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5G Network Contract: ‘ No Company Existed to do so in Ghana’, Ursula Owusu Justifies

Urusla Owusu, Ghana's Minister of Communication has justified the government's decision to award the 5G network contract to Next Gen InfraCo Ltd, citing lack of local capacity to undertake the infrastructure.

The Minister for Communications and Digitalization, Ursula Owusu-Ekuful, has stated that the Next Gen InfraCo Ltd was put together to handle the deployment of the country’s 5G spectrum because there was no existing company to do so in Ghana.

Ursula said this in a news conference on May 30, 2024, at the back of investigative journalist Manasseh Azure Awuni raising issues with the contract awarded to Next Gen Infraco Ltd. by the Communications Ministry to roll out Ghana’s 5G infrastructure.

“This is a special purpose vehicle and once the government took the decision that we will use a neutral infrastructure company to deliver this service, there is no existing neutral infrastructure company that can deliver it at the moment.

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So, it had to be specifically formed for the purpose of delivering this service based on the strategic policies and decisions of the government, and it is borne out of our experiences and that is why we chose not to auction,” Ursula Owusu-Ekuful said.

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Earlier, investigative journalist, Manasseh Azure took to his Facebook wall to question the transparency and the sourcing legalities in awarding the 5G spectrum contract to Next Gen InfraCo Ltd.

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According to the ace journalist, the said company was formed just a week prior to being awarded the contract – which invariably raises suspicion as to the legitimacy of the procurement process.

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