GHANA’S Minister of Communications has accused Glo Mobile Ghana of breaching the co-trenching agreement between it and the five telecom network operators and Ghana’s Department of Roads on the ongoing Awoshie-Pokuase road project in Accra.
The Minister of Communications, Dr Edward Boamah alleged Glo opted out of the agreement midway and, he said, had affected the progress of work on the project and left the other telcos- MTN Ghana, Vodafone, Airtel, tiGo, and Expresso-handicapped after part of the pipes they provided had been laid for Glo based on the agreement.
Given the background of the botched agreement, Dr Bomah said more than a year ago, all GSM operators (MTN, Airtel, Vodafone, Tigo and Glo) agreed with the National Engineering Coordinating Team (NECT) to provide pipes to be laid along the ongoing 15km Awoshie-Pokuase road while the road is under construction so that no telco, or utility service provider, for that matter, would later go and dig the road and lay infrastructure after it had been completed.
Urban Roads decided to lay the ducts horizontal to the road to save cost for the telcos, so each of the five telcos, including Glo, agreed to provide 3km of pipe at the cost US$100 000 each to make the 15km to be portioned into five pieces each and laid side by side in five ducts in one trench.
Four of the telcos, MTN, Vodafone, Tigo and Airtel provided 3km each.
After the 12km was laid it was left with Glo to provide its pipes to complete the remaining 3km of the ducts but Glo has decided at the last minute to opt out of the agreement, and leave everybody hanging.
The Urban Roads Department is also said to be seeking a hard line action against Glo for blatantly flouting a working agreement between stakeholders.
Glo could not respond over the allegations.
However, the subsidiary of the Globacom Nigeria did not bother to respond to calls concerning the issue.
It emerged that a private company, known as Telecoms Channel, has opted to buy the ducts laid for Glo on that road and also provided the remaining 3km of pipe to complete the 15km.
The Awoshi-Pokuase road, which the African Development Bank (AfDB) and the French Development Agency (AFD) are funding at a total cost of 92.5million Euros, is expected to be completed by the end of 2015.