Saturday, 20 April

Champion Cedi stabilisation, economic growth not digitalisation: Kwakye Ofosu to Bawumia

Felix Kwakye Ofosu

Former Deputy Minister for Information during the tenure of ex-President John Dramani Mahama, Mr Felix Kwakye Ofosu, has issued a challenge to Vice President Mahamadu Bawumia, urging him to focus on his role as the head of the Economic Management Team (EMT) and allow Ministries, Departments, and Agencies (MDAs) to handle digitalisation efforts. 

Mr Kwakye Ofosu contended that Dr Bawumia should prioritise addressing economic recovery and stabilising the cedi to the dollar, and ultimately alleviate the struggles faced by disillusioned Ghanaians under President Nana Addo's administration.

In questioning the Vice President's emphasis on digitalisation, Mr Kwakye Ofosu remarked that if the economy were managed effectively under the EMT, there would be no need for a new digitalisation initiative at the behest of the Vice President.

He criticised the Vice President for seemingly prioritising slogans over substantive economic solutions.

Mr Kwakye Ofosu questioned the necessity of a vice president championing digitalisation when MDAs are equipped to handle such matters. 

He argued that instead of focusing on vital economic sectors, Dr Bawumia has found comfort in, what he regarded, as the superficial realm of digitalisation.

The former information minister suggested that the vice president's foray into digitalisation is a result of the governing NPP's penchant for sloganeering. 

He asserted that leveraging Information Communication Technology (ICT) is not a novel concept and clarified that the groundwork for digitalisation was laid during Mahama's presidency.

Speaking in an interview with Kwabena Bobie Ansah, host of The Citizen Show on Accra 100.5 FM on Tuesday, February 21, 2024, Mr Kwakye Ofosu challenged the vice president cum NPP flagbearer to remain within the bounds of his responsibilities as designated by President Akufo-Addo.

He refuted claims that the NPP originated the idea of leveraging ICT, emphasising that digitalisation is not a recent phenomenon but an evolution of existing ICT practices.

Source: Mensah