Government will soon be engaging transaction advisors on the long-term operations of the recently acquired telecom operator, AirtelTigo.
This is part of plans by the government to revive the company as its parent shareholders have exited the Ghanaian market.
Minister for Communications, Ursula Owusu-Ekuful revealed that government is still assessing the company, but is likely to hire the services of a management firm and transaction advisors.
“We intend to engage transaction advisors to provide expert advice on the options for the long-term structure of the company going forward, but for the immediate future, we are going to engage a management services company to assist the government in this regard”, he said.
Ursula Owusu also said the government is willing to invest in the company to enable it generate earnings and pay dividend to government.
“This is a capital intensive industry and if you invest you will get the returns, but if not, you will feel the pinch and that’s what’s playing out in the industry.”
“But we have the commitment at the highest level that in the interim, whatever investments it requires to upgrade and extend their [AirteTigo] operations, they will get it. The government is stepping into the shoes of a shareholder whose interest is to get dividend”, she pointed out.
“So, we won’t just take up the company and sit and watch it deteriorate. We will do what needs to be done to grow the operations of the company,” she stressed.
The Government of Ghana took over operations of AirtelTigo last month after finalizing all necessary documentation that allows the transfer of its assets.
This follows a decision by the parent companies of the joint venture firm, Bharti Airtel and Millicom to exit some markets in Sub Saharan Africa including Ghana.