Apac District has passed an Information Technology (IT) Policy 2017 to guide its leaders on the procurement and management of computers and IT related equipment and services
In its meeting on 6th June 2017 at Scouts Hall, the LC5 councillors noted that the policy would enhance economic development.
District Chairman, Bob Okaesaith that the District Local Government has recognized the use of IT as an enabler to facilitate access to public services, through the use of e-governance. “It is about the use of information and communication technologies and the internet to improve the delivery of service by government to its community and the business sector,” Okae said.
He added that the IT policy targets providing guidance on how the use of IT will facilitate interaction within government to other stake holders to simplify and enhance its internal and external communication.
District Council Speaker, Jimmy OkelloEcun observed that given the globalization drive and increased use of IT services; service delivery is therefore faster and cheaper. He said, “Nearly all programmes and projects require application of IT services for faster, effective and efficient implementation. All Departments procure IT equipment but without some guiding principles (IT Policy)and implementation plans”.
He said, “I wish to underscore the need for us to develop IT skills development schemes, participate in IT promotion and awareness campaigns, automate business processes to create transparency, increase service delivery and reduce operational cost and conduct research and capacity development within the Local Government.” This Policy also targets compliance with the National IT policy, protects use of computers and related information systems (e.g. IFMS, IPPS, etc) and promote effectiveness and efficiency in the operations at the District and Lower Local Government Levels
On the negative side,OkelloEcun said that IT related crime is on the increase. Procurement, maintenance and repairs of computers and other IT equipment have been a challenge since departments would fail to access technical guidance hence spending huge amounts of money on IT services.
He noted that IT usage today is a must in both public and private institutions/organizations and departments, it has come to stay, no matter resistance one would want to create; you either adopt IT or break. The Policy is therefore a blessing and shall guide district leadership and other stakeholders in the acquisition process, usage and disposal of IT equipment and services.I urge all of you stakeholders, in both public and private sectors, to embrace and implement the IT Policy for the good of our district.
By Patrick Opio 6/6/2017