The Okyenhene Osagyefo Amoatia Ofori Panin II has described as “an attack on technology” the directive by the Ghana Education Service banning the use of mobile phones in all Second Cycle institutions in the country.
Addressing a GIFEC’s stakeholder forum on Digital for Inclusion Project (Project D4I) at Kyebi, Osagyefo Amoatia Ofori Panin II stated that government must invest heavily in ICT, since there are overwhelming evidence about the increasing use of ICT and technology as learning tools in today’s ever changing technological world
Quoting Duncan Clark, the British Tech investor and founder of e-Learning, Osagyefo Amoatia Ofori noted that mobile phone are the single most important factor in increasing literacy.
Explaining further, the Okyenhene argued that mobile phones has produced a “reminiscence of reading and writing among young people across the world”. This is because of their motivation to learn to text and post messages on their mobile devices, making them obsessive readers and writers.
The Okyenhene therefore tasked the Ministry of Communication to put in place measures to deliver quality mobile telephony insisting that “our people in the rural communities are tired of climbing trees, mountains and rooftops to access network services. We cannot allow these multi-national corporations to reap super normal profits without demanding quality services from them.”
Mr. Kofi Asante, Administrator of GIFEC, therefore disclosed that this year GIFEC in collaborating with MTN and Huawei will build 150 base stations as part of its rural telephony project to help address the communication challenges faced among rural dwellers in the unserved and underserved communities
Hon. Mrs. Ursula Owusu Ekuful, the Minister of Communication in a message read on her behalf said Ghana’s telecommunication sector has been growing steadily over the past several years and it is beginning to play a significant role in the country’s development, creating employment, providing opportunities for innovation and entrepreneurship, as well as acting as an enabler in the digital delivery of government service, education and healthcare among others.
She said despite the significant improvement in access and spread of ICTs in Ghana, there still remains significant gap between the haves and have-nots, most importantly between the urban and rural communities. She pointed out that, government is therefore determined to ensure that, the rural communities are also provided with the requisite resources to take advantage of the immeasurable opportunities of the digital revolution.