SUBAH controversy rages over how it obtained Call Data Records

There is raging controversy over claims by SUBAH that it monitored call traffic with assistance from National Communications Authority after staff of NCA and its director general put out contradictory statements.

A report by a 14-member committee confirmed that SUBAH was paid a whooping 74 million Ghana cedis for manually monitoring the payment of the Communication Tax by telcos by using information termed Call Data Records (CDRs).

This claim according to the Minister of Information and Media Relations, Mahama Ayariga was supported by four staff of the NCA who were members of the committee tasked to look into the SUBAH contract with the Ghana Revenue Authority.

The four NCA staff are Abena Asafo-Adjei, Henry Kanor, Albert Enniful and Baah Achamfour.

But the Director-General of NCA has disputed the staff’s claim, insisting the Authority has not given SUBAH any local CDRs. His position is supported by the Ghana Telcoms Chamber who further explained that telcos have not given the NCA any such records.

The SUBAH saga is a story of how the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) entered into a contract with Subah InfoSolutions to do electronic monitoring of mobile networks to confirm whether they are being truthful in declaring all their taxes.

Under the contract, SUBAH was supposed to connect to some physical nodes of the telecom companies to monitor revenues that are supposed to be paid by the telcos, but this was not done.

Subah InfoSolutions was nonetheless, paid GH¢74 million from 2010-2012 after the company claimed to have adopted manual monitoring.

To do this monitoring, SUBAH claims to have sought assistance from NCA – a claim disputed by Paarcock VanPercy in an interview with Metro TV’s Samuel Agyeman.

The NCA refused to speak to the matter on the Joy FM’s Super Morning Show on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, NCA which is Ghana’s Telecommunications Regulator is being dragged to the  Commission for Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ)  /news/2014/May-19th/nca-to-be-dragged-to-chraj-over-corrupt-subah-deal.php by the founder of  local think-tank IMANI,  Franklin Cudjoe and economic analyst Sydney Casely Hayford over its involvement in a Subah deal branded a sham. /news/2014/May-19th/nca-to-be-dragged-to-chraj-over-corrupt-subah-deal.php Story by Ghana||Edwin Appiah|[email protected]

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