CAJ News Agency (Johannesburg)

2 January 2014

Ghana On Course to Bridge Digital Divide

Accra — THE Ghana Investment Fund for Electronic Communication (GIFEC) is confident of realizing its vision to bridge the digital divide this year.

The Administrator and Chief Executive Officer of GIFEC, Kofi Attor, said more unserved and underserved communities would be connected to the country's information and communications technology hub this year.

He therefore declared 2014 as “a year of action for GIFEC,” which would enable the organisation meet its vision.

Attor said GIFEC in 2013 embarked on projects that connect the country's various institutions and villages in accessing information and communication.

He said modules of the projects include the Common Telecommunication / Rural Telephone, the Last Mile Initiative, Community Information Centre, Information Communication Technology (ICT) Capacity Building, the School Connectivity, Rural Pay Phone, Easy Business Centre, Library Connectivity and Security Connectivity Projects.

The others are the Disability, Post Office Connectivity, ICT for Sustainable Fishing, The e-Learning, e-Health, Community Initiative, Content Creation and Public Education on Electromagnetic Fields Exposure and Health.

The official added that through the various modules of projects the fund has provided fully equipped and furnished ICT laboratories to 38 colleges of education, 27 technical schools, 10 national youth development institutes, 37 national vocational training centres, 25 community development schools, 62 nursing training schools, 293 senior high and 10 junior high schools and three opportunity indutrialisation centres and eight farm institutes.

Attor said Ghana Police Service has received 60 desktop computers, 3000 dual sim mobile phones, 27 air conditioners, 30 routers, 10 projectors and 33 printers.

Ghana Prison Service received 500 mobile phones, 185 desktop computers, 17 air conditioners, 16 scanners, 10 projectors, 16 printers and 10 servers while Ghana National Fire Service received 500 mobile phones, 45 desktop computers, one scanner, one projector, one server and one printer.

The others are Ghana Armed Forces- 540 mobile phones, 400 desktop computers, 32 air conditioners, 15 projectors, 30 scanners and 22 printers while National Disaster Management Organisation had 200 desktop computers, 630 mobile phones and 15 printers.

The Bureau of National Investigation received 200 desktop computers and 1 000 mobile phones.

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