8th August 2022

Mrs. Ursula Owusu-Ekuful, Minister for Communications and Digitalisation together with the Municipal Chief Executive for the Agona West Municipal Assembly Hon. Evans Adisson Coleman, has commissioned a Community ICT Centre (CIC) for the people Agona Abodom in the Agona West Municipality, Central Region.

The facility built by the Ghana Investment Fund for Electronic Communication (GIFEC) will train and equip the youth with ICT skills and techniques. The centre has 20 computers, a printer, a photocopier among other accessories.

Mrs. Owusu-Ekuful, at the commissioning, said her Ministry intends to intensify ICT education in the country and also encourage the youth to participate in the tecnology world.

"The facility will give the youth of the area the opportunity to learn how to use technology and information in ways appropriate to their needs and aspirations" she reiterated.

The Minister said they  had through GIFEC put up such structures in other parts of the country and that they were determined to ensure that every community had one to thrive governments digitisation drive. She stressed on the need for Africa to take advantage of its youthful population and give them the right digital skills.

Mrs. Owusu-Ekuful said the digital divide was not just about connectivity but also people's lack of knowledge and skils to succeed in the digital economy.

"Lack of skills is the greatest barrier of digital inclusion, especially for people living in unserved and undeserved communities" she added.

She entreated the community to put the facility to good use and ensure that it was maintained properly. Nana Owiro XIV, Acting Chief of the area, said the facilty would be put to good use for the benefit of the coomunity