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MMI Contract actually cost only GH¢300,000; not GH¢4.6billion- Fmr Deputy Governor clarifies

MMI Contract actually cost only GH¢300,000; not GH¢4.6billion- Fmr Deputy Governor clarifies

Former Deputy  Governor of the Central Bank, Dr. Dr Johnson Asiama has finally spoken up. In an audio exclusively obtained by MyNewsGh.com, the former Deputy Governor of the Central Bank has clarified the controversial Mobile Money Interoperability platform allegedly costing 4.6 billion cedis is not true and he has records to show.

 
According to him, speaking in an audio he recorded from outside the country to the media ‘in defense of his good name’, as he has family and relatives who have expressed concern about the developement, the only amount Bank of Ghana earmarked under him for the entire project was 300,000 cedis, and even for that amount, he said it was not supposed to be paid to anyone.
 
In the 11 minutes 10 seconds audio, he explained what necessitated the contract and how Sibton was selected.
 
In the audio, he said “even for the 300,000 cedis, it was not going to paid to anybody.”.
 
He went further to explain that the amount was set aside to support Bank of Ghana staff who will be traveling around the country to monitor the interoperability platform and it was not to be paid to any company.
 
“We provided for that (300,000 cedis) for our staff to cater for expenses if, in the course of executing the project, staff have to travel somewhere to go and look at something,” he said.
 
He emphasized that government was not to spend “a dime” on the project.
 
“What they were going to do, and indeed which helped them win the contract at the time was that the Bank of Ghana was not going to pay any money at the time. The government was not supposed to pay anything. This was solely going to be paid for by them.” He said.
 
“If there was any outlay at all that Bank of Ghana was going to make, we provided for 300,000 cedis and even the 300,000 cedis was not going to pay to anybody. We provided for that for our staff to cater for expenses if, in the course of executing the project, staff have to travel somewhere to go and look at something. That was all that we provided for.” he said.
 
He revealed that following the change in administration, some officials of Bank of Ghana were hauled before the Economic and Organized Crime Office EOCO regarding the said contract, but EOCO found nothing untoward or fishy about the said contract.
 
He advised the government to follow due process and abrogate the contract should there be cause for alarm as the contract had exit clauses, stating that there was nothing untoward or fraudulent anyone did, stating that no one committed government funds to the project and all the capital injections was to come from the Sibtons.
 
The government has accused the erstwhile John Mahama administration of massive ‘chop chop’ in the award of a contract for Mobile Money Interoperability. A statement allegedly from the former governor was revealed to have been forged by communicators of the opposition NDC.
 
Source: MyNewsGh.com