Accra Mayor welcomes ICT grant

GOVERNMENT

|
Image: Mayor of Accra, Alfred Nii Oko Vanderpuye. By Nana Appiah Acquaye
Mayor of Accra, Alfred Nii Oko Vanderpuye

By Nana Appiah Acquaye, Accra, Ghana

The Mayor of Accra, Alfred Nii Oko Vanderpuye, says the grant won by the city of Accra under the IBM Smarter Cities Challenge will help bring drastic improvement in the social and infrastructural development of the city.

Accra was one of four African cities among the 33 cities chosen to receive IBM Smarter City Challenge grants this year. IBM’s Smarter Cities Challenge, launched last year, is a three-year, USD50 million initiative in which IBM sends  teams of experts in a range of disciplines to help cities formulate strategies for improving the quality of life for their citizens.

African cities that earned grants this year included Accra, Ghana;  Nairobi, Kenya; Rabat, Morocco and Tshwane, South Africa.

Mayor Vanderpuye told Biztechafrica that Ghana is on course to improve all its major cities, using ICTs as a driving tool.

Speaking in an interview at his office in the central business of Accra, the mayor, who describes himself as an ardent user of the latest IT gadgets, says he believed that the city of Accra was adjudged a Millennium City, based on the sustainable developments undertaken by the Government of Ghana and the Accra Metropolitan Assembly(AMA) since 2009.

These measures include the abolishing of the Basic Education School Shift System to improve the quality of education in all Government public schools in the city, he said. Under this system, the assembly, together with other Government agencies, provided new and furbished classroom blocks with the state of the art ICT laboratories to enhance the quality of teaching and learning in these schools.

Vanderpuye said the Assembly would not relent at all in its efforts to propel the developmental agenda of the city of Accra, using well tested and up to date ICTs. 

He applauded the commitment shown by some financial institutions, including Zenith Bank of Ghana, for contributing desktop PCs and other accessories to support the Assembly’s work.

The Mayor disclosed that the city has spent about GH.C 12 million on improving ICT laboratories of some educational institutions in Accra.

Vanderpuye said he had met the IBM technological experts who were in the country as part of the Smarter Cities grant programme,  to assist the Accra Metropolitan Assembly to harness ICTs to improve upon its Revenue Mobilization mechanism in the city.

Vanderpuye said in the interview that if all the city’s revenue collections were done through the use of ICT tools, there would be less corruption within the system thereby helping the Assembly to meet its annual financial quota.

He further pointed to the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT), which was commissioned last year by the Vice President of Ghana, as one of the city’s projects that will be driven mainly on the back of ICT. 

“With help from IBM experts we will be able to know the right kind of technological systems to install at all bus terminals thus ensuring a smooth operations of the system and also to maximize the city’s revenue collection,” he added.



Share the News

Get Daily Newsletter

comments powered by Disqus

MORE GOVERNMENT NEWS

Safaricom dominance under discussion in Parliament

A bill aimed at levelling Kenya’s telecommunications sector by declaring leading operator, Safaricom, as dominant in the industry, is now in Kenya’s parliament. Read More

KRA marks 2 millionth iTax registration

The Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA), has sealed a major milestone in its organisational transformation journey, with the registration of its 2millionth iTax client. Read More

CBN extends BVN enrolment

The Central Bank of Nigeria has extended the timeline for the enrolment for the national Bank Verification Number (BVN).   Read More

NITA gets a new boss

Ghana’s President John Dramani Mahama has appointed a 35 year old computer scientist, George Atta-Boateng, as Acting Director General of the National Information and Technology Agency. Read More

Nigeria BVN deadline looms

Bank customers in Nigeria are reported to be rushing to register for their biometric banking ID as the deadline for the BVNs looms. Read More

Young entrepreneurs in Rwanda told to be more creative

The latest YouthKonnekt Hangout hosted by Rwanda’s Ministry of Youth and ICT (MYICT) in partnership with UNDP, ADMA, Tigo, and HeHe Labs, has urged young entrepreneurs to be innovative. Read More

Jumia gets visit from Côte d’Ivoire Minister

Côte d’Ivoire’s Minister of Post and Information and Communication Technology, Bruno Kone, has paid a visit to the offices of e-commerce firm Jumia. Read More

African heads of state to participate in TGAIS

Five heads of state have already confirmed their participation in the 2015 Global African Investment Summit.  Read More

Francis Wangusi reappointed CAK DG

The Board of the Communications Authority of Kenya has announced the appointment of Francis Wangusi as the Director General for a term of four years, effective 22 August 2015. Read More

NIN mandatory from September 1, says NIMC

The National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) has put 1st September, 2015 as the date from which all transactions involving the identification of individuals must be done with the National Identification Number (NIN). Read More

PRESS OFFICES

Sage ERP AfricaSAP AfricaSage Pastel AccountingTrust PayVMWareSamsung ElectronicsMitsumi DistributionPhoenix DistributionMTN BusinessSchneider ElectricMultichoiceMicrosoft 4Afrika

FEATURED STORY

IHS plans to inject fresh $500m to grow capacityIHS plans to inject fresh $500m to grow capacity

Mohammed Darwish, managing director of IHS Towers, says the firm will soon inject another $500million into the business after raising some $2.5billion to finance expansion drives. Darwish spoke with biztecafrica.com in Lagos.

IN DEPTH

As curtain falls on MDGs, what next?As curtain falls on MDGs, what next?

Dr. Bjorn Lomborg, president of the Copenhagen Consensus Centre, speaks to Biztechafrica about setting smart targets.