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NCA Scandal NCA Director opens up on Afriwave monopoly

" That's not true. We made Afriwave do a pilot with the Telecommunication companies in order  for them to get ready to take over from where Subah Infosolutions leave off. But all these processes were done as part of the procurement process, not before."- William Tevie

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Director General of NCA, William Tevie play

Director General of NCA, William Tevie

Chief Director of the National Communications Authority, William Tevie has clarified the circumstances surrounding the award of a monopoly license to Afriwave Telecom Limited.

IMANI Ghana in its  Tuesday Report alleged that the  independent Application Evaluation Process (AEP) that awarded a license  to Afriwave Telecom Ghana Limited, gave the company a monopoly to operate.

This did not sit well with IMANI Ghana and a cross- section of Ghanaians.

In an exclusive interview with Pulse Business on the sidelines of a press conference organized by the NCA to clarify and debunk assertions made by IMANI Ghana, the  Director General of the NCA said,

" Afriwave Telecoms Ghana Limited needs a minimum of  ten years to build the necessary infrastructure to properly do the job. Its not just about Afriwave. For any company to operate an interconnect Clearing House they need some infrastructural investment, and this takes years. This is why we found it necessary  to give Afriwave the needed time to do so."

  Mr. Tevie also debunked allegations leveled against the NCA that the contract had already been awarded to Afriwave even before the procurement and evaluation process started.

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" That's not true. We made Afriwave do a pilot with the Telecommunication companies in order  for them to get ready to take over from where Subah Infosolutions leaves off. But all these processes were done as part of the procurement process, not before."

Mr. Tevie added that the NCA's attention has also  been drawn to agitations over why a multiple Interconnect Clearing House license will not be awarded as opposed to a single license.

" That will be expensive for the NCA." Mr. Tevie responded. " Already, we have to pay Afriwave Telecoms about 7 million dollars on this contract. Imagine how much we will have to pay if we are to award three or four licenses", he asked.

Member of Parliament for Obuasi West, Kwaku Kwarteng was the first to raise alarms about the allegedly fraudulent award of the contract to Afriwave.

He , amongst other things, accused the NCA of awarding the contract to Afriwave without the necessary procurement procedure, and even before the contract of Subah Infosolutions whose contract had not ended at the time, could complete their work.

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