‘Sack Ursula’: Sam George urges after ‘rude’ letter to BoG Secretary

A Member of Parliament’s Select Committee on Communications has called for the immediate dismissal of Communications Minister, Ursula Owusu-Ekuful, over the contents of a letter her office sent to the Bank of Ghana (BoG).

Sam George has condemned contents of the Ministry of Communications’ letter that was sent as a reply to the BoG’s refusal to release sensitive data to a private contractor, Kelni GVG.

The Ministry had asked the Central Bank to release the data on mobile money transactions to KelniGVG, a company tasked to monitor revenue generated by the telcos.

The Ministry wants the BoG disclosure of customer balances, transaction amounts, date and time of the transactions.

However, BoG Secretary, Frances Van-Hein Sackey, raised concerns about the request from the Ministry, citing the law that guards against the invasion of privacy of mobile money subscribers.

The Central Bank insisted that even though it is willing to work with the various regulators, the current laws do not allow it to hand over such confidential data to Kelni GVG.

Van-Hein Sackey said the Communications Ministry’s authority over telcos ends when it comes to mobile money transactions.

he Central Bank, therefore, wrote to the telcos to disregard the letter from the Ministry requesting them to hand over the requested data.

There have been informal meetings between the Central Bank, Communications Ministry and Finance Ministry to resolve the issue, but it appears there exist sticking points.

The Communications Ministry has not taken kindly to that reply from the resistance from the BoG.

In a reaction to BoG’s refusal to acquiesce to the request, one Anastasia Marfo, from the office of Mrs Owusu-Ekuful, wrote to the Central Bank with strong words.



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