Best Practice for Digitizing Government Services

first_imgAn open letter to H.E. George M. Weah Dear President Weah:I applaud your interest in Information Technology (IT) in view of your allocation of funding to computerize student registration at the University of Liberia, and recently the rollout of mobile money tax payment to enable people to pay their taxes via their mobile devices.While those efforts are worthy, I would urge you to take a broader view of Information Technology (IT) by integrating it with your strategic economic plan. The government under former president Sirleaf started the IT revolution in Liberia by connecting Liberia to the high-speed Internet that connects the West African sub-region to Europe and it was a success. Businesses and consumers are already benefiting from the success of that investment in lower Internet costs, etc.To continue expanding IT in the public sector, the government needs an IT strategy to deliver technology across the government with efficiency and scale. However, this cannot be accomplished without a Chief Technology Officer (CTO) role. This person will collaborate with agencies of government to design an IT vision and strategy for the government, engage the private sector, and the University of Liberia to promote IT education, etc. Right now, every government agency is doing their own thing which is not the most efficient way to manage IT resources across the government or any large organization for that matter.Another important aspect of IT is Governance and Security. As the government becomes more digital, the threat of cyber thieves hacking government systems to steal valuable information increases substantially. Without a coherent IT strategy in place, policies do not get developed and implemented, and the government IT systems will be vulnerable to compromise and worse.Thanks for your time and I wish you great success!Best Regards,Philemon GeorgeShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

PROMISING BOXER SHOT JOGGER THREE TIMES FROM CAR

first_imgThe accused man Darren Kelly. Pic by Northwest Newspix.A promising young boxer shot and injured a man three times while he was out exercising.The shooter, Darren Kelly, appeared before Letterkenny District Court today charged with possession of an article with intent to cause injury. Kelly, 20, appeared in court where he pleaded guilty to the charge.Garda Inspector Goretti Sheridan revealed how a jogger was out with  friend in Letterkenny at 9.30pm on October 2nd, 2014.He felt a sharp pain to his head and he initially thought he had been hit by a stone from a passing car.He jogged on but then felt another pain in his right arm and again outside a local petrol station he felt yet another pain in his arm.The man then noticed a black VW Passat passing him by and a man was in the passenger seat holding a gun.He got the registration of the car but it managed to speed off.The injured man immediately went to Letterkenny Garda station and reported the shooting.Pictures of the jogger’s injuries were handed into court.Inspector Sheridan said the gun, understood to be a pellet gun, had the capability of piercing the skin.Solicitor for Kelly of Ard McCool, Stranorlar, Mr Patsy Gallagher, said his client was under the influence of other people in the car.He said his client was very sorry for what had happened saying he was a man of considerable talent in the boxing ring.He asked for a period of time to compensate the victim.Judge Paul Kelly said “This was extraordinary behaviour going around with a gun in a car shooting at people.”He adjourned the case until October 24th next and ordered a probation and supervision report join the accused.PROMISING BOXER SHOT JOGGER THREE TIMES FROM CAR was last modified: February 23rd, 2016 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:darren kellydonegalgunjoggershootinglast_img read more