May 30, 2024 7:47 pm

‘Why I would honour Bawumia’s next digitalisation lecture if he invites me again’ – Franklin Cudjoe

IMANI-Ghana’s Franklin Cudjoe has said the manner with which “Bawumia is handling the government’s digitalisation agenda with so much passion and focus” has detached him from the political underpinnings being attributed to his lecture(s). 

This, is the reason the policy think tank’s president has averred “I will listen to Bawumia’s next lecture when he  invites me again.”

Mr. Cudjoe has from a Facebook post sighted by Ghanasonline.com noted the Vice President’s lecture at Ashesi University was an elucidative one, considering the insight unearthed with questions from the students present.

“A brilliant lecture it was at Ashesi- great questions from students. I have a feeling Ashesi students are better at selling the government’s digitalisation drive than the average NPP party loyalists,” the post read.

He suspects NPP communicators reluctance to extol the Veep’s digitalisation exploits is due to the fear of being hanged by political crusaders with the 2024 presidential race bid.

“…Or party folks are scared they will be marked for ‘death’ when they praise Bawumia’s digital efforts ahead of what might be a stormy succession race? Well, I am far removed from the madness of politics, so I will listen to Bawumia’s next lecture when he invites me again.”

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The IMANI boss, however, thinks the procurement processes for the entire agenda lacks some transparency and when fixed, would make things better.

“And there are great transformations no doubt, but certainly could be better with transparent procurement processes for acquiring some of the digital solutions.  This is one time when command control gets results,” he wrote.

The Vice President, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia,  delivered a lecture on Ghana’s digitisation journey at Ashesi University campus on Tuesday, November 2, 2021, on the theme: “Transforming an Economy through Digitalization: The Ghana Story.”

It was there that he revealed the Ghana card will be recognised as an electronic passport globally by the end of the first quarter of 2022.

According to Dr. Bawumia, the passport, which will have embedded microchip carrying information about the holder, can be read and verified in all International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) complaint borders.

This will be effective in 197 countries and 44,000 airports in the world.

“When this happens, holders of the Ghana card will be allowed to board any flight to Ghana. Furthermore, the good news for diasporan Ghanaians is that when the Ghana Immigration Service is linked to the NIA architecture, diasporan Ghanaians who hold the Ghana card should not have to obtain visas to travel to Ghana,” he added.

Giving more details, Dr. Bawumia said government this year, had been engaging with the ICAO to globally activate the e-passport function of the Ghana card.

He disclosed that as a result, the country is now a member of the organisation’s Public Key Directory community.

“I am happy to announce that on 13th of October 2021, Ghana officially became the 79th member of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Public Key Directory (PKD) community.”

Source: Ghanasonline.com

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