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I’M NOT CAMPAIGNING FOR 2020 - Veep reacts to mischief

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The Office of the Vice President, Mahamudu Bawumia, has strongly disassociated itself from posters making rounds that he has begun a campaign to lead the New Patriotic Party into the 2020 elections.

The Office of the Vice President, Mahamudu Bawumia, has strongly disassociated itself from posters making rounds that he has begun a campaign to lead the New Patriotic Party into the 2020 elections.

 

Communications Director at the Office of the Vice President, Frank Agyei Twum, says the posters purporting to indicate that Dr Bawumia is lacing his boots to lead the NPP in the next general elections, “is clear that the perpetrator(s) of this act intend to cause disaffection for the Vice President but their campaign will fail.”

“For the avoidance of doubt, we wish to state unequivocally that the posters are the figment of the imagination of the originator(s),” Mr Agyei Twum said in a statement issued yesterday.

To this end, he called on all Ghanaians and the general public to treat the poster campaign with the contempt it deserved.

Many believe the purported posters are meant to create dissatisfaction for Dr Bawumia, while seeking to create distrust between him and the President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo.

Dr Bawumia, during the 2012 and 2016 campaign periods, was a torn in the flesh of the then ruling National Democratic Congress and played a major role in the NPP’s victory in the 2016 elections.

The Vice President has been very instrumental in the 10-month old administration of the Akufo-Addo led government, focusing largely on reforms in critical state agencies in a bid to block loopholes, and help the country generate more revenue for development projects.

Key among them is the paperless Port Transaction system which took off successfully on Friday September 1, 2017, at the ports.

In May 2017, the Vice President gave three directives at a port efficiency conference he organised to improve trade in the country.

The directives included the removal of all customs barriers on the country’s transit corridor, a joint inspection by all regulatory agencies at the ports and a hundred percent paperless transactions at the ports.

Initial assessment of the implementation of the paperless system has shown a revenue collection improvement of 56 per cent.

According to Dr Bawumia, revenue at the ports increased from GHc130 million in the first week of September 2016, to GHc213 million in the same period for 2017.

The Vice President is currently fronting the implementation of the digital addressing system which would be launched in a week’s time.

The digital addressing system will be one of the most advanced in the world when rolled out and currently has 16.1 billion unique addresses.

The addressing system is part of the institutional reforms by the government aimed at easing business registration and other accountability and management purposes.