The government yesterday handed over enhanced Community Information Centres (e-CICs) to the Ga South and La Nkwantanan Municipal Assemblies in Accra, under the electronic governance project which aims at encouraging the use of Information Communication Technology (ICT).
The projects form part of the 150 million dollar loan secured by the government in 2011, through the China Exim Bank for the provision of basic facilities to 21 communities across the country.
Speaking at a handing over ceremony, the Minister of Communication, Dr. Edward Omane- Boamah, said the initiative was to ensure that every community had access to ICT facility.
He said the government acknowledged the fact that not all Ghanaians could afford personal computers and that for those who could not have their own computers, the facility had been provided for them to learn and improve their ICT skills.
He noted that since the use of ICT had become part of human development, government was providing such facilities so that even citizens without any knowledge in ICT could learn.
“We are constructing these facilities to offer people who do not have the chance or encounter with ICT to have the opportunity to learn so that they can also become part of the global world.
“That is why government has channelled its resources and attention to provide these facilities and broad bands to communities,” he said.
Dr. Omane-Boamah said government was investing heavily on broad band through fix and optic fibre, adding that government was deploying 780 kilometres optic fibre from Ho to Bawku to other communities.
He urged people in the communities to make good use of the facilities to achieve the purpose and urged students to use the facility for their research works.
Archur Zhou, Director of Business Department at Huawei Technologies Limited, the company tasked to provide service to the facility, assured the government of their unflinching support and commitment to ensure that the remaining 19 facilities received the best technologies.
Jerry Akwei Thompson and Franklin Anku, Municipal Chief Executives for of Ga South and La Nkwantanan respectively, thanked the government for bringing the project into the communities.
By Bernard Benghan