NCA�s Telecom Fraud Management generates over $143 million for Ghana


National Executive Committee of the Civil and Local Government Staff Association of Ghana(CLOGSAG), has threatened a nation-wide sit-down strike, if �anomalies� in the migration of CLOGSAG members onto the Single Spine Salary Structure(SSSS), are not addressed by February 9, 2012

The National Communication Authority (NCA) said it has generated over $143 million from its telecom fraud management project implemented two years ago with the help of Global Voice Group (GVG) from Haiti.

This was contained in a response to a questionnaire from Adom News Editor, Nii Narku Dowuona to the Director-General of the NCA, Paarock VanPercy about the terms of NCA�s contract with GVG, which had remained off the public spotlight over the past two years.

�This singular project has been able to accrue revenues in excess of $120 Million in two years to the State of Ghana,� the NCA boss said in his response.

But an official of GVG also confirmed to the Adom News Editor through an email that GVG�s activities in Ghana had generated exactly $143 million for Ghana between June 2010 and June 2012, and the NCA boss said that figure was more accurate.

Mr. VanPercy said the NCA targeted $5 million a month from the fraud management project, but had exceeded the target of $120 million expected for the two year.

Part of the project enforcement was the enactment Electronic Communication Amendment Act, Act 876, which fixed incoming international call tariff at 19 cents per minutes, out which the state got 6 cents per minute in taxes.

From that fixed rate, Ghana generated close to $6 million every month; and that was money that used to be left in the hands of giant traffic careers abroad, which paid some peanuts to Ghanaian telcos and deprived Ghana of any revenue sharing.

Adom News investigations indicated that there were about 100 million minutes of international calls coming into Ghana every month, and most of it was from Ghanaians living abroad.

The overseas careers charge 85cents per minute on those calls and made $85million every month, but used to pay only a total of about $7millions to telcos in Ghana.

But since the implementation of Act 876, the telcos in Ghana now receive a total of about $19 million every month, and pay close to $6million out of that to the state through the NCA.

Mr. VanPercy said none of that would have been possible without the huge investment and support of GVG, under a BOT (build operate and transfer) Agreement with the NCA to implement traffic verification and an accounting platform for Ghana's international traffic.

He said the scope of the Agreement called for the financing, delivery, testing of equipment, software and continuous fraud detection services from overseas, adding that the contract also includes the implementation of systems that will account for the volumes of traffic terminating in Ghana and also to detect illegally terminated calls, of which SIM box fraud is usually a part of.

full article source: thinkghana


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