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Yayra Koku and NDC in Epic Fail: A masterclass in Self-Destruction and gross incompetence



In addressing the alarms and misconceptions circulated by the NDC regarding the newly launched Tap N’ Go transport service and the installation of CCTV cameras in buses, it is essential to provide a comprehensive explanation to clarify the technological underpinnings and intentions behind these initiatives. The narrative suggesting that the installation of CCTV cameras implies a breach of privacy or unauthorized data transmission to foreign entities reflects a fundamental misunderstanding of both the technology in use and its application in modern governance.
To put it on record, The Vice President, H.E. Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, launched the Tap N’ Go transport service, not a bus monitoring system as incorrectly portrayed. This service represents a significant leap forward in digitizing Ghana’s public transport system, offering a seamless, efficient, and user-friendly platform for managing public transportation. The Tap N’ Go service is a standalone digitalization solution designed to facilitate transactions and improve the commuting experience across Ghana, showcasing the government’s commitment to leveraging technology for public service improvement.
The CCTV cameras as captured in his photos during the launch are part of a separate initiative by Metro Mass Transit Limited, aimed at enhancing security and accountability within the transport sector. These cameras are installed independently of the Tap N’ Go system and serve a distinct purpose: to monitor activities within buses to ensure passenger safety and ensure accountability of their drivers. There is no integration or data exchange between the CCTV system and the Tap N’ Go service, underscoring the targeted approach to addressing different aspects of transport service enhancement.
The misinformation appears to be rooted in a lack of understanding regarding CCTV systems and IP addresses. CCTV (Closed-Circuit Television) systems are widely used for security purposes, allowing for the monitoring, and recording of activities within various settings. These systems can operate with direct-to-device storage, ensuring that footage is stored locally and not transmitted externally unless explicitly configured to do so. Since the NDC have displayed their incompetence and their lack of comprehension of digitalization and its underlying related systems, let me offer a simple explanation to the operational framework of CCTV systems and the use of public IP addresses:
CCTV Systems: Closed-Circuit Television (CCTV) systems are widely utilized for security and surveillance purposes, allowing for the continuous monitoring, and recording of activities within various settings. These systems are designed to operate with a high degree of autonomy, capturing video footage that can be stored directly on devices such as DVRs or NVRs. The primary aim is to enhance security and provide a mechanism for accountability and oversight.

Public IP Addresses: The operation of CCTV systems over the internet is facilitated using public IP addresses. These addresses allow devices to connect to the internet, enabling the transmission and reception of data over this global network. A public IP address acts as a unique identifier for devices, allowing for the remote access of CCTV footage from any location with internet connectivity. Moreover, the use of public IP addresses does not inherently imply that data is being sent overseas. Public IP addresses simply enable devices to communicate over the internet, allowing for remote access to CCTV footage under secured conditions. This capability is a standard feature in modern CCTV systems, designed for convenience and operational flexibility, not for unauthorized data sharing.

The concerns about data privacy and the speculative transmission of data to foreign countries stem from a misunderstanding of how public IP address’s function. Using a public IP address for CCTV systems does not mean that data is automatically sent abroad. Instead, it provides a means for remote access, underpinned by security protocols that ensure data integrity and privacy. Again, H.E. Bawumia launched a Tap N’ Go transport service and not a CCTV camera. Why is the NDC focusing on the camera? This illustrates the NDC’s pattern of emphasizing trivial matters while neglecting significant ones, highlighting their profound incompetence and a stark inability to discern between critical national priorities and minor distractions.
Metro Mass Transit Limited’s incorporation of CCTV cameras is a strategic measure aimed at curbing revenue leakages and enhancing operational transparency. The CEO of Metro Mass Transit Limited has highlighted the effectiveness of these measures, noting a significant improvement in revenue generation with fewer buses, thanks to the adoption of digitalization solutions like Tap N’ Go and the strategic use of CCTV surveillance. It is worth celebrating that Metro Mass Transit Limited was losing 50% of its revenue annually but with the implementation of Tap n’ Go, the leakages have been plugged and today, Metro Mass is getting more revenue from 200 buses than it did from 500 buses. This possibility approach not only improves efficiency but also reinforces the company’s commitment to accountability and passenger safety.
The opposition’s myopic narrative not only misrepresents the technological and operational realities of these initiatives but also undermines the progress being made in modernizing Ghana’s public transport system. It is regrettable that a lack of technological literacy and an apparent bias towards misinformation could detract from constructive discourse on national development. In moving forward, it is crucial to engage with these subjects with informed understanding and in the spirit of constructive criticism, aiming towards the collective betterment of Ghana’s transport ecosystem and public services at large.
In summary, the initiatives introduced by Vice President H.E. Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, including the Tap N’ Go transport service and the separate implementation of CCTV cameras in buses by Metro Mass Transport, reflect a comprehensive strategy to modernize and secure Ghana’s public transport system. These measures are grounded in a clear understanding of digitalization technologies and their application in enhancing public services, aiming to foster a safer, more efficient, and transparent transport ecosystem for the benefit of all Ghanaians.
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Source: Bright Gyimah “LEVELS”| Contributor


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