LIBERIA GOVERNMENT TO REVIEW GSM CONTRACTS

Telecoms

Information Minister Lawrence Bropleh has disclosed that the Liberian government is at the moment reviewing all contracts entered into with GSM companies operating in the country. The Information Minister said contracts signed between these companies and the Liberian government were not cleared by the various government ministries responsible before they were signed.

Speaking to journalists at the Ministry of Information last week following a cabinet meeting that he attended but was chaired by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Minister Bropleh said government was reviewing those contracts that do not conform to the law of the country signed with GSM companies in the country.

He said in the case where the government find out that these contracts are in contravention of the laws of the country, they will be reviewed, renegotiated, cancelled or considered null in avoid.

According to him, government want to make sure that the Liberia Telecommunication Authority (LTA), which is responsible to license and interact with GSM companies on behalf of the government act with in the confine of the laws when it entered into signing contracts with GSM companies. He said where if it is found out that the LTA acted out of the laws, these contracts would be reviewed.

The pronouncement by the Minister of Information that contracts entered into by the government with GSM companies are be reviewed to reflect the national interest, comes less than two months after the country's four registered GSM companies signed an 18 years agreement with the Liberia Telecommunication Authority (LTA) for their operation in the country.

Aui Sadeh of Cellcom, Khaled Mikkawi General Manager of Lone Star, Adnan Ukaily, CEO of Comium and Azzam Sbairty, CEO of Libercell signed on behalf of their respective organizations, while the Chairman of the LTA Dr. Saah Abdulai Vandi signed on behalf of the LTA at the time. Minister Bropleh said other functionaries of government such as the Ministries of Finance, Justice among others were not part of that signing process.

The Inquirer