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General News of Saturday, 26 May 2018


$89.4m Kelni GVG deal: Independent enquiry needed – Baako

The Editor-In-Chief of the New Crusading Guide, Abdul Malik Kweku Baako Jnr believes an independent enquiry must be launched into the controversial $89.4million contract between the government of Ghana and Kelni GVG.

Kelni GVG, a Haitian originated company, was awarded a contract by the government for design, development and implementation of a common platform for traffic monitoring, revenue assurance, and mobile money monitoring and fraud management—a service already being rendered by Afriwave and Subah Info Solution.

IMANI has constantly questioned the rationale behind the new contract with Kelni GVG, describing it as wasteful and aimed at milking the public purse.

In its reply, however, the Communication Ministry dismissed IMANI’s criticism of the new contract as “unreasonable.”

According to it, the scope of execution is different from Afriwave’s and Subah Info Solution’s.

Commenting on the back and forth between IMANI and the Communication Minister Saturday on Joy FM, Kweku Baako Jnr said: “in spite of the fact that in terms of the explanations and clarifications, I’m inclined to at this stage to think that the Ministry of Communications has a stronger case.”

“But I’m not going to say it is absolute. So, I call also for an enquiry,” continued the veteran journalist, adding: “For instance, the audit service is there, they can investigate the processes, value for money, audit and all the rest.

“Somebody can petition the CHRAJ and all that so that you see, while the debate continues. Because it is a democracy you cannot stop anybody from commenting. But we need to put the issues before an established enquiry to determine the validity or otherwise.”

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