Vice President and Flagbearer of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, has highlighted several qualities he deems essential for Ghana’s next leadership during his address at the NPP International Conference in Johannesburg, South Africa, on Saturday, March 23.

Dr. Bawumia emphasized the necessity for a leader possessing vision and a demonstrated track record in addressing the country’s longstanding challenges. He asserted his own capabilities as a problem solver, citing several impactful policies he has spearheaded during his tenure as Vice President.

“Ghana requires leaders who are adept at solving problems, possess forward-thinking perspectives, and offer innovative ideas,” Dr. Bawumia asserted, underlining the importance of visionary and proactive leadership in propelling the nation towards progress and development.

Dr. Bawumia further reinforced his assertion by highlighting specific policy initiatives he has spearheaded during his tenure as Vice President, which he believes address significant generational challenges.

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These initiatives include:

1. The digital national identity system, which resolves the issue of lacking national identity and promotes inclusivity.
2. The national property address system, aimed at providing identity for properties and tackling related challenges.
3. Mobile money interoperability, which facilitates financial inclusion and advances towards a cashless society.
4. The digitalization of public services, fostering efficiency and combating corruption.
5. Delivery of essential drugs to remote areas via drones, ensuring widespread access to healthcare.
6. Other initiatives such as One Ambulance One Constituency and the Agenda 111 hospitals project, among others.

Dr. Bawumia’s reference to these policies underscores his commitment to problem-solving and innovation, as well as his belief in his capacity to address contemporary challenges facing Ghana.

“I may not have held the position of President yet, but my tenure as Vice President has demonstrated my commitment to hard work and my vision to address the generational challenges hindering our sustainable development,” stated Dr. Bawumia, emphasizing his readiness for presidential responsibilities.

In comparing himself to his primary competitor, former President John Mahama, Dr. Bawumia asserted his superiority based on his “track record, work ethics, and vision.” He criticized Mahama’s previous presidency, alleging that Mahama failed to effectively address corruption and other pressing issues. Dr. Bawumia also highlighted economic performance, claiming that Mahama’s tenure represented the worst economic record among all presidents in the Fourth Republic.

“John Mahama doesn’t embody change as he has already served as President and faced rejection twice, both in 2016 and 2020. In contrast, I have yet to hold the position of President, but my track record as Vice President speaks for itself. John Mahama symbolizes the past, while I represent the next chapter and the future of our country.”

 

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