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Bawumia Deliberately Ignored Mahama’s Contribution To The Ghana Card System – Sammy Gyamfi2 min read

Bawumia Deliberately Ignored Mahama’s Contribution To The Ghana Card System – Sammy Gyamfi<span class="wtr-time-wrap after-title"><span class="wtr-time-number">2</span> min read</span>


The National Communications Officer of the opposition NDC, Sammy Gyamfi, has criticised Vice President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia for failing to acknowledge the contributions of the Mahama administration to the development of the Ghana Card system.

Mr. Gyamfi emphasised that the NDC played a significant role in the advancement of the Ghana Card, and therefore, it is unfair for Dr. Bawumia to overlook their contributions.

He stated that such behavior by Dr. Bawumia is unjust considering the position he holds.

“Upon assumption of office in 2017, Dr. Bawumia constituted a three-man committee, headed by Prof. Ken Attafuah, to review the contract and implementation of the Ghana Card system.”

“The committee established the facts enumerated above which is contained on page 1 of the report and recommended the use of the existing database to continue from where the NDC left off.”

“Indeed, the NIA boss Prof. Ken Attafuah told Parliament that the contract that was signed by the NDC/Mahama administration with the Margins Group is the same contract that is being implemented today.”

“Clearly, this government only came to continue the implementation of a system that had already been developed by the NDC/Mahama government, as a continuation of what was started under President Kuffour and continued by President Mills of blessed memory. The Ghana card credit must therefore be shared by all successive governments who have contributed to where we are today. Note that Bawumia does not even credit his boss, Akufo-Addo.”

During his address on Wednesday, February 7, in his capacity as the presidential candidate of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Dr. Bawumia highlighted the achievements of the current administration, including the implementation of the Ghana Card system.

He attributed this accomplishment to a deliberate and effective government programme.

“Ladies and Gentlemen, we have secured visa free travel to a growing list of countries for the benefit of our citizens and businesses.

“However, the acquisition of passports by Ghanaians at home and abroad has continued to be difficult for many even though it has significantly improved.

“So far, Ghana has about 4.5 million passport holders and 17 million people enrolled on the Ghana card (which is also an epassport).”

“To make it easy for Ghanaians to obtain passports, under my government, any Ghanacard holder will only have to pay a fee for a passport.”

However, the NDC has criticised Dr. Bawumia for his conduct, expressing disapproval of his actions.