Dear countrymen, Educate Africa Institute (EAI) monitored the State of the Nation Address and at some point in the address President Nana Addo said “I take responsibility for whatever happens in the country” Literally, he meant that Ghanaians must not credit or blame Dr. Bawumia for any good or mess up in the government.

Honestly speaking, our President tried to be smart but some of us got the inkling. I could deduce the major role his Vice President is playing in this administration.
I have carefully referred to some points he mentioned in the address about the inputs of Dr. Bawumia. And it backstabbed the president. Keenly read the below statement;

President Nana Akufo-Addo has described the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) as a “digitalization” government.

According to him, the transformative policies undertaken by his administration for the past seven years were successfully spearheaded by his “indefatigable” Vice President, Dr Mahamadu Bawumia.

Delivering the State of the Nation Address (SONA) in Parliament on February 27, President Akufo-Addo described him as “Dr. Digitalisation”.

He explained that despite the financial crisis the country encountered in the past years, the NPP government has made it possible to showcase an array of developmental projects through digitalization.

According to President Akufo-Addo, the 2024 flagbearer of the NPP is set to launch a system that will help Ghanaians track all government projects.

“We are calling it the Performance Tracker. You can check and satisfy yourself about the status of the projects and their location, and you could stop by and make a physical inspection if you were so minded.

“Mr Speaker, if you want to check on roads, classroom blocks, or CHP compounds Agenda 111 hospitals, bridges, science laboratories, water projects, sanitation projects, landing sites and harbors, and other infrastructural projects, whatever this Government used your tax money to execute, the key to your query is right there on your phone,” he said.

President Akufo-Addo further explained that the Performance Tracker will be formally launched in March, stating that it would help bring accountability to Ghanaians.

“I can recommend the Performance Tracker in the sure knowledge that the Akufo-Addo Government has done more in education in terms of student enrolment, teacher training and employment, and provision of infrastructure, than any government; we have similarly done more in health, agriculture, security, roads, railways, tourism, digitalization than any other Government.

“Thanks to the Performance Tracker, the President no longer has to go through lists, and I have the confidence to say that every performance indicator used shows we have done more in these seven (7) years than in any of the eight (8) years under the NDC.”

President Akufo-Addo said his administration has modernized and formalized the economy through digitalization and embarked on one of the most far-reaching digitalization exercises in Africa.

“Up from the figure of nine hundred thousand (900,000), which we inherited when we came into office in 2017, we have, thus far, enrolled 17.6 million on the Ghana card, and, therefore, provided unique biometric identity to the majority of Ghanaians. We have also implemented a digital property address system with unique addresses for all properties in Ghana.”

Regarding the implementation of mobile money interoperability, President Akufo-Addo stated that the government has provided access to financial services for adult Ghanaians through mobile money accounts that are linked with bank accounts.

“Ghana is now ranked number one in Africa in terms of access to financial inclusion. We have digitalized the provision of public services at the ports, DVLA, NHIS, GRA, Births and Deaths, Registrar of Companies, ECG, and Ghana Water, amongst others.

“Ghana is ranked number one in West Africa and number seven in Africa in e-Governance. We have also implemented the use of drones in the delivery of medicines, blood, and vaccines, and Ghana currently runs the world’s largest medical drone delivery service.

“We have also networked all teaching, regional, and district hospitals, and patient records can easily be accessed in these hospitals without the need for a folder,” the President said.

He emphasized that Ghana is making giant strides in the area of digitalization, thereby improving transparency, accountability, and efficiency in the public sector, and accelerating the growth of the economy.

“We are going to be part of the digital revolution that is sweeping the world,” the President noted.

So, dear countrymen, the above statement indicates that President Nana Addo can not take all the credit and the discredits alone. There is no way he can succeed or fall alone without the Vice President, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia. He tried to be smart and trick us but it didn’t work. Our President has become a walking controversy. The New Patriotic Party (NPP) needs to be very careful as they approach an election epoch. Such simple gimmicks could be detrimental to their fortunes.

I saw something and I am saying something.

EAI will continue to brief everyone on educational matters captured in the address soon.

Ghana first.


William Boadi
Executive Director of EAI, Educationist, Political analyst, and Social Worker.