The political controversies continue as the NDC and NPP put claims on projects they have accomplished while in office.
The Vice President, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia in a recent lecture on Digitalization made it known the achievements of their administration in the area of ICT precisely about Ghana’s Fibre Optic infrastructure.
The vice President made a claim that they laid 88% of Fibre Optic infrastructure in the country to debunk assertion of the Mahama led government to have built these Fibre Optic infrastructure on which Dr. Bawumia’s Digitalization initiative is running.
However, former Deputy Information Minister, Hon. Felix Kwakye Ofosu did not take Dr. Bawumia’s claims lightly as has put it to the Vice President to stop claiming projects that has not been done by their administration
Read below, the full comments made by Hon. Felix Kwakye Ofosu.
“I have just seen a video in which Vice President Bawumia dabbles in yet more misleading claims about his bungling government’s performance in the area of ICT infrastructure.
On the specific issue of fibre optic cables,we in the NDC have been emphatic in our position that while in government,we put in money directly to lay 1000 kilometers of rural Fibre optic cable from Tema to Bawku which passes through 126 towns and over 20 Districts in the Eastern Corridor of our country.
We also lay claim to a 300km radius Metro Fibre optic cable within Accra and Tema.
Now Bawumia claims that he is not aware we did this and that his government through the NCA has “licensed private entities to invest in 88% of Fibre optic cables in Ghana”.
That is mundane and perfunctory as every operator within the Communications sector of Ghana requires licensing from state regulators like the NCA.
That is a deliberate attempt to run away from the appalling record of his government in the area of ICT infrastructure.
Our challenge to him is simple;let him tell everyone,how much money his government has put into laying Fibre optic cables anywhere in Ghana.
Let him stop claiming the investment of private entities as that of his government.”
SOURCE : Coverghana.com.gh / Tugbah William