-Over How He Got Fiber Optic Cable Contract From GoL
Pressure is said to be mounting on Ashok Kumar Sivaram, the Chief Executive Officer of Jai Mai Communications Limited over how he got the contract for the connection of the Fiber Optic Cable in the country.
Kumar according to media report was allegedly deported from Ghana after he reportedly lied to the immigration Services by submitting ‘fake marriage certificates.’
He was reportedly married to an Indian lady whose brother, Sachin Nambeear hired him to work for the company. He originally owned the company, but after some time, changes were made in the company, thus putting Sachin out of the business.
Speaking on a number of radio stations Thursday October 18, 2018, Liberians who phoned in from various locations across the country raised concern over the awarding of contract to the Indian national who is reported to have been deported from Ghana.
Jai Mai Communications’ engineers are said to be digging around the city at key points which will enable the fiber optic cable to run.
According to the aggrieved Liberians, Kumar and his company need to be investigated how they got the contract from the Liberian Government. It is reported that sources at LIBTELCO were shocked to see Jai Mai Communications running line around the city when the original contract is between Google through its agent in Liberia, CSquare.
The aggrieved Liberians who phoned in the talkshows with serious dismay said there is a need to seriously investigate how the deportee was awarded the contract to run fiber optic cable across the country.
The ‘deportee’ is believed to have won the contract during the administration of former President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.
They also said the Public Procurement Concession Commission (PPCC) should explain to the Liberian people whether the company went through its procedures for the contract.
Adama Fayiah in his facebook post on Okay FM page said “that’s the problem we are saying so, so crooks heading this project.”
Another caller, Emmanuel Azango said “this is serious, Liberia contractors must be supported and the government must be magnanimous.”
Gerald Cummings added “things are getting hard in this country and the government must do something seriously.
Callers on other radio stations expressed similar dismay and called on the government of President George Weah to immediately launch an investigation into what they called grave issue.
“Some of them pay politicians so they cannot do the work,” one caller alleged.