Ursula Owusu-Ekuful, Minister of Communications and Franklin Cudjoe, President of IMANI Africa, a policy think tank have resorted to exhibiting their prowess at Bible verses in a debate on the controversial Kelni GVG contract.
The Minister, who appeared before parliament on Thursday quoted “Exodus 32:26” to support government’s position and added that the deal was the best that Ghana can get.
She said that “Then Moses stood in the gate of the camp, and said, who is on the Lord’s side? Let him come unto me. And all the sons of Levi gathered themselves together unto him,” she told Parliament.
She safeguarded government’s engagement of Kelni GVG and said it intends to build, operate and transfer a system that tracks the call traffic at the telcos.
The contract was agreed on after government complained of not having an accurate way of verifying if the telcos indeed pay their taxes.
The government, hence, signed a deal with Kelni GVG to supersede that role at a monthly cost of $1.49 million.
The Communications Minister said the inability of the telcos to corporate is frustrating the government of Ghana.
Ironically, President of policy tink tank IMANI Ghana, Franklin Cudjoe has also quoted “Exodus 32:9”, which says: “And the Lord said unto Moses, I have seen this people, and, behold, it is a stiff-necked people.”
He mentioned some controversies that the company has been involved in, in other countries, and added that Kelni GVG was stopped by a High court in Kenya while in Tanzania, the largest telecom company Vodacom has said Kelni GVG did no work.
He added that the company is being audited in Liberia and were chased out in Senegal for their inefficiency and called on government to stop proving stubborn because everything indicates that it is a bad deal.