Dr. Gideon Boako, the spokesperson for Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, has vehemently refuted claims that former Trade Minister Alan Kwadwo Kyerematen was responsible for the implementation of the Paperless Port policy.
Dr. Boako asserted that it was Dr. Bawumia who deserves credit for the initiative, dismissing any individual attributions.
The response comes after Nana Ohene Ntow, a former General Secretary of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), argued during an interview on Face to Face on Citi TV on June 13 that Alan Kyerematen should be credited for the policy.
However, Dr. Boako, in a subsequent interview on Face to Face on June 20, described Ohene Ntow's comments as lies and emphasized his lack of knowledge about government affairs.
“He [Ohene Ntow] has no idea, ignore all those comments, no need to respond, all of them are lies. Don't listen to some of these things. Nana Ohene Ntow is never close to the government, he doesn't even know what happens in government,” said Dr. Boako.
Dr. Boako further stated that Alan Kyerematen did not participate in the meetings with port officials and freight forwarders regarding the Paperless Port initiative, and he saw no interplay of Kyerematen's involvement in digitalization efforts.
Additionally, Dr. Boako highlighted that during conferences held by Vice President Bawumia, representatives from various countries were present to discuss the Paperless Port initiative, but Alan Kyerematen was not part of those conferences.
“Let's ask ordinary Ghanaians who they associate the Paperless Port with. I don't need to get into it because of the internal elections. I was with the Vice President when he paid an unannounced visit to the port, it was when we went there that he made that policy initiative,” explained Dr. Boako.
He emphasized that Dr. Bawumia personally identified himself with the port issues, brought forth the policy, and organized a two-day conference on the Paperless Port in Ghana, involving participants from renowned ports around the world.