Accra Mayor welcomes ICT grant
GOVERNMENTNana Appiah, Accra, Ghana | June 7, 2012, 9:22 a.m.
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.
MORE GOVERNMENT NEWS
UNDP donates ICT equipment for DRC electionsThe United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has donated ICT equipment to the National Independent Electoral Commission (CENI) of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to support the electoral process in this war-hit Central African nation. Read More
Ghana govt to appoint interconnect clearing houseGhana’s Minister of Communication has hinted at the government’s intention of appointing a company to take charge of the country’s interconnect clearing house by the end of this year. Read More
IPO not foreigner-friendlyThe CEO of BTCL, Paul Taylor, has allayed fears that foreigners resident in Botswana will snap up shares reserved for locals when his organisation starts the Initial Public Offering in November. Read More
Congo Brazzaville’s bid to switch to e-agricultureThe Central African nation of Congo-Brazzaville has 10 million hectares of arable land, but has so far used only 2% of that land. Analysts believe that the country could 'move mountains' and eradicate hunger with the use of ICTs in improving agriculture. Read More
Malawi Agriculture transport system automatedIn partnership with Techno Brain, Malawi’s Agriculture Ministry has launched the first Automated Fleet Management Information System in public service in Malawi. Read More
Telecom Namibia starts work on govt fibre networkTelecom Namibia Managing Director Frans Ndoroma says the national telecommunications services provider has started constructing a fibre-based network to connect the central government to the administrative capitals of all 14 regions in the country. Read More
NCC slams indigenous firms over incompetenceThe Nigerian Communications Commission has slammed indigenous operators in the industry over ‘incompetence and culture of impunity’. Read More
Malawi explores initiatives for rural mobile roll-outThe Government of Malawi is exploring ways and means to reach out to the far-flung areas with mobile phone service communication in line with the country’s revised Communications Act. Read More
BOCRA cracks whip on hospitality industryThe Botswana Communications and Regulation Authority (BOCRA) has issued guidelines on minimum internet connectivity requirements for Botswana’s hospitality industry. Read More
FEATURED STORYGrowing African focus on data security
Beachhead Solutions’ new SA and Mauritius country manager explains the challenges and solutions around securing customer data and compliance with new personal information legislation.
BEST READ NEWS
IN DEPTHAfrica lags on digital migration
Only three African countries have so far completed the digital migration process, and serious issues are hampering the migration in other nations.
COMPANY NEWSCNN, MultiChoice name top African Journalist 2014
Kenyan journalist Joseph Mathenge has been awarded the top prize at this year’s CNN MultiChoice African Journalist 2014 Awards Ceremony.