DNA and fingerprint databases for Ghanaian police

Ghanaian Vice President, John Mahama has hinted in an address to Police Chiefs meeting in Accra that plans are far advanced for the establishment of West Africa’s first Forensic Laboratory. “The construction of the forensic laboratory is going to take place and the police service will probably become the first in West Africa to begin […]

Ghana extends urban land MIS to improve revenue collection

The Ghanaian Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development is embarking on a street naming and house numbering exercise, part of the  Urban Management Land Information System, to ensure that  revenue collecting agencies can efficiently collect land rents and other fees. The absence of an effective revenue collection system is reducing the capacity of district […]

Ghana prepares database of geoscientists and mining professionals

As part of the World Bank funded Natural Resources and Environmental Governance (NREG) Programme the Minerals Commission of Ghana is developing a Database of Ghanaian Professionals to assist the development of Government policy regarding employment of Ghanaians in the mining sector. It is calling on all Ghanaian Geoscientists in Ghana and in the Diaspora (i.e […]

Ghana to introduce examinable ICT in senior high schools

To ensure that students at all Ghanaian senior high schools are equipped with the requisite skills for further academic work and the job market, ICT will soon be introduced as an elective subject in senior high and technical schools, hopefully by 2011. Students will take the ICT course for two years. However the challenges of  […]

Ghana’s national identity system on course

The Head of Public Affairs at the National Identification Authority (NIA), Bertha Dzeble, has assured Ghanaians that the Authority will soon establish offices in all ten regions of the country to register all those who in one way or the other, failed to be captured in the on-going registration exercise. “We will establish our district […]

Ghana 2010: Infrastructure and policing

Ghana’s Finance Minister Kwabena Duffuor delivered his 2010 budget last week with modest plans for ICT development. The national fibre optic backbone will be extended to the northern parts of the country and all district capitals will be linked to high speed broadband. A criminal intelligence database will be developed. And: “A business and performance […]

No sign of the Africa e-Governance Academy

The Africa e-Governance Academy was opened in Accra in July. Three months on there is very little sign of it (3 months to develop a little web site for the e-side?). It is hosted by the Kofi Annan Centre of Excellence in ICT, whose website seems to have disappeared. And no mention of it at […]

Ghanaian institute looks to hurry electoral reform

The Danqah Institite, a liberal think tank, is organising a conference in December on the Viability of Electronic Voting in Ghana. The institute is trying to push the pace of electoral reform against the advice of Ghana’s Electoral Commission, which is seeking to implement a biometric registration system but argues caution against moving too hastily […]

Ghana report exposes Vodafone rip-off

by Bismark Bebli in The Chronicle via allAfrica.com (see also BBC) Contrary to reports that UK Company, Vodafone Plc bought 70% of Ghana Telecom (GT) for $900 million, it has been revealed that the country received a paltry Two Hundred and Sixty-six Million, Five Hundred and Seventy Dollars ($266.57m) in payment. Former President John Agyekum […]

Study on Internet Exchange Points

via  Balancing Act Africa’s Internet Exchange Points score well on lowering latency and local download speed but did not contribute to lowering of end-user costs, says new study from Balancing Act Issue no 474, 2 Oct. 2009 Those promoting Internet Exchange Points (IXPs) in Africa (and Balancing Act was one of them) made several broad […]

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