We’re eager to break up Corruption through digitizing – Dr Bawumiah

The Vice-President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia has reiterated the government’s determination to take the fight against corruption a notch higher by employing various techniques, including the building of anti-corruption systems and greater application of technology.

Dr Bawumiah said this in his sessional address during acclamation of Nana Addo as presidential candidate for NPP in 2020 election  held at the Alisa Hotel Accra June 26, 2020, Dr Bawumia outlined the benefits of the government’s digitisation agenda in the fight against corruption, emphasising: “We are putting in place digital systems to reduce the opportunities for corruption. Such measures are beginning to yield positive fruits, and we are confident that this is the way to go.”

“One of the areas that we have focused on in the last few years in the fight against corruption has been in introducing digitisation in a lot of the public sector.”

“This is really very important because one of the problems that we have had in our country, and in many developing countries, is the problem of a highly informal society.

“When you have a highly informal society, you have the thriving of informal ways of doing things; the thriving of corrupt ways of executing transactions, because there is no transparency when you have informality which is clouding everything that you do.

“And, so, one of our major initiatives that we are driving in the public sector, is digitisation. And by digitisation, what you are doing is essentially reducing the human interface between the public and those who deliver government services… The technologies are going to disrupt corruption. When we talk about digitisation, we are talking about disrupting corruption, so that you look at systems that will be disruptive of corruption and introduce transparency.

“With digitisation, what you are trying to do is stop corruption ex ante rather than deal with it ex post (before the fact and not after the fact).

“The digitisation agenda, which includes the National Identification System, Digital Postal Address System, Paperless Port Systems, E-Justice Systems, pensions and insurance data, digitised land registry and Mobile Money Interoperability System, will together enhance transparency and accountability and improve the efficiency of many government agencies in terms of service delivery and ultimately help to prevent and eliminate corruption