Friday, April 29, 2016

Govt Pursuing Nationwide Broadband Infrastructure For ICT Deployment –Dr. Boamah

Dr. Edward Omane Boamah

The Minister of Communications Dr. Edward Omane Boamah has revealed that government is pursuing a vigorous national broadband infrastructure development to reach all parts of the country in order to provide enough bandwidth capacity for ICT deployment.

“This ICT deployment will open up business opportunities as well as promote research, innovation, training and skills acquisition. As part of the programme, the construction of Eastern Corridor Optic Fibre Transmission Network from Ho to Bawku with a link to Tamale has been completed”.

In a speech read for him by his Deputy Mr. Felix Kwakye Ofosu at the 5th National Girls in ICT Celebration in Tamale, Dr. Boamah said the fibre optic transmission network would bring connectivity to more than 120 rural communities and improve access to data, voice and video services to people residing in the communities.

Additionally, the e-Government Platform Project, according to him, was deploying LTE technology and would further expand the broadband framework for the deployment of ICT applications and usage in all sectors of the country’s economy.

“With the availability of broadband infrastructure, government expects to rapidly expand access to quality education and place technology at the centre in building a knowledge-based economy and society in Ghana. This is a pledge and passion of the government of H.E. John Dramani Mahama and to a large extent, the government has delivered on the promise”, he said.

As part of the global effort to empower and encourage girls and young women to consider careers in the growing field of information and communication technologies (ICTs), the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) instituted the Girls in ICT Day in 2010 in Geneva.

The Day is celebrated in the last Thursday of April every year. On this Day, all stakeholders are encouraged to organize events with the vision to empower and encourage girls and young women to consider studies and careers in the growing field of ICTs.
Under the theme: “Girls in ICT –Key to Entrepreneurship and Development”, this year’s celebration saw 1,080 girls from 158 Junior High Schools in 12 districts successfully participate in a capacity enhancement programme. 

File Pic.: Students of An Unknown School Studying ICT
The girls were specifically selected from districts such as Bole, Gambaga, Walewale, Gushegu, Tamale Metro, Sagnarigu, Bimbilla, Yendi, Savelugu, Karaga, Buipe and Saboba. 

According to Dr. Edward Omane Boamah, with this exposure, it is evident to girls that ICT provides abundant opportunities for employment, innovation, entrepreneurship and empowerment and indeed, welcoming for female participation and leadership.

“In this regard, it is fair to say that given the opportunities to grow, learn and adapt, women will dominate the ICT landscape in the coming decade where it is estimated that there will be 2 million more ICT jobs than there are professionals to fill them”, he added.

The Northern Regional Director of the Ghana Education Service Alhaji Mohammed Haroun who represented the Minister for Education, charged students to take the study of ICT seriously since there were a lot of avenues for them to choose a career.

He acknowledged that, the study of ICT was an elixir to many development challenges including education, hence the Ministry had been able to distribute over 24,000 laptops and desktop computers to teachers and schools across the country to facilitate teaching and learning efficiently.

Meanwhile, at the climax of the celebration in Tamale, dozens of the over 1,080 girls who participated in the capacity enhancement programme and excelled were honoured by the Ministry of Communications and its partners including MTN, Airtel, IPMC, GIFEC and NCA.

Each of the best performing girls was given a laptop, Samsung galaxy ipad, pen drive, modem, chip, airtime and certificate.

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