The Initiators of Change Foundation, an organisation focused on governance, poverty reduction, empowerment, and human resources has presented a Lifetime Portrait Award to Vice President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia after he was adjudged Africa’s Digital Revolutionary Leader of the Decade.
A citation accompanying the Award read, “Upon your assumption of office as The Vice President of Ghana, we recognise that you have re-directed Ghana’s manual systems to that of digitisation to fast track the national development agenda.
“You spearheaded the paperless and digitisation agenda of Ghana to formalise and transform the country’s economy and further bring about inclusion. Notable among your initiatives include the Zipline technology otherwise known as drones for quicker healthcare delivery, paperless National Health Insurance registration and renewal, paperless port system, digitisation of the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Authority (DVLA), National Digital Property Addressing System, National ID Cards, ECG power purchase made easy, mobile payments interoperability platform, and many others.”
These technological introductions, the citation said, have reduced the cost of doing business and have instead increased productivity.
For these and many more, the Initiators of Change Foundation said they honour “you as ‘Africa’s Digital Revolutionary Leader of the Decade’ in recognition and appreciation of the positive impact you have made on society and the development of Ghana.”
Presenting the Award to Dr Bawumia at the Jubilee House, Accra, on Tuesday, 13 July 2021, the Foundation’s Executive Director, Kofi Gyan, and some members of the Board of Trustees, including Most Rev Dr Aboagye-Mensah, former Presiding Bishop of the Methodist Church, commended the Vice President for “the good work he is doing” to help accelerate Ghana’s development.
The Award, a pencil art drawing of the Vice President, is to symbolise the enduring legacy of Dr Bawumia’s works and “in recognition and appreciation of the positive impact you have made on society and the development of Ghana.”
The Executive Director of the Foundation said it had in the past recognised and awarded several distinguished persons, including past Presidents, some politicians and civil servants.
“This year, 2021, the Foundation is 10 years, and as part of our 10th anniversary, the Board decided that we should focus on public servants because public servants are also doing a lot in terms of the development of the country. Your Excellency, after deliberations, considerations and research, your name came up as ‘Africa’s Digital Revolutionary Leader of the Decade.”
Vice President Bawumia thanked the Foundation for the Award and pledged his continued commitment to achieving President Akufo-Addo’s vision to move Ghana to the next stage of her development while reducing the burden on the poor and the vulnerable who are largely excluded from society.
He said digitisation and the digital revolution in Ghana would be key ways to help the poor and marginalised in society and include them.
The Initiators of Change Foundation (ICF) is a non-governmental organisation that focuses m on governance, poverty reduction, empowerment and human resource development.
Its Board of Trustees includes Most Rev Dr Aboagye-Mensah, former Presiding Bishop of the Methodist Church; Prof (Mrs) Miranda Greenstreet; Prof Alexa NtimAbankwa; Mr Kwame Amporfo Twumasi; Dr Joyce Aryee; Dr Mrs Nana Yaa Owusu-Prempeh and Dr Isaac Owusu Mensah. Former President John Agyekum Kufuor is the Life Patron.
Rex Mainoo Yeboah, ISD