Ms Bernice Tawiah, the President of the Information Technology Students Association of the Methodist University, has commended the Government for its digitisation agenda in key public institutions to ensure efficiency in service delivery.
The move, she said, was a step in the right direction and consistent with the global digital age within which all human endeavours were moving at a convenient and quicker pace to propel development and Ghana could not lag behind.
Ms Tawiah was speaking in an interview with the Ghana News Agency at the inauguration of the Association, known as ‘MUITSA,’ on the theme: “National Development through Information Technology: The Role of IT Students.”
She urged the Government to stay the course and turn around the operations and fortunes of essential institutions that needed to benefit from the computerisation drive for public good.
“It is noteworthy that the Government has transformed the mode of operations of some public institutions like the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Authority, National Identification Authority, and Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority, and has also launched Ghana’s official digital property addressing system, GhanaPost GPS,” Ms Tawiah said.
She said though the Government’s priority was on information technology (IT), equal emphasis must be placed on IT education and training with the provision of IT logistics and materials, to facilitate the development process.
The Vision of MUITSA, Ms Tawiah said, was to contribute meaningfully to the IT concerns of the country, with the Mission to providing a platform to contribute their quota to help tackle emerging challenges in the area.
She advised members to assist in ensuring that the Association became a trans-generational organisation that would serve the good of society and develop talents who would effectively participate in the national development agenda.
Mr Samuel Attuquayefio, the Head of Information Technology Department of the University, said the Government was on a transformational agenda to transform the economy through information and communication technology and it, therefore, behoved on students in the field to avail themselves to the opportunities that came with it.
Mr Akwasi Achampong, a patron of MUITSA and Lecturer at the IT Department, said in addition to acquiring the necessary skills, students should identify problems that could be solved with IT, adding that they should be able to define problems and come out with effective solutions.
He commended students of the Department who were building a Tourist Guide App to guide individuals to travel to different parts of the world using their phones to make the necessary arrangements and bookings.