A new Information Communication and Technology (ICT) centre, has been inaugurated at Effiduase in the New Juaben Municipality.

ICT-CentreIt is to be used by students and the public under the e-governance platform project of the Ministry of Communication.

The more than 30 computer- seater facility has other equipment such as LAN infrastructure, servers, switches, a printer and scanner as well as uninterruptible power supply.

It was financed by Exim Bank of China and Huawei Technologies, also of China.

Dr Omane Boamah, Minister of Communications who inaugurated the facility said so far 21 of such centres have been established throughout the country under the e-governance platform to make ICT accessible to all parts of the country.

He said, the objective is to enhance access to ICT especially for students at the basic level who write ICT as an examinable subject at the Basic Education Certificate Examination.

Dr Omane Boamah thanked the chief of Effiduase, Nana Okoawia Dwomo Baabu for his support for the project.

According to the Minister, the chief wholeheartedly gave the land for the project without asking for any compensation.

He noted that in some parts of the country, chiefs demand compensation and other conditions before releasing land for projects.

He said this tend to delay such projects.

The Minister said, due to the kind donation of the land, the centre was constructed and equipped within eight months.

He suggested that, if possible, the centre should be named after the chief to serve as an example to other chiefs to partner government in national development.

Ms Sun Baohong, Chinese Ambassador said, the centre was part of the China?s commitment to provide one ICT centre in an underserved community in Ghana every year, to expand access to ICT for the youth to gain formal and informal training.

She said ICT is indispensable in all spheres of life.

Mr Russell Xu, Managing Director of Huawei Technologies said, Huawei has assisted Ghana to implement many ICT projects in collaboration with Ministry of Communication and National Information Technology Agency.

He pledged his company?s continuous support to provide innovation based on the government?s direction, in order to bridge the digital divide between rural and urban areas as well as to provide internet point of presence in the un-served and underserved communities.

Nana Baabu, expressed gratitude for the facility and urged the school on whose land the facility is located to relax its rules to ensure that the public get access to the centre.

GNA

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