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News : Communication Minister Commissions Service Centre
March 18, 2014 -- Dr Edward Kofi Omane Boamah, Minister for Communication, said Information and Communication Technology (ICT), is an indispensable and veritable tool for enhancing effectiveness and efficiency in all aspects of life.
He reiterated Government's commitment to continue to promote the deployment and mainstreaming of ICT in all sectors of the economy.
Dr Boamah made the remarks at the commissioning of a One-Stop Service Centre to facilitate the delivery of Government services to citizens under the e-Government programme in Accra yesterday.
The One-Stop Service Centre, which is an integrated administration service centre, is meant for about 20 Government agencies, including Ghana Post, Electricity Company of Ghana, Ghana Water Company Limited, Driver and Vehicle Licensing Authority, Ghana Immigration Service and the Ghana Police Service to facilitate Government-to-Citizen and Citizen-to-Government interactions.
He said the e-Government project in the first phase delivered Long Term Evolution (LTE) network, provided Tele-Presence deployment, Call Centre for e-Government services, Metro fibre, Local Area Network for Government Ministries, Department and Agencies (MDAs), Secondary Data Centre in Kumasi, supply of Desktop Computers and other ICT terminal equipment to MDAs, and now, the One-Stop Service Centre.
Dr Boamah said the First Phase of the project was supporting the operations of Government institutions, supplying broadband speed faster than that provided by the local carriers.
He said the LTE technology had been deployed to facilitate data transmission at fourth Generation speed levels to ensure that the service centre provided one-stop services for all Ghanaians with fast and professional business operations by the Agencies in the centre.
The National Information Technology Agency (NITA) will provide the technical back-stopping to ensure the maintenance of high-performing service levels; and also ensure economic operations of the facility for sustainability and repayment of the Government’s obligations towards the e-Government Platform Project.
He commended Huawei Technologies for the fast delivery of the project and the deployment of latest ICT technology which was also a demonstration of what the e-Government Platform Project would provide when completed.
Mr William Teve, Director General of NITA, said the One-Stop-Service Centre was part of NITA and the Ministry of Communication collaboration to improve ICT infrastructure in the country.
Mr Abdulai Abdul-Rafiu, Managing Director of Ghana Post, said the centre fitted very well into the strategy of modernization of the Ghana Post nationwide.
Posted by Veronica Silva Cusi, news correspondent
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Published: Wednesday, March 19, 2014