Ghana’s Minister for Communications, Ursula Owusu-Ekuful, has awarded Lebara Ghana a ten-year contract to manage and commercialise e-Government infrastructure, reports Ghanaweb. The government’s fibre and LTE networks were previously managed by the National Information Technology Agency (NITA). Speaking at a ceremony to mark the handover, the Minister indicated the government is committed to partnering with the private sector to deliver efficient and cost-effective services to the public, and she called on the ICT provider to explore opportunities to narrow the digital divide and promote financial inclusion. The Ministry is hopeful its rural telephony project and accelerated backbone and last mile connectivity programmes will ‘shortly’ enable services to be delivered in every part of the country. The government has warned Lebara Ghana (note: company not associated with the namesake MVNO group) that it will demand accountability and strict compliance with the quality of standards outlined in the Service Level Agreement.