NITA charged with managing new ICT Service Centre
By Nana Appiah Acquaye, Accra, Ghana
Ghana’s Minister of Communication, Dr Edward Omane Boamah, has charged the National Information Technology Agency with managing the economic operations of the newly-opened One-Stop Service Centre for sustainability and repayment of the Government’s obligations towards the e-Government Platform Project.
The new facility which was developed by Huawei Technologies Ghana is a well decorated service hall with up to twenty service counters, office equipment and administrative offices, with the purpose of offering a One-Stop Service administrative services for about twenty (20) Government agencies to facilitate Government-to-Citizen (G2C) and Citizen-to-Government (C2G) interaction.
Speaking in Accra, Dr Omane Boamah disclosed that the First Phase of the Project is already supporting the operations of Government institutions and supplying broadband speeds faster than those provided by the local carriers’ 2G and 3G networks. He stressed that ICT is an indispensable and veritable tool for enhancing effectiveness and efficiency in all aspects of life and for that matter the Government will continue to promote its mainstreaming in all sectors of the economy and deployment at all levels.
He also urged the private sector to make use of the new facility since it has the potential of offering them not only quality and efficient service but also affordable and realizable services at all given time. “With the completion and delivery to Government of this One-Stop Service Centre, it is our expectation that the Government Service Agencies and I must also add private sector organizations, will take utmost advantage of the robust ICT ecosystem and conduct operations online most of the time.”
“I am happy to take delivery of the One-Stop Service Centre as part of the first phase of the project, and expect the early commencement of the next phase of the project to support the deployment of full data centre services and LTE sites for the functioning of the e-Government network. It is worth noting that Phase 2 of the project will see to the construction of twenty-one (21) Community Information Centres (CICs) in Nandom, Nabdam, Drobonso, Effiduase, Bodi, Twifo Atti Morkwa, Glefe, Abokobi, Keta, Bator, Nalerigu, Sanarigu e.t.c” he added.
The Minister commended Huawei technologies for the quality of work and also for completing the facility and noting that the company is also appreciated for spear-heading the development of broadband optic fibre infrastructure in Ghana since 2006, undertaking the National Backbone Transmission Project.