NDC Chairman Challenges Bawumia’s Role in Ghana’s Digitalisation

Johnson Asiedu Nketia, the Chairman of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), has contested the credit given to Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia for initiating digitalisation in Ghana. According to Nketia, the push for digitalisation began under former President John Mahama during his tenure as Minister for Communication.

Speaking on JoyNews’ Personality Profile, Nketia questioned, “Who is the godfather of digitalisation in Ghana apart from former President John Dramani Mahama?” He credited Mahama with laying the groundwork for ICT infrastructure and separating the Ministry of Post and Telecommunication to expand opportunities in the telecommunication and ICT sector.

Nketia argued that governance is a continuous tradition, and while it’s acceptable for a government to utilize existing infrastructure, claiming ownership of digitalisation in Ghana should not be attributed to Bawumia. He emphasized that Bawumia was not brought into the economy for his expertise in ICT and digitalisation but rather for economic management.

Highlighting Bawumia’s role at the Bank of Ghana, Nketia asserted that Bawumia was credited with economic success under President Kufuor. However, he contended that since Bawumia assumed his position, the economy has worsened. Nketia also commented on Bawumia’s distancing from the E-levy, stating that Bawumia is now disassociating himself from the introduced levy that was initially presented as a solution for generating funds to pay contractors and clear arrears.

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