GVG deal clean; ignore needless criticism from NDC – Ursula Owusu

GVG deal clean; ignore needless criticism from NDC – Ursula Owusu

- Madam Ursular Owusu is calling on Ghanaians to ignore 'ugly noises' from members of the NDC on the GVG deal

- The Minister of Communications says the $178m Kelni-GVG contract is the best deal Ghana can ever have

The Minister of Communications, Ursula Owusu-Ekuful has called on Ghanaians to ignore needless criticisms from the opposition members of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) regarding the $178m Kelni-GVG contract.

According to the minister, accusations of corruptions and underhand dealings by some members of the NDC in the award of the revenue assurance monitoring contract to Kelni-GVG are frivolous.

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Addressing members of parliament on Thursday, Ursula Owusu indicated that the 178 million dollar contract is the best deal the country can get for the kind of service needed.

The minister in her address further stated that Ghana would own all the equipment for the execution of the contract after five years.

The Kelni-GVG deal has been subject of public controversy since policy think tank, IMANI Africa raised the alarm over the cost of the project.

However, Ursula Owusu in her encounter with the MPs insisted that the deal will further save the country more than a million dollars per month.

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“This issue has, rather, unfortunately, generated some apprehension which in my view, is unnecessary…Inevitably, the monthly traffic data collated by the NCA and the network operators for free was substantially the same data presented by Subah and Afriwave for which the latter companies were paying 2.6 dollars per month. Mr Speaker, we were paying for no work done. This was the situation the NPP government inherited, and it clearly could not continue.”

The Minister also added that, “fee for this transaction, $1.49 million per month, (as against the $2.6 million paid monthly to both Subah and Afriwave) is within the industry average for Platform as a Service (PaaS) contracts of this nature. The vendors have already procured and delivered equipment worth over $50m as part of the contract sum, at no extra cost to the state and this represents significant cost savings to the nation.”

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The IMANI boss, Franklin Cudjoe had earlier urged the government not to hesitate in abrogating the $89 million contract between Ghana and GVG/Kelni.

Franklin Cudjoe had also petitioned Vice President Bawumia to revoke the contract for the design, development and implementation of a common platform for traffic monitoring, revenue assurance and mobile money monitoring.

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