Parliament summons Ursula Owusu over $89m telecom deal

Parliament has summoned the Communications Minister, Ursula Owusu-Ekuful to the House to answer questions on the Kelni/GVG deal next week.

Think Tank IMANI Africa has accused the Communications Ministry of signing a deal that mirrors the State’s controversial agreements with Subah Infosolutions and Afriwave Telcom Ltd in 2010 and 2016 respectively.

The Deputy Minister of Communications, George Andah had indicated that the Minister had been scheduled to meet the Communications committee next week, but after several calls from MPs, the 2nd Deputy Speaker, Alban Bagbin ruled that the Minister appears before the plenary next week.

“There is nothing to hide. It is important that this be brought to the knowledge of the people of this country through their representatives on the floor of the House. I do not think the committee should take it up because we have not yet developed the rules for committees to be open to the general public, so it is proper that she appears before the House to give a brief. That is the instrument that the House has decided to use and I was so direct that the business committee should schedule the Minister to appear before the House next week to brief the House on this matter,” Mr Bagbin said.

IMANI Africa first sounded an alarm over the details of the agreement and called for its immediate termination.

But in a statement issued and signed by Communications Ministry, the government said this deal is instead providing significant savings for the state for even more work done than in past deals.


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