The controversy has started again as to the government that deserves credit for the creation of a concept. Ghana is noted for such things and classical examples have been Free SHS, Terminal 3 and the Pokuase Interchange. The opposition National Democratic Congress and the ruling New Patriotic Party have once again started their trade of words after Vice President Bawumia presented the government’s achievement in digitalization.
One of the key controversies was who introduced mobile money interoperability. According to the NPP they are the ones who have given Ghana a name when it comes to digitalization. They argued that they have introduced a data system, digital address system, Ghana card, mobile money and a host of simpler wats of doing business.
Yesterday, Dr. Bawumia as on other days claimed that the mobile money interoperability system introduced by NPP was the first of its kind. In a sharp rebuttal, the NDC’s candidate for the Awutu Senya East constituency on GHOne’s ‘GHToday’ has argued that this was untrue. According to her mobile money interoperability was started by John Mahama. She explained that most of the things being claimed by the NPP were started by John Mahama and as such it was mischievous for anyone to credit everything to the NPP.
Fatima Abubakr, Deputy Minister for Information debunked those claims of credit being given to JM and insisted that the only thing that the JM government did when it comes to mobile money interoperability was to secure Sibton as a service provider, something that was even fraudulent to the nation’s coffers.
She explained that Ghanaians must be grateful to the NPP government and Dr. Bawumia for the measures instituted to make life easier. She added that mobile money interoperability isn’t just about sending money from one network to the other but rather from different network, across mobile banking apps and many others. She was emphatic that it was the NPP that started mobile money interoperability in Ghana.
Many NDC big wigs have also come out to counter the digitalization successes of the NPP. They claim it was John Mahama who built Ghana’s Data Centre and filled it with equipment. They say John Mahama built the digital center too, laid a fiber optic background from the South to the north and crowned it with one from the East to the West. They conclude that this is was laid the foundation for the NPP to build on. The conversation continues as to who owns the bragging rights when it comes to Ghana’s digitalization drive.
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