As Government Launches E-Project
By Cecil Mensah
In line with President John Dramani Mahama’s vision to transform the structure of the Ghanaian economy, the Ministry of Communications, has inaugurated the E-Ghana Project with funding from the World Bank.
The E- Project if fully implemented, would eliminate the phenomenon of middlemen, popularly known as “Goro boys”’ , and the long queues that greet investors at the various points of doing business.
According to experts, the project will enhance efficiency and effectiveness in securing Business or Company Registration, Marriage Registration and Estate Administration registration in the country.
Launching the project in Accra, Dr. Edward Omane Boamah, Minister for Communications, said the project marked the end of a tortuous and arduous, but extremely beneficial and progressive journey in doing business.
He said, the project was implemented by the Ministry of Communications, in collaboration with the National Information Technology Agency (NITA).
“I recall the earlier meetings to resolve the hydra headed challenges which threatened the successful completion and subsequent utilisation of the e-registrar portal. And the heated arguments about whose responsibility it was to fix what and when” he said
He stressed that with determination to succeed, the country navigated the bottlenecks and defeated the daunting challenges as a team represented by the Ministry of Communications, Ministry of Finance, Attorney-General’s Department and the Ministry of Justice.
He explained the National Information Technology Agency (NITA), Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) and the Registrar General’s Department, as respective agencies of the Ministries, that must be commended for their dedication to duty.
He took the opportunity to commend two ladies, namely Mrs Jemima Oware of the Registrar General’s Department and Mrs Veronica Boateng of National Information Technology Agency for their upstanding duty to the project.
According to him, their contributions, shall be written in gold on his mind anytime he reflects on the establishment of the E-Registrar portal.
He commended the GCNeT platform for the tolerance it exhibited, which has culminated in an E-registrar portal which meets the satisfaction of stakeholders.
He noted, this proves that Ghanaians can achieve when given the opportunity to deliver.
“Having navigated all these bottlenecks, as the convenor of the project implementation committee, my joy lies in the fact that the completion and launch of the e-registrar Portal will provide clients and citizens an effective and efficient means of transacting business with the Registrar General Department online anywhere and from the comfort of their homes”
He underscored the portal infrastructure that is being launched is a strong statement of commitment of President Mahama’s government to Ghanaians and the online community in the emerging digital community.
He said the portal intendeds to provide trust and confidence to accessing the above mentioned services and other services online with the benefits of saving time and reduce cost.
He noted the portal comes with Electronic Payment Facility.
Which means clients would be able to access the services in their homes, offices or anywhere via the internet and at the same time offer payment for the services through the government online payment systems established by the National IT Agency under the Ministry of Communications.
He said, the infrastructure was provisioned to take note and to guide and ensure success and ssustainability.
He said, the Ministry was focused on Scalability in terms of deepening technology and coverage; given the digitally disadvantaged nature of some parts of the country, coupled with Government’s expansion projects in the deployment of connectivity infrastructure nationwide to eliminate the digital gap that exists between
the rural and urban areas.
He said one such major intervention is the Eastern Corridor Fiber Optic project, which has been completed.
According to him, the fiber runs through over 120 communities from Ho to Bawku, through the Northern parts of Volta Region, Bimbila and Nakpanduri, with a link from Yendi and Tamale.
He said, third factor was to ensure success was the regular evaluation of the impact of the infrastructure to Ghanaians and the economy. He said these would be given serious attention as we implement this and other similar ICT projects.
He noted Government’s objective to transform the service delivery regimes of public agencies to enable them deliver electronic services to the citizenry.