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Parliament urged to reject rLG boreholes 6/23/2013
Members of parliament in all 275 constituencies have been warned not to accept the offer made by telecommunications company, rLG, to build boreholes in every constituency in the country since this offer is a “potential attempt to corrupt them (parliamentarians).”

The Executive Director of the Ghana Integrity Initiative, Vitus Azeem, gave the warning in an interview with Accra based radio station, Joy FM, where he questioned the motive behind rLG’s commitment to provide boreholes to parliamentarians.

“They should reject it outright. If he wants to provide boreholes for communities, he should go ahead to provide them but not through parliament,” he said.

It was reported across the media terrain that the Group Chairman and CEO of Rlg, Mr Roland Agambire, had written to Members of Parliament, inviting each member to select a site in his or her constituency for a borehole to be drilled at the expense of the Ghanaian-owned ICT company.

The reports said the boreholes would be sponsored by the RLG Foundation as part of its corporate social responsibilities.

However, Mr questioned the cost involved in the provision of 275 boreholes, saying, “If one is GH¢5,000 then you can know how much it comes to. Then you look at the business; how much profit does this person make to make that sacrifice? Then government will come in. Does he make enough profit, how much tax does he pay on his profit to be willing to do this?”

Mr Azeem noted that the proposal by Rlg comes at a time when pressure is being mounted on the House to probe into alleged misappropriation of state funds by the communications technology firm.
“This is a company that has been cited in contracts with SADA and with GYEEDA where there were questions that have not been satisfactorily addressed. So again it goes back to the motive? What is the motive for all this? Where are we going to?”

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