The Communications Minister, Mrs Ursula Owusu-Ekuful urged the debtors to shell out up from their yearly budgetary allocations in purchase to acquire enhanced services from NITA.
The Nationwide Information and facts Technological innovation Company (NITA), the regulator of electronic transactions, claims its operations are getting crippled by the GH¢13 million owed it the Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) and some district assemblies.
The Agency is also going through troubles with regular optical fibre cuts and battery theft at its cell web pages, which are also undermining its motivation to supply effective world-wide-web expert services to its subscribers.
The Communications Minister, Mrs Ursula Owusu-Ekuful, expressing issue about the problem, on Monday, thus, urged the debtors to fork out up from their annual budgetary allocations in purchase to obtain enhanced providers from NITA.
“No self-respecting organisation can functionality properly in the fashionable place of work without entry to the online,” she claimed at the launch of the Stakeholders’ Forum for the Information and facts and Conversation Technological innovation (ICT) sector, organised by NITA in Accra.
“Most of you fork out instantly for the providers you procure from personal net assistance providers Do identical for NITA,” the Minister recommended.
The meeting brought collectively heads of the various federal government establishments, academia, the non-public sector, enhancement associates and civil society organisations to deliberate issues of widespread curiosity connected to the electronic industry.
As a result, it presented a platform for the dissemination of information on the progress manufactured on the ICT infrastructure and engaged stakeholders on the Government’s plan way.
The shift is to make sure the total implementation of the Countrywide Details Technological know-how Agency Act, Act 771, 2008 and the Electronic Transactions Act 772.
Mrs Owusu-Ekuful said the Governing administration was drafting the needed rules to give influence to the two Acts, taking into consideration the improved digitisation of govt providers and to be certain that NITA delivered its mandate competently.
The Communications Ministry is also operating with the Board of NITA to restructure and reinforce its operations in get to decrease the duplication and squander, which characterise the procurement of ICT products and services in govt institutions.
Next the completion of the restructuring course of action, the Minister explained: “NITA will outline the bare minimum Information Technologies (IT) benchmarks every single MDA should comply with and established up the compliance mechanisms.
“Therefore, no agency will procure any IT program, devices or support without having reference to NITA, and you will be needed to seek its assistance prior to you do so.”
The Ministry is also operating with the Finance Ministry, Community Procurement Authority and the Auditor-Standard to enforce those people laws.
Until eventually the capability of the National Info Centre was made use of up, no MDA would set up its personal info centre, Mrs Owusu-Ekuful explained, outlining, “There is lots of place to property any server you need and it can secure our knowledge much better than you are now doing”.
The Authorities, she claimed, would soon undertake an IT techniques audit to help NITA to confirm the stage of resources in the region.
This would lead to proper suggestions for upgrades, replacement or for improved use, she explained, and urged all stakeholders to cooperate with the audit staff to be certain a prosperous physical exercise.
Mr David Gyewu, the acting Director- Basic of NITA, outlining the effects of the fibre cuts, called for collective initiatives of all stakeholders to curb the menace.
The phenomenon slowed down net connectivity and impacted negatively on supply of public expert services, he warned.
He explained due to the indebtedness of the MDAs and assemblies, the Agency could not pay out some of its service suppliers overseas.
It also owes some regional utility corporations a full of GH¢80 million.