Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia
VICE-PRESIDENT Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia has revealed that Ghana is on course to becoming one of Africa’s highly digitized economies.
He said several digitization measures being undertaken by President Akufo-Addo’s administration were positioning Ghana as one of Africa’s top digitized nations.
Dr. Bawumia made this known in his ongoing presentation at the University of Ghana. The lecture is under the Information Ministry’s Nation Building Updates.
“Today, the outcome from our digitization drive is paying off. We have identified and provided unique addresses for all properties in Ghana. This has taken a lot of work to do but it has been done,” he noted.
According to him, the previous NDC government wanted to use $1.2 billion to roll out the mobile money interoperability scheme but could not do it. However, he said upon taking office, President Akufo-Addo’s government was able to review the scheme and had since used $4.5 million to roll out the mobile money interoperability.
He stated that the online passport application system was also helping members of the public to apply for their passport from the comfort of their homes or offices as the online scholarship application process was currently helping many Ghanaians to apply for scholarships from the comfort of their homes.
He said efforts were being made to ensure that all 7.5 million properties in Ghana had unique number plates, while also he said government was in discussion with Google Map to ensure that all properties in Ghana were placed on the map, and major hospitals across the country were automated.
He added that government was also providing free WiFi to several Senior High Schools (SHSs).
The Vice-President continued that the government was not focusing on building a stronger economy but rather an inclusive one that would benefit every Ghanaian regardless of where they came from.
According to him, for decades millions of Ghanaians had been excluded from enjoying the proverbial national cake, indicating that all across Ghana, millions of Ghanaians were facing poverty and needed to be included in the economy to have better livelihoods.
He stated that government had been giving hope to Ghanaians who have been excluded for several years, adding that there was now hope for thousands of young children who would have dropped out from school due to hunger or gone to school malnourished, same as the thousands of farmers who could not have accessed fertilizers and seeds for their farms.
He added that Ghana was now the largest medical drone delivery service in the world, adding that the National Insurance Scheme and National Ambulance Service had been rescued.
By Melvin Tarlue