The Minister for Communications, Ms Ursula Owusu-Ekuful (MP), cut off on Tuesday, 2 June 2020 to commission the building of the state-of-the-art Community ICT Center (CIC) in Asuom, Kwaebirem District. The Asuom project is intended to be the first of 30 other CIC projects to be developed in other areas of the world within six months. The Ministry of Communications plans to use CIC ventures to address the digital divide and digitize underserved and underserved populations around the country.
The Ghana Investment Fund for Electronic Communications (GIFEC), as an organisation under the Ministry of Communications, is leading the establishment of CICs throughout the world as part of its deliverables to ensure the introduction of universal connectivity programmes.
CIC programs include urban digitization for people to have access through ICT to health knowledge and advice, educational materials – both academic and non-academic, industry, entertainment and growth knowledge that they can use to better their livelihoods.
Addressing the participants at the gathering, Mrs. Ursula Owusu-Ekuful (MP) talked of the devastation created by the Coronavirus pandemic in the lives of everyone in the world. She also pointed out how the pandemic strongly showed the critical role of ICT in promoting remote contact for people when social distances were being introduced in order to save lives.
The Minister also said, “The entire world has been caught unaware of the severity and seriousness of this pandemic, which has brought our insufficient digital infrastructure into sharp focus. Ghana is better than others in our country, but we still do not have a good and sufficient ICT infrastructure that can provide us with the resources we need to live and work remotely. Some of the interventions provided by the MOC that have contributed to our covid response include facilitating the establishment and management of the Emergency Call Center (112) and the National Information Contact Center (311), the Emergency Communication System and the Covid-19 symptom tracker App(*769 #) to facilitate contact tracing and quarantine monitoring, helping zero-rate telcos for all health and education.
And send regular updates to all subscribers free of charge, providing all public sector employees with tools to promote remote work through the Smart Workplace network, which has connected more than 200 MDAs and equipped them with virtual office features
In addition, Mrs. Owusu-Ekuful reminded the contractors assigned to the Asuom center that they had a deadline of three months and assured them that their job would be supervised to ensure that the deadline was reached.
It ended by encouraging the people of Asuom and all the other 29 benefiting communities to own the project, maintain the facilities and cooperate with contractors and staff in order to allow them to complete the job successfully.
The event was attended by Asuomhene-Osabarima Ofosuhene Appenteng II, the Municipal Chief Executive Officer of Kwaebibirem – Seth Antwi Boasiako, a number of officials from the Ministry of Communications and GIFEC and other community leaders. In compliance with the Social Distance Rules, the number of participants was reduced.