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Minority kicks against Next Gen Infraco 5G deal, describes it as opaque

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Parliament’s Minority has expressed strong opposition to the Next Gen Infraco 5G agreement, labeling it as detrimental to the country’s interests.

The government announced on May 30, its plans to begin to operate the 5G Network within the upcoming six months.

Minister for Communications and Digitalisation, Ursula Owusu-Ekuful, defended the government’s decision to grant the 5G license to NextGen InfraCo, a newly established company just a week before the contract was sanctioned.

The representative for Ablekuma West argued that NextGen InfraCo was specifically established for the 5G project, asserting that there were no alternative companies suitable for the task at the time.

The minister also explained that awarding the contract directly to this new entity was a deliberate tactic by the government to overcome prior challenges and accelerate the implementation of the 5G network in Ghana.

Nonetheless, the Minority, led by Dr Cassiel Ato Forson, has contested the agreement in a signed statement, claiming that the deal poses a risk to the nation’s welfare.

“After a preliminary study of the processes leading to this opaque transaction, the Minority Caucus takes the view that the Next Gen Infraco 5G deal is inimical to the national interest,” he stated.

He reasoned that this was due to its lack of value for money, unfair monopoly and exclusivity, and the absence of parliamentary approval.

He stated that at a time when the country urgently needs foreign exchange and non-tax revenue, it is unacceptable for the Akufo-Addo/Bawumia government to hand over the country’s valuable and highly sought-after 5G spectrum to a shell company for a small sum.

“Clearly, this deal for all intents and purposes is inimical to our national interest,” he reiterated.

Dr Forson indicated that the minority has marked the transaction for thorough scrutiny.

“In the coming days, we shall be addressing the media and, by extension, the Ghanaian people on these vexed matters and collaborate with other stakeholders to ensure that our national interest is upheld,” he added.

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