Public sector workers to use gov’t email addresses – Ursula

The Communications Minister-nominee, Ursula Owusu-Ekuful, plans to ensure all government employees will be conducting government business with official emails addresses and not their private email accounts if she is approved as the minister.

She explained during her vetting for the Communications Minister portfolio that this would ensure sensitive information was not compromised by private emails.

“One major commitment that I am making is that tall government employees, ministries, departments and agencies, including myself, get proper email addresses and do government businesses on the government platform hosted at the data centre for security of the information and institutional memory so they don’t leave employment and go with that information on their private emails.”

“So hopefully by the end of this year [2017], all of us will be using proper email addresses,” she said.

Mrs. Owusu-Ekuful’s pledge formed part of her larger intend to make use of already existing telecommunications-related infrastructure and investments like the National Data Centre, the Kofi Annan Centre of Excellence or the Ghana Technology University college.

As a further example, she suggested for the Ghana Technology University college that, “we can give them more training, build up their capacities to deliver better so they can train more young people in the development of the apps and the content. We need to the ride on the infrastructure that is already there.”

“We need to use the investments we have made in the infrastructure for our benefit. It is of no use laying the fibre and putting it in the ground or building a data centre if we are not using it for anything.”

By: Delali Adogla-Bessa/