What are the credibility and protective security measures of our centralized Electoral College system database that is used annually to collect and collect votes transferred from constituencies to our National Electoral Commission Center, after the citizens exercised their legitimate right to vote during the elections?
If I may ask, does Ghana have a centralized network/database system? If so, who manages it and under whose direction is it upgraded every year?
It seems that almost all of our government institutions depend on this unknown database system to enable them to efficiently manage their day-to-day duties towards Ghanaians.
1. Ghana Immigration Service
2. Department of Civil Status
3. The Electoral Commission of Ghana
4. Register of births and deaths
5. Driving and Vehicle Licensing Authority…etc.
Most of the time, the officers who are in charge of these institutions give excuses to the citizens who request within the time limit for a certain certification to be issued to them for their personal use either for travel (passports), driver’s license, certificates of business registration, birth certificates which are supposed to be an ordinary obligation for every citizen to acquire become a problem in the name of either non-working machines or network interruption.
These wacky excuses have people queuing for days, weeks and even months to get their documents. Let’s not forget, if really Ghana does not have its own centralized database systems and software for upgrades, then I’m afraid to say Ghana is not under any secure security protection, even when it comes to transferring funds from Ghana to another country. Not to mention the new electronic direct debit policy introduced by the government, which has become a national issue in parliament.
Why should any government impose an electronic direct debit policy on Ghanaians knowing full well that Ghana does not have its own adequately constructed centralized database system for collecting information (data) on the people? As this database will greatly contribute to the development of other government policies, especially in taxation and revenue generation.
Let’s take a clear look at the Sim re-enrollment exercise that is still ongoing under bizarre circumstances. People queue for long hours without being picked up. Not only that, Ghana registration is also another herculean task. People spend long hours in the landmarks. Causing us to lose a lot of productive hours.
All of these instances make the importance of a centralized database system. There would be no need for all this waste.
Corruption is an area that has eaten at the very fabric of society. Each new government has an anti-corruption policy. But let’s be honest with ourselves, how many people has the state prosecuted for corruption?
Every year the Auditor General releases a report on the spending of government institutions and the embezzlement of public funds, but nothing is done to them, they just walk away free, having “stealed” all that state-owned money . Let’s be sincere for once as a country, looking at the number of reports published each year by the Auditor General on theft and embezzlement compared to the people who have been prosecuted, does that add up, right?
Indonesia is a typical example of a country with a comprehensive centralized database of government financial transactions. It has helped the government track all expenditures in real time and manage its budget and also improved accountability. Thanks to the centralized database system, the country is able to easily share information, which will certainly result in better overall governance. Why can’t Ghana do the same?
What happened to the sale of Ghana Telecom, was there an auditor general’s report on this? I can go on and on with these reports.
This gives me the reason behind the attitude of the IMF and the World Bank in controlling Ghana’s economy on their own terms and conditions.
I think there should be a whole IT institution in place built in Ghana to train young citizens to become IT experts and software developers that the government can create jobs to use them to build basic systems of well-equipped centralized data and software for the country.
Source: Nana Kweku Ofori Atta/CEO of Avcontech Security Consult
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