A Community ICT Center at Tolon has been officially opened by Ursula Owusu-Ekuful, minister of communications and digitalization, as part of her five-day working tour to the Northern Region.
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15 computers, 15 UPS, furniture, one executive office, a projector, a television, a scanner, a copier machine, a printer, and internet access are all included in the Tolon Community ICT Centre’s setup.
The ICT Lab is a part of initiatives run by the Ghana Investment Fund for Electronic Communications (GIFEC), which aims to close the nation’s digital divide by offering chances and facilities.
The most crucial aspect of digitization was establishing capacity, thus it’s crucial to provide institutions with the resources they need to train individuals in the necessary skills for using technology in society.
Through the eTransform Project, the Ministry of Communications and Digitalization is bridging the digital gap by supplying 305 ICT laboratories in senior secondary schools around the nation with ICT equipment.
The Tolon Community ICT Center is one of 30 new government-built centers that have been erected recently across the nation, according to the Minister.
She made a plea to the residents of Tolon and the surrounding area to keep the center open for the sake of the community’s young, especially its pupils.
Retired Major Sulemana Abubakari, the paramount chief of the Tolon Traditional Area, praised the ministry for the ICT Center and for establishing the Sustainability Management Committee to guarantee the Community ICT Center’s upkeep and protection.
The Minister also inaugurated three Rural Telephony stations in the Kumbungu and Tolon Districts at Tibungu, Jagriguyili, and Nagbligu.
In order to provide basic telephone voice and data connectivity to Ghana’s underserved and unserved communities, the government built 3,000 cell sites as part of its digitalization agenda, which aims to build a strong digital economy and promote sustainable development throughout the entire nation.
According to her, if it weren’t for government assistance, these isolated settlements would have been cut off and unable to participate in the digital revolution that is gradually taking place in the nation because extending connectivity is capital-intensive and expensive.
The Minister revealed that as part of the Rural Telephony Project, GIFEC built 45 telephone masts in the Northern Region, 25 of which are currently operational.