Former President John Mahama has taken a swipe at President Nana Akufo-Addo over the launch of the digital Addressing System, calling it “419” ( fraud).
Addressing the National Democratic Congress(NDC) Unity walk in Cape Coast in the Central Region on Sunday, Mr Mahama said new governments, all over the world, are often given honeymoon periods to roll out their policies.
However, he said the Akufo-Addo administration is committing so many mistakes and that the President is not acting boldly to correct them.
One of such mistakes, the ex-president said, is the launch of the Ghana Post GPS App.
“How can you launch a Google GPS system that is freely available on our mobile phones and say it is a national addressing system,” he quizzed, adding: “It is such a pity. Why do you embarrass the President so much.”
“You go and bring a whole president to launch a system that is essentially a 419,” he noted.
According to him, someone must be held accountable over the digital addressing system, charging the President to show accountability.
He said: “When you talk about accountability, this is where the president must show seriousness about corruption. Somebody must account for GHC15 million Ghana cedis given away free of charge.”
He said when the bus branding scandal happened under his watch, he instructed the Attorney General to investigate and a colossal sum of money was retrieved from the state.
Sadly, he noted, the president is unable to take “firm action against” his appointees.
He said to “tackle corruption, you must take firm action against your own people.”
On Wednesday (October 18, 2017) President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo launched the National Digital Property Addressing System, also known as the Ghana Post GPS.
The app for the system was developed by VOKACOM. Asaase GPS will be used to generate street address and postcode in Ghana.
The system, said to have cost Ghana $2.5 million, will see Ghana pay tech giant Google $400,000 yearly for embedding the company’s online map into the digital addressing system.