Speaker of Parliament Alban Sumana Kingsford Bagbin has for the second time made a public reference to a name, Ramatu, that has come to be associated with Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia.
Whilst acknowledging dignitaries present after the swearing-in ceremony of Nana Addo on January 7th, the speaker mentioned one ‘Ramatu Bawumia’ as the spouse of Vice President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia.
What appeared to be a mistake stirred controversy on social media with allegations that the vice president has another wife named Ramatu.
At the back of this, some NDC MPs in the chamber of parliament yesterday after Nana Addo’s State of the Nation Adresss started chanting ”we want Ramatu” after the speaker acknowledge the presence of Vice President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia and his wife, Samira Bawumia.. (Watch the video here )
The speaker of parliament in his response to the Ramatu Bawumia chants said he don’t know anyone who has a girlfriend called Ramatu Bawumia.
Honorable members, I don’t know which of you has a girlfriend called Ramatu but we don’t have any dignitary here called Ramatu,” He noted.
Meanwhile at yesterday’s address, President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has announced that the National ID Card numbers will now be used as Tax Identification Numbers (TIN) and Social Security and National Insurance Trust (SSNIT) numbers.
According to him, the government has enrolled 15.5 million people onto the National ID card system known as the Ghana card and promised to complete the process this year.
The identification number replaces the TIN number with effect from April 1, 2021.