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Ningo Prampram Lawmaker, Samuel Nartey George has asked Minister of Communications and Digitalisation, Ursula Owusu-Ekuful to supply details of the government’s acquisition of AirtelTigo.
Sam George who Deputy Ranking member on the Communications Committee of Parliament said the world minister must do so within the spirit of probity, transparency and accountability.
“In the interest of probity, transparency and accountability, can the Ministry of Communications and Digitalisation Ghana give us the small print of the supposed acquisition of AirtelTigo,” he said during a statement.
Meanwhile, Mrs. Ursula Owusu-Ekuful has assured that the interest of workers, customers, contractors, suppliers, stakeholders are going to be protected after the govt of Ghana and mother companies of AirtelTigo, Bharti Airtel Ghana Holdings B.V. and MIC Africa B.V signed an agreement to transfer the shares to the Ghana Government.
Mrs. Ursula Owusu-Ekuful signed on behalf of the govt of Ghana, while Ms. Jatina Catharina Uneken-van de Vreede, Mr. Martin P Frechette, Mr. Timothy Pennington, Mr. Eric Nana Nipah and Mr. Vish Ashiagbor signed on behalf of the vendor entities.
“We consider this a positive step because it adds to the growing portfolio of digital infrastructure assets being utilised by the govt ,” a government statement said.
“Government will operate this national asset within the best interest of the state , the corporate , telecommunications industry, and make sure the protection of the interests of all employees, customers, contractors, suppliers, stakeholders and sustain the digital transformation of Ghana.”
In October 2020, Airtel and Millicom announced that they were exiting the Ghanaian market and this agreement concludes the extensive negotiations between the parties to make sure a seamless transition and continued operation of AirtelTigo thereafter.
“The telecommunications sector is of strategic importance to the govt , and it’s critical the world remains healthy, dynamic, vibrant and most significantly , competitive.
“We are determined to form Ghana the digital hub of the subregion and this acquisition may be a step within the right direction,” the govt said during a statement.