Ghana: Commissions of the Ministry of Communication and Digitization Community Information Center in Kokofu

The Ministry of Communication and Digitization has commissioned a Community Information Center (CIC) at Kokofu in the Ashanti Region to serve as an information center for businesses, educational institutions and individuals in its area of catchment.

This is part of the government’s efforts to leverage ICT to increase productivity; promote economic growth; reduce poverty and bridge the digital divide.

Speaking at the commissioning ceremony, the Deputy Minister of Communication and Digitization, Madame Ama Pomaa-Boateng, noted that the new CIC was an application of the importance of the capacity building program. capacity building and ICT skills development which has currently trained 3,169 young people.

She added that this would complement the government’s drive to maximize the use of ICT technology and services among citizens.

She said the current and third cohort of the ICT capacity building program had trained 3,169 people in digital skills courses such as introduction to computer games and animation stories, use of scratch, cybersecurity, cybersecurity basics, introduction to IoT, Python, C++ and entrepreneurship.

Beneficiaries include women entrepreneurs, school dropouts, school leavers, chief porters, teachers, students, youths and people with disabilities in the 16 regions of the country, she added.

Pomaa-Boateng said the program is part of a broader goal of building an inclusive digital society where lack of digital skills should not be a barrier to participation in the digital economy.

“Thirty new Community Information Centers (CICs) have been established across the country to increase access to ICT equipment and services to unserved and underserved communities,” she said.

On his part, the Managing Director (CEO) of the Ghana Electronic Communications Investment Fund (GIFEC), Mr. Prince Sefah, mentioned that the Cyber ​​Labs program aims to improve access to ICTs by providing ICT equipment to schools, institutions and communities.

He said the program has imparted ICT skills and knowledge to citizens, including students, artisans, women entrepreneurs, teachers and CIC managers since its implementation.

Sam D. Gomez