Management of DVLA Visits UG to Discuss Partnerships

A delegation from the Driver & Vehicle Licensing Authority (DVLA), led by the Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Mr. Kwasi Agyeman Busia, has paid a visit to the University of Ghana. The purpose of the visit was to introduce the leadership of DVLA to University Management, formalise existing relationships between the two institutions and discuss further collaboration.

Mr. Busia thanked the Management of the University for a warm reception. He indicated that as DVLA makes progress in its transformation agenda which focuses on people, process and technology, it identified that there was a need to make its services more accessible to tertiary institutions. He mentioned the TertDrive programme set up by DVLA to grant opportunity to all students who are willing to acquire a driver’s licence to do so in the comfort and convenience of their campuses.

Mr. Kwasi Agyeman Busia

The Acting Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Awandare who received the delegation, congratulated the current management of DVLA for their efforts at creating a positive image of the organisation. He enumerated some areas in which the University and the DVLA could collaborate, which include data gathering and capacity building. He recommended the setting up of a committee with members from both institutions to deliberate further and outline specific areas of collaboration.

Prof. Gordon Awandare

The Registrar, Mrs. Emelia Agyei-Mensah, in her remarks, expressed excitement about the partnership. She said the University’s efforts at giving students an enriching experience while on campus will be enhanced by the TertDrive programme. She suggested that the partnership should cover research and development as well as create internship opportunities for students of the University.

In brief remarks, Mr. Ernest Boakye, Deputy Director of the Physical Development and Municipal Service Directorate (PDMSD) also pledged PDMSD’s readiness to support collaborations that will arise from further discussions. He added that PDMSD is already partnering DVLA in some services they render to University Community.

Mr. Ernest Boakye

Mr. Kafui Semevor, Director, Driver Training, Testing and Licensing, DVLA, explained that the TertDrive programme is an initiative borne out of concerns that some newly employed graduates, who were allocated official vehicles for use, did not have driver’s licenses. He was happy at the opportunity for DVLA to contribute to preparing students for the job market, in that regard.

Mrs. Elizier T. Ameyaw-Buronyah, Director, Public Affairs, noted the timeliness of the partnership as the University through the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding, and with support from Toyota Ghana Limited has set up an ultramodern training centre and a multi-purpose workshop for the School of Engineering Sciences.

Other members of the DVLA delegation were Mr. Prince Edusei, Deputy Chief Executive Officer; Mr. Abraham Zaato, Deputy Director, Research, Business Development & Innovation; Madam Gifty Addo Kissi, Deputy Director, Human Resources; Mr. Alex O. Abebrese, Deputy Director, Management Information Systems; Mr. Francis Tuffour Manager, Public Relations; Madam Nana Nyarko Agyemang, Manager, Protocol and Mr. Lawrence Afriyie, Public Relations Office.

Also present at this meeting were Ms. Pascaline Songsore, Senior Assistant Registrar, Public Affairs Directorate and Mrs. Arhizah Blay-Abiti, Senior Assistant Registrar, Office of the Vice-Chancellor.