Mahama started online passport processing which others are taking credit for

Feature Article Mahama started online passport processing which others are taking credit for
DEC 7, 2022 LISTEN

In the past few years there has been a lot of noise on digitisation as if it is something new in Ghana. It will shock readers to know that all the "dede" about digitisation in most government agencies were actually started by H.E. John Dramani Mahama. And I will prove it.

The Government of Ghana Online Services Project (e-Services) which was implemented by the National Information Technology Agency (NITA) under President John Mahama was in line with his determination to deepen the utilisation of online services within Ghana's emerging digital economy.

The project initiated by President Mahama serves as the one - stop services portal for Government services which comprised a pilot with 11 MDAs and other Government Agencies which are the Passport Office's online submission of personal data for passport application, Driver and Vehicle Licensing Authority's renewal of driver's license and vehicle ownership transfer, Accra Metropolitan Assembly's online request for marriage license, Food and Drugs Authority's application for registration as food product importer, Ghana Tourism Authority's online registration of accommodation and catering establishments, and National Communication Authority's guidelines for application of telecom licenses/authorisations and downloadable forms.

Others are Ghana Police Service CID's online application of police report and finger print check/nominal vetting, Minerals Commission's online application for reconnaissance and prospecting license and cartographic search request, National Identification Authority's guidelines for filling application forms for entry into the national identification system, and Births and Deaths Registry's online application for certified copies of births and deaths certificates.

These are what our quintessential president did for Ghana in the area of digitisation. Indeed, good beads do not make noise as the saying goes.

Ghana would have been much better than we are experiencing now if we had given him a second chance as president. But it is never too late. He has the wherewithal to use Ghana's failing economy as a stepping stone to the country's economic success. Let's give him the needed support for 2024.

Anthony Obeng Afrane