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NCA Debunks Mass Resignation of Board

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The National Communications Authority (NCA) has discredited allegations of an impending ‘mass’ resignations of some members of its Board.

This follows the controversy surrounding an $89 million contract between Ghana’s Ministries of Communication and Finance and Kelni GVG Limited to block revenue losses in the telecommunication sector and simbox fraud.

It had been alleged that the resignation of Madam Susan Adjorkor Boye Kumapley, a member of the NCA Board, may have been over the controversial issue.

But a Deputy Minister of Communication, Mr. George Andah says, Madam Kumapley gave no reasons for her resignation which took place in February this year.

Speaking on Citi FM’s Eye Witness News, yesterday, Mr Andah said, “When this story broke out, we have been consistent that there is no issue of the board not being aligned with the implementation of the Common Platform,” he said.

In a statement issued by the NCA, “the claim that some members of the Board have threatened to resign is false and should be disregarded.”

Mr Andah therefore threw a challenge to persons making unsubstantiated claims to come directly to the NCA or the Ministry of Communication (MoC) for clarification on the Common Platform.

“What we are doing is good for Ghana, we are delivering a good policy, we’re going ahead and doing the implementation…we are saying that if we are going to build a Ghana Beyond Aid, we should make sure that our internally generated funds are protected.

According to the NPA, the Common Platform would ensure real time monitoring of all traffic and revenue generated from mobile and fixed network operators.

It would also ensure real time information on the volumes and values of transaction of Mobile Money as well as the Fraud Management―SIM BOX Tracking and Geo-location.

Meanwhile, IMANI Africa has called for investigations into the acquisition of the platform.

According to them, similar deals had been awarded to Subah and Afriwave under the NDC administration to perform similar jobs, even though both contracts had not yielded any gains.

IMANI has maintained the contract is soaked in fraud―a duplication of jobs and a needless drain on the country’s scarce resources.

The company does not have the track record to undertake the job that has been given it, IMANI argued.

By: Grace Ablewor Sogbey/ ksogbey@gmail.com

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