Thursday, 24 May 2018
Interoperability: Gov’t saved over $1.1bn - Deputy Information Minister

Interoperability: Gov’t saved over $1.1bn - Deputy Information Minister

 

The government says it has saved the country close to US$1.1 billion of the country’s scarce resources by renegotiating the contract of the mobile interoperability deal originally awarded to SIBTON.



A Deputy Information Minister, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah addressing a press conference on Tuesday said the US$1.2 billion which was the cost of executing the mobile interoperability platform under the John Mahama led government was 267 times more than the cost the current government spent in executing the same project.

Contrary to claims by some loyalists of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) and the former Second Deputy Governor of the Bank of Ghana, Dr. Johnson Asiama that the SIBTON deal was wider in scope than what has now been executed, Mr. Oppong Nkrumah said that cannot be true.

“The claim by Dr. Asiama that the project scope of the SIBTON deal is wider than the current GHIPPS project is untenable,” he said.

He insisted the mobile interoperability platform which was launched last week by Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia at a cost of $4.5 million was no different in shape or form to the one the previous government had intended to execute at a cost of $1.2 billion.

SIBTON was awarded the contract in 2016 to execute the mobile interoperability platform at a cost of GH¢4,667,414,340.82.

SOURCE: Daily Graphic