By Papisdaff Abdullah.
President of policy think tank IMANI Ghana, Franklin Cudjoe, has called on the Minister of Communications Ursula Owusu-Ekuful to step aside and allow investigations into the $89 million contract with Kelni GVG.
Government of Ghana has signed an $89 million contract with Kelni GVG to deal with revenue losses and simbox fraud involving telecommunication companies.
According to IMANI, the contract is fraudulent and must be cancelled. He argues that the company does not have the track record to undertake the job that has been given it adding that the amount involved is too huge.
In an interview with an Accra based radio station, Mr. Cudjoe demanded that President Akufo-Addo immediately order the minister step aside and a probe conducted into the contract.
“Nana Addo should step in immediately and save the government’s image because there several aspects of the government that are doing well. The President must step in immediately and cause the minister to step aside and cause a proper investigation and the board members must give reasons why they think this is not a good deal,” Mr. Cudjoe said.
Meanwhile, the Communications minister has defended the contract, accusing the IMANI boss of being a hired assassin.
“You don’t know what you are talking about and if you had enquired before going off halfcocked, you’d have been educated. Every step taken was with the full knowledge and collaboration of the finance minister and the evidence is there. Public procurement rules were followed to the letter. The evidence is there.
“The same process is being undertaken in Rwanda currently with the same telcos here, and the one network policy being undertaken by the Smart Africa Initiative member states is facilitated by this same technical partner you are busily vilifying ignorantly here.
“Imani has not spoken to the MTN CEO on this Kelni GVG transaction yet Franklin Cudjoe quotes him on air as being opposed to this transaction. Who are you working for?? Everything digital falls under the purview of the Ministry of Communications including digital financial services,” she wrote in response to the claims by IMANI.