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Bawumia runs away from economics for digitalisation – NDC Wing

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The Tertiary Education Institutions Network (TEIN) wing of the main opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) has expressed dissatisfaction with the public lecture delivered by Vice President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia at the Ashesi University on Tuesday November 2.

TEIN noted that the Vice President is now shifting the goalposts by, in their view, moving away from the politics of economics to be focusing on digitalisation.

A statement signed by the National Deputy TEIN Coordinator, Mr Ekow Djan said “While in opposition we were made to believe he was the Economist who had the solutions to all our challenges. Today, he’s no more interested in Economics rather, Information Technology (IT).

“Dr. Bawumia never mentioned “Digitalization/Digitization” while a Running Mate in opposition— he was always on Exchange rate, Borrowing, Revenue generation. What has become of the dollar to cedi rate? Is he not aware his administration has borrowed more than any administration? Our Dept to GDP ratio is close to 80%.

“And he still has the effrontery to speak in this country? Well, the Ghanaian voter is discerning. Our Economy is nothing to write home about.

“Probably that’s the more reason why he’s abandoned Economics and conferred onto himself “Honorary Minister for Communication and Digitization”.

“We could only wish him well in his new office. Upon all the unfulfilled promises, Vice President Bawumia has once again chosen to promise unborn babies to issue them Ghana Cards. Governance is a serious business— [Former] President Mahama will always be vindicated.”

The Vice President during the lecture said there was a link between economy and digitalisation for which he keeps touting the efforts by the government to build a digital economy.

He said among other things that “There is a lot to say about these but today, I want to focus my remarks on how we are transforming Ghana’s economy through digitization because it is important that we highlight the critical nature of digitizing the economy and how it underpins the reforms that the citizenry expect of government.

” We can only build a vibrant modern nation if we have strong systems and institutions that work. Otherwise we will be stuck in a vicious cycle of rhetoric and underdevelopment.

“Under the leadership of President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo- Addo, we have focused on pursuing digitization as part of our economic strategy because the Fourth Industrial Revolution is upon us and we must be part of the modern world. There is a growing body of empirical evidence that illustrates the capacity of digital technology to create jobs, significantly boost productivity, increase income and support wealth creation.

“The World Bank in a 2020 report observed that well-functioning digital economies are expected to achieve faster growth, offer more innovative services and create more jobs. The World Economic Forum’s Global Information Report estimates that “an increase of 10% in a country’s digitization score fuels a 0.75% growth in GDP per capita”.

“It is therefore clear that going forward, countries that fail to digitalize their economies are likely to be uncompetitive in the emerging global digital revolution.”

He added “On coming into office, we moved quickly with the issuance of biometric national ID cards (The Ghanacard) to the population. The Ghanacard project was initiated by President Kufuor but abandoned for 8 years.

“The card has world class features. It captures 10 fingerprints as well as the iris of individuals. It is also consistent with the ECOWAS standards and bears the ECOWAS logo. It is compatible with any reader which is compliant with EMV contactless communication protocol.

“So far, 15.5 million people have been enrolled on the Ghanacard by the NIA and most of the population will be enrolled by 2022. NIA will open an additional 291 offices tomorrow across all districts and regions to complete the exercise.

“The issuance of the Ghanacard has provided Ghana with a database that will be the anchor for all transactions in the future, providing unique identity to all individuals.”

Source:3 news

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Bawumia should be serious with Ghanaians – NDC UK executive writes

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A Deputy Youth Organiser of the UK/Ireland branch of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) has taken on Vice President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia for seemingly abandoning “his core mandate, knowing that he has been a failure at that to now focus on digitization which is supposed to be in the domain of the communication minister”.

Kofi Ampomah slams the Vice President as not understanding the plight of the ordinary Ghanaian.

He captured this in a write-up on Monday, November 8.

Find the write-up below:

The NPP government continues to demonstrate that they have lost the plot when it comes to executing the mandate that the good people of Ghana gave them in the 2020 election. The ordinary Ghanaian looks up to government led by Nana Akuffo Addo and Dr. Bawumia to provide them with the basic necessity of life, which is food, shelter, and health. But what do we see today, a government so incompetent that they have created economic hardship to the extent that the ordinary Ghanaian cannot be guaranteed one meal a day.

Prior to the 2020 election the NPP engaged in politics of lies promising to better the lives of Ghanaians if they are retained in government, but what do we see today, increase in fuel prices, high cost of living, unemployment, and general hardship across all sectors of the economy.

As the head of the Economic Management Team, Dr. Bawumia has decided to abandon his core mandate, knowing that he has been a failure at that to now focus on digitization which is supposed to be in the domain of the communication minister.

