Controversial GVG Deal….

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NPP Signed  $89 m Deal With Import &Export Company

By Patrick Biddah

It has emerged that the New Patriotic Party (NPP), which  touted competence before being voted into power, may not be demonstrating the same after all.

This is because, Kelni GVG, the company the government entered a deal with to implement the common platform for telecommunications traffic monitoring and revenue,  was registered with the core values of exporting and importing building materials since 1995.

The Minority Leader in Parliament, Mr Haruna Iddrisu, who blew the cover of Kelni GVG about their core business  as a registered company, said the government of the NPP, didn’t do any due diligence in awarding the controversial contract .

The Minority Leader, who said he first signed a contract with GVG in 2009, when they were known as Global Voice, tasked the National Security to undertake a due diligence which proved that they were very credible and later added Information Technology to their core business.

According to him, at the time he instituted due diligence investigation into Global Voice, which is now Kelni GVG, there was no adverse findings against them.

But the NPP, has signed a deal with a company without doing any due diligence for which reason it is turning out that the company has been involved in many scandals after it passed the due diligence test  under NDC .

Commenting on a statement to Parliament on the $178 million deal with Kelini GVG by the Communications Minister, Mrs Ursula OwusuEkurful ,the Minority Leader called  on the Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Madam Gloria Akuffo to advice her government on this deal.

The Minister for Communications, who struggled to defend the controversial $178 million Kelvin GVG deal when she appeared to make a statement regarding the deal, disputed the contract figure being bundled about.

In a long presentation which was cut to size by the Minority, the Minister told the House that the contract sum of the deal is $89 million which is to last for five years and not $178 million.

She said among other things that the company is a joint Ghanaian company which has been operating for the past two decades with experience in electrical engineering.

The Minister who is also the Member of Parliament for Ablekuma West, told the House the government has not paid Kelni GVG for no work done .

But in a sharp rebuttal, Ranking Member for Communications,  Alhaji A.B.A Fuseini, disputed the Minister’s claim .He rather told the House government has been paying Kelni GVG $1.5 million every month for the past 5 months which brings to total $7.5 million for the past five months for no work done.

He accused the Minister of engaging in a shady deal, stating  that there should be an independent enquiry into the  contract to ascertain value for money.

His allegation that Kelni GVG is a walking fraud was not taken by the House, as the First Deputy Speaker, Rt Honorable Joe Ose iWusu, asked him to refrain since the standing order, does not allow him to impugn criminal conduct on the  part of Kelni GVG, because they were not in the House to respond.

He, however, withdrew and said allegations of financial malfeasance are in abundant circulation on the internet about the company.

He wondered why the Minister, could sign another contract with Kelni GVG, when Subah Info Solution, whose contract has been terminated has taken the matter to court which is yet to be determined, but going ahead to sign a new deal.

The MP for Bolgatanga Central, Mr Isaac Adongo, questioned the Communications Minister’s judgment on the age of the company.

He said, the fact that Kelni GVG, has been in existence for two decades does not mean anything and that what they have been doing for the past 20 years is what matters.

Among the things the Bolgatanga Central MP spelt out, is the fact that they have performed poorly in other countries they have operated and were booted out.

 

 

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