Parliamentary c’ttee lauds Subah

Mr Abongo (middle) and other members of the committee touring the premises of the telcos

Mr Abongo (middle) and other members of the committee touring the premises of the telcos

TheParliamentary Select Committee on Communications has commended Subah Infosolutions for helping to maximise revenue for the government by monitoring the transfer of calls by the telecommunication companies.

Mr. Albert Abongo, chairman of the committee, noted that Subah had successfully installed machines needed in monitoring data collection at the various telcos.

Under the amended Communication Service Tax (CST) Law, Act 754, Subah has been mandated to monitor the telecommunication companies through the connection of billing nodes to the data centres so that taxes due the state are determined and paid.

Speaking to news reporters after a tour of the telcos to inspect the infrastructure set up by Subah, Mr. Abongo said the committee noted that the company had successfully installed the equipment to track government’s revenue.

The Telcos companies visited are MTN, Globacom, Airtel, Expresso and Vodafone.

Mr. Abongo said the visit was part of the responsibilities of the committee to ascertain whether the infrastructure had been put in place by Subah, the company awarded by government to oversee the project.

“The committee has gone round and has seen the systems and installations that enhances the work of monitoring the activities as far as government is concerned,” he said.

He said that members of the committee was impressed with what they had seen and would rely on the National Communications Authority (NCA) to verify the technicalities as far as the installations were concerned.

He said that in order to ensure that the data was credible, the committee would visit government agencies receiving data from Subah to ensure that the appropriate revenue was declared.

He said the committee would also visit data providers such as Surfline and others to ensure that installations were in place.

Mr. Abongo has urged all telecommunication companies to work in partnership with companies which the government had licensed to monitor revenue collection.

Concerning sim boxing fraud, the Member of Parliament for Obuasi West, and a member of the committee, Mr. Kwaku Kwarteng, said the revenue fraud was being confronted by a taskforce set up by the NCA, Subah, the police and the telcos and was making arrests with regards to that.

He urged the taskforce to intensify work on the menace to recover revenue lost due to the illegal project.

 

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