The President of the Republic of Ghana, Nana Akufo-Addo, Senior Minister Yaw Osafo Marfo, Gabby Asare Ochere Darko and Deputy Finance Minister, Kweku Kwarteng are hatching a scheme to dupe Ghanaians $92 million dollars through the sketchy UNI-PASS deal – this is according investigative journalist, Kevin Taylor.
Mr. Taylor in his yesterday’s edition of With All Due Respect titled “UNIPASS/GCNET SCANDAL PART 1”, said he has documents including videos, minutes of meetings and pictures to show the direct involvement of the President of Ghana and his appointees of how they have planned to ripe of Ghanaians taxpayer, $92 million in the UNI-PASS deal.
According to him, the $40m Unipass contract has several procurement breaches and bribery of government officials. He also wondered why the GCNet that Vice President Bawumia has commended for their good works between 2017 to 2019 leading to efficiency in the revenue mobilization and government’s paperless port project will make a sharp u-turn to get another company from Korea which does not even qualify to take that responsibility.
Explaining the scheme, Mr. Taylor said the Unipass contract agreement stated that the government of Ghana shall be liable to paying an amount of $92m to Unipass in the event that the contract is abrogated adding that there is every available evident showing clearly that Uunipass do not have the capacity to deliver the same job that GCNet has been doing in the country for the past 20years.
Mr. Taylor also revealed that Unipass does not even have a licencee and or registered with the Data Protection Commission as a data handler as required by the Data Protection Act. 843; Ministry of Communication through the National Communications Authority (NCA) and the National Information Technology Agency as require by the laws of Ghana.
He also said, Unipass has no software to run its system but promised the government of Ghana to get its own system in the next 2years.
For him, Unipass is a scam cooked by the President Nana Akufo-Addo, Senior Minister Yaw Osafo Marfo, Gabby Asare Ochere Darko and Deputy Finance Minister, Kweku Kwarteng.
Mr. Taylor has since hinted of releasing all documents in his next episode.
If reader can recall, the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) has begun using the newly Integrated Customs Management System (ICUMS), popularly called UNIPASS, at the Tema Port and other entry points.
An official statement issued by the GRA, and signed by acting Commissioner-General, Mr Ammishaddai Owusu-Amoah, on Monday, April 27, 2020, said the deployment takes effect from Tuesday, April 28, 2020.
“All transactions in respect of import/export manifest can be processed through either Integrated Customs Management System (ICUMS) or Ghana Customs Management System (GCMS) for the Tema Port as well as all other entry points,” the statement said.
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