Sulemana Abdul-Rauf, an Anti-Graft Crusader, is aspiring for Parliament in Ghana with the campaign promise of harnessing Blockchain technology for the country’s economic development. He also intends to champion Individual Liberty and Free Market Policies.
The Blockchain enthusiast who is running on the ballot of the ruling Centre-Right Party will face the first challenge in primaries in his constituency with three other contestants. If he can scale this hurdle, then he would go on to contest the incumbent Member of Parliament who is from the Social Democratic party.
He believes that Blockchain has an enormous potential to lift his country out of poverty and would be championing its adoption in the 275 member parliament dominated by his party. QBITtimes has been following his campaign and decided to interview him.
QT: It is interesting to note the steps you have taken. Tell our readers about your background?
Sulemana Abdul-Rauf: I was born and bred in Kumbungu District in the Northern Region of Ghana, West Africa. I studied Procurement and Supply Chain Management and Logistics and Supply Chain Management at the Sunyani Technical University and the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, respectively. I am an activist who champions the fight against corruption. For almost a decade, I have pushed for accountability and transparency in my district and beyond. In fact, I’m the founder of the Anti-Corruption Think Tank, Friends of Good Governance which principal purpose is Honesty, Accountability and Transparency in all levels of governance. My community refers to me as an anti-corruption crusader.
QT: Can you throw light on the political journey you are pursuing?
SAR: I am aspiring for Parliament in the Kumbugu Constituency on the ballot for the upcoming primaries of the ruling party in late September. As I’ve been parroting on the campaign trail, I would vigorously champion Blockchain technology adoption and advocate for its use in E-Governance. Our country is caught in a barbed web of corruption that is stealing the future of our future leaders.
“Imagine if we could have the national budget on a public Blockchain where everyone can track government expenditure and projects from conception to completion? There are more than 50,000 land disputes before our law courts, some as old as 25 years. Foreigners are today using our passports to commit crimes in Europe, America, Asia and other African countries. We need Blockchain Tech to run record-keeping, bank the over 80% unbanked populace and issue land titles as a solution to land disputes threatening the peace of this country. It is my commitment, as a youth leader since 2009, who has a significant influence on the youth of my community to push for training in Blockchain technology. Our young ones learning to code would create unprecedented job opportunities, and they can compete on the global level.”
WIth Decentralised Ledger Technology, we stand a chance to improve upon our fragile infrastructure and can build a 5G internet on the Blockchain, which would bring in a lot of revenue for the state. I stand for Individual Liberty and a Blockchain Regulatory Policy that would create an enabling environment to put Ghana on the map as a preferred destination for foreign direct investment.
Sulemana Promoting Dash To Businesses In Northern Ghana
QT: How did you get into Blockchain?
SAR: I first heard about the Blockchain in 2015 at a Seminar that was organised by one Abdul Salam Mahamadu, and his colleagues from the Centre for Liberty and Entrepreneurship. Since then, I haven’t looked back. After studying the technology for a while, I was able to grasp its capability. I have promoted so many Blockchain, and Crypto projects like Dash, Smartcash, Bitcoin Cash. Further, I am a team member of a project that was initially called Dash Direct and later became “Givedirect, with the primary aim to help end extreme poverty in the world.
Currently, I represent Aeryus, which is a Blockchain solution company based in America. I have been a public speaker for Blockchain technology and how best it can help bring sanity into governance and community development.
QT: What informed your decision to make Blockchain the backbone of your campaign?
SAR: I have seen how both banks and microfinance firms have taken advantage of petty traders in my community when they save their monies with them. What we intend doing is to ensure a free market and individual liberty. Assist businesses to make use of the Blockchain for the following Benefits:
- Borderless transaction
- Minimal charges
- Speed of Transaction
It is my uppermost campaign message to ensure that our people are given power back so they can run their businesses effectively and efficiently.
“My country has paid so much lip service to Decentralisation since the 1993 Local Governance Act was enacted. Power is always centred in the capital. It’s time to bring real Decentralisation to the grassroots using technology like the Blockchain. There are so many problems in this country that DLT can solve.”
Challenges And Reality
QT: Are there any challenges you are encountering in this endeavour?
SAR: The impediments are the need to create more awareness of the importance, and how useful Blockchain can be to business, Agriculture, education, governance and all facets of human lives. Most importantly, the government must realise we shouldn’t be left behind as a nation. Missing this golden opportunity would be catastrophic. Moreover, posterity won’t forgive us.
QT: There have been many instances where African politicians come up with great ideas like what you are talking about now. However, the moment they are elected, they forget about them and join the looting troop. What makes your case different but not one of the empty promises?
SAR: My record of serving my community stands out. We can’t afford to miss such a huge opportunity like this and send another generation into abject poverty. The only thing I can say is that if I don’t serve the people, they should vote me out. We can’t let stupid selfishness stands in the way of human prosperity.