Parliament summons Ursula Owusu over $89m telecom deal

Parliament summons Ursula Owusu over $89m telecom deal

The Parliament of Ghana has summoned the Communications Minister, Ursula Owusu-Ekuful to answer questions on the controversial Kelni/GVG deal.

The invitation follows Think Tank IMANI Africa’s revelation that the ministry is involved in a bad with Kelni/GVG.

Parliament summons Ursula Owusu over $89m telecom deal

Communications Minister, Ursula Owusu-Ekuful

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The company at the center of a $179 million Ministry of Communication deal has sparked controversy and there are calls for abrogation of the contract after IMANI Ghana blew cover on the stinking deal.

But in an interview with Citi News, Deputy Minister of Communications, George Andah indicated that the Minister had been scheduled to meet the Communications committee next week.

2nd Deputy Speaker, Alban Bagbin ruled that the Minister appears before the plenary next week.

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“There is nothing to hide. It is important that this be brought to the knowledge of the people of this country through their representatives on the floor of the House. I do not think the committee should take it up because we have not yet developed the rules for committees to be open to the general public, so it is proper that she appears before the House to give a brief. That is the instrument that the House has decided to use and I was so direct that the business committee should schedule the Minister to appear before the House next week to brief the House on this matter,” Mr Bagbin said.

Kelni GVG, a Haitian originated company, has been awarded a contract by the government for design, development and implementation of a common platform for traffic monitoring, revenue assurance, and mobile money monitoring and fraud management—a contract IMANI has labelled as wasteful and an avenue to milk the state’s coffers.

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