Ghana MPs struggle with digitised chamber

By Nana Appiah Acquaye, Accra, Ghana

Ghana’s parliament almost came to a standstill earlier this week, when members of parliament battled to make use of new digitised desks installed in the chamber.

Most MPs were seen struggling to operate their desks, which now have tablet PCs and other IT tools installed in them to give MPs access to copies of documents meant for the daily business transactions of the house.

While some found it difficult to switch on their devices, others also battled to operate the new system. This unfortunate development in the chamber would have halted proceedings of the house, had it not been the timely intervention of some few MPs who were in possession of hard copy documents and shared them with those unable to switch on their computers.

The Ghanaian public waking up to this news on social media has expressed worry over the country’s ICT, touted as the next big thing leading to growth and development in all sectors of the economy. Views and comments posted on most social media platforms questioned the viability of Ghana’s ICT polices since the country’s MPs seems not be abreast with the use of the digitised devices. Most people believe that parliament’s quest to make the House paperless is a mere dream.

According to information picked up by Biztechafrica, the digitised system was not fully completed at the time the MPs moved into the renovated Chamber. Although the tablet computers were fixed, they were not operational until Tuesday.


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