The Driver Vehicle and Licensing Authority (DVLA) has successfully concluded its 2018 Performance Contract Negotiation with the Government of Ghana. Facilitated by the State Enterprises Commission, the exercise took place at the commission’s board room on Monday 19th March 2018
In attendance was the Chief Executive Officer of the Authority, Mr. Kwasi Agyeman Busia, Kwame Appiah-Kubi and Deputy Chief Executive Officer of the Driver Vehicle and Licensing Authority. Also present were Abraham Zaato, who heads the Research and Business Development Institute at DVLA, Andrews Denteh, Deputy Director of Finance and Issahaku S. Abdulai, the Planning Officer at DVLA.
The DVLA team gave a retrospect of their 2017 performance which highlighted on their operating environment as well as some challenges experience and strides achieved.
Commenting on their activities of DVLA, the CEO, Kwasi Agyemang Busia said one of their challenges was dealing with the “goro boys” who were engaged in providing counterfeit documents the unsuspecting clients. He however mentioned their success in gradually eliminating their activities by the use of information technology. This he said was very important as their business is a matter of life and death of the citizens.
The CEO also mentioned the collaboration between the authority and the police in curbing the menace in reducing accidents on the roads especially during the festive seasons.
Mr. Abraham Zaato, head of RBDI at DVLA also highlighted on some of the innovations being undertaken by the authority to improve on their operations. According to him, the CEO has real time monitoring of all vehicles being registered at any point in time. Another project being undertaken is collaborating with tertiary institutions to enable students acquire the authority’s certified issued licenses when they graduate.
The provision of mobile services in providing renewal services of licenses to their staff was also one innovation the authority was engaged in. Mr. Zaato explained that this service was rolled out to enhance the renewal of licenses to staff of corporate institutions. Upon request, DVLA moves its equipment to the location of the institution and also eliminate the activities
the Manager for the Abraham Zaato, a board member, and Madam Docea Quashie-Asiedu, Director for Planning. The government’s side was represented by Mr. Michael Opoku and Grace Lilian Tawiah both from the Ministry of Trade and Industry, and Rahinatu Abdul-Rahman representing the Ministry of Finance.
Alhaj Abdul-Samed Abubakar, Executive Director for Business Development Services at the Commission chaired the programme with Ing. John Kwesi Mensah, Acting Executive Director for the Commission’s department responsible for Performance Monitoring and Evaluation, facilitating the process.
After presenting an overview of the Authority’s past performance in the 2017 operating year, Professor Dodoo gave highlights of some of their past initiatives and also gave some of the projects the Authority intends to embark on in the 2018 operating year. One key area he spoke about was the urgent need to implement the standardization of some key commodities that have economic effect. These, he said will go a long way to improving on the lives of the citizens if implemented, as it will translate into economic benefit for the nation at large.
The Director General also touched on the cordial relationship between the Ghana Standards Authority, the Environmental Protection Agency and the Food & Drugs Authority who happen to be other government agencies tasked with similar responsibilities.
Presenting the budget for the 2018 operating year, Madam Docea Quashi-Asiedu gave highlights of the budget and how the authority intends to cater for them financially.
Also participating in the exercise for the SEC team were Mr. Justice Abeeku Newton-Offei (Presidential Staffer at the Office of The President), Mr. David Quaye Annang (Acting Chief of Administration), Mr. Joojo Ghansah (Executive Director for Business Advisory Services department), Kojo Ampofo Agyapong (Consultant), John Quarshie (Chief Chief Consultant), Ben Ansu-Adjei (Senior Consultant at the Business Advisory Services department), Benjamin Tetteh Ozor (Senior Consultant at the Performance Monitoring and Evaluation department), Grace B-Korang (Senior Admin Officer, Business Development Services department) and Daniel Kudzawu-D’Pherdd (Senior Consultant).
Though the Ghana Standards Authority is a subvented Agency of the Government of Ghana, it will be part of the SOEs that will participate in the upcoming 2018 Performance Contract Signing which is slated for April 10, 2018, and will have the President of The Republic of Ghana, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo as the Special Guest of Honor.