178m Kelni-GVG deal the best Ghana can get – Ursula

Ursula Owusu-Ekuful, Minister of Communications has said that the 178 million dollar Kelni-GVG deal is the best Ghana can get for the kind of services they are offering the state.

Speaking in Parliament, the minister rejected claims of corruption accusations and sneaky dealings in the award of the revenue assurance monitoring contract.

Mrs. Owusu-Ekuful addressing parliament after her summons insisted the deal offers many benefits to the country.

She stressed that the deal has saved the country payment in excess of a million dollars per month, saying, “…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.”

She indicated that all equipment for the execution of the contract would be possessed by Ghana after a period of five years.

The Kelni-GVG deal has been the subject of public controversy since policy think tank, IMANI Africa raised red flags over the contract; but the Communication Minister claims the transaction fee per month is $1.49 million per month, which is far less than the $ 2.6 million paid monthly to both Subah Infosolutions Limited and Afriwave.

She added that the vendors have already procured and delivered equipment worth over $50m as part of the contract sum, at no extra cost to the state, which could be considered as huge savings to the state.

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