Policy Think Tank, IMANI Ghana, has asked President Mahama to dissolve the Board of the National Communications Authority (NCA) and discard the application evaluation processes which gave Afriwave Telecom the right to establish a telecommunication interconnect clearing house in the country
IMANI Ghana raised red flag over Afriwave’s selection for the clearing house project, describing it as “fraudulent, farcical and an imposition”.
The NCA on Thursday however rejected the claims at a news conference.
[contextly_sidebar id=”cj3vh51ZeJr5pJBFEhKU6s6hafpqUMyr”]The Director General of the NCA, William Tevie, insisted the process was fair and transparent and said the Authority is fully convinced that there was no fraud or rigging in the selection process for the ICH license, and that any attempt to prove otherwise is misleading.
But the Executive Director of IMANI Ghana, Franklin Kudjo, speaking on the Citi Breakfast show on Friday stood by his position and demanded the dissolution of the Board for its lack of prudence.
He argued that, “…If all these things haven’t come up would they say there were errors? We are not kids and I think the NCA should dissolve the board immediately because these thing gives the country a bad image and makes it difficult for international business people to understand how our procurement processes work.”
Franklin Cudjoe said he believes “the last thing President Mahama needs is another scandal. I think they are disgracing President Mahama and Mr. Mahama please be bold.”
He said the way forward is for the whole process to be “jettisoned, recalled, re-evaluated, make sure that the deal goes through just not one…because of what has been suggested already, you need about two or three players in this industry and let’s grow the industry quite well.”
“We are not saying Afriwave is fraudulent, we are only saying that the process leading to this award has some issues and let them come out and tell the whole world that the errors they made were not transpositional errors, they were deliberate,” he insisted.
The supposed discrepancies in the Afriwave deal was first raised by the New Patriotic Party (NPP) Member of Parliament for Obuasi, Kwaku Kwarteng.
By: Godwin A. Allotey/citifmonline.com/Ghana