Dr. Bawumia clearly does not understand the plight of Ghanaian. What Ghanaians are crying for is a better economy so that they can feed their families and afford the basic necessities of life, which is their priority and not digitization. No one is discounting the importance of a digitized economy, but you do not focus on it at the expense of the economy which is the worst managed since the inception of the 4th Republic.

The NPP should be serious with Ghanaians.
 
Kofi Ampomah
Deputy Chapter Youth Organisers UK/IRELAND NDC.

Source: 3news.com|Ghana

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Microphone snatching, blows at Juaboso assembly meeting

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Assembly members of the Sehwi Juaboso District of the Western North Region engaged in a fight during assembly sitting to approve their budget.

This came after the Presiding Member of the district assembly, Adu Blankson, at the meeting challenged the position of the District Chief Executive (DCE).

According to him, he does not recognise Godfred Kwabena Agyei Asante as the appropriate person to occupy that seat, despite being appointed by President Nana Akufo-Addo and confirmed.

Prior to that, he made his dissatisfaction against Mr Asante known after he headed to court to challenge why the DCE was confirmed despite losing elections.

Mr Blankson took his grievances to the meeting and prevented the DCE from delivering his keynote address at the meeting. His action did not go down well with some assembly members which resulted in a fight.

An Assemblyman for Boinzan electoral area, Affun Kroko Stephen, told Adom News that he had no option than to snatch the microphone from Mr Blankson for the scheduled event to continue.

Consequently, blows were traded by the divided assembly members.

Asked by Adom News’ Augustine Boah whether the microphone snatching was the best approach, he defended it was perfect.

To him, Mr Blankson is allowing personal sentiments to get the better of him, which will not be in the interest of the authority, and for that he had to put him in his place.

“There were authorities and police officers around, if I had erred, they would have addressed the situation,” he said.

After the scuffle, Mr Asante was allowed to address the august gathering and approved the budget.

Source:Adomonline

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Bawumia facing credibility crisis – NDC MP

Mr.Mohammed Adam Sukparu

The Member of Parliament for Sissala West, Mohammed Adam Sukparu, has criticised the Vice President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia after his lecturer on digitalisation he delivered on Tuesday November 2.

During the lectuer, Dr Bawumai said among other things that every child delivered in Ghana from next year will get, within a few months, a Ghana Card number.

He said “Easily one of the most depressing visits I have paid to a government office during my time as Vice-President was to the Births and Deaths Registry headquarters. There clearly was insufficient investment in the institution. It was messy and it was sad. It turned out that the Births and Deaths Registry had three separate databases as registers for births and deaths and these databases were in silos. It is not surprising therefore that corruption and fake birth certificates thrived in this environment,” he noted.

“Thankfully, the process of digitization of the records is almost complete and the three databases have been cleaned up and integrated. Furthermore, we are integrating the births and deaths register with the databases of Ghana Health Service, National Identification AuthorityGhana Statistical Service, Immigration and the Police so that the record of births and deaths should be consistent across all these databases.”

He also announced the impending launch of the E-Pharmacy, which would involve the digitization of pharmacies in Ghana.

“Patients or people generally face difficulties when trying to find medicines in pharmacies. They have no way of knowing which pharmacies have the medicines. They could go to five pharmacies before getting lucky. Sometimes patients are directed to go to specific pharmacies to buy the medicine, denying them any advantage there might be of choosing from a lower priced shop.

“People also don’t know what the prices of the medicines are at different pharmacies and tend in their time of vulnerability to just buy at the prices offered when they find the drug. It is also difficult to tell whether the medicines are genuine or fake. There is also the problem of drug abuse with prescription medicines like Tramadol.

“To address these problems, in 2019, I challenged the Pharmaceutical Society of Ghana to digitize the operations of pharmacies in Ghana. Following this and working with my office, the Pharmacy Council in collaboration with the private sector has completed work on a digital platform for all pharmacies in Ghana and a pilot of 45 pharmacies is currently ongoing.

“Basically, the digital E-Pharmacy platform will offer the opportunity to everyone through a mobile phone to upload your prescriptions and find out which pharmacies near you have the medicines. Secondly you can compare the prices for the same drug offered by different prices so that you can buy from the lowest priced pharmacies.”

Reacting to this Mohammed Adam Sukparu said “This particular lecture is something that I cannot make a head or tail out of it. Dr Bawumia is struggling to redeem his credibility, he is suffering from credibility crisis.”

“Dr Bawumia as we speak today is struggling with a credibility crisis. He made certain pronouncements in the past that turned out to be untrue. He said every Ghanaian, was going to have a bank account, has that happened?” he quizzed.

Source: 3news.com|Ghana

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