No fraud in Afriwave deal

•   Mr. Tevie (middle), conferring with Mr. Edmund Fianko (left), Head of Evaluation and Selection, NCA. With them is Mr. Albert E. Enninful, Deputy Director-General, NCA.   Photo: bSeth Osabukle.

• Mr. Tevie (middle), conferring with Mr. Edmund Fianko (left), Head of Evaluation and Selection, NCA. With them is Mr. Albert E. Enninful, Deputy Director-General, NCA. Photo: bSeth Osabukle.

The National Communications Authority (NCA), has denied news reports that it rigged the Interconnect Clearing House (ICH) contract in favour of Afriwave Telecom Ghana Limited.

It said Afriwave Telecom Ghana Limited got the highest mark   among its competitors which includes Channels IT, Prodigy, Subah Info Solutions and TCMS- GVG.

Addressing a news conference in Accra yesterday to respond to the allegations of fraud and rigging in the selection process for the ICH contract by IMANI Ghana, the Managing Director of NCA, Mr. William Tevie, said the evaluation results on the contract that was put out by Imani Ghana was false.

IMANI Ghana, a think tank is alleged to have accused the NCA of fraudulently selecting Afriwave Telecom Ghana Services for the provision of among other services an interconnect clearing and house and monitoring incoming foreign calls.

Mr. Tevie, who was accompanied  by other senior management staff of the NCA and some members of the Applications Evaluation Panel (AEP), explained that though some errors occurred in the figures presented by the AEP when it was converted from excel to word, those errors were immediately corrected.

“We clarify what happened specifically with  the award of points in the various areas of license application evaluation process and as we indicated our earlier response that the AEP, in the preparation of the report, transferred the scores from Excel to Microsoft Word.  They then noticed that there were some errors with regard to the scores, in which situation the errors were corrected and there are verifiable correspondence to that effect,” he said.

“It should be noted that after the corrections, the total scores remained the same, with Afriwave as having obtained the most points,” it said.

He added, “Again, and to state it categorically, the correction had no impact on the outcome of the evaluation.”

Responding to the allegation that the AEP admitted not having sufficient information to make informed judgment about the financials of most of the applicants, Mr. Tevie said “NCA is unaware,” adding that “the AEP worked with a technical team from the NCA who provided them with all the necessary information and materials to facilitate the panel’s work to ensure an objective selection of the winner of the bid process.”

Responding to the suggestion that the evaluation process must be dissolved and a new one instituted,  Mr. Tevie responded in the negative, adding that “in our opinion, they stated that view as a result of the fact the they were not privy to the entire licensing process and this is a process which was documented and verified at every stage”.

By Kingsley Asare &
Elizabeth Arkoful

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