Chiradzulu — The youth incommunities around Chiradzulu East Constituency have now easy access to information and communication technology (ICT) services, including internet, following the opening of Thumbwe Telecommunication Centre in the area.
Speaking during the official opening of the tele-centre on Thursday at Thumbwe in the district, Minister of Information and Communications Technology, Henry Mussa said the opening of the centre was a milestone to people in the area.
"The nation is transformed and we are now linked to the whole country and beyond since communities would be able to access information on agriculture, education and health through internet services provided at the centre," he said.
Mussa added that the community would be able to identify both local and international markets for their crop produce and also be able to find out the selling price of the same.
He said the youth would also be able to find jobs in town with the computer skills they would acquire from the centre.
Mussa who is also Member of Parliament (MP) for the area, therefore, asked the community to manage and take care of the facility, adding that another tele-centre would be constructed at Mwanje.
Speaking earlier, Director of Telecommunication Services at Malawi Communications Regulatory Authority, Henry Silika said the authority has a mandate to provide universal access to ICT in the country and Thumbwe was one of the facilities where people in rural areas could access internet services.
However, Silika asked the community to safeguard the facility together with the committee that has been constituted to look after it. He said everything at the centre belonged to government.
Silika said an entrepreneur has been identified to operate the tele-centre for its sustainability.
One of the learners at Masalani Community Day Secondary School, Mphatso Chimbalanga said the tele-centre would assist in her education as she would be able to browse some information that would help further her knowledge.
Chimbalanga added that since she had little knowledge on computer use, the facility would also be used as an opportunity for her to learn more.
Government has plans to construct tele-centres in all the 193 constituencies in the country and as of now more than 80 centres have been established.