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Business News of Tuesday, 25 September 2018


A company wanted to do Digital Address System for free but was ignored - Kwakye Ofosu

Felix Kwakye Ofosu, Former Deputy Communications Minister Felix Kwakye Ofosu, Former Deputy Communications Minister

A former Deputy Minister of Information, Felix Kwakye Ofosu, is alleging that a company, which he failed to mention, promised to do the Ghana Post GPS for free.

The former deputy minister told Kwame Tutu in an interview Tuesday he has gathered reliable information the company wanted to do the project for free in order to help them test their system as a company.

He was speaking to Kwame Tutu, host of Frontline on Rainbow Radio 87.5FM on the StarTimes and Government of Ghana deal that has generated controversy.

The software, Ghana Post GPS was launched in October last year by the President to host the digital addressing system in partial fulfilment of the government’s promise to formalize the Ghanaian economy.

The system, which digitally identifies all addresses in the country, received criticism from some people including former President John Mahama, who questioned the cost and uniqueness of the app.

VOKACOM, a local technology entity, was awarded the contract to provide the digital platform for the roll out of the digital addressing system across the country.

The company will be partnered by the Ghana Post Company Limited to use the GPS system to undertake the project.

The cost of the project was estimated at $2.5 million. But Mr Felix Kwakye Ofosu has disclosed a company that bided wanted to manage the system for free.

"I have information that a company wanted to do the Ghana Post GPS for free. That company had a robust system that could have also provided an offline platform. The VOKACOM deal was scandalous. There are a number of scandals and if we should talk about it, we will not end today,’’ he said.

The current NPP he noted is scandal prone with new scandals being recorded on regular basis.

"The Nana Addo led administration is in a hurry to amass wealth for themselves,’’ he said.