President Nana Akufo-Addo has described the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) as a “digitalisation” government.

According to him, the transformative policies undertaken by his administration for the past seven years were successfully spearheaded by his “indefatigable Vice President, Dr Mahamadu Bawumia.

Delivering the State of the Nation Address (SONA) in Parliament on February 27, President Akufo-Addo described him as “Dr Digitalisation”.

He explained that despite the financial crisis the country encountered in the past years, the NPP government has made it possible to showcase an array of developmental projects through digitalisation.

According to President Akufo-Addo, the 2024 flagbearer of the NPP is set to launch a system which will help Ghanaians track all government projects.

“We are calling it the Performance Tracker. You can check and satisfy yourself about the status of the projects and their location, and you could stop by and make a physical inspection if you were so minded. 

“Mr Speaker, if you want to check on roads, classroom blocks or CHPs compounds or Agenda 111 hospitals, or bridges, or science laboratories, or water projects, or sanitation projects, or landing sites and harbours, and other infrastructural projects, or whatever this Government used your tax money to execute, the key to your query is right there on your phone," he said.

President Akufo-Addo further explained that the Performance Tracker will be formally launched in March, stating that it would help bring accountability to Ghanaians.

"I am able to recommend the Performance Tracker in the sure knowledge that the Akufo-Addo Government has done more in education in terms of student enrolment, teacher training and employment, provision of infrastructure, than any government; we have similarly done more in health, agriculture, security, roads, railways, tourism, digitalisation than any other Government. 

“Thanks to the Performance Tracker, the President no longer has to go through lists, and I have the confidence to say that every performance indicator used shows we have done more in these seven (7) years than in any of the eight (8) years under the NDC.”

President Akufo-Addo said his administration has modernise and formalise the economy through digitalisation and embarked on one of the most far-reaching digitalisation exercises in Africa.

“Up from the figure of nine hundred thousand (900,000), which we inherited when we came into office in 2017, we have, thus far, enrolled 17.6 million on the Ghanacard, and, therefore, provided unique biometric identity to the majority of Ghanaians. We have also implemented a digital property address system with unique addresses for all properties in Ghana.”  

Regarding the implementation of mobile money interoperability, President Akufo-Addo stated that the government has provided access to financial services for adult Ghanaians through mobile money accounts that are linked with bank accounts. 

“Ghana is now ranked number one in Africa in terms of access to financial inclusion. We have digitalised the provision of public services at the ports, DVLA, NHIS, GRA, Births and Deaths, Registrar of Companies, ECG, Ghana Water, amongst others.

"Ghana is ranked number one in West Africa and number seven in Africa in e-Governance. We have also implemented the use of drones in the delivery of medicines, blood and vaccines, and Ghana currently runs the world’s largest medical drone delivery service. 

“We have also networked all teaching, regional and district hospitals and patient records can easily be accessed in these hospitals without the need for a folder," the President said.

He emphasised that Ghana is making giant strides in the area of digitalisation, thereby improving transparency, accountability and efficiency in the public sector, and accelerating the growth of the economy.

"We are definitely going to be part of the digital revolution that is sweeping the world,” the President noted.

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