Vice President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia

The Minority in Parliament says the Vice President is trying to assume the work of the Communications Minister after failing to manage the country’s economy.

This comes after Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia at a National Youth Day event touted the digitisation achievements of the Akufo-Addo administration to resuscitate the economy.

Dr Bawumia at the programme enumerated some initiatives rolled out by the Akufo-Addo’s government to formalise the economy including National Digital Property Addressing System, issuance of the National Identification Cards (Ghana Card), Mobile Money Interoperability Payment System, measures underway to integrate the databases of the NIA and Births and Deaths Registry and other state agencies for easy accessibility of information.

But reacting to this, the Ningo Prampram MP told the media the Vice President peddled falsehood when he bragged about the successes of the so-called digitisation agenda of the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP).

Samuel Nartey George, who is also a member of Parliament’s Communications Committee accused the Vice President of going beyond his constitutional mandate to play the role of a Minister of Sate.

“We [NDC] will take on the so-called digitisation agenda of Dr Bawumia and subject it to strict scrutiny and establish to you [Ghanaians] the fact that after failing to manage the economy he has moved to serve as a Minister of State in the Communications Ministry but he is still failing woefully,” he stated.

Mr George also noted that some of the digitisation agenda particularly digital money transaction was already in existence before the Akufo-Addo government came into power.

Adding that, “For Dr Bawumia to come and paint a picture as though he is the all in all and has contributed everything for what mobile money is now is false.”

“Dr Bawumia made very erroneous claims that we now have 15 million Ghanaians who have mobile money accounts. What Dr Bawumia fails to realise is that one individual can have multiple mobile money accounts. So when he sees 15 million people have opened mobile accounts it doesn’t mean 15 million Ghanaians have mobile money accounts,” he said.

Touching on Mobile Money Interoperability Payment System, The Ningo Prampram MP said all that the government has done is improve it, however, that is not enough grounds to claim ownership to the whole initiative.

“Dr Bawumia’s claim of interoperability being the reason we have hit 15million is false and it is not supported by the science of mobile money.

“This is because interoperability is a new addition to what is already existing. Before interoperability kicked in you could send money from an one telecommunication network to another by sending a token,” he explained.

The NDC legislator further accused the Vice President of failing to sustain the operation of all the digital initiatives NPP launched in 2017 and 2018.

Citing Ghana Post, Mr George insisted government’s digitisation agenda had failed.

“We will expose him [Dr Bawumia] from his ‘Jack where are you?’ Initiative and actually ask him, ‘Jack where are you?’ Because you can’t even find the Ghana Post GPS and all the other so-called digitisation agendas that he has taken.”