Ghana.gov Facilitates Collection Of GHS 210Bn – Ursula Owusu

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Mrs Ursula Owusu Ekuful
Mrs Ursula Owusu Ekuful

Minister for Communication and Digitalization, Mrs Ursula Owusu-Ekuful has touted the remarkable success chalked with the implementation of the Ghana.gov platform.

Speaking during a Meet The Press Series at the Ministry Of Information yesterday, the minister explained that one of the most compelling indicators of the platform’s success lies in its remarkable revenue collection figures.

Currently, Ghana.gov has facilitated the collection of an impressive sum of GHS 210 Billion Ghana cedis.
This substantial amount, she averred, underscores the platform’s pivotal role in streamlining financial transactions, enhancing transparency, and bolstering the nation’s fiscal integrity.

According to her, this milestone symbolises the tangible impact of digital innovation on public services delivery, economic efficiency, and citizen empowerment.

“By harnessing the power of technology to centralise and optimise revenue collection processes, Ghana.gov has not only expedited Financial transactions but also minimised bureaucratic red tape and mitigated the risk of revenue leakages, effectively addressing the issue of public sector corruption,” she said.

Ghana.gov is a one-stop-shop online services platform with an integrated payment gateway for the Government of Ghana, which development, management and deployment are financed by a consortium.

This platform serves as a shared central point for all government online revenue collection, enabling citizens and businesses to discover, consume, and pay for government services online seamlessly.

Addressing the media, Mrs Ursula Owusu-Ekuful said the success of Ghana.gov also underscores the growing trust and confidence of citizens and businesses in digital government platforms ad it reflects a paradigm shift towards digital-first governance, where convenience, accessibility, and accountability are prioritized in service delivery.

The Ghana.gov platform was established to cater for the e-Services Platform Challenges.
She said: “This achievement serves as a compelling motivation to enhance and expand the capabilities of Ghana.gov. As the platform continues to evolve, it holds the potential to catalyze even greater socioeconomic development, empower citizens, and solidify Ghana’s position as a trailblazer in the digital revolution sweeping the African continent.”

She also revealed that the Platform provides access to real time data on the actual use of government services at the click of a button by which GRA and the Ministry of Finance can instantly get whatever information they require in terms of daily usage and revenue generated.
“All banks, savings and loans companies and even rural and community banks are connected to the system, all electronic modes of payment and mobile money operators are also connected to it. All payments made are automatically transferred to the consolidated fund account at the end of each day. With a seamless connection between the GRA, Controller and Accountant General and the Bank of Ghana, each entity can query any delay in the platforms operations at any time, enhancing its efficiency. It has facilitated predictability, enhanced transparency, reduced corruption and provided data for planning purposes as well. GRA can effectively predict its annual revenue and make accurate projections about its targets every year now.”

She added that the Ghana.gov platform stands as a testament to the digitalization agenda of the Nana Addo/Bawumia government in modernizing governance and facilitating seamless access to government services.

Through its user-friendly interface and comprehensive array of online functionalities, Ghana.gov has become a cornerstone of Ghana’s digital transformation journey.

According to the Minister, 1507 institutions have been onboarded in 3 years of operation as against 13 onboarded by the eServices platform in the same amount of time, with only 5 active.

She said: “There Really Is No Comparison Between The NDC e-Services Portal And Ghana.gov. It Is Like Comparing Chalk And Cheese Or Aboboyaa And Mercedes Benz Or Tesla!!”

The Minister also explained the differences between the e-Services Platform and Ghana.gov; saying these two platforms are not the same as claimed by the NDC.

In response to recent assertions made by the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) regarding the digitalization efforts of the current administration, the Minister for Communications and Digitalization, Hon. Ursula Owusu-Ekuful, has debunked claims that the Akufo-Addo administration altered the e-Services.gov.gh platform established by the erstwhile Mahama administration to Ghana.gov.gh.
“The e-Services platform was deployed in 2012 under the e-Ghana project as a pilot to produce an e-Government Portal to provide relevant government services to citizens and businesses. It had a services component and a payment component.”

“The e-Services platform was developed by Messes IPMC at a total cost of about US$547,000 and was then integrated with an e-Payment platform in 2014 to enable online payment for transactions. The ePayment Platform was developed by Messrs AYA Technologies at a total cost of US$267,000. This was exclusive of annual software licensing fees,” the Minister stated distinguishing the two platforms.
The Minister highlighted the distinct features and functionalities of Ghana.gov, emphasizing its role in providing a centralized platform for accessing government services online.

She said one distinctive feature is the Ghana.gov platform helps government in its revenue mobilization efforts stating that the platform has generated an amount of GHS 210 billion since it was introduced.

She underscored the efforts undertaken by the current administration to streamline digital services and improve efficiency in service delivery reiterating government’s commitment to bridging the digital divide and ensuring that no citizen is left behind in the quest for digital transformation.

Hon. Owusu-Ekuful emphasized the importance of accurate information dissemination and urged the media and the public to scrutinize claims made by political actors regarding digitalization initiatives critically.

She mentioned that government has built a digital information gateway that will allow the government and people of Ghana to leapfrog the structural challenges that too often hold back African states in their pursuit of functional governance across the length and breadth of the continent. The free flow of information, vertically and horizontally, according to her will enable knowledge acquisition, unleash innovation and our entrepreneurial spirit, grow our economy and facilitate policy deployment in a manner that will lift the yoke of ignorance and misinformation from the process of governance.

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