Communications Ministry does not think through its decisions – Franklin Cudjoe

Communications Ministry does not think through its decisions – Franklin Cudjoe

- Imani's president, Franklin Cudjoe has accused the Ministry of Communications of constantly embarrassing the government

- According to him, some of its contracts flout procurement laws

- He argued that a current deal with StarTimes should be debated in Parliament

Franklin Cudjoe, the president of Imani Ghana, a policy think tank, has slammed the Ministry of Communications for engaging in deals that embarrass the government.

According to him, the ministry does not think through its policies, and often makes the government a laughing stock.

Speaking to Citi News, he explained that the Ursula Owusu-Ekuful-led ministry keeps flouting Ghana’s procurement laws with little or no supervision.

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President of Imani Ghana, Franklin Cudjoe Source: www.graphic.com.gh
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He added that the ministry has also has a penchant for overseeing improper contracts, a development that does not augur well for Ghana.

Reacting to the tax waiver offered to Chinese firm, Star Communication Network Technology popularly known as StarTimes by the Ghana Government, Cudjoe said the deal exposes “another policy paralysis” by the ministry.

He went on to say that the tax waiver agreement is “unfortunate and a total disrespect for Ghanaian digital content.”

In his opinion, the ministry lacks competent planners, and therefore called on Parliament to investigate the controversial deal and to abrogate the tax waiver given to StarTimes.

He suggested that it is best for the ministry to backtrack on the StarTimes deal and rather support the Ghana Independent Broadcasters Association (GIBA).

The government has meanwhile explained that the commencement of the StarTimes’ ‘300 village satellite TV project’, has no bearing on the development of a Digital Terrestrial Television (DTT) platform for Ghana.

It has also noted that the tax waivers granted StarTimes are “only for the specific equipment, devices/terminals for this satellite TV project.”

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