The Ministry of Communications has completed and handed over fully equipped Enhanced Community Information Centres (ECICs) to the people of Anum-Boso and Kpetoe in the Eastern and Volta Regions respectively.
The centres, which are fully furnished with Information Communications Technology (ICT) gadgets are part of the 21 ECICs built in districts across the country and funded by a loan facility from the Chinese Exim bank.
At the Commissioning of the facilities, the Minister for Communications, Dr Edward Omane Boamah, stated that the completion of the projects was testament of government’s resolve to expand infrastructure for growth.
Apart from the completion of the CICs, the Communications Minister said the loan facility had enabled government, in partnership with Huawei Technologies, to put up a state-of-the-art Data Centre in Accra, the deployment of the National Fibre Optic Network as well as 4G LT internet connectivity.
Dr. Boamah disclosed that a 120 Long Term Evolution (LTE) sites have been constructed and completed nationwide to give the centres uninterrupted connectivity to internet. This, he said, was part of the e-Government project to provide internet access to Municipal, Metropolitan and Districts Assemblies (MMDAs) in the country.
The Minister cautioned against all forms of negative influences that had arisen from internet proliferation as ICT was increasingly becoming an avenue for people to be creative and innovative. Citing cyber crimes and child pornography, Dr Boamah said such internet menaces required concerted efforts among stakeholders to nip it in the bud.
He hinted of the Ministry’s Computer Emergency Response Teams, the Child-online Protection initiative and a National Cyber Security Policy as some of the measures put in place to address all forms of crimes associated with internet usage.
The Chiefs of Asuogyaman and Kpetoe, Nana Kwesi Anyani and Nene Nuer Keteku respectively, commended government for providing their communities with ECICs. The chiefs were hopeful the ICT facilities would help support citizenry, especially, school children in their educational development.
Source: Public Relations Unit, Ministry of Communications
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