No Need Politicising Interoperability Project – Dr Johnson Asiama
Former second Deputy Governor of the Bank of Ghana (BoG), Dr Johnson Asiama has cautioned politicians not to meddle in the implementation of the Ghana Retail Payment Systems Infrastructure.
He said the BoG must be allowed to execute the project without destructions emanating from the politicisation of the project.
“Politicians should back off the issue and allow the BoG to handle it because it is capable of handling it to know if anything went wrong,“ he said.
Dr Asiama was speaking to the media in Accra on Monday May 14 to address claims that the mobile money interoperability project which was executed by the Ghana Interbank Payment and Settlement Systems (GhIPSS) was to cost the tax payer some GH¢4.6 billion if it was implemented by Sibton Switch.
He refuted claims that some GH¢4.6 billion of the tax payers money was to be spent on the implementation of the project.
Rather, he said Sibton switch was selected through due process to execute the contract using a self-financing mechanism to raise the GH¢4.6 billion on their own to build a robust interface intended to ensure efficiency and safety.
“I want to put it on record that the right thing was done concerning the procurement process and nothing untoward was done because so far as I know, no tax payer’s money was committed to the project”
Source: Graphic Online