I doubt your response to AirtelTigo takeover questions – Sam George to Ursula Owusu

I doubt your response to AirtelTigo takeover questions – Sam George to Ursula Owusu

The Legislator for the Ningo-Prampram constituency Sam Nartey George is of the view that there is something unclean surrounding the AirtelTigo agreement.

On answers the Communication and Digitization Minister Madam Ursula Owusu Ekuful provided before Parliament with regards to the deal, he said it leaves more questions to be answered by the government.

“The minister has erred,” he said point-blank during an interview on Accra-based TV3 on Monday, February 21.

“She came to answer a question I had filed and it was clear, her answers left more questions to be answered. Clearly, there is a lot that has been hidden,” Sam George who is a member of the Communications Committee in Parliament added.

The Minister in response to questions posed in Parliament on Tuesday, February 15,  with regards to the deal said that the government is still at the closing obligation stage of the deal with AirtelTogo to take over 100 per cent ownership of the telecom company.

She said, “We are still in the closing obligation stage of this transaction and so all the legal, constitutional processes will be completed on the advice of the Attorney General by the end of this meeting.”

 In November 2021  government completed the takeover of the ownership of AirtelTigo, operators of the network, Bharti Airtel disclosed in a regulatory filing to the Bombay Stock Exchange.

“This is in further to our announcement dated October 27, 2020, and April 16, 2021, regarding Government of Ghana’s takeover of ownership of Airtel/Tigo Joint Venture. We wish to update that the transaction has been completed and 100% shares of Airtel Tigo have been transferred to the Government of Ghana,” Bharti Airtel said.

 the government of Ghana signed an agreement for the transfer of ownership of telecommunications company AirtelTigo in April this year, as part of a joint venture between Bharti Airtel and telecom operator Millicom International Cellular SA (Tigo), which jointly operates in the country.

Mrs  Ursula Owusu-Ekuful signed on behalf of the government of Ghana, while Ms. Jatina Catharina Uneken-van de Vreede, Mr. Martin P Frechette, Mr. Timothy Pennington, Mr. Eric Nana Nipah and Mr. Vish Ashiagbor signed on behalf of the seller entities.

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