Parliament investigates Ursula Owusu-Ekuful over AirtelTigo takeover

Parliament investigates Ursula Owusu-Ekuful over AirtelTigo takeover

- Parliament is to summon the Communications Minister over the AirtelTigo takeover

- The takeover follows months of negotiations between both parties

- MTN remains the biggest telecommunications firm in Ghana

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The Minister for Communications, Ursula Owusu-Ekuful, is expected to be summoned to Parliament. Member of Parliament, Sam George, revealed that the sector minister will be interrogated on the takeover of AirtelTigo by government.

Speaking to the media, Sam George explained that “Parliament is eager to understand the dealings behind the AirtelTigo deal".

Parliament investigates Ursula Owusu-Ekuful over AirtelTigo takeover
Parliament investigates Ursula Owusu-Ekuful over AirtelTigo takeover (Stock Photo)
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The minister for Communications, Ursula Owusu-Ekuful, has described the takeover as a positive step that adds to government’s wide portfolio of information technology infrastructure to be managed.

Government has debunked claims that its takeover of AirtelTigo will result in job losses. It has also debunked claims that the takeover will reduce the quality of service when it comes to voice and data.

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In October 2020, Airtel and Millicom announced that they were exiting the Ghanaian market and this agreement concludes the extensive negotiations between the parties to ensure a seamless transition and continued operation of AirtelTigo thereafter.

What this means is that Government will now be handling the everyday affairs of the company – from the buying of credits to the operations of mobile money.

In the meantime, MTN Ghana remains the widest telecommunications company in Ghana. According to information from the Telecommunications Chamber, MTN controls over 90 percent of mobile subscribers in Ghana.

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According to him the sentencing of actress Akuapem Poloo was wrong in its essence. He wondered who the courts is expecting to take care of her kid they claim to be protecting.

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Akuapem Polio received a 90-day prison sentence after being found guilty of stripping naked in front of her seven-year-old son.

She pleaded guilty to all three counts, one of which is publication of obscene material in 2020.

She is supposed to spend 90 days in prison for each count but the terms are to run concurrently.

In pronouncing judgement, Justice Christiana Cann considered the fact that she has had no brush with the law and the fact that she is a single mother.

The judge also considered the fact that her son will be going trauma in her absence.

The case was brought before the police in June, 2020 by the Executive Director of Child Rights International, Bright Appiah.

Meanwhile, The National Communications Officer of the National Democratic Congress(NDC), Sammy Gyamfi has also joined the majority of Ghanaians pleading Akuapem Poloo's sentence.

Sammy Gyamfi said the three-month handed down to Akuapem Poloo was harsh and high-handed.

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According to him, the court should have been considerate since she is a first offender and pleaded guilty to the offence she was charged with.

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