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NCA board members threaten to resign over $89m deal

The center appears not to be holding at the National Communications Authority, NCA, as some board members gear up to tender in their resignation in protest of the proposed $89 million data monitoring deal with Kelni GVG.

Asempanews.com understands that about four board members are up in arms against the Communications Minister, Ursula Owusu-Ekuful, for her relentless defense of the deal, which some experts have described as a rip-off.

Sources say the board, which is chaired by former BBC correspondent, Kweku Sakyi, is sharply divided as some believe they are being coerced to toe the line of the minister, despite the inconsistencies discovered in the deal.

Media reports on Monday suggest that a member on the board, Susan-Barbara Adjorkor Boye Kumapley, has tendered in her resignation letter.

Madam Adjorkor is a Partner and the Head of the Technology, Media and Telecommunications Practice Group of law firm, Bentsi-Enchill Letsa & Ankomah (BELLA).

Her resignation, according to deep throat sources, is linked to the contentious contract although that has not been stated in her resignation letter.

Board members believe the NCA, which is the implementing agency, has the technical knowhow to execute the task that GVG has been assigned to do, and that, going ahead with the agreement would be a waste of resources.

Background

Policy think-tank IMANI Africa and the Minister of Communications are engaged in a heated argument over the award of contract to KelniGVG to render revenue assurance services covering telecommunication companies.

The communications minister denied accusations by IMANI that the company is duplicating the services of two existing companies, Subah Infosolutions and Afriwave Limited.

Government explains that the contracts signed with Subah and Afriwave have been terminated and reviewed respectively to prevent any form of duplication of services with KelniGVG.

Contrary to claims by IMANI that the contract awarded to the new company is a drain on the resources of the country, the Minister insists Ghana is making a monthly savings of $1.1 million on account of KelniGVG’s engagement.

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