Tema ICT Centre To Be Inaugurated Next Month

Dr Omane Boamah  touring one  of the facilities.The Tema Information and Communication Technology Centre (ICT), which is to serve both public and private institutions is to be inaugurated next month, Dr. Edward Omane Boamah, Minister of Communications, has announced.

The GH¢10,000,000 World Bank funded project when completed will enhance ICT infrastructure development for businesses.

Dr. Boamah who  made these known yesterday during  a working visit to the facility in Tema   expressed satisfaction with the work done so far and urged the contractors  executing the project to complete work on schedule.

He said information technology enhanced economic activities in terms of job creation and supported research and information sharing.

Dr. Boamah explained that the growth of every economy was measured by its development in ICT, adding that for every increment of 10 per cent broadband, Gross Domestic Product (GDP) increases by one per cent.

He said there was vast land for the project, which could be expanded for other purposes, and urged private entities to invest in the project.

He said the initiative was a novelty, and government would not relent in its efforts to provide a world class technological facility to meet the pace of global development.

In a related development, the minister visited a national data centre in Accra.

The facility, which started three years ago, did not see the light of the day as contractors failed to meet the September deadline.

Dr. Boamah, who expressed dissatisfaction at the lackadaisical attitude of the contractors however gave them a three-month ultimatum to complete the project, without which punitive sanctions would be applied.

He said the project would serve as a centre where data of all governmental agencies will be stored, hence the need for them to be executed on time.

The minister said government had provided more than 70 per cent funding to the contractors and wondered why the work had still not been completed.

Questioned as to the cause of the delay, Mr. Peter Aganu, the contractor on site said several factors including the depreciation of the Cedi, and unavailability of some materials, accounted for it. By Malik Sullemana           Dr Omane Boamah  touring one  of the facilities.

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