27 November 2012

Ghana: Gov't Distributes Laptops in Central, Volta Regions

Students and educational institutions in the Central Region have received free laptops from government. The Minister of Environment, Science and Technology, Ms Sherry Aryeetey led the distribution exercise which lasted several hours.

In all, 2,554 laptops were distributed to individuals and educational institutions made up of polytechnic, teacher training colleges, nursing training colleges, universities and senior high schools.

The distribution of the free laptops is part of the ministry's Better Ghana Laptop project, under which laptops are distributed to institutions and individuals to promote research, teaching and learning.

Sector Minister, Sherry Aryeetey commended government for mooting the initiative. She expressed the hope the equipment would stimulate academic performance in schools.

Central Regional Minister, Ama Benyiwa-Doe said the NDC government was working tirelessly to ensure transformation of the economy with emphasis on growth and human capacity building.

She asked electorates to retain the party in power to enable it facilitate more developmental projects and programmes.

In a another development, hundreds of people, made up of beneficiary students of senior high schools, training colleges, polytechnic and universities in the Volta Region trooped to the Ho Polytechnic to receive better Ghana laptops.

The laptops were distributed free of charge by the Ministry of Environment, Science and Technology under the Better Ghana Laptop Project which aims at promoting research and innovation through ICT.

Under the project, individuals apply to the ministry for the laptops while institutions are assigned quantity of the laptops based after needs assessment.

The Minister for Environment, Science and Technology, Sherry Aryeetey who led the distribution said government was determined to ensure students, educational and research institutions are well positioned to partake in the transformation agenda. He cautioned against misuse of the equipment by beneficiaries.

Deputy Volta Regional Minister, Henry Ametefe commended government for including 170 basic schools in the gesture, saying it will go a long way to enhance academic performance.

He dispelled rumours the laptops were for political purposes and urged beneficiary students to regard such notions. Similar distributions have taken place in the Northern, Upper East, and Upper West regions.

Similar distribution exercises have taken place in Northern, Upper East, Upper West, and Volta

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