Former President John Dramani Mahama has described the recent launch of the Digital Addressing System by the Akufo-Addo government as pitiful and embarrassing.
He does not understand why the President was made “to launch a Google GPS system that is freely available on our mobile phone and say it is a national addressing system.”
“Why will you embarrass the president so much? You go and take a whole president to bring him to come and launch a system that is 419,” John Mahama said.
The software, Ghana Post GPS was launched in October by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to host the Digital addressing system in partial fulfilment of the government’s promise to formalize the Ghanaian economy.
The project undertaken by Vokakom reportedly cost the state some $2.5million.
Following its launch, concerns emerged over the inability for users without internet to generate their digital addresses, resulting in a massive backlash from mainly Tech Experts.
Ghana Post is yet to roll out service centers with offline mode devices for the generation of digital addresses via text message for users without internet access.
According to him, the addressing system is shortchanging the tax payer for which reason someone must be made to pay for malfeasance.
Mr Mahama was speaking to party members in Cape Coast in the Central Regional capital, after the National Democratic Congress (NDC) held its third Unity Walk, Sunday.
He said he had taken a back seat after leaving office to cut President Akufo-Addo some slack so he can settle in office however, “it looks like NPP is whittling away its honeymoon period with the mistakes that it is doing.”
The former President therefore charged the President to “show that he is serious about corruption” by holding someone accountable for the launch of the $2.5 million digital addressing system which he describes as fraudulent.
“When we talk about accountability, this is where the president should show that he is serious about corruption.
Somebody must account for 15 million giving away free of charge. When I was in office, there was a bus branding incident, GH¢3.6m, a minister of state resigned because of GH¢3.6m,” John Mahama said.
He said if a party comes into office and wants to cover up scandals by refusing to investigate them stressing, “the toughness of the fight against corruption is that you are able to take action against your own people. And that is what we did in office.”
Mr Mahama said President Akufo-Addo has not been able to “take firm action in anything” happening under his watch.