The Minister of Communication 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 is questioning why her fellow MP is struggling to believe that the government could negotiate for such a good deal at just a dollar.
She has since asked the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) lawmaker to tell Ghanaians his source for the US$25 million quote.
“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 give account of the deal when she faces the Parliamentary Committee of Communications.
“Someone tell our Minister for Communications that grand posturing and arrogant clap backs would not stop us on the Parliamentary Committee of Communications and the good people of Ghana from demanding accountability from her,” he also responded on Facebook.
George added: “What does she take us for? That she bought AirtelTigo for $1? How much is the eyebrow pencil she uses to draw her eyebrows and she thinks she can insult our intelligence?”
“Madam, after basking in the fake fans of your social media followers, prepare to appear before the Committee and give us details of the transactions. We would not allow the already burdened taxpayers of our country to be saddled with poorly thought-out decisions that impose more debt or hardship on us. Our eyes are fixed on the ball and I urge you to do same. No long talk.”