The Ghana Investment Fund for Electronic Communications (GIFEC), in a joint effort with the Ministry of Communications on Friday 16th February 2018 inaugurated an ultra-modern Community Information Center (CIC) at Abakrampa in the Central Region to promote the use of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) in the area.
The facility has a computer center equipped by GIFEC with 16 computers, a photocopier, printer, an Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) machine, internet servers and a television set. It also has a lecture room, a store and a reading space.
At the inauguration, the Deputy Minister for Communications, Mr. George Andah, said the mandate of the Ministry was to promote the use of ICT for national development. He also reiterated the ministry’s commitment to putting in place structures to provide adequate access to ICT centers across the country.
Mr. Andah said while ICT could be used to improve education and boost socioeconomic activities, the government was aware that expanding the digital economy had its own challenges. He said the ministry was concerned about the misuse of ICT for vices such as internet fraud, cyber bullying and other cybercrimes. He hereby advised the beneficiary communities especially school children, to use the facility in positive ways for the community and the nation. Mr. Andah also said he was optimistic the expansion of the digital economy would ease access to services such as the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Authority (DVLA), registration and online school and examination registrations.
The Member of Parliament for Abura Asebu-Kwamankese, Mr. Elvis Morris Donkor thanked the ministry for the facility and challenged parents and teachers and students in the district to make good use of the facility.
The District Chief Executive (DCE) for Abura Asebu Kwamankese, Mrs. Aba Hagan said pupils in the area had a challenge accessing ICT which in turn affected their performance, adding that with the facility now in place, she was hopeful it would help basic schools in the area to improve on their performance.