The Driver and Vehicle Licensing Authority (DVLA) was honored with three prestigious awards at the 9th Ghana Information Technology and Telecom Awards ceremony held in Accra recently.
The awards, Best Government website of the year (2019), Best use of ICT in the Public Sector, and Public Sector IT Man of the Year, went to the Chief Executive, Mr. Kwasi Agyeman Busia.
This event brings to 16 the number of awards received by the Authority and its Chief Executive in the last two years.
The Vice President, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, who was adjudged Digital Leader of the year, in his address, commended the DVLA for being one of the state agencies leveraging ICT to improve its service delivery.
He said the driver’s licence and vehicle registration smart cards, which were launched last year and this year respectively, have reduced drastically the process and time in obtaining a driver’s licence and the registration of vehicles.
Dr. Bawumia announced that in the coming months, the Authority would leverage technology by introducing integrated database with the National Insurance Authority on motor insurance records, which would make it easy for the law enforcement agencies to check uninsured vehicles and curtail the proliferation of fake documents.
“It will be bad news for people who do not pay vehicle insurance. The police can just put in your car number through a particular code, and they will know if the car is insured or not,” he said.
The role of ICT, the Vice President said, cannot be overemphasized, and mentioned the paperless system at the ports, the digital address system, mobile operability, renewal of National Health Insurance card, e-procurement, the digitisation of the legal system, business registration, as well as drone delivery services, as some of the innovations that technology has brought to bear.
In an interview, Mr. Busia expressed gratitude to the Minister of Transport, Mr. Kweku Ofori Asiamah, the board, management and staff of the DVLA for the collective contribution towards improving the services of the Authority.
He said he would continue to pursue his vision of service optimisation and financial autonomy under the theme of System Integration, Enforcement, Entrenchment and Data Analytics (SEED), which is in sync with the strategic vision of the Authority.
The annual event, which is organised by Instinct Wave, recognises innovation and excellence in the country’s ICT sector by rewarding individuals and institutions in the ICT and telecommunication sectors.
The GITTA is the most prestigious awards programme in the industry, with its sterling status earning the ‘Oscar Awards’ for excellence in Ghana’s ICT sector.
Over the years, besides promoting excellence in the telecom sector, it has evolved and extended its wings to include companies which have taken strides in innovation and business adaptation of technology.