reach of towers were among others in the minds of the public which were the causes of most communities and neighbours rejecting the mast construction project. However, the public interest in urban areas can only be gained through intensive education and motivation packages for landlords and close neighbours.
A thesis submitted to the Department of Construction Technology and Management, College of Art and Built Environment Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the Award of Master of Science
Challenges, Construction, Telecommunication, Mast, Ghana