Bawumia Speaks On ‘Ghana’s Next Chapter’ Tomorrow
By Gifty Arthur
All roads will lead to the Kofi-Ohene Konadu Auditorium of the University of Professional Studies-Accra (UPS-A) tomorrow February 7, as Vice President Mahamudu Bawumia makes his first public speech on his vision for the country.
The vice president will be speaking in his capacity as the flagbearer of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) for the 2024 general election.
The event, dubbed “Bawumia Speaks,” and themed “Ghana’s next chapter,” is coming at a time the country is readying itself for major campaign ahead of the presidential and parliamentary elections,
According to reports, Dr. Bawumia, who is now the leader of the governing party, will focus his attention more on his digitalization agenda for the country.
The vice president’s speech is expected to also emphasize on leveraging technology, data and systems to foster inclusive economic growth.
Dr. Bawumia aims to position the country as a digital hub for Africa, narrowing the digital divide and applying digital technology and artificial intelligence to transform sectors, such as healthcare, education and public service delivery.
The former governor of the Bank of Ghana (BoG) has in the past explained that he has his own vision different from the current administration, which he is a part of as vice president.
The 60-year old was elected the first northern politician by the Danquah-Busia Tradition in November 2023.
His story is different from the late former Vice President, Aliu Mahama, who tried after his boss, President John Kufuor was leaving office in 2008, but failed to succeed him in that year’s election.
Having won the special and main presidential candidate elections of the party, beating the likes of Ken Agyapong and Alan Kyerematen, he will take over the reins of the party from his current boss, President Akufo-Addo.
He will come face to face with his main contender and flagbearer of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC),John Dramani, who happens to be from the north too and a former president.
Since assuming office in 2017, Dr. Bawumia has championed a number of digital transformation initiatives, especially earning him nicknames like the “digitalization man.”
Some of his digital initiatives include Ghana.gov payment options, mobile money interoperability and GhanaPost GPS.
Meanwhile, the founder and leader of the Movement for Change, Alan John Kwadwo Kyerematen, has said he is on an agenda to deliver prosperity for all Ghanaians.
The former Trade and Industry Minister, who was speaking at a national economic summit last Friday in Accra, said Ghanaians are worried about the current economic downturn.
The former minister, who resigned from the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP), said there is an urgent need to rally bipartisan expertise for solutions that will address the root cause of the country’s debt crisis and other associated governance infractions, such as corruption.
In his address to delegates at the National Economic summit, Mr. Kyerematen noted that, his Great Transformation program, which has a blueprint for Ghana’s development, will serve as the framework for solutions to the country’s problems.