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Scrap reckless $89m GVG/Kelni contract – IMANI

Policy think tank, IMANI Ghana, has described as profligate and reckless government’s decision to sign an $89 million contract with a Haitian company GVG/Kelni.

The contract, according to the Communications Ministry, would deal ruthlessly with simbox fraud and revenue losses in the telecommunication industry.

Sharing his thought on the contact which was signed in 2017, Franklin Cudjoe said the contract is a rip-off, adding that, government was careless in signing the deal.

Franklin Cudjoe could not comprehend why the NPP criticized the Subah deal while in opposition could award another contract to Ghanaian companies are already doing.

“What kind of duplication, profligacy and outright waste is this?” he asked with a tinge of disappointment.

“In 2010 and 2015 we signed two different contracts but similar in terms of execution with two different institutions.

“The new deal which is totally needless is to do the same thing- ensure revenue assurance, monitor the platform for fraud. What has been added now is to monitor mobile money transactions on the platform,” he stated.

He charged the government to the “scrap the new deal” and provide a “progress report” on the Subah and Afriwave deals.

In 2010 the Ghana Revenue Authority contracted Subah to oversee revenue assurance activities within the telcos.

The company received 75 million cedis for what critics say was payment for no work done.

In 2015, Afriwave was appointed by the NCA to perform the job of an interconnect clearinghouse services which was similar to the job being done by Subah. They were also paid an amount of 40 million cedis.

According to him, what has been added as an extra responsibility to the Haitian company is also needless because government has signed a 4.5 million to do the same work.

Franklin Cudjoe alleged the third company is already receiving monies for no work done, something similar to what Subah and Afriwave did.

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