Vice President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia has been trending on Twitter after he declared his choice of the Ghana Card over road interchanges in the country’s quest for development.
Speaking at the Accra Business School, Dr Bawumia said the national identification card is more beneficial than 1,000 interchanges.
“We have implemented a national identification system and today we have 16 million Ghanaians with unique identities and that is a major transformation. And sometimes a lot of people don’t even appreciate what the impact of the Ghana Card is.
“But if you gave me 1000 interchanges and a Ghana Card, I will choose the Ghana Card because it is more impactful,” he said on Thursday.
His comment, however, has not sat well with many social media users.
Taking to the microblogging network, tweeps wondered how development could be facilitated by the Ghana Card when infrastructural projects like interchanges are critical to the growth of the economy.
“The value of Ghana Card is worth more than 1000 Interchanges and that’s a fact. Please let us be serious,” a user noted.
Some were of the view that, although Ghana Card is important, good roads, in especially rural areas, could improve the agricultural sector.
Ghana Card registration was re-launched by the Akufo-Addo administration on Friday, September 15, 2017.
Government sought to make the card serve as a unique identifier for both resident and non-resident Ghanaians as well as permanently resident foreign nationals.
Since its implementation, many have argued that it would eventually be a great asset for the national planning and development of this country.
Fast forward, the card has been linked to some critical economic and social sectors of the country.
Currently, the card serves as a SSNIT card and is recognised by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).
The Bank of Ghana also announced that the Ghana Card is now the only approved card for all bank transactions in the country.
Also, the National Communication Authority (NCA) has asked citizens to re-register their SIM Cards with their Ghana Cards.
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