Parliament to Partner AITI-KACE to go Paperless


The Speaker of Parliament, Professor Aaron Michael Oquaye has specified the need for cooperation between Parliament and the Ghana-India Kofi Annan Centre of Excellence in ICT (AITI-KACE) to aid the former go paperless.

Professor Oquaye who bewailed on the poor record keeping attitude in the country, beliefs AITI-KACE can be a fulcrum to assist in curing such a canker, expressing the wish that the activities of the Legislative House to be done electronically to fast track proceedings and also help the House to keep records.

According to the Speaker, it is unfortunate that even the independence proclamation delivered to Ghana by Queen Elizabeth II could not be found anywhere in the country unless in the archives at England.

Speaking as the Guest of Honour at a handing over ceremony of a $1million grant by the Government of India through its High Commission in Ghana, the Speaker expressed the belief that an enhanced and proper use of Information Technology is required, and with that Kofi Annan Centre of Excellence have the capacity to execute that.

“The last time I met my Board, I said to them that our Parliament must become a paperless Parliament. An institution full of ICT and as I sat there, I was thinking of the kind of cooperation with the Kofi Annan ICT Centre of Excellence, institution which would allow a new frame of mind in mastering and administering activities of parliament,” Prof. Oquaye hinted

He indicated that as documentation continues to become more and more voluminous, the library of the future is ICT, and urged Managers of AITI-KACE to make proper use of the $1Million grant to promote ICT in Ghana.

Professor Oquaye continued that ICT is the future, and that anyone ignorant about technology may find it difficult coping with the system.

However, the Speaker of Parliament expressed concerns over what he described as the proliferation of ‘mushroom’ computer schools, which he said would need to be rationalized, therefore calling on the AITI-KACE to do it best to sanitize the system.