General News Wed, 6 Jun 2018

I won't resign over Kelni GVG deal - Ursula Owusu

Communications minister, Ursula Owusu-Ekuful, has said she will not resign over the controversial Kelni GVG deal despite increasing pressure.

The Kelni GVG deal which was signed in December 2017 to deal with suspected revenue losses and simbox fraud in the telcos will see the government dole out a monthly payment of $1.5 million to the Haitian firm over a five-year period, beginning 30-days after execution of the contract.

The terms of the deal has raised numerous eyebrows with some groups including IMANI Africa calling it a needless and careless duplication of jobs which will cause a strain on Ghana's scarce resources.

But speaking on Asempa FM's Ekosii s3n on Monday June 4, Mrs Ursula Owusu-Ekuful said President Akufo-Addo who appointed her is satisfied that the deal is in the interest of Ghana.

She added that due diligence was conducted before the selection of KelniGVG to undertake the specialised technology job.

Asked whether she will resign over the claims by Imani and the Minority, Ursula Owusu-Ekuful said “The president has said this is a good transaction.

“The one who appointed me supports the deal; that has strengthened and emboldened me, he wants to ensure that we get the right tax from the telcos. And has, therefore, given his blessings to this deal”, she added.

The Minority in Parliament as well as 22 civil society organisations weeks ago requested for the details of the contract, and demanded an independent probe.

The Communications minister and the Director-General of the National Communications Authority (NCA), Joe Anokye were summoned before Parliament to answer doubts and questions raised by IMANI Africa, as well as the over-25 civil societies concerning the Kelni GVG deal.

However, Mrs. Ursula Owusu-Ekuful did not succeed in clearing the doubts raised as she is said to have only repeated all the claims the ministry has made for and on behalf of KelniGVG.

Source: primenewsghana.com
Related Articles: