Communications and Digitization Minister Ursula Owusu Ekuful has revealed that her ministry is working tirelessly to ensure that the remaining 3.5 million Ghanaians who do not have an internet connection will have access by the end of 2023. .
She made the announcement while delivering her keynote address to crown the National Girls in ICT Program, at Valley View University’s Techiman Campus in the Bono East area.
She said that “the Ministry of Communications and Digitization’s quest to develop community ICT centers and cell sites across the country will ensure that most Ghanaians will have access to mobile networks.”
“According to research, there are approximately 3.5 million Ghanaians without mobile connectivity. By the end of next year, this group of people will breathe a sigh of relief.”
She explained that the establishment of more than two thousand centers and sites is underway and on track to make it a reality.
“We have focused on building ICT centers and rural telephony sites across the country to facilitate the teaching and learning of ICT courses for our girls and young people in general.
“This will provide an opportunity for girls and young women across the country to learn and learn about technology. As mentioned earlier, this year’s theme is ‘Access and Safety’.”
“To address the access problem in Ghana, the ministry, through GIFEC, is implementing our rural telephony and digital inclusion project, which involves the construction of over two thousand connectivity sites at the national scale.
“As of 2020, more than seven hundred sites have already been built and many communities have been connected. By the end of next year, all sites would be completed.”
Since the start of the Girls in ICT program in 2012, this is the first time that five regions have celebrated the program separately in one year. An evolution that the Minister describes as exceptional. A hundred girls of all
all eleven districts in the Bono East region received laptop rewards while others received cash rewards and incentives for their schools including coding clubs, fully equipped ICT labs, among others.
She urged the Regional Coordinating Council to take ownership of the facilities and ensure their proper maintenance. Some of the top performing teachers and regional officers also received laptop awards for their efforts.
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