Thursday 13th September, 2012
Kpong (E/R), Sept. 13, GNA – MTN Ghana in partnership with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has commissioned an Information Communication Technology (ICT) Center at Kpong in the Eastern Region.
The Centre is the fourth of ten MTN and UNDP Learning Centres to be commissioned across the country in less than a year.
Mrs Cynthia Lumor, Corporate Service Executive of MTN Ghana said barely two months ago, the third Centre was completed and commissioned at Techimantia in the Brong Ahafo region to serve about twenty-five Basic schools in the district.
She said it was fulfilling to be part of a process that brings positive change to enrich the lives of the communities MTN serve and expressed MTN’s gratitude to all the stakeholders who have contributed in diverse ways to the successful completion of the project.
Mrs Lumor said the primary aim of embarking on the projects nationwide was to contribute towards national development by deploying ICT Centres in communities for the people to have access to computer training to improve the performance of rural basic schools in the ICT curriculum, introduced by the GES.
She said communities like Ningo in the Greater Accra region, Nyinahin in the Ashanti region and Techimantia in the Brong Ahafo region have benefited from this ICT Centre, adding, “With the commissioning of this ICT Centre, the people of Kpong and its environs would no longer travel long distances to send an email or access the Internet.”
“As market leaders in the telecommunication industry, MTN realized the ICT education deficit in the country and took up the challenge to complement Government’s efforts in this area”.
“This initiative is in support of efforts to bridge the digital divide between the served and underserved communities and also to support the implementation of the mandatory ICT component of the new Educational Reform. Our objective is to deploy 10 project sites in all the 10 regions of Ghana”.
Mrs Lumor said MTN Foundation, in addition, has also set up ICT Centers in other communities like the Ankaful Prisons, in the Central Region and Abossey Okai in Greater Accra, for the car dealers business community and committed funds to build a special ICT centre for the Akropong School for the Blind and the Nima Cluster of Schools in Accra.
“The use of the Internet and other technologies is very crucial to the development of the Ghanaian economy, and MTN remains committed to ensuring that our communities are connected”.
“She said since the establishment of MTN Ghana Foundation in 2007, it has invested about GH¢ 9.38 million into health, education and Economic Empowerment projects across the country”.
“MTN acknowledges the people of Eastern Region as key business partners and to show our appreciation to you, MTN has planned a sustainable initiative aimed at giving back to the people of the region, in the areas of health, education, entertainment, sports and entrepreneurial skills development.
“In view of this, critical interventions have been made beyond the establishment of this ICT Centre”.
“Some of these projects are the construction of three separate six-classroom blocks at Akim Ntronang, Kodjonya Presby and Asempaneye schools, a three-year support package for the Akropong School for the Blind,
It includes funding for a modern computer Laboratory, a three-storey boys’ dormitory and a 33-seater bus, a donation of an incubator to the Kwahu Government Hospital as well as supporting major festivals in the region like Odwira, Ohum and Kwahu Easter festivals”.
Mrs Lumor said a significant financial commitment to the tune of 100,000.00 US Dollars was used to set up the Kpong ICT Centre and hoped that the facility will be highly patronised to optimise its benefits.