Minister for Communications & Digitalisation Commends GIFEC For Remarkable Performance
The Minister for Communications and Digitalisation, Mrs. Ursula Owusu Ekuful, on Wednesday, April 14, 2021 paid a familiarization visit to GIFEC, to interact with staff, re-orient and prepare them for the opportunities and challenges that added responsibility of digitalization may present.
In her opening remarks, the Minister expressed her appreciation to management and staff of GIFEC for the hard work and contribution in championing government’s digitalization agenda over the past four years and expressed her excitement about the visit. The visit was one of the many she will be embarking on to all agencies and regional offices designated to her throughout the country.
She also added that, the visit would afford her the opportunity to better appreciate challenges encountered by staff in the course of work, and suggest and recommend solutions to improve the operations of the Fund.
Mr. Kofi Asante, Administrator of GIFEC, in his response iterated some of the numerous achievements of the fund over the 4 year period, stressing on the fact that GIFEC is embarking on an aggressive approach to ensure telephony coverage in all parts of the country through the Ghana Rural Telephony and Digital Inclusion Project (GRTDIP), which seeks to provide means of communications for 2,016 communities across the country.
He also highlighted the need for GIFEC to intensify community entry strategies and project sustainability initiatives in beneficiary communities, which is critical for its success.
After all interactions and engagements, Mrs. Ursula Owusu Ekuful urged all staff of GIFEC to keep working hard in ensuring that the agency become the benchmark for excellence. She added, that “With the current government’s initiative of attaining a fully digitalized economy, the agency is well positioned to stand tall in leading the way”. She mentioned that each staff is valuable in ensuring that Ghana was seen in a credible light by the world. “This is the time for Africa, and there is a dire need for every Ghanaian to have access to digital skills and tools in this modern era. “Ghana needs you now more than ever”, she stressed.