Bawumia explains ‘I will choose Ghana Card over 1,000 interchanges’ comment

Vice President Mahamudu Bawumia has vehemently defended his polarizing statement that he prefers the Ghana Card over the 1,000 interchanges. Dr. Bawumia asserted that the national identification card is more advantageous than 1,000 interchanges while speaking at the Accra Business School.

 

Since we developed a national identification system, 16 million Ghanaians now have unique identities, which is a significant improvement. Additionally, a lot of individuals occasionally fail to recognize the significance of the Ghana card. He stated at the Accra Business School, “But if you handed me 1,000 interchanges and a Ghana Card, I would prefer the Ghana Card because it is more impactful. This remark caused outrage among some members of the public and the NDC, the opposition party.The Vice President has responded to his critics after more than two weeks. While addressing attendees at the Friday Civil Service Awards ceremony, he attempted to defend the remark.

 

“You can only imagine the uproar that produced as people questioned whether the man was insane.

 

He questioned.

 

For the first time in the history of our nation, according to Dr. Bawumia, we have a biometric identification system that allows us to uniquely identify every person, whether they are living or dead.

 

He thinks that this will get rid of phantom identities from government payrolls and maybe save Ghana millions of cedis.Therefore, the issue of ghost names on our public sector payroll will be resolved right away. At the National Service Scheme, we discovered 14,000 ghost workers, which allowed us to save 114 million Ghana cedis annually from just one institution. Recently, SSNIT reported discovering 27,000 fake pensioners who were receiving 327 million cedis annually.According to the Vice President, the Ghana card number has also evolved into the TIN for Ghanaians and would aid in the integration of databases, increase tax collection, and ultimately generate more income for the nation.

 

He claims that these savings, along with the many other advantages Ghana stands to gain, were what motivated him to choose a Ghana Card over a network of 1,000 interchanges because it would save Ghana millions of cedis while also reducing corruption.

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