Business News of 2014-08-08

GIFEC presents computers to communities, schools

The Ghana Investment Fund for Electronic Communications (GIFEC) has presented 600 computers to 37 community information centres (CICs) and three schools in the country.
The presentation formed part of GIFEC’s CIC and school connectivity project, which seeks to help bridge the digital divide between rural and urban Ghana. The CICs function as information hubs, providing connectivity to the ministries, departments and agencies, private businesses and educational institutions, as well as individuals in the beneficiary communities.
Currently, 183 of such centres have been built around the country, but 93 are in full operation with 16 others expected to be completed this year. Among the beneficiary communities are Agona, Kutunase, New Edubiase and Mamponteng, all in the Ashanti Region. In the Brong Ahafo Region, Tepa and Mehame are the beneficiaries.
For the Central Region, Mankron, Mankesim, Cape Coast, Gomoa Pinanko and Afransi received 15 computers just like the other districts. The beneficiary communities in the Volta Region are: Juapong, Mepe, Tegbi, Akatsi, Dzodze, Tsito, Hlefi and Aveme Beme.
The schools that received the items in the Northern Region are: the University for Development Studies, Tamale Girls Senior High and Tamale Business Senior High. Speaking at the ceremony, the Minister for Communications, Dr Edward Omane-Boamah, said besides the computers and accessories, district information officers had been trained to ensure that the facilities were put to good use.
“Apart from job creation, the CICs and businesses would help in educating and training the youth, as well as helping the Information Services Department in information dissemination both at local and national levels,” he said.
He urged the district chief executives and CIC managers to make good use of the computers and accessories, adding that the ministry’s monitoring and evaluation teams would continue to knock on the doors of the beneficiary districts and schools to ensure that the items were put to good use.
The Administrator of GIFEC, Mr Kofi Attoh, said in addition to connecting the various CICs to the Internet, the fund would also provide printers, projectors and scanners by December.
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