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Gov't caught in a shady last minute GHC93m deal with RLG

By Jeffrey Owusu-Mensah
Dr Edward Omane-Boamah
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With less than two days left in office, government has been caught in a shady GHc93million contract. 

According to reports, the Mahama-led administration and RLG, on December 19, 2016, entered into an agreement for the provision of some digiboxes to the state and that payment was to commence when the consignments were delivered by the end of January 7 this year.

However, before the first delivery, the communications Minister, Dr Edward Omane-Boamah had written to the Attorney-General and Minister of Justice seeking advice to vary the contract so that RLG can be paid in advance of 30% or almost GHc28million.

But the move by Dr Omane-Boamah has been described by the New Patriotic Party (NPP) as unacceptable and suspicious.

According to Chairman of the Communication team of the NPP transition team, Ursula Owusu Ekuful, “…As late as yesterday [Wednesday], I have been looking for the document on the tender processes because some of the losing bidders also have issues with the manner in which this contract was awarded to RLG,” she said in an interview with Joy FM.

Speaking in an interview on Joy FM she said, “All those documents are unavailable in the files of the Ministry of Communications and I have been there and I have seen those files. The tender document process are not in those files"

“I am seeking them from other sources only to be informed this morning that the Minister is seeking to amend the contract which doesn’t provide for advance payment to insert in it that RLG should be given 30% of the contract sum up front within the next few days to enable him do the work that he has agreed to do without any equivocation”, she added.