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Dr. Bawumia Is Handling Gov’t’s Digitization With So Much Passion-Franklin Cudjoe

The President of Imani Africa, Franklin Cudjoe has appluaded the Vice President of Ghana, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia on his public lecture at Ashesi University on Tuesday 2nd November that captured the government’s achievement in terms of digitization.

The President of Imani Africa has opined that Dr. Bawumia is handling the government’s digitization with so much focus.

He made this comment at the back of Dr. Bawumia’s announcement that effective 2022 the Ghana card will be recognized globally as an e-passport.

He mentioned that the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) has accepted Ghana card usage as an e-passport that will commence from the first quarter of 2022.

Dr. Bawumia stressed that the ICAO acceptance is a milestone for the country as the country’s major identification document produced by the National Identification Authority (NIA) will be allowed as a source of identification for Ghanaians and an e-passport for international travels.

“This means that by the end of the first quarter next year, the Ghana Card will be recognised globally as an e-passport,” he stressed, adding: “When this happens, holders of the Ghana Card will be allowed to board any flight to Ghana.”

”This means that the Ghanacard will be recognized as an e-passport and can be read and verified in all ICAO compliant borders (in 197 countries and 44,000 airports in the world). When this happens, holders of the Ghanacard will be allowed to board any flight to Ghana.

Mr. Franklin Cudjoe reacting to the Vice President’s comment said; “Bawumia is handling the government’s digitalization agenda with so much passion and focus. 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. A briĺliant lecture it was at Ashesi- great questions from students. I have a feeling Ashesi students are better at selling the govt’s digitalization drive than the average NPP party loyalists.

“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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