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The communications Ministry has awarded a massive contract to a company called Lebara Ghana, to manage Ghanas Long Term Evolution (LTE) telecommunications and e-governance infrastructure for 10 years.
Incidentally, the Board Chairman of Lebara Ghana is one David Amankwah, who checks by Whatsup News reveals is President Akufo-Addo’s brother-in-law. The President’s junior brother Edward Bumpty Akufo-Addo is reportedly married to the sister of David Amankwah.
Apparently, NITA had invited tenders through an international competitive tender from prospective private partners to commercialise two data centres (Accra and Kumasi), 778 Fiber Backbone Network, Metro Fiber Networks, and LTE Network (4G).
NITA, in a letter dated October 13, 2016, issued Lebara Ghana Limited a Notification of Award which also constitutes the formation of a contract for the commercialisation of the infrastructure for an initial ten-year period and may be renewable for additional five years based on the terms and conditions in the contract.
It is unclear why it has taken Lebara Ghana almost three years of being handed the notification of award of the contract to be officially Okayed by the Communications Ministry.
On May 3, 2019, the Minister for Communications, Mrs. Ursula Owusu-Ekuful, in a short ceremony handed over the e-Government Infrastructure to Lebara Ghana Limited to manage and commercialise for 10 years.
According to Mrs. Owusu-Ekuful, the government is committed to a partnership with the private sector to promote efficiency and cost-effectiveness in the delivery of services of government installations. According to her, the commercialisation of the e-Government, infrastructure will also pave the way for NITA to focus on its core mandate as a regulator whilst ensuring the effective management of the government’s IT infrastructure by a private firm.
What this deal inherently means is that websites and servers of all government institutions, including the Governments ICT infrastructure which includes part of the Data Centre, the Metro Fibre & the Eastern Corridor fibre and the LTE network will be handled by Lebara Ghana.
Additionally, all fees on these infrastructures would be paid through Lebara.
Lebara Ghana holds the franchise for Lebara Group in Ghana and it is unclear The National Information Technology Agency (NITA) has outsourced some of its infrastructure to telecommunications company Lebara Ghana, to manage, a Deputy Minister for Communications, George Andah, has said in 2018.
Source: Whatsupnews Ghana