A working visit by the Ashanti Regional team of the National Information Technology Agency (NITA) to the Bekwai Municipal Assembly (BMA) on Wednesday, 27th March 2024, marked an important milestone in fostering collaboration and addressing IT challenges within the Municipal Assembly setup. Led by the Regional Manager, Mr. Ismail Yushaw, accompanied by his assistant, Mr. Wahab, the delegation engaged with key stakeholders from BMA to discuss pertinent issues and establish a framework for cooperation.

Upon arrival, the NITA team was warmly received by the Municipal Chief Executive (MCE) of Bekwai Municipal Assembly, Hon. Kwaku Kyei Baffour, along with other notable officials including the Municipal Coordinating Director, Dr. Francis Owusu Ansah; the IT Officer, Mr. Yaw Adjei Asante, and the Municipal Human Resource Manager, Mr. Rasheed Gbadamosi. The presence of these dignitaries underscored the significance of the visit and the shared commitment towards enhancing IT infrastructure and services within the Assembly.

The meeting agenda encompassed various crucial topics aimed at advancing technological capabilities and fostering a symbiotic relationship between NITA and the Bekwai Municipal Assembly. Key issues discussed during the session included:

  1. Introduction of Ashanti Regional Office: The NITA team provided an overview of its regional office and outlined its objectives in the context of enhancing IT infrastructure and services within the Ashanti Region. This served as a foundation for future collaboration and mutual understanding.

  2. Data Gathering on IT Issues: Collaborative efforts were initiated to gather data in conjunction with the Assembly on prevalent IT challenges, thereby laying the groundwork for targeted interventions and solutions tailored to the specific needs of the Assembly.

  3. Access Challenges on Smart Workplace Usage: The discussion delved into the challenges encountered in the utilization of Smart Workplace solutions within the Assembly. Identifying and addressing these barriers is essential for optimizing productivity and efficiency in administrative operations.

  4. Sensitization on NITA's Role: The NITA team elucidated its role as the regulator in the IT space, emphasizing the importance of compliance with established standards and protocols. This served to raise awareness among staff of the Assembly regarding their responsibilities and obligations in the realm of IT governance.

  5. Strengthening Cordial Working Relationship: Recognizing the importance of collaboration, both parties reaffirmed their commitment to fostering a harmonious working relationship. The establishment of effective communication channels and mechanisms for ongoing dialogue was emphasized to facilitate seamless cooperation moving forward.

Overall, the working visit served as a pivotal platform for constructive dialogue and collaboration between NITA's Ashanti Regional team and the Bekwai Municipal Assembly. By addressing key issues and laying the groundwork for future initiatives, the session laid the foundation for enhanced IT infrastructure and services, ultimately contributing to the socio-economic development of the municipality.

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