Ghana Communication Ministry clashes with Imani Africa over GVGKelni website
By Nana Appiah Acquaye, Accra, Ghana
Ghana’s Communications Minister Ursula Owusu Ekuful has ridiculed claims made by Imani Africa, a local private think tank firm based in Accra, who questions the authenticity and trustworthiness of Haitian firm, KelniGVG, based on the firm’s official website.
The International IT company GVGKelni has been awarded a contract to render revenue assurance services in Ghana’s telecom industry following the termination of Subah and Afriwave by the government of Ghana.
In a statement sighted by Biztechafrica under the caption: Suspicious Exhibits from Website of Company GVGKelni, Imani Africa provided seven bullet points to back its assertion that GVGKelni as an International IT firm could not be trusted to handle sensitive Ghanaian data, considering the fragility of the official website which was registered only six months ago after Christmas last year 2017.
“The website was registered on 27th December 2017, but the registrants have been hidden. This company was said to be registered in 1995 in Ghana, but only got its scanty website registered in 2017 listing virtually no experience in undertaking the tasks they have been awarded millions of $$. GVGKelni is a subsidiary of the Haitian- based GVG. Can we trust a company that is being paid USD $89 million over 5 years not to have a simple website, when even entrepreneurs with a turnover of 1,000 Ghana Cedis (USD$250) have websites?,” it quizzed.
In a statement, the President of Imani Africa, Franklin Cudjoe, expressed concern over what he described as “dubious domain hosting redirect platform of GVGKelni” and warned Ghanaians of having their data monitored by GVGKelni.
“Ghanaians will have their data threatened if they allow this GVG company to play with their phone calls, chats, everything. Mind you, this is a company with a website that is so vague it is phoney, with very strange characters behind it since all it has, for a security company of its pedigree, are stock photos,” he said.
But the Communication Minister, who is leading the government of Ghana in signing the contract agreement with GVGKelni, slammed Imani Africa’s efforts to run down the already signed contract. In a statement to rebut the concerns raised, Mrs Owusu Ekuful scornfully questioned Imani Africa’s apprehension over GVGKelni website.
“Website??? Come on. Is that a determinant of the competence of any organisation? Stop clutching the straws. Even nation states may not have any websites and that doesn’t mean they don’t exist,” she said.