Ursula, Attafuah challenges Agyapong to substantiate scurrilous allegations

Ursula Owusu-Ekuful

Ursula Owusu-Ekuful

The Communications Minister Ursula Owusu-Ekuful has described as “scurrilous and unwarranted” allegations of bribery and corruption levelled against her by Assin Central Member of Parliament Kennedy Agyepong.

In a statement she challenged Mr Agyapong to produce evidence of his allegations since they are born of ignorance.

Mrs Owusu-Ekuful stands accused of collecting bribes as a condition for the award of contract for the issuance of a national ID card, an allegation she has since dismissed with contempt.

In keeping with the promise of investigating all his appointees against whom corruption allegations are made, the president has directed the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) of the Police Service to investigate Mrs Owusu-Ekuful together with two other Chiefs of Staff, Abu Jinapor and Francis Asenso-Boakye.

The two have also been accused by musician, Kwame Asare Obeng, known as A-Plus of collecting bribes at the Flagstaff House before allowing anyone to see the president.

Director of Communication at the Presidency, Eugene Arhin confirmed the police CID has contacted the two accusers to back their allegations with evidence.

Even before investigations will begin, Mrs Owusu-Ekuful has categorically refuted the allegations.

She said contrary to claims that she was taking $20,000 to give the National Identification contract to another company, it is evident that the government has rather decided to proceed with an existing contract signed by previous governments for the supply of IDs.

“Following the comprehensive review and report by the technical and legal committees established by the Vice President in January 2017, the government determined that 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 for Ghana.

“The falsehoods are clearly born of ignorance so it is important to clarify that the NIA is not an agency of the Ministry of Communication that is why the directive was signed by the Chief of Staff in the Office Of The President,” she added

She said the allegations “are patently false and I challenge him to come forward with evidence that corroborates his outlandish allegations.”

Executive Secretary of the NIA, Prof Ken Attafuah, has indicated that contrary to claims by Assin Central MP, Kennedy Agyepong, that a new contract has been awarded under suspicious circumstances, no fresh contract has been signed.

“Kennedy Agyapong has not submitted any bid to the NIA in respect of the National ID project and NIA has not evaluated any bid from any quarters at all in connection with this matter,” he stated. –myjoyonline.com

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