DVLA HOLDS A SERVICE OF NINE LESSONS AND CAROLS
The Driver and Vehicle Licensing Authority (DVLA) held its maiden edition of Nine Lessons and Carol service to usher the Authority into the Christmas festive season at its Head office in Accra.
In an address, The Chief Executive (CE) of DVLA, Mr. Kwasi Agyeman Busia said, the purpose of the service was to give thanks to the Almighty for seeing the Authority through a difficult year as many lives and businesses have been disrupted globally. Adding that in spite of the challenges, the Authority has been able to accomplish a lot.
The Chief Executive highlighted successes chalked by the Authority including the 10th Ghana Information, Technology and Telecom Awards (GITTA) as Best use of Information Technology to drive Efficiency in Service Delivery and the Public Sector ICT Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the year. The Board Chairman was also inducted into the Cooperate Ghana Hall of Fame.
He expressed appreciation to all staff for their incredible work and their effort in upgrading and uplifting the image of the Authority and to the Board Chairman and the Board members for their steady and unflinching support.
“The objective and hope is that as we continue to work together, we will always try to exhibit humanity, by celebrating our differences in love and compassion. I believe there is no other joyous way to give a festive gift but give love to your friends and enemies alike, forgiveness to an opponent, tolerance to a friend, and good service to a customer” He said.
The Board Chairman of DVLA, Frank Davies Esq. touted the achievements of the current board, indicating that it had arguably been the best since the establishment of the Authority. He stated that DVLA had gained notoriety for countless reasons but the board, together with management, had made giant strides over the past three and a half years which had changed the face of the Authority.
“The DVLA of yesteryear is not the DVLA of today. Hitherto, if you wanted to acquire a license, you have to go through so many challenges. But I can hit my chest and say to myself that it is now a thing of the past.
Nobody ever thought that there will come a time when you can enter a DVLA office and get a driver’s license in 30 minutes”, he stated.
Additionally, Mr. Davies said they had established some eight new state-of-the-art offices at various parts of the country, adding that plans were afoot to establish new offices at other locations.
In spite of their challenges, the board chairman stressed that “we have worked, broken our backs and put the authority on a sound level; we have shown great leadership.’’
He encouraged the staff to work as hard as possible wherever they found themselves, adding that “in the fullness of time, you will be elevated.”
The nine lessons, Interspersed with carols were taken from various sections of the Bible and were read by Ing. Mrs. May Obiri-Yeboah the Executive Director of National Road Safety Authority (NRSA) others who read the nine lessons are a staff of the Authority namely, Mr. Godwin Secobs, Ms. Deborah Apraku, Mr. Emmanuel Addison, Ms. Grace Boadu and Mr. Ibrahim Tauheed, Ms. Bernice Nyanteakyiwaa, Ebenezer Owusu, Tema office and Natasha Okyere.
Staff was treated to melodious songs by Tema Youth Choir, Nicole Music, DVLA Tema Choir, and a solo by an employee of DVLA in the person of Ewurama Adasi Bekoe.
The occasion was a thanksgiving service by Board members, management, and staff as a family in appreciation of God's grace and guidance throughout the year. The Nine Lessons and Carols service is a Christian Worship celebration to remember the birth of Jesus Christ and to herald the celebration of the Christmas festivities.