Sometimes it is difficult to comprehend the rationale behind the long and painful delays in implementing governmental projects and policies that would provide some urgently needed succor to the populace.
Unemployment is a challenge yet to be solved. It is even becoming a national security threat.
Electricity power generation and distribution is a challenge yet to be addressed. Indeed it has become a political issue that can deny incumbent governments victory at the polls.
The e-Kiosk concept, birthed by the National Lottery Authority (NLA) is one initiative that can significantly address both challenges yet, for inexplicable reasons, there is a long painful delay that has lasted for over two years and still counting till no one known when.
Expert analysis indicate that a minimum of 100,000 direct jobs and several more indirect jobs would be created for Ghanaians when the e-kiosk project goes full swing.
E-Kiosk is a solar powered ultra-modern kiosk built as a one-stop center of commerce that would be used for multiple business transactions including the sale of lottery products, banking services, financial transactions, courier services, payment of utility bills, payment of DSTV and GO TV bees, remittances and collection of taxes for the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) and several more.
30, 000 of such kiosks would be strategically positioned across the country with the cooperation of the various Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDAs).
Already the NLA, in collaboration with the Nation Builders Corps (NABCO) Secretariat have started training Ghanaian youth on how to install, maintain and service the solar panels that would be generating electricity for the over 30,000 e-kiosks.
Fortunately, the e-kiosks are not dependent on our national grid and issues of whether or not there is enough electricity to be spread across would not affect it.
The solar-energy concept adopted for the e-kiosks project can be expanded and replicated to cover other governmental and even private institutions so as to reduce the pressure on the country’s national grid.
Yet, the brilliant initiative spearheaded by the NLA is yet to take off for whatever reasons.
The New Publisher is urging all relevant and key stakeholders connect to the e-kiosk project to accelerate the dialogue and fasten the process implementation.
We would be disappointed, and many well meaning Ghanaians for that matter would be greatly disappointed if this brilliant idea and concept is not fully birthed into an actual reality.