The Minister of Communications and Digitalisation, Ursula Owusu-Ekuful, has described claims by the MP for Ningo Prampram, Sam George, that the government acquired AirtelTigo for US$25 million as a “blatant untruth”.
Owusu-Ekuful questions why her fellow MP should struggle to believe that the government could negotiate such a good deal for just a dollar. She has since asked the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) lawmaker to tell Ghanaians the source for his claim that the acquisition cost $25 million.
“Some people find it very difficult to believe we can negotiate good deals for government. I signed the AirtelTigo contract. We acquired it for just a dollar. Someone, an MP, says he heard me say we paid $25 million. A barefaced lie …. blatant untruth,” the minister posted on Facebook on Monday 26 April.
She added: “Please ask Sam George where he heard that. Then sit back and listen to long English grammar and drama …. just keep your eyes on the ball. How much did we pay to acquire the company? 1 dollar, simple!!”
Meanwhile, the Ningo-Prampram MP has asked the minister to prepare to account for the deal when she faces Parliament’s communications committee