‘Systems and Data are key in the fight against corruption’ – Bawumia justifies why he wants to digitalize Ghana

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Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia has said the Akufo-Addo government’s processes and policies are meant to shine the light of transparency into corruption’s dark corners while aggressively pushing national development.

Dr. Bawumia criticized the damaging consequences of corruption on national development and confirmed the government’s commitment to fighting it.

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Corruption hinders God’s plan. Corruption impacts company operations, jobs, and investments. It decreases tax income and aid programs’ efficacy. Corruption lowers faith in the rule of law, government, and quality of life, he said.

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“Our culture breeds corruption. Darkness breeds it. So much that when it’s dark, you can’t identify who’s who.

In a society where darkness reigns and people’s identities are unknown, corruption may flourish. One may borrow money from one bank, alter their identity, and borrow from another. Address systems don’t exist, thus you can’t locate individuals. Banks charge exorbitant rates.

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“People who collect government funds steal when cash is paid,” he said. Taxes aren’t filed. People attempt to register kids to vote in this system, which is full of shadows, lacks transparency, and fosters corruption.

Digitalization

The Akufo-Addo administration decided to embrace digitization and integrate technology into the national fiber to make access to public services simpler, more accessible, and free of corruption. Dr. Bawumia says the findings are impressive.

This government is constructing a transparent, accountable, trustworthy, and inclusive system.

“It’s not based on who you know, encouraging effective public sector management, public service delivery, and removing bribery and corruption incentives.

“You combat corruption with mechanisms, not words; therefore, we’ve been trying to put systems in place; we’re attempting to identify everyone individually, which is why we’re distributing the GhanaCard. The digital address of every property. Modern passports don’t need bribes. No “goro” guys are engaged in passport acquisition; you pay online and it’s delivered to your home.

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“The driver’s license system is one of the most sophisticated in the world, so you don’t need a “goro” guy.

“You may renew your NHIS card by mobile phone without bribery. Mobile phone power-ups are possible. The digital Registrar General’s office allows quick document retrieval.

“You can’t get false auto insurance nowadays.” Whether I see a license plate, I may contact *920*57# to see if the automobile is insured.

Vice President Bawumia touted the results thus far and urged on everybody, including the Church, to assist with the government in the fight against corruption.

These are some corruption-fighting details. We have made progress, but we still have work to do. To do this, we must expedite national growth, and everyone must work together.

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Digitalization creates a more disciplined, less corrupt, transparent, efficient, trustworthy, and tax-compliant society. Join this national battle.”

Rev Dr Ernest Adu-Gyamfi, departing Executive President of the Ghana Baptist Convention and Chairman of the National Peace Council, praised the government for taking steps, including broad digitisation, to make life simpler for the average Ghanaian.

Barima Ozsei Hwedie II, Chief of Ejura, has given 100 acres of land to the Ghana Baptist Convention for the Ejura campus of Ghana Baptist University.

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