[ 2017-11-07 ]
Bawumia behaving like a ‘heartless’ serial caller – Ofosu Kwakye
A former Deputy Minister for Communication, Felix
Ofosu Kwakye, has likened Vice President Bawumia’s
recent utterances on Ghana’s Digital Property
System to political serial callers who call into
FM stations to rant over issues.
He made the comment on Eyewitness News on Monday.
According to Mr. Ofosu Kwakye, Dr. Bawumia must
desist from purporting to be educating former
President Mahama on national issues since John
Mahama is far knowledgeable in such issues.
The Vice President, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia took a
swipe at John Mahama over the latter’s criticism
of the government’s recently launched Digital
Property Addressing System, Ghana Post GPS.
John Mahama, while addressing teeming supporters
of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) after
its Unity Walk in the Central Region on Sunday,
said “How can you launch a Google GPS system that
is freely available on our mobile phone and say it
is a national addressing system. It is such a
pity. Why will you embarrass the president so
much? You go and take a whole president to bring
him to come and launch a system that is 419,”
but Bawumia believes Mahama’s comment was from
an ill-informed position.
He said, “I read that the former President
described Ghana’s National Digital Addressing
system as a 419 scam. When I read his reasoning
for such a description, it became very evident to
me that he has no clue about what he was talking
about and was just engaged in parroting
propaganda. I actually had a good laugh.”
But Felix Ofosu Kwakye said the Vice President’s
response to his former boss was merely
“Listening to the Vice President, with the
greatest respect to him, one could mistake him for
a heartless NPP serial caller repeating the
propaganda lines that they became so enamored of
in the run-up the 2016 elections. He came across
as a man whose hyperbolic description of the Ghana
Post App has been punctured by sound technical
analysis by people who understand the sector and
applications like that. The Vice President is by
no means an IT expert, so what he read, was merely
what he has been told by the people who developed
the app,” he said.
“Several independent experts have assessed this
app and pointed out deep flaws which do not
justify the amount of money that has been invested
into it….What government is required to do, is to
take on board the criticisms of the experts who
have spoken and to look into talks about inflation
of the cost of the app. It does not lie in the
mouth of the Vice President to come and purport to
educate John Mahama on anything,” he added.
Meanwhile, a Deputy Minister for Communication,
George Andah, says the former President’s comment
indicated that he lacked understanding of the
operations of digital property addressing
He said John Mahama has embarrassed himself with
the comment and his handlers must be blamed for
the wrong information he put out.
Ghana won’t pay Google for address system after
2017 – Andah
Government does not intend to make any more
license payments to Google, beyond 2017, for
embedding the company’s online map into the
country’s newly designed National Digital Property
Addressing System, Ghana Post GPS.
The management of Ghana Post had announced that
Ghana is to pay Google an amount of $400,000 as
a licensing fee annually, for making use of the
tech giant’s Google Maps platform.
But speaking on The Big Issue on Citi FM, the
Deputy Communications Minister, George Andah,
noted that “there are other solutions that are
going to come down the line.”
Source - citifmonline.com
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