The Driver and Vehicle Licensing Authority (DVLA) was over the weekend honoured with two awards at the 11th Ghana Information Technology and Telecom Awards (GITTA) night, organised by Instinct Wave at the Movenpick Ambassador Hotel, Accra.
The awards; Best use of ICT to drive Efficiency and Public Sector IT Leadership Award, recognizes the innovations in operations at DVLA which forms part of Government’s vision on a robust digital economy.
It also recognises the remarkable achievement of its Chief Executive, Mr. Kwesi Agyeman Busia, upon assumption into office and the exceptional feat chalked by the Authority under his leadership in transforming the Authority.
It brings to 36, the number of awards received by DVLA in the last four and a half years, with the Chief Executive adjudging the Public Sector ICT man for four consecutive time thus in, 2018 ( GITTA awards) 2019( CEO of the year-CEO Network, 2020 ( GITTA awards) and Public Sector IT Leadership Award 2021.
Other awards received by the Authority in the last four and a half years include; Excellence in Procurement and Supply Chain (SOE), Best Public Sector of the year (smart driver licence card in-house production), Hall of Fame in the Transportation Sector, Mr Kwasi Agyeman Busia, Best HR Technology Strategy, Best Employee Experience Strategy, the ICT Service delivery and information award; (Gold), Best government website;( Silver), Best government use of Social Media (citizen engagement).
It also includes Most People Focused CEO of the Year (Public Sector); Emerging HR Innovation of the Year Award (Public Sector) DVLA, Most Innovative public sector institution as well as best in Policy & Administrative Reforms (Ghana Integrity Initiatives (GII)) among others.
In an address, the Minister of Communications and Digitization, Mrs. Ursla Owusu-Ekuful, noted that government’s resolve at providing the necessary basic infrastructure, a conducive legal and regulatory environment, and building capacity to improve the adoption and use of ICT to engender digital innovation as a means of advancing the developmental process.
She said, “Government has focused on providing key infrastructural to support the rapid digitization of the country through projects such as the National Identification Card, the Ghana Post GPS Digital Address system, mobile money interoperability and the GHIPSS payments platform.
She also mentioned the digitization of Motor Insurance database for all insurance policies and the digitization of the Operations of DVLA.
The Director of Driver Training, Testing and Licensing, Mr. Kafui Semevo in an interview stated that the strategic plan of the Authority underpinned by the three foundational principles of “People” “Process” and “Technology” has been the driving force of the Authority to give customers the best of experience.
This, he said, has resulted in the introduction of the Computer Based Test (CBT) examination, online registration portal and the translation of CBT into Ghanaian Local languages among others.
“Whiles we are introducing technology in our operations we do not want to compromise standards and we do not want to leave people behind so, we look at solutions that makes it possible for everybody to access our service” he added.
The event was aimed at recognising, reward and showcase the pioneering ICT initiatives driving the Ghanaian private and public sector innovation with a vision of setting a benchmark to the sub regions’ wave of development in ICT.