The Minister for Communications and Digitisation, Ursula Owusu-Ekulful, says staff and management of AirtelTigo are excited over the purchase of the company by the government of Ghana.
According to her, the workers who hitherto were uncertain about their future with the company have now been assured of job security.
“The vendors were confident that government will be able to handle the assets they were leaving behind. They didn’t want to sell but for circumstances led to it. The staff and management at Airtel-Tigo are happy about the purchase because the uncertainty was killing them,” she told Nana Aba Anamoah on Starr Chat Wednesday.
She also reiterated her claim the purchase did not exceed one dollar despite the claims of lawmaker Sam George.
“We bought Airtel-Tigo for $1. I signed the contract so I don’t know where the $25m is coming from. There’s only one truth about Airtel-Tigo and that’s what I’ve stated.
But Deputy Ranking Member on Parliament’s Communications Committee, Samuel Nartey George has rejected reports from the Communications Minister saying that AirtelTigo was acquired by government for just a dollar.
Communications and Digitalisation Minister, Ursula Owusu-Ekuful on Monday in a Facebook post revealed that AirtelTigo shares were acquired for just a dollar and not $25 million as purported.
“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….How much did we pay to acquire the company? $1 simple!!” she communicated.
She further indicated that these false reports being carried out by Sam George are “barefaced lie and a blatant untruth.”
“Someone, an MP, says he heard me say we paid $25 million. A barefaced lie…. blatant untruth. 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,” she added.
But in a rebuttal, Sam Nartey George also in a post accused the Communications Minister of insulting the intelligence of Ghanaians by stating that the shares of AirtelTigo were acquired for a dollar.
“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?” he quizzed.