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Business News of Wednesday, 27 June 2018


I’ve never met Kelni GVG officials – Vodafone CEO

Yolanda Cuba, Chief Executive of Vodafone Ghana Yolanda Cuba, Chief Executive of Vodafone Ghana

The CEO of Vodafone Ghana Yolanda Cuba has revealed she has never met or had a meeting with any official of Kelni GVG, the entity carrying out the Common Platform.

Six months after signing a contract with the Ghana Government for real time traffic monitoring of the telecommunications networks, Vodafone which is a major stakeholder is yet to set sight on the monitors.

Speaking at a media encounter to announce its Socio-economic Impact report, the Vodafone CEO said she has never sat in a meeting involving Kelni GVG officials and same applies to her management.

“I’ll love to meet them. As a CEO of Vodafone I’ve never met GVG,” Cuba disclosed to the media on Tuesday.

“It’s important to meet them because I’ve a contract with you to serve you better. I’ve never met them one on one or even in a meeting. I don’t know the CEO of Kelni GVG and I’ve never met him,” she emphasized.

Meanwhile, Vodafone Ghana has stated emphatically that until all legal issues surrounding the controversial Kelni GVG deal are resolved, it will not be part of the Common Platform.

Two citizens are currently in court for the Kelni GVG deal to be abrogated because they believe it infringes on the rights and privacy of consumers.

Cuba said for now the telecom networks have allowed Kelni GVG to connect their nodes to their systems but will only comply with the Communications Ministry’s directive once the court rules on the case.

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.

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

“Indeed, there has been no such report of underperformance by the stakeholders that contracted Subah.

“The issue then is why did the Ministry of Communications go ahead and sign a new contract under the name of a common monitoring platform for a service that is already being rendered under an existing contract by a fellow government agency?” President of IMANI Africa Franklin Cujdoe stated on Morning Starr on May 17, 2018, calling for the immediate cancellation of the contract.