Ursula directed to appear before Parliament to account for KelniGVG

The Speaker of Parliament, Professor Aaron Mike Oquaye has directed the Minister of Communications, Ursula Owusu Ekuful to appear in Parliament to answer questions on the revenue accrued so far by the KelniGVG monitoring system.

The Minister, according to the Minority, has failed to appear in Parliament on three consecutive occasions to provide an account on the implementation thus far.

According to the Speaker of Parliament, the Minister was supposed to be present in the House on Monday but she could not honour the invitation.

Prof. Oquaye thus instructed that she makes herself available on Friday August 7, 2020 to answer relevant questions on the matter.

“I notice that no answer has been placed on record. I direct that the Minister must answer all the relevant questions and make herself available on Friday to answer the relevant questions,” Prof. Oquaye said.

Kelni GVG was contracted by the government to develop and oversee the Common Platform for traffic monitoring, revenue assurance and mobile money monitoring.

The implementation of the Common Platform is in line with the Communication Service Tax (Amendment) Act, 2013, Act 864.

Communication Minister, Ursula Owusu and KelniGVG
Communication Minister, Ursula OwusuEkufful

A lot of the criticism of the deal, which is costing Ghana $89 million, has come from think tank IMANI Africa.

IMANI Africa also raised privacy concerns while questioning the credibility of KelniGVG as they petitioned the Vice President and parliament has called on Ursula Owusu to answer questions on the deal.

It has maintained that this deal mirrors the controversial agreements the state entered into with Subah Infosolutions and Afriwave Telcom Ltd in 2010 and 2016 respectively.

IMANI had earlier petitioned the Vice President to revoke the contract.

But the Communications Minister, Ursula Owusu-Ekuful, in Parliament rejected allegations of corruption and underhand dealings in the award of the revenue assurance monitoring contract to Kelni GVG.

She said the accusations of corruption and underhand dealings are needless.

The government has assured that the necessary due diligence was carried out during the processes that led to the selection of KelniGVG.

Kelni GVG’s monitoring system took off in 2018.

SOURCE: Citinewsroom.com

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