AFRIWAVE DEAL EXPOSED

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The controversy over the award of a monopoly
licence to Afriwave Telecom Ghana Limited by
the National Communications Authority (NCA)
to operate interconnect clearing house (ICH)
for telecom companies in the country has
taken a new twist, with a revelation that the
NCA alleged evaluation report was unsigned.
The report, which was in the possession of a
deputy Minister of Communications, Felix
Kwakye Ofosu, on Saturday during Joy Fm’s
‘News File’ programme, appeared to have no
signatories of the members of the Application
Evaluation Panel headed by Albert E. Enninful,
deepening the suspicion that the bid process
was cooked for Afriwave.
Policy think-tank IMANI Ghana had quizzed
that the processes leading to the award of the
licence to Afriwave were riddled with fraud.
According to IMANI, the Application Evaluation
Panel that looked into the capabilities of five
companies that had put in bids to manage the
ICH platform rigged the process in favour of
Afriwave. The companies were Afriwave, Subah
Infosolutions, Prodigy International Limited,
TCMS-GVG Consortium Limited and Channel IT
Ghana Limited.
“This whole process was rigged to guarantee a
perverted outcome that can be seen from the
remarks of the panel in various parts of the
report,” IMANI said, adding, “The Panel
manipulated its own scoring scheme to ensure
that Afriwave came on top, regardless of the
actual results; and they did so with brazenness
that is almost farcical.”
But the NCA says there were ‘some
transpositional errors’ that led to some of the
bidders scoring high marks during the
assessment process but it was later ‘corrected.’
Interestingly, however, the NCA’s new
‘corrected’ report, based on which Afriwave
was said to have won the contract on a silver
platter, had no signatures, according to Dr
Mathew Opoku Prempeh (popularly called
Napo), MP for Manhyia South who was on the
programme with Kwakye Ofosu.
According to Napo, the document being
talk about by the deputy minister was
without signature, making its credibility highly
suspicious.
Surprisingly , the report of the Application
Evaluation Panel (AEP) which IMANI quoted
from and Kwakye Ofosu described as
fabricated and non-existent, rather has
signatures of all the eight panel members and
accepted by the NCA Board. The report was
received and the recommendations were
accepted by the NCA Board chaired by Eugene
Baffoe-Bonnie.
The Manhyia South MP believes that the whole
process was fraught with fraud and should be
cancelled.
He explained that apart from the absence of a
regulatory framework to guide the process, the
six months’ provisional licence granted
Afriwave had long expired. “The whole thing
should start again,” he charged.
According to Napo, it was absurd to start a
process and after 11 months come to say that
you needed a legislation to govern the
operation of ICH. In another twist,
OccupyGhana’s Demand
With the deepening controversy over the
Afriwave deal, pressure group OccupyGhana
believes that the matter can be put to rest if
all documents about the deal are put out for
public examination. The group has written to
the Director-General of NCA requesting for
copies of the documents that the Authority
relied on to award the licence to Afriwave.
In the letter, OccupyGhana specifically
requested the individual panel members’
reports on the tender and minutes of the
board meeting that approved the tender for
Afriwave.
“We are asking for these in the exercise of our
right to information under Article 21(1) (f) of
the Constitution,” the letter, signed by Ing.
Nana Sarpong Agyeman-Badu for
OccupyGhana, stated.

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