16 August 2012

Ghana: Parliament Advocates ICT Plant Expansion

A twenty member Parliament select Committee on Trade, Industry & Industry on Tuesday paid a working visit to the offices of indigenous mobile manufacturing plant, rlg Communications to familiarize themselves with their operations.

The visit was also to afford the parties a platform to interact and share ideas on how best the government could be of help to enable rlg Communications grow as a profitable institution in the country and the West African sub-region as a whole.

The committee's visit was part of a nationwide tour to local enterprises to learn at first hand their modus operandi.

The committee chaired by the Member of Parliament for Abokobi-Madina, Alhaji Amadu B. Sorogho was taken through the three departments of the institute; Skills Development & Training Center, Assembling plants for computers and mobile phones, showroom of the end products of the institute and the Client Service Unit.

The Client Service Unit is the department that deals with complaints from the general public on products manufactured by the company.

The training center which currently has forty-two offices nationwide is the pivot of rlg Communications. It trains students recruited from the districts through the National Youth Employment Programme (NYEP) for six months.

Brilliant students who passed out good grades are absorbed into the main stream working body of the company while the others are resourced to set up their own businesses.

That of the assembling plant fixes hard drives and other accessories of desktop and laptop computers with the mobile phone section doing a similar work.

Commenting at the tour, Alhaji Sorogho entreated the students to make the best use of the training they were receiving to enable them contribute immensely to the development of the country when pass out.

He was full of praise for the rapid development of the company; a situation he noted has become a shining example for other African countries. He therefore, urged other local businesses to "emulate the good works of rlg Communications by stepping up their activities."

However, he urged the company to expand their offices and bring together all their departments under one roof.

Also commenting on the tour was the MP for Subin and Ranking Member of the committee, Isaac Osei who called the need for competition among local businesses.

"We need more companies replicating what rlg is doing and this will bring about better quality of products to the consuming public," he noted.

According to him, the performance of rlg Communications was a clear testimony that "Ghana could move away from a nation of traders to a nation of producers."

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