President Mahama goes hi-tech again
GOVERNMENT| Jan. 8, 2013, 6:43 a.m.
By Nana Appiah Acquaye, Accra, Ghana
John Dramani Mahama has officially been sworn in as Ghana’s 4th President of the fourth republic at a grand swearing-in ceremony well attended by both national and international dignitaries, including the Former United National General Secretary, Kofi Annan, two former heads of state, Jerry John Rawlings and John Agyekum Kufour, and South African President Jacob Zuma.
H.E John Mahama, who was sworn in by the Chief Justice Georgina Theodora Woods, called for national unity that would enable the nation serve as a beacon of hope on the African continent.
The President, who is been described by many on several social networks as the ‘technology savvy president’, gave a good account of himself during his address to the teeming crowd that thronged the Independence Square, when he was seen reading from a white Samsung Galaxy tab.
This gesture by the President although is not the first time been seen using a smart tab to deliver his address, has generated lots of debate on social network platform like facebook, while others tweeted their impressions about the hi-tech way in which the President is running his office.
Earlier on last week, the President made another ‘smart’ move, this time on the floor of parliament.
For the first time in the history of Ghana’s parliament. the president was seen delivering his final address to the august house in an “ex-tempo” manner, using two visual screens and a teleprompter.
In his address at the Independence Square, President Mahama noted that Ghana is on the cusp of enormous transformation and is moving forward at a rapid pace.
“New resources are at our disposal; new alliances are being formed. The opportunities posed by these gains could result in a self-sufficiency that was always imagined and desired, but was never a realistic occurrence in the foreseeable future, not in the way it is right now,” he said.
“Ghana should, and will, be a place where economic opportunities are available to everyone. I recognize the vital role that our private sector, especially small and indigenous businesses, plays in the expansion of our workforce as well as in the growth and stability of our economy.
I want to assure the business community that I will be an ally. I will extend whatever support I am able to reinforce your contributions to our development,” he added.
MORE GOVERNMENT NEWS
Online condolences flood in for SataZambians and non-Zambians have flooded social media sites with condolences over the death of the country’s president Michael Sata at the age of 77. Read More
Harnessing support for Government to leverage Open SourceFree Open Source Software (FOSS) has huge potential to be an enabler for effective service delivery, says T-Systems. Read More
Rwanda to fast-track cashless societyThe Government of Rwanda has moved to accelerate its plans to transform Rwanda into a cashless economy. Read More
Senegal moves to protect citizens’ personal dataSenegal has launched a major public consultation exercise to seek practical and operational solutions to protect its citizens’ personal information, and promote the development of the digital economy. Read More
Rwanda re-elected member of ITU CouncilRwanda has been re-elected a member state of the Council of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) for 2014-2018. Read More
Tanzania’s 2014-2025 energy reform roadmap to successTanzania’s Ministry of Energy and Minerals has published an Electricity Supply Industry Reform Strategy and Roadmap for 2014 to 2025. Read More
ICT put to good use in Botswana electionsBotswana voters went to the polls today in an election that that been characterised by innovative ICT use. Read More
Presidential candidates say no to BTCL privatisationFormer Malawian president Joyce Banda graced the live Gabz FM Botswana presidential candidates debates at Westwood primary school, where the two presidential candidates present say the BTCL IPO is in vain. Read More
Rwanda’s Minister of Youth and ICT addresses ITU Plenipotentiary ConferenceRwanda’s Minister of Youth and ICT, Jean Philbert Nsengimana, today addressed the 19th International Telecommunication Union plenipotentiary conference in South Korea. Read More
FEATURED STORYGrowing African focus on data security
Beachhead Solutions’ new SA and Mauritius country manager explains the challenges and solutions around securing customer data and compliance with new personal information legislation.
BEST READ NEWS
IN DEPTHAfrica lags on digital migration
Only three African countries have so far completed the digital migration process, and serious issues are hampering the migration in other nations.
COMPANY NEWSSchneider Electric off-grid, on-profit solutions to create social change in African rural communitie
Schneider Electric South Africa has set itself a target to create access to energy for 20,000 Africans by the end of this year.SAP accelerates shift to the Cloud with 41% revenue growth in third quarter
SAP has once again raised its revenue outlook, reporting broad market adoption of SAP HANA and its ‘Run Simple’ strategy validated.