GIFEC TRAINS 1,000 People On How To Maximise Benefits Of ICT
The Ghana Investment Fund for Electronic Communications (GIFEC) has trained about 1,000 people at the various Digital Transformation Centres on the use and benefits of Information Communication Technology (ICT) equipment.
People who benefitted from this training included students, teachers, women and girls, youth, and members of the communities who are marginalized, as well as head porters, school dropouts, and school leavers.
The program received assistance from the International Telecommunications Union (ITU), the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (NORAD), and Cisco. Trainees in attendance were opened and exposed to a lot of opportunities in the ICT eco-space.
The CEO of GIFEC, Mr. Prince Ofosu Sefah, made mention of the various aspects of the lives of individuals where ICT is playing a huge role and these included education, health, commerce, agriculture, and entertainment.
He also said that ICT is a major tool for the economic and social growth of every country, especially as proven by the COVID-19 pandemic, which demonstrated the expositive impact of ICT in development.
Mr. Sefah said all these are in line with the government’s digitization agenda. An agenda with the vision of developing a more robust infrastructure to include everyone in the socio-economic development process of the nation.
GIFEC’s Rural Connectivity Programme with the Ministry of Communication and Digitisation has provided 2,016 sites that connect over 3.4million citizens in underserved and unserved communities, thereby increasing telecom network coverage to about 95%.
GIFEC has also delivered computers and accessories to over 1,000 basic, junior and second cycle schools all over Ghana to aid in teaching and learning of ICT.
He urged participants to use the skills they have gained from the training to improve their businesses, employability, and living standards for economic gain.
However, he lamented over the inadequacy of funds to support the training and therefore appealed to philanthropists and other non-governmental organizations for assistance.
Mr. Emmanuel Atta Ofori, Kwahu South Municipal Chief Executive (MCE), praised GIFEC for the training and urged participants to use the digital slots obtained as a tool for contributing to the economy and improving their livelihoods.
He appealed to GIFEC to increase the number of beneficiaries over time so that more people could benefit from the training.