President of policy think tank, IMANI Africa, Franklin Cudjoe, is relentless in his demand for government to back away from the $89 million data monitoring contract with Kelni GVG.
This time around, Mr Cudjoe and his associates are calling for the immediate removal of Communications Minister, Ursula Owusu Ekuful.
In an interview on Morning Starr on Tuesday, Mr. Cudjoe demanded that President Akufo-Addo immediately order the minister to step aside and a probe conducted into the contract.
“Nana Addo should step in immediately and save the government’s image because there are several aspects of the government that are doing well.
“The President must step in immediately and cause the minister to step aside and cause a proper investigation into the matter; the board members must also give reasons why they think this is not a good deal,” Mr. Cudjoe added.
According to him, the contract is fraudulent and must be cancelled, arguing that the company does not have the track record to undertake the job that has been given to them.
As a result, sources say the board of the implementing agency, National Communication Authority, which is chaired by former BBC correspondent, Kweku Sakyi, is sharply divided.
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.
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.