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Corruption: Provide proof – Ursula dares Ken Agyapong

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Minister of Communications, Ursula Owusu-Ekuful, has challenged Member of Parliament (MP) for Assin Central, Kennedy Agyapong, to go beyond verbal accusations and provide evidence to support allegations of corruption levelled against her.


The Assin Central MP had made claims alleging that a contract to provide cards for the national identification cards was given to an entity who he said had paid some monies even though the company’s cost for the project was more expensive.

However, Mrs Owusu Ekuful responded in a press statement on Friday, September 1 stating: “I categorically refute the allegations of corruption made against me in relation to the award of the contract for the production of national identification cards by Mr. Kennedy Agyapong. They are patently false and I challenge him to come forward with evidence that corroborates his outlandish allegations.”

She stated that National Identification Authority (NIA) in not under her jurisdiction so the claims by Mr Agyapong cannot be true.

For her, the falsehoods are “born of ignorance” emphasising that “the NIA is not an agency under the Ministry of Communications; that is why the directive was signed by the Chief of Staff in the Office of the President”.

“In accordance with the law of the land, the NIA’s reporting line is directly to the Office of the President. Consequently, as the Minister of Communications did not and could not have awarded the contract for the NID, or indeed oversee the process, it would have been ultra vires,” the statement further indicated.

Below is the full statement:

MINISTER FOR COMMUNICATIONS RESPONDS TO ALLEGATIONS

I am constrained to respond to the unwarranted and scurrilous allegations levelled against me in my capacity as Minister of Communications.

These untruths have been widely and erroneously repeated in various media.

I categorically refute the allegations of corruption made against me in relation to the award of the contract for the production of national identification cards by Mr Kennedy Agyepong.

They are patently false and I challenge him to come forward with evidence that corroborates his outlandish allegations.

Following a comprehensive review and report by the technical and legal committees established by H.E the Vice President in January 2017, the government determined that the agreement between the National Identification Authority (NIA) and Identity Management Systems (IMS) constituted a ‘viable and effective’ vehicle for the implementation of a modern, robust and reliable National Identification System (NIS) for Ghana.

Subsequently, H.E the President formally directed the National Identification Authority to engage with IMS to ensure efficient roll out of the NID.

The falsehoods are clearly born of ignorance so it is important to clarify that the NIA is not an agency under the Ministry of Communications; that is why the directive was signed by the Chief of Staff in the Office of the President.

In accordance with the law of the land, the NIA’s reporting line is directly to the Office of the President. Consequently, as the Minister of Communications, did not and could not have awarded the contract for the NID, or indeed oversee the process, it would have been ultra vires.

The Ministry of Communications, alongside other agencies of government, is however a key stakeholder in the national identification project. Those others include Social Security and National Insurance Trust (SSNIT) National Information Technology Agency (NITA), Births and Death Registry, National Health Insurance Authority, Driver and Vehicle Licensing Authority amongst others.

We are thus actively in collaboration with the NIA and IMS to ensure the timely and efficient roll of the national ID cards in line with the government’s agenda.

I welcome the investigations by the CID and even though I am yet to be contacted, I will cooperate with the law enforcement agencies to ascertain the truth. A strong message needs to be sent to those who deliberately disseminate disinformation. I look forward to a swift resolution of this matter.

I urge my family, friends and sympathisers, especially the good people of Ablekuma West, to remain calm. The battle remains the Lord’s but The Victory shall be ours.

Honourable Ursula Owusu-Ekuful,
MP Minister for Communications
01/09/2017

Source:Ghana/AccraFM.com/100.5FM



